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Hi I am new. This past Sunday My friends and I were drifting the channel Bout 1 or 2 miles south of the yatch club (8 mile i think). Pulled in 34 inch cat fish fat and pregnat. then like 10 mins later hooked what ever it was.. Fought it for 45 minutes and took out all line even followed it in the boat to help the 175 yards of line It wouldnt come up to top just keep taking out like and pulled so hard even when we were following it . Then the 80 lb line snapped how? what? any ideals? im dumbfounded anything that big in there thanks for the help all maybe get it next time
 

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Had to have been a sturgeon. You could have had a weak spot in the line or got it caught on a rough edge of a zebra mussel... Sorry you lost it.
 

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Our local friend the Sturgeon!!! The few that were small, the hook popped or my mono broke...and the one that I was more prepared for, I fought it for an hour and couldn't budge the thing off the bottom. So far, that is my one that got away
Thing felt like a small car.
 

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First guess, based on location-Sturgeon.
Also possible is a toothy, pile or muskie. If the line was frayed at all just about anything big could cause a line break, possibly another catfish.
Whenever I retie a new lure I always run my line between my finger and thumb, if anything feels anything but smooth, I cut off the bad section of line before I retie the new tackle.
 

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Prolly then was a stuergon I did the weekend before respool my line with a very nice expensive line....ugh i want it well next time as for the bait i had about 4 night crawlers piled up on a custom crawler harness
4 hooks close gaps was experimental and seemed to work. how common are stuergons? as i have fished in LSC all my like and never seen one. how big are they I am assuming that my line was fine however could have been a bad spot and wow a fish to break 80lb would have to be how big
 

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QUOTE(Nick J @ Jun 15 2009, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Prolly then was a stuergon I did the weekend before respool my line with a very nice expensive line....ugh i want it well next time as for the bait i had about 4 night crawlers piled up on a custom crawler harness
4 hooks close gaps was experimental and seemed to work. how common are stuergons? as i have fished in LSC all my like and never seen one. how big are they I am assuming that my line was fine however could have been a bad spot and wow a fish to break 80lb would have to be how big

I would confirm like the others a huge sturgeon! having my morning coffee on the river an what comes flying out of the water a massive sturgeon seen that happen many times
 

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there was one posted on here from oregon, it was over 12 feet long.
 

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Sturgeon? Wishful thinking. Considering your bait, my vote is it was another cat. I've seen some absolute monster mud cats come out of the lake in the last 2 years.
 

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When you hook a monster like that and he's swimming all over near bottom the line can get cut on many things down there. I'm sure the line rubbed on something.

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I had a steel leader break Sunday. I set the hook, it pulled back, 2nd head shake and thats all she wrote! No idea what could have broken a heavy leader like that.

My guess for you could be sturgeon, cats, maybe carp too. We've been seeing some really big hog carp spawning out there.
 

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From your bait, i would say sturgeon, you use the same bait you would for catfish when you fish for sturgeon, usually the set up is with a wire leader with 2 big hooks and you load up with at least a ball of 4 crawlers on it. Anchored in the north channel fishing for sturgeon you pick up some big cats also.
 

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My question is what the were you were fishing for in the first place with 80lb line? Unless you were targeting sturgeon, isn't 80lb test a little overkill?
 

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QUOTE(kayceedee @ Jun 16 2009, 09:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My question is what the were you were fishing for in the first place with 80lb line? Unless you were targeting sturgeon, isn't 80lb test a little overkill?

No. 80lb is common for Musky. I use it trolling and casting. I know others do also. No different than 20lb for 6 lb bass.
 

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80# is a little heavy for muskie (in my humble opinion). I used a 60# fluoro leader in the fall.

Could have really been anything that broke your line. We pulled in a 59# (estimated) sturgeon on 40# Big Game and my buddy pulled in a 78# sturgeon on the same line and they held up fine. If your line was knicked or wasn't in good shape, anything could break it.
 

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QUOTE(snowman @ Jun 16 2009, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(kayceedee @ Jun 16 2009, 09:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My question is what the were you were fishing for in the first place with 80lb line? Unless you were targeting sturgeon, isn't 80lb test a little overkill?

No. 80lb is common for Musky. I use it trolling and casting. I know others do also. No different than 20lb for 6 lb bass.


I guess I could see where it could be used for musky. I never really did understand the 20lb for bass..... I guess I am just more of a light line kind of guy. The heaviest I go is 50lb leader for musky. Even salmon fishing, my rods are never spooled with anything heavier than 20lb test and those are usually dipsey rods. I think my downrigger rods are 12-15 lb test and walleye rods are spooled with 10lb which I think is even too heavy sometimes but it is what all the dive curves are based on in the trolling books. Whatever floats your boat I guess......
 
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