Archive for May, 2013

Dude, where’s my Cameraman?

Posted: May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s been slow fishing for me lately. I have not been able to fish as much as I used-  I have hooked into a few fish that felt big, but they shake the hooks a few seconds after crushing the lure.  Water temps are finally rising into the 50’s and the bite is slowly picking up. May 11th at 9:30 am I finally connected with a solid fish and got him into the net.  The big brown trout gator-rolled in the net tangling line, hooks, and mesh into a slimy mess. I spent more time than I like to trying to get this fish off the hooks and out of the tangled net.  I’m a firm believer in catch and release so I was doing everything I could to get the fish released fast.

I have been fishing with partners in the boat for so long now that I almost forgot I was alone.  I pulled the fish out of the net and then said to myself ” Dude, where’s my Cameraman?  With one hand on the net,  I quickly struggled with the other hand to get the camera dug out of the bag and set up.  After I snapped one quick picture I decided to give the big brown some much needed oxygen, I knew he needed to be released right away because  it took  longer than normal to get the hooks out.  After a minute of reviving the fish he swiftly powered out of my hands,  back down, deep into the green water to eat more rainbow trout .  Once I got my line set back out on a troll and looked at the camera to see a horrible, blurry picture of my best brown so far this year.   Oh well..  I never got the chance to measure or weigh the fat hook-jaw but you can at least see that he wasn’t missing any meals.

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Spring Trout 2013

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Spring 2013 came once I got back from a 3-week work trip to Florida, filming Shark tagging research.  We tagged a 14 ft. female. Image 02242013_Ocearch_JacksonvilleFL_0552MAtt with DSLR rigI arrived back in Utah just as the ice was melting from my favorite lakes.  Brandon and I hit 4 lakes just as the ice was melting..the timing felt perfect and the fishing was good for smaller fish .  While out fishing we are always looking to break the 24 inch or 5 lbs mark…but deep inside all we want is to hook that double digit 30 inch Brown.  We got pinched into shore by the roaming ice pack. It lifted and disposed my boat a few feet up-onto shore. It was a scary moment but luckily we made it off the lake with no damage after a little work, shimming the boat back into the water.Image

ImageImageImage    Once I heard the rumors that a lake with big Tiger Trout was starting to melt off…I called a few buddies and planned a trip to see if we could hook a big Tiger. Brandon was feeling good about it… he and Joe both custom painted a bunch of new lure colors to try out. This was our maiden voyage to this lake and we didn’t even know for sure, if we could launch the boat yet.  60 percent of the lake was still frozen solid.We started trolling a small bay near a shallow river inlet, it was the only open water we could reach from the ramp. After several hours with no bites we made a plan to break thru the ice to try and reach the open water in the distance. 10 hot laps later… my boat wakes cracked up the ice and we then started paddling our way thru the 2 inch ice sheets. 300 yards later we reached open water and knew our day was made!!

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Half Brown, and half Brook Trout makes the Tigers very unique looking and an amazing predator. They hit hard and fight down and dirty once you get them close to the boat. Trolling our hand-painted lures thru the murky, 39 degree water was the ticket.! We caught several nice Tigers from 18-29 inches. After 9 hours of fishing Joe got big fish of the day when this 29 inch tiger snatched up his lure while I was falling fast-asleep at the wheel.  Nothing gets your heart going like the sound of a big fish peeling drag!. Joe’s Tiger Trout might qualify as a Utah State Record for  Catch and Release.

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MATT 24 INCH TIGER RELEASE