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A new season has been added to our list of things to do — paddlefishing

Published 05/02/2012, The Daily Republic

It was a major hoot! With the Big Bend powerhouse looming in the background, I’d anchor my feet in the jagged rocks at the tailrace water’s edge, sit back on a sofa-sized boulder, and launch hooks and sinker with a rod as stiff as a pool cue. An 8-ounce sinker was tied beneath two menacing, tennis ball-sized treble hooks. My braided nylon line was 100-pound test. The paddlefish I sought averaged 50-65 pounds. My biggest ever went 94 pounds.

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