I am an avid Fisherman. I believe this is because I was lucky enough to be emerged into fishing at a young age. I have always had a great passion for the outdoors and Fishing is my escape.
I set a goal when I was 25 yrs old. -To become a member of the Legendary ” Brown Baggers Club”, before I turned 30 yrs old. To do this I needed to catch 2 Browns each over 10 pounds … I knew this would be a hard goal to Achieve with-in 4 years but patience and time spent on the water was what it was going to take.
After my first year I started adapting my techniques and fishing even harder. this more aggressive style was putting some good Browns in the Boat and I know I lost a few lunkers to the bottom of the SNAGGY lake. After my 2nd year I purchased a new boat–Now I had no excuse not to be out on the water. In the 3rd year I met Mike Nielsen, of TAHOE TOPLINERS. He has the Big Brown thing down and after a few trips with him I knew my 1st 10 pounder was coming soon and it did. On Halloween 2008 I was trolling and caught a 31 inch 10.5 pounder. I was alone that day and when it hit the net I screamed so LOUD people on the freeway probably heard me. I released her to grow for another day.
My 2nd 10 pounder was caught one year and one week after my 1st. Nov. 8th 2009 I had been trollin alone all morning and the fishing was good- but @ noon the bite died off . But my friend Mike Nielsen was meeting me @ 3, so I kept on trolling. No bites between 12 and 3, then I picked up Mike and 15 minutes later I had my 2nd brown over 10 pounds. This Hen was short and FAT. 28.5 by 17 inches. she weighed 10.2 pounds. After I released her I took a chance and thought back on all the fish i had caught in the last 3 years while tying to get into the Brown Baggers Club. Mike just looked at me and laughed because I had the biggest GRIN on my face. And I still do today.!! –Matt Carollo
Ps… After catching and releasing these 2 elusive Browns, I am now even more addicted to chasing them. My next goal is Catch a male-“Hookjaw” over 13 pounds.
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