Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:07 pm Post subject: The one that got away
About June 3 2010 About 5 pm I was merily trolling along the shoreline on Lower Twin at Bridgeport. When I got bit real hard. There was a moderate wind. The fish went down deep as we were blown out in deep water. I felt very good as there is nothing to get hung up on. After about 10 minutes I saw a gigantic Brown surface about 15 feet form the boat.
Not to be bragging but to let you know I have a good idea of a Brown Trouts size. I Have had 4 Browns over 20 lbs, in the boat including a 33lb 10 0z.
Now for my mistakes, I did not get the boat up wind of the fish. I have always got the boat up wind for 35 years. For some reason (buck fever) I was trying to pull the fish to the boat as the wind was fighting against me. I should have backed the drag off and got up wind and used it to my advantage.
I had just bought a new net that has an upward curve at the end of the hoop. I didn't even think about that. It was shorter by about a foot that my old one also.
I did after another 10 or 12 minutes get the Monster near the transom. Wowy wowy I said, this thing is a 25 pound class Brown. I reached as far as I could, more buck fever (mistake) and thought I had it but I was a foot short and the hooks were caught in the net a slow roll and a fish of a lifetime dissapeared in th the Green Waters of Lower Twin. That was the biggest Brown I have ever hooked in California.
It is still there for someone I hope. I still an haunted every day of the possible Ca. state record Brown that I lost because I screwed up.
I have lost other big Brown by uncontrolled circumstances such as hooks comming out. Thats ok. But I definately Blew It that day. JIm
Joined: 27 Dec 2005 Posts: 348 Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:41 pm Post subject:
Thanks for sharing this sad one, Jim. I'm sure we know where you'll be in May this coming year! Best wishes on it, hope you're able to convert this time.
One remark... Don't be ashamed that you had "buck fever" while fighting this fish... The day I stop getting buck fever is the day I'll quit and take up shuffleboard! _________________ Mark-O
Brown Trout-Aholics Anonymous
The hardest part of this is hooking the big brown in the first place. They just don't make a mistake very often at all. They get smart and I've always said, "they die of old age". Losing a truly big brown is horrible!
Thanks for sharing Jim. I know the feeling only to well....I don't know what it is but really huge browns have a way of getting off. I would say for you guys out there, in my experience, and I've had alot of it, when the unexpected happens and the big one is on, you just need to concentrate on doing the right things and you will be successful in landing the fish...if you lose it, your in good company....ha ha ha
I lost a huge brown two years ago and I'm still sick.....it was a really huge one too, I couldn't move it for a long time and it just kept taking drag....I've lost several huge browns through the years. In addition, I've lost three huge browns that I saw and a world record largemouth bass 10 feet from the net that we saw clearly....when you see them, that is the worst!
move on and be ready............ _________________
Joined: 12 Jun 2006 Posts: 50 Location: Portland, Oregon
Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:33 am Post subject:
A great "lesson's learned" story, Jim. Relative to you, AC, and several others, I'm rather new to this game and don't nearly have as close the experiences as you have. I'm really sorry this happened to you.
Like AC said, it's not as bad when you don't see them. I haven't had on and seen a 20+ lber on the end of my line, but I've lost (2) over the 10+ lb mark that I did see and made me sick.
Best of luck to you and thanks for sharing again. I'm sure your next story will be of the one that didn't get away! :-)
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