I understand how you feel. I didn't lose it myself per say, but the bass I'm holding in my avatar picture was a real dandy. My son and I both had just caught 2 nice bass and placed them on the stringer (thankfully we got pics). He caught another about 20 minutes later and when we hauled up the stringer all we had was a small portion of the heads. Turtles had feasted on our whoppers of the day.