June 13, 2011
Date Caught: 08/23/2011
Kept / Released: Released
Region of Catch: Region 1
Lure / Bait used: Lure | Top Raider
I was hurrying to finish work before the storm came through, so I could get a few casts in. I get to the parking spot and assemble my gear and rod. While getting ready it started to rain lightly, and the dark sky off to the northwest was moving in. I quickly ran through the field and down the hill in the woods to get to the river bank. Now raining pretty good and the edge of blue sky and black clouds were only a couple miles away, I threw a few cast to the backwater pool I came out to. The rumble of the storm in the back ground, and the faint sound of the tornado siren in the distance. With no site of any lighting I decided to move to the next pool and take a few more casts. On the second cast into that pool the musky struck my lure right at the same time it started to hail. I fought him for several minutes in the hail and finally beached him. I frantically found my camera and wedged it in a tree and set up the timer. Once the picture was taken I revived the fish and released him back to his pool. Then there was a big flash of lighting and I raced back to the car. My phone had a bunch of missed calls warning me that a tornado had touched down 7 miles from where I had been fishing.