Owen Nolan: Flying Marlin and Erie Smallmouth Bass
Owen Nolan, host of Sportsman 360, looks back on 2013 and shares his favorite fishing memories.
One of my most memorable catches and my largest catch was a striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas. Marlin are such a beautiful fish and a great fish to catch. They’re so strong and the way they fly out of the water makes for an awesome fight.
Let it go and if it comes back, it’s yours forever
One of my favorite stories happened when a buddy and I were fishing Lake Erie for smallmouth. We had been have a great day on the water catching a ton of fish. It was one of those dream days.
Anyway, my buddy decides to change lures , but while he is looking for a lure in the tackle box he leaves his line in the water. I look back at him and said, “You better watch that rod. If a smallmouth grabs your tube jig he’s going to pull that rod in the water.”
Guess what happened. Sure enough the fish bites and pulls the rod into the water.
So the rod is gone. No sense in crying about it. We had other ones in the boat. I’m guessing about a half hour went by and suddenly I start getting hits on my jig. I set the hook but I don’t feel the fish. I do however feel some weight on my line. As I start reeling up – here comes the rod that went overboard! I manage to hook the eye in the rod with my jig and get the rod back. Now, you’re probably thinking, “how lucky.” Ya it was lucky but what topped it off was the fact that I reeled in a four pound smallmouth that took the rod in the first place. Now that’s lucky.
More in store for 2014
My goal for 2014 is to continue to enjoy the outdoors with my friends and family. I really have a blast filming Sportsman360TV and I want to continue to make the show exciting, entertaining, and educational but most of all show you that its not always about the biggest fish or trophy animal its about getting outdoors and enjoying it.
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