Every angler knows the special feeling of catching a great fish. It’s an awesome mixture of excitement, joy and satisfaction that keeps us coming back for more.
Fish can be memorable for different reasons. Size is often a key factor, but circumstance also plays a big role. I had several great fishing memories in 2018, including wrestling the biggest catch of my life from the Snake River, catching my first walleye in my native Michigan, boating a trio of monster bass with pro angler Nick Young, and rescuing my lucky ice fishing rod minutes after it got swiped by a wily trout at Lake Cascade.
I recently asked readers to submit photos of the most memorable fish they caught in 2018. I received dozens of responses, and I thank everyone who took the time to share their photos and memories!
I also want to recognize a few folks who helped make this photo contest a success. Members of the Southwest Idaho Fishing (SWIF) Facebook group provided tons of submissions after I posted a call for photos there. Way to go, SWIF! I also want to thank Sportsman’s Warehouse in Meridian and Pine Mountain Outdoors for supplying prizes for the winners, including coupons, lures and campfire logs.
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Without further ado, here are my readers’ top catches and honorable mentions of 2018. Thanks for sharing your memories. Tight lines!