Can't wait to see this brown and hear the story. Congrats on the catch. _________________ Mr. Imbrie sent me for trial a soft and flexible artificial minnow of the style known as the "phantom," which he calls the "Capelin" phantom.
Joined: 04 Jan 2004 Posts: 223 Location: South Lake Tahoe
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:05 pm Post subject:
So I finally got one of those really big tahoe browns in the net. I had a feeling it would be a good day- some other hardcore local anglers have been catching big mackinaw recently on the late spring topline by targeting areas on the east shore near where Nevada Department of Wildlife has been planting thousands of little rainbow trout.
High winds and big waves have kept us all off the lake for the last few days though, and when the weather forecast for this morning looked fishable, I made a last minute decision to do dawn patrol.
Started fishing at legal time (one hour before sunrise) and worked the AC Plugs for an hour, catching one 6 pound mackinaw. Switched one rod to a Rapala, and hooked then snapped off a 6 -7 pound rainbow on 8 pound line when it ran right at the boat then jumped 30 feet out! Argh!
No more bites for a few hours, trying a variety of Rapalas, Bombers and AC Plugs, then at 10:00 am in full sunshine with a bit of chop on the water, I hooked up again!
I was running my new, 8 inch AC Triple Skinny in rainbow pattern, thinking I was fishing for big, trout-chomping mackinaw, and I had just decided to give up and switch to slow-troll with live minnows to at least put some average fish in the boat. I throttled the motor down and started reeling the lure in as fast as I could to change up, when my rod bent over hard and started pumping.
At first I thought I had a decent, 10 pound mackinaw, but then I saw the fat tail and watched in horror as this fish scraped the line under along the bottom of my boat and kept trying to hide under my outboard motor, until I had to tilt it up for safety. I sure was happy I had tied this AC Plug onto 10 pound leader.
When I finally had a net-shot, I scooped it up on the first try and headed right back for the boat ramp with my biggest brown to date. It was a fat hen, just 29 inches but 17 to 17.5 inches in girth, and after getting two different weights on two hand scales (10.5 and 11.4 pounds), I brought it down to The Sportsman tackle shop in South Lake Tahoe where they weighed it on the giant 'photo op' scale and it came up 11.2.
A small crowd of Powerbait-buyers gathered and I let some of them have their pictures taken with the fish as well, just to fool their friends. If you see other guys with 11.2 pound Tahoe browns on the Internet, that's just my fish!
For the record, I had just started reeling in around 500 feet of line, and between boat speed of around 2 MPH and reeling speed, effective lure speed was probably around 5 MPH. I had my AC Triple Skinny covered with Pro-Cure scents, a mix of rainbow trout and minnow scent Super Gel. I think the big brown smelled the rainbow trout, then smelled the minnow and thought she was chasing a little rainbow filled with minnows, like a turduckhen.
I was told I should freeze my fish whole and send it to a taxidermist who would make a mount then throw away the meat. Instead I took about 50 photos, and I will be serving ruby-red, grilled freshwater salmon steaks for my daughter's high school graduation party next week. I know, I'm a freaking caveman, but Tahoe brown trout is one of the world's finest delicacies.
Thanks once again Allan Cole, for the world's finest lure!
Joined: 15 Mar 2007 Posts: 22 Location: Placerville, CA (Old Hangtown)
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:42 pm Post subject:
Congrats on the nice catch. Love the color!! I know how good it feels to get that first one over 10lbs under your belt. It's alot of hard work and time on the water and now it's all come together for you. Now that you got that first over 10, you might go on a streak and hit another or a couple more, or it might take a while. I'd get back out and see if your hot and maybe you'll stick another. Anyhow I know how good it feels to get the 10lb monkey off your back, now enjoy. - Cam _________________ HTTP://WWW.NORCALANGLER.NET
Thanks for the details Mark. That is one beautiful fish. _________________ Mr. Imbrie sent me for trial a soft and flexible artificial minnow of the style known as the "phantom," which he calls the "Capelin" phantom.
Congrats Weez. You did good. Now go out and get another. You might be on a lucky streak, you know. You have quite a following . Good fishing and good luck..
Its really something how your fish and Ron's have different spot patterns. These browns have a variety of spot patterns and color variations. Some silvery and some golden and some dark brown or orange or yellow and other patterns.. _________________
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