Unlucky Lunker

More than 35 years ago, when Darrel Gabel was the most successful striped bass guide around, he got his clients into an absolutely huge striped bass while fishing the Coos Bay system. The fish, taken at night, weighed 65 pounds on Darrel’s accurate, but uncertified scale and would have been a state record – if it could be quickly weighed on a certified scale such as those used by most large markets. Unfortunately, when Darrel attempted to fire up his boat motor, it would not cooperate and the trip back to the launch was made with an electric trolling motor and took several hours – and the potential state record opportunity was lost. Besides that unlucky incident, Darrel, at nearly six feet four inches in height has always had to catch really big fish for them to look impressive when he holds them up for photo ops.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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