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I would have to say smallmouth bass! In late August 1997, Jessie and I were fishing in Osborne Bay, right off the causeway, past Electric City, WA. We fished for several hours, when suddenly my pole almost fell out of my hand from the unknown force in the water. I was full of adrenaline, I couldn't breathe, I knew I had the state record something and I wasn't about to lose it! Our little 12 foot aluminum boat had never had such excitement. We were both screaming in unison, "OMG it's got to be a record catch!"
It took over 10 minutes to pull up this determined unknown fish, before we could see what it was. (smallmouth bass)
The next 10 minutes was trying to get it in the boat for measurements and a photo opt.
I have never until that moment had a fight like that, nor have I to this very day.
That catch landed me with four pounds, two ounces, and twenty one inches of pure energy!
On that day, I became the most obsessed fisherwoman on the planet!
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Okay guys and gals lets hear your stories.
 

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It gotta be smallies for me too, and I only discovered them this past season. Largemouth and even the pink salmon run took a back seat after I hooked and landed my first 3 smallies on 3 consecutive casts. That has never ever happened ever to me. So smallies indeed. Tup:
 

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I would also have to say smallmouth are probably my favorite, the fight is unreal and even the small ones give you a run. Tup:
 

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If Smallies grew to 20lbs,you'd never land one. They'd kick your butt every time.

I think Silvers are my favorite fish. A nice mid-teen Silver on the right tackle puts up a great fight. They'll run just under the surface like a torpedo,or they might jump eye level right next to the boat. clap:

They're also my favorite fish on the BBQ.
 

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King salmon, the bigger the better. Tup:

Other then a very large salmon shark, I have never come close to being spooled by anything other then kings, rarely have to chase anything other then kings, never won cash or prizes for anything other then kings :D
 

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Largemouth bass and their agressive strikes on topwater, smallmouth with their subtle takes and strong runs, and big rainbows in clear rivers. Steelhead, however, give the greatest satisfaction. Kings are only fun in rivers.
 

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I know this is a bit off the intended answer but my all time favorite fish to fish for is whatever is available in the place I can get to when I have the time to get there. Right now, time is what limits my fishing and ALL fish are my "favorites" during whatever free time I have to go after them.
 

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steelhead or salmon for me. To me, there is nothing like getting to the river early, watching the sun rise, the mist on the river, the smell of rotting leaves and fish add to the experience. Then, feeling that familiar yank and setting the hook, watching a chromer come flying out of the water and making several nice runs, then hopefully I ease it to shore. After my hands quit shaking, I take a few deep breaths and let out a "yahoo"!, mark the fish, take a draw on the flask, light up a cigar and reflect on how good life is and remembering at that point how lucky I am to be an American.
 

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Salmon,coho or king it doesn't matter. I would like to try sturgeon fishing some day , the thought of a 10ft fish is unbeleivable.. Tup:
 

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bottomfish like halibut, lings or rockfish. i dont care for their fight but how they are gonna end up on the dinner table.
 

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Got to be summerrun steelies. To be more exact, throwing spinners for summerruns in smaller streams. They are super aggresively, relatively easy to catch and the fight is amazing to watch. I've seen more eye-height-out-of-the-water jumps by summerruns than anything else. I am also partial because my first steelie was a spinner caught summerrun.
 

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Summerrun Steelhead because of the long days (more daylight) don't have to wear waders,thumb burning runs(direct drive reel) and plenty of acrobatics. wink:
 

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Nothing comes close to A OVERSIZE STURG You never know it its 6 ft or 16ft when the rod goes down.. and seeing a fish of that size come out of the water!!! everything else is just bait... literally
 

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im a steelhead guy forsure but i think stilly silvers are a close second both fight incredibly hard. i like fish that peel lots of line and jump. big kings are fun but they just dont have the spunk that steelhead and silvers do. i know there are a few exceptions to what i said. but ill put more time in for those than any other. Mike
 
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