Finally Caught My Unicorn

  • hossfisher
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    Posts: 90
    #2179859

    Been targeting XL crappies the last few years with varying degrees of success. The bar has slowly been raised from 14”-15”-16”-17”

    Well, this past weekend we reset the bar yet again with a 17.75” x 14” unicorn. She was released to go do her thing spawning in a few months and keep those elite genetics circulating.

    Keep grinding folks, the unicorns are out there!

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    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 16920
    #2179865

    Yes, he’ll yeah. Beautiful crappie. We were after the same unicorn all winter. 16.5 is where the bar stopped

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    Youbetcha
    Participant
    Anoka County
    Posts: 2199
    #2179872

    That is a tank. Are you getting a replica done?

    Rodwork
    Participant
    Farmington, MN
    Posts: 3563
    #2179875

    applause
    Nice job. My unicorn is still laughing at me in the corner.16.25” so far is my best.
    Where are you going to get your replica done?

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    Brittman
    Participant
    Posts: 1481
    #2179884

    Well done.

    If you are into mounted fish … some of the replicas can turn out well with the right artist.

    hossfisher
    Participant
    Posts: 90
    #2179885

    Yes, he’ll yeah. Beautiful crappie. We were after the same unicorn all winter. 16.5 is where the bar stopped

    That’s a giant, Bearcat! Some of the best fishing is still around the corner to raise that bar.

    Ralph Wiggum
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    Maple Grove, MN
    Posts: 11662
    #2179886

    …17.75” x 14” unicorn…

    Oh, wow! Congrats. Without getting specific, was this a MN fish?

    hossfisher
    Participant
    Posts: 90
    #2179889

    That is a tank. Are you getting a replica done?

    Definitely interested in getting a replica done. Haven’t personally mounted any fish, but heard great things about Artistic Anglers out of Duluth.

    Anybody have any recommendations for a quality replica?

    lindyrig79
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    Forest Lake / Lake Mille Lacs
    Posts: 5043
    #2179890

    Nice job Hoss!!

    hossfisher
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    Posts: 90
    #2179891

    Oh, wow! Congrats. Without getting specific, was this a MN fish?

    Yeah, not caught in what I would consider the “metro” but not far out.

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
    Posts: 13911
    #2179896

    Holy slabs

    muskie-tim
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    Rush City MN
    Posts: 824
    #2179904

    Definitely interested in getting a replica done. Haven’t personally mounted any fish, but heard great things about Artistic Anglers out of Duluth.

    I used Artistic Anglers for a muskie mount and he did a great job. Highly recommend them.

    Tlazer
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    Posts: 449
    #2179908

    Nice catch and release. Hopefully you had more than a 6” hole to get that monster through.

    super_do
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    St Michael, MN
    Posts: 1059
    #2179911

    Check out Anglers Touch Fish Art & Taxidermy in East Bethel. Best Crappie replicas I’ve seen.

    Youbetcha
    Participant
    Anoka County
    Posts: 2199
    #2179916

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ralph Wiggum wrote:</div>

    Oh, wow! Congrats. Without getting specific, was this a MN fish?

    Yeah, not caught in what I would consider the “metro” but not far out.

    Targeting weeds or more basin bites?

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 16920
    #2179926

    Check out Anglers Touch Fish Art & Taxidermy in East Bethel. Best Crappie replicas I’ve seen.

    This is who I would have do any panfish for me. He does awesome work

    hossfisher
    Participant
    Posts: 90
    #2179931

    Check out Anglers Touch Fish Art & Taxidermy in East Bethel. Best Crappie replicas I’ve seen.

    That’s the one! I couldn’t remember the name, but I’ve been blown away by some of their work.

    hossfisher
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    Posts: 90
    #2179938

    Targeting weeds or more basin bites?

    Right on the edge of the basin. I’ve noticed the big fish have switched to eating exclusively bugs this time of year. You can even see them nose down in the mud rooting around on livescope.

    Youbetcha
    Participant
    Anoka County
    Posts: 2199
    #2179941

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Carter Johnson wrote:</div>

    Targeting weeds or more basin bites?

    Right on the edge of the basin. I’ve noticed the big fish have switched to eating exclusively bugs this time of year. You can even see them nose down in the mud rooting around on livescope.

    Thats super helpful thanks for the insight!

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 10089
    #2180020

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ralph Wiggum wrote:</div>

    Oh, wow! Congrats. Without getting specific, was this a MN fish?

    Yeah, not caught in what I would consider the “metro” but not far out.

    If I was a betting man, I know what lake I’d put my money on that this fish came out of. In all the years I lived in the metro it always put out a few of the Biggest crappies each year. Then again it may have been caught out of any of the more than 10,000 lakes we have here in Minnesota

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 10089
    #2180026

    Yeah, not caught in what I would consider the “metro” but not far out.

    If I was a betting man, I know what lake I’d put my money on that this fish came out of. In all the years I lived in the metro it always put out a few of the Biggest crappies each year. Then again it may have been caught out of any of the more than 10,000 lakes we have here in Minnesota

    Iowaboy1
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    #2180028

    DANG!!! what a beauty!!!

    tswoboda
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    #2180030

    That fish is unreal, great pictures too!

    AnotherFisherman
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    Posts: 553
    #2180035

    What a beast! Congrats on the catch. Sounds like it was well earned!

    IceNEyes1986
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    Harris, MN
    Posts: 1202
    #2180036

    Wow!! What a Slab! Congrats!

    queenswake
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    NULL
    Posts: 1102
    #2180183

    Anytime I see replicas of the record crappie or bluegill I keep thinking if I pulled those up, how freaked out I would be as they look so unnatural.

    What tanks, guys. Absolute tanks.

    bullcans
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    Northfield MN
    Posts: 1909
    #2180191

    I think that’s the biggest I’ve ever seen!
    Wow and congrats waytogo

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