Page 1 of 1

50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 6:35 pm
by Shawn McNew
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?

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

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:03 pm
by steve nichols
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:04 pm
by MarcFloyd
That is a big WIN right there. Congrats to you both. Trophy for sure.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:47 pm
by Ezell Cox
:bow: Nice trophy guys. Congrats.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:50 pm
by Steve Hightower
I'm speechless. Wow.
:tupl:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:54 pm
by Mike Ward
Great looking fish!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 7:57 pm
by will hackney
Awesome pics! I want to go fishin' with the :chef: !!!!!!!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 8:49 pm
by David Powell
Nice fish! Congrats!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 9:13 pm
by Sean Reynolds
Well done sir!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 9:25 pm
by Mike Werner
Great fish. Many hours of dedication paid off !!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 9:27 pm
by John Weir
Awesome fish, congrats!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 11:04 pm
by David Tribble
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:

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

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 11:25 pm
by Bob Burnley
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????

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 11:36 pm
by Danny Leigh
Awesome pig!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 6:23 am
by Shawn McNew
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 7:23 am
by Ezell Cox
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

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 7:39 am
by Tyler Early
The big hammer! Congrats

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 8:29 am
by John Mantovani
Awesomeness on the hook!!

Congrats

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 8:38 am
by Dustin Pate
Dang what a fish!!! Heck of a job!!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 1:33 pm
by Arnie Davis
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:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 1:58 pm
by Sean Reynolds
Shawn McNew wrote: :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!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 2:38 pm
by Michael Cox
:bow: You da Man, Shawn.... :salute:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 4th, 2014, 10:11 pm
by Bob Burnley
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 8th, 2014, 9:01 pm
by Scott Cress
Saw the new avatar and had to go looking for the post! Well deserved :jiggy:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 9th, 2014, 6:05 pm
by Russ Edwards
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!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: April 10th, 2014, 3:30 pm
by Roland Zamorano
Very cool! Congrats Shawn!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: May 1st, 2014, 10:41 am
by Chris Brandow
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!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014, 7:41 pm
by Todd Smith
Bob Burnley wrote:
Todd Asher's TINY LITTLE 52 lber they caught last year.[/quote wrote:
Congrats on the fish, by the way how does Asher's fish look that Dallas mounted?

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: May 4th, 2014, 9:51 am
by Shawn McNew
Todd, it looks like it swallowed a 5 yr old child.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 7:46 pm
by Shawn McNew
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 8:05 pm
by Bob Burnley
Awesome Chef. You can now always look up at and smile remembering what it felt like on the end of a line!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 8:27 pm
by Sean Reynolds
Looks detailed on the scales and I like the fresh caught look to it.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 8:56 pm
by Steve Hightower
SLICK!!! Can't wait to see it in person.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

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

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 10:53 pm
by Shawn McNew
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 26th, 2015, 10:59 pm
by Shawn McNew
It's really not close to the original.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 27th, 2015, 7:15 am
by Larry Scott
With your detailed pics return it and have another made by a quality shop.....

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 27th, 2015, 7:27 am
by Roland Zamorano
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!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

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

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 27th, 2015, 8:49 am
by Shawn McNew
Ezell Cox wrote:Good enough to keep the great memory alive. :clap:
Yep. The mount along with the video I shot. :chef:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 27th, 2015, 11:10 pm
by Troy Roberson
WoW - congrats to you and David! :tupl:

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 29th, 2015, 8:26 am
by Chase Corder
I like it, I got to see it in person Friday morning and it looks great!

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 29th, 2015, 12:35 pm
by Mike Meeks
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 )

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 29th, 2015, 1:54 pm
by Jay Garrell
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 29th, 2015, 3:01 pm
by Shawn McNew
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 29th, 2015, 10:44 pm
by Mike Ward
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....

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: June 30th, 2015, 2:18 pm
by Justin Rose
I would gladly take the replica for the piece of mind knowing that 50+lb fish is out there growing to 60 ;)

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: July 5th, 2015, 9:58 am
by Dylan Xiong
Shiny fish! Good job.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: July 16th, 2015, 12:29 pm
by John Trembley
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.

Re: 50 lb club has been attained.

Posted: July 17th, 2015, 1:35 am
by Randy Roy
Nice job and very cool it's on display in the store, look forward to seeing it.