Archive for November, 2010

November Trollin’#2

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

Friday Nov. 12, 2010

 

I snapped this pic of Molly a few weeks ago but just noticed that I captured a Brown Trout jumping up the waterfall too.. !! WOW.. what are the chances of two getting two things I love in one photo. And if you really knew how small this lil creek is then you would realize that I got LUCKY.  real lucky. Dude that is a toad of a fish for that creek.

 

 

Water temps are down into the mid 40″s…boy did that happen quick!!! The Browns are up higher in the water column and in the shallows feeding before winter . 3 pm After work I had to get out to see if the bite was on . Boom as I came across the same point I caught my 1st 10# Brown on , I got SLAMMED. It felt good and I saw the fish splash off the point, It looked good. It pulled and shook it head like crazy and I was saying to my self ” wow this I a great fight- it’s fighting better than both of my 10 # Browns”.. as I brought it boat side I got a glimpse of a Pink side–Rainbow??  Yep Rainbow. !! Oh well – It was a solid one at least. probably around 5 pounds.

Next I saw a fish break the surface and as I trolled thru- i got nothing- so I stopped to reel in to move- when ..Bam on the retrieve….A nice big spotted Brown.

Dejohn joined me for the rest of the evening and he managed 3 nice Brown between 16 and 18 inches.

The next day we started at 6:30am… and Dejohn had a nice Bass to get the Skunk off the boat. Then he caught what I keep telling him about….. A nice sized Hookjawed Brown Trout. 22″

Right after that I caught one a little bit longer but way skinnier. 23″ spawned out Brown Snake.

The bite slowed down so we move to the North and I immediately caught another nice little hookjaw. The Browns and Bigger fish in general are out on patrole…This time of year it can happen at any second.  And it only takes a second to turn a slow day into the day you dream about.

Not much later, I got a good bite  and finally had some weight on the end of my G Loomis IMX rod.  It was a nice thick Brown at about 5 lbs. With cool silvery colors.

I have noticed all my big fish this fall have been from the same area. So we flipped around and a few passes later on the retrieve I caught another skinny Brown. This guy leaped outa the water 4 times and then tried to take my into the shallow moss in the back of the bay.. I love the spots and halos on this fish!!

Next day– it was a slow morning.. Not untill 10:30 did I get a bite.  I managed 3 browns from 19-21 ” and lost a good fish next to the boat that looked to be about 5 pounds.

14 Browns caught in those 3 days.. and lots lost.

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Friday Nov.5th- After a long slow week of fishing alone I was anxious to get some company in the boat. Brandon and I met up for the evening troll but the high pressure system and 60 degree weather was still Killing the bite. .  Water temps are a little high still too at around 55-54 . We fished from 3-7 for one chunky Cutty .

The next day we hit it early 6 am and had our buddy Michael Dejohn  join. He still has yet to catch a Brown Trout.  The weather was supposed to change but that nice high pressure system was still set in over the state. BOOOOO Dejohn started us off with the first fish …but it was the wrong species.. it was a Cut and he needs a Brown.  The Bite was slow I managed to hook a Brown, Brandon caught one too but lost it next to the boat after a classic- Bamboozal. My line was all tangled in his and the brown looked at that cluster F.. and spit the hooks.  Brandon hooked another Brown and as it leaped outta the water it shook his hook again.. it looked like a 3- 4 pounder. Brandon was just off this day – That’s 2 Browns he Farmed while poor Dejohn has yet to feel one bite.

So the next day I decided to hit it late for the evening troll. A storm was coming in late that night and the Low pressure was moving in.   Brandon wussed out on me cause of the slow fishing we had the day before, so I had Nicole come out and join the fun . It was windy… and slow.. we fish from 12 till 6 for 5 browns, 2 bows and a bass. All Browns were spawned out and skinny but really cool looking.

Tuesday November 9th: Finally some Brown Trout Weather!!! Cold, nippy and even colder My friend Chris Means and I launched the boat at 6:20 am . Means caught the first fish an hour later- a Dink Bow.. We turned around and as I let my lure out..BAM 40 feet behind the boat I got slammed . It was a super chunky Brown-Short but fat.   After that I got 3 more skinny browns- They almost look like a completely different strain of fish.

And in the last possible second as we were tolling into the boat ramp Means was jerking his rod calling in the Browns-” come on give me one last brown before we…ohh got one!!!”  It was a nice cool spotted brownie. We headed into work at 9:30am.

The next morning I wanted more.. This time Dejohn met me at the ramp for some pre-work trolling.  Right outa the gate I got a long skinny Brown on my Low light Custom AC Plug.

Then Nothing …………it was cold- felt good, I missed three quick hits in  a row but never could get the Browns to bite  Until Dejohn grunted ” oh yea” He had a nice bite and got to fight his first Brown Trout. He was stoked- another species checked off the list of life.

On the way back to the ramp–boom I got a good solid bite that shook me after 3-4 seconds.. ARRGGRR That was a good bite.!!!!

Well the Brown Trout season started off just as one would hope: cold, rainy, cloudy and wet.  Brandon and I were the only boat fishing in the rain on Halloween eve and it seemed to pay off. We only fished for the last 3 hours of the day but we managed to land 8 Browns. We had a double that turned out to be cool- Brandon caught another Tiger Trout.

A fish that is not known to be in the lake yet he and I have caught 6 in the last 3 years. Another cool thing was we saw a bay boiling with chubs which I rarely see on this lake- it was a bait ball and Browns had it corralled …. so we went back and forth thru it and caught the 2 nicest fish of the day. Brandon used his first attempt at a  custom painted Brown Trout lure and it worked great. I used one of my custom painted Low Light lures.

The next morning was not as good as the night before. The rain was gone and all that remained we high thick clouds.. The Conditions reminded me of 2 year previous when I caught my 1st 10 pounder. And I was hoping to get another double-digit Brown.  I hooked a good fish only to loose it a minute into the fight- it was pulling hard and I was too trying to not let it take me into the bottom to snag me up. That’s when I felt a pop..I thought it broke me off but it had straightened out the hook and shook me loose. It then came to the surface and rolled leaving a solid mark in the water. Brandon called me a farmer and laughed.  But the first fish we landed was a nice one

and we hoped the day would stay the same..it didn’t..At the end of the day  Brandon got the biggest –  a short, fat, round, 22 inch 5 pounder. We trolled from sun up till 4pm  for 7 browns.

Monday morning I did a solo mission looking for the big one. I started at 6:30 am and the sun rises at 7:15 am – I had trolled for an hour before I got a bite and it felt good- It was in the same area we found the bait ball and where I had gotten my hook straightened. I got the fish to the boat and could see it was a nice 23-24 incher- just as I reached for the net he Gator rolled and shook me loose.  I fished hard for several more hours for 2 more browns. 18″ and a solid 22 incher to end my day

….. Actually I went to another lake and fished till dark cause a friend had caught a real Big Brown there. That lake is a real head-scratcher. Nice Fish Ken!!!

Tuesday- Skunked- or …might as well of been-  I snagged a Sucker in the butt!! he must of thought I was named Brandon.

Wed- Skunked- the weather is just too nice for November.

But I got a new camera and I am loving it!!!

PS.. all fish were Released…