Angler strikes gold in Grand Lake (goldfish that is)

Tulsa man reels in a 2½-pound lunker
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, Staff Writer, email@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2013
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GROVE — A weekend fishing trip for crappie and bass turned into a golden experience when a Tulsa man reeled in a mammoth goldfish.

As far as fish tales goes … maybe mammoth is stretching the story a bit, but a 2½-pound goldfish is certainly an unusual catch.

Daxton Neal, 35, of Tulsa, was on a weekend fishing outing with friends on Grand Lake last month when he caught the lunker goldfish.

“We had been fishing the day before in the Honey Creek Resort area, and had caught a good mess of crappie, and a few good-size bass,” Neal said.

The group launched out in Neal's boat from Honey Creek Resort. As the boat was maneuvering around the docks and throughout the coves, Neal's ultralight fishing pole began to jump.

“I kept an ultralight with a minnow hanging off the boat just in case we ran across a school of crappie while we were bass fishing,” Neal said. “When I saw the rod tip bend almost into the water, I thought I had just snagged a bass.”

The sight of an orange-colored fish just below the water surface caught the anglers by surprise. The goldfish was the biggest fish any of the anglers caught that weekend, he said.

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