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Post 50 lb club has been attained.
I figure I can at least show the pic even if I don't have time for a big write up right now. My buddy/customer/client caught the fish, although it was my turn to reel one in after his allllmost 40 lber on Sunday. It was a twist of fate I didn't get to reel it in, buuuut, I figure as a guide-figure I get to count it too! We can all share in the wealth right?

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Weight: 53 lbs (boga certified)
Length: 48"
Girth: 32"
Favorite food: live 18" skipjack


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April 3rd, 2014, 6:35 pm
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Congrats on the big fish PB. I must say I wish I had got it myself , Again way to go guys what a great fish.


April 3rd, 2014, 7:03 pm
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That is a big WIN right there. Congrats to you both. Trophy for sure.


April 3rd, 2014, 7:04 pm
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:bow: Nice trophy guys. Congrats.


April 3rd, 2014, 7:47 pm
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I'm speechless. Wow.
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Great looking fish!

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Awesome pics! I want to go fishin' with the :chef: !!!!!!!


April 3rd, 2014, 7:57 pm
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Nice fish! Congrats!


April 3rd, 2014, 8:49 pm
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Well done sir!

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April 3rd, 2014, 9:13 pm
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Great fish. Many hours of dedication paid off !!


April 3rd, 2014, 9:25 pm
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Awesome fish, congrats!


April 3rd, 2014, 9:27 pm
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It was a super trip.....Best ever. All I can remember is saying "Its ur turn dude as the rod bent and line went off the spool". "Aww I'm throwing this Jack rig" he replied so it was off to the races. BTW anyone ever heard this guy sing Merle Haggard songs before?

Don't go if your not in the mood to laugh your ass off for three days.... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Weight: 240 - 250
Length: 6' 4"
Girth: 36
Favorite food: PayDay Chocolate Bars
Favorite Superstitious Skipjack Chew: Lancaster


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April 3rd, 2014, 11:04 pm
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I'm speechless, dumbfounded, jealous and envious. Seriously though, I'm really happy for you guys. That is a fish of a lifetime, and something I dream about daily.

Please tell me it went back????


April 3rd, 2014, 11:25 pm
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Awesome pig!


April 3rd, 2014, 11:36 pm
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It has been 15 years in the making since I've been chasing the 50 on and off (in between small fish trips) and really helps to feel vindicated. Like a big monkey off my back. You start to wonder if you'll never catch a 50+ despite your best efforts with bait and time in all the right places. This time it came together.

Bob, the fish was released but floated up about 5 minutes later and despite our best efforts and cpr it didn't survive the encounter. It was mysteriously bleeding out its butthole pretty profusely. We were VERY gentle with it, and I laid it down gracefully on a premoistened towel when we had to set it down. I'd say the moral here is: Sometimes you have to kill the ones you love to get some satisfaction. :fish2: It's okay though, we filleted it and 50 mexicans will now have a great fish taco dinner. No actually it's at a taxidermist now and will be displayed at the bait shop alongside Todd Asher's TINY LITTLE 52 lber they caught last year.

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April 4th, 2014, 6:23 am
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Justification is the top end of the trophy fish are near the end of their life cycle anyway. Most of us have unintentionally killed some big beautiful fish, but I for one plan to keep on enjoying them as I near the end of my fishing cycle.
CONGRATULATIONS


April 4th, 2014, 7:23 am
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The big hammer! Congrats

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Awesomeness on the hook!!

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Dang what a fish!!! Heck of a job!!


April 4th, 2014, 8:38 am
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VERY nice fish and congrats to both of you. :hellyea:

Ezell Cox wrote:
Justification is the top end of the trophy fish are near the end of their life cycle anyway. Most of us have unintentionally killed some big beautiful fish, but I for one plan to keep on enjoying them as I near the end of my fishing cycle.
CONGRATULATIONS


Very well said Ezell :salute:


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:fish2: It's okay though, we filleted it and 50 mexicans will now have a great fish taco dinner.



I almost shit my pants when I first read that! lol, I was thinking wth!

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:bow: You da Man, Shawn.... :salute:

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Shawn McNew wrote:
Bob, the fish was released but floated up about 5 minutes later and despite our best efforts and cpr it didn't survive the encounter. It was mysteriously bleeding out its butthole pretty profusely. We were VERY gentle with it, and I laid it down gracefully on a premoistened towel when we had to set it down. I'd say the moral here is: Sometimes you have to kill the ones you love to get some satisfaction. :fish2: It's okay though, we filleted it and 50 mexicans will now have a great fish taco dinner. No actually it's at a taxidermist now and will be displayed at the bait shop alongside Todd Asher's TINY LITTLE 52 lber they caught last year.


Hey, you tried to put her back and that is what really counts. Feeling vindicated has to be really nice after working so hard for that type of trophy. I'm looking forward to that feeling!!! I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I will gladly give up my left nut for the ability to have a bunch of those big skipjack swimming around in my tank this year. Damn sure wish those skipjack were in the waters around here.


April 4th, 2014, 10:11 pm
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Saw the new avatar and had to go looking for the post! Well deserved :jiggy:


April 8th, 2014, 9:01 pm
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Congrats Chef!! That is an absolute BEAST of a striper and I can only imagine how that must have felt when you got your first look at her alongside the boat :shock: I remember your quest for the 50 + going back to the old Soup.... AWESOME way to upgrade your PB!


April 9th, 2014, 6:05 pm
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Very cool! Congrats Shawn!


April 10th, 2014, 3:30 pm
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A guy who's in the same striper contest I'm in landed a 46 1/2" 50#er from SHORE last Saturday on a herring. I would have loved to have seen that! That 50#er you landed is a gorgeous fish!


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Bob Burnley wrote:
[quote=Todd Asher's TINY LITTLE 52 lber they caught last year.


Congrats on the fish, by the way how does Asher's fish look that Dallas mounted?


May 3rd, 2014, 7:41 pm
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Todd, it looks like it swallowed a 5 yr old child.

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Got the fiberglass replica at the shop yesterday. Post man had a hell of a time stuffing it into the mailbox! Took me a day to get the driftwood prepped and dried out. Mounted the fish on the wood today and got it squared away pretty good. It looks like a saltwater humpback striper despite me sending them 10 pictures of some decent looking fish that were fresh caught. Still looks good up there on the big cedar plank! It's true to size which is what matters most and doesn't look like it ate a capybara.


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Awesome Chef. You can now always look up at and smile remembering what it felt like on the end of a line!


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Looks detailed on the scales and I like the fresh caught look to it.

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SLICK!!! Can't wait to see it in person.

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June 26th, 2015, 8:56 pm
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How did the skin mout look.


June 26th, 2015, 10:34 pm
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Jamie Townsend wrote:
How did the skin mout look.


Skin mount was even less realistic and lumpy. Don't go to Cherokee Taxidermy in Canton.

The replica's colors and scale pattern look beautiful, but the shape and colors don't match the original fish. They had lots of photos of actual freshwater fish that I sent and not a one of them had a silver belly or silver fins. I don't get these taxidermy guys unless they just suck at copying colors that badly.

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It's really not close to the original.


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With your detailed pics return it and have another made by a quality shop.....


June 27th, 2015, 7:15 am
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Yeah for the money you probably paid, and your detailed pics, I'd try to have them redo it or get your mony back. 50 lb is too special for a half ass taxidermists interpretation...my 1/2 cents worth. Again congrats on a great fish!


June 27th, 2015, 7:27 am
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Good enough to keep the great memory alive. :clap:


June 27th, 2015, 8:02 am
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Good enough to keep the great memory alive. :clap:


Yep. The mount along with the video I shot. :chef:

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WoW - congrats to you and David! :tupl:

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I like it, I got to see it in person Friday morning and it looks great!


June 29th, 2015, 8:26 am
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Did you check with Crane's Taxidermy in Acworth. They did my mount years ago and repaired it where a dog ate a fins off. (Dog no longer around. lol )


June 29th, 2015, 12:35 pm
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Fortner Taxidermy did my skin mount and it is perfect. Looks like it was just pulled from the lake. I wouldn't have any complaints about that mount though it is bad ass. You could just have them re airbrush the fins.

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The more I look at it, the more I realize the artwork on the fish. Pretty much everything besides the shape and base color are the best I've ever seen.

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the "stripes" do look to be very well done... better than some really bad one's I've seen where they basically painted a line across it....

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I would gladly take the replica for the piece of mind knowing that 50+lb fish is out there growing to 60 ;)


June 30th, 2015, 2:18 pm
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Shiny fish! Good job.


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Congrats Shawn..."You have come a long way Pilgrim".

The mount looks great. I actually like the silver hue..kinda reminds me of a SPARTAN WARRIOR. "Molon Lave"

Remember that you are a fishing virtuoso and somewhat of a perfectionist. Any mount has imperfections, since no fish is perfect. I am inspired to ride my cycle down to the store to see it and visit you. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with so many.


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Nice job and very cool it's on display in the store, look forward to seeing it.


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