Post By: aaron3607 Posted: 9/8/2012 10:33:50 PM Points: 179
I went to Pueblo today for some late day action. Trout hit my panther martins, fire tiger HDs, and blue foxes fairly consistantly. The weird thing is as soon as the sun went down the extremely large fish came out to play. You can hear their splashes like a kid was throwing boulders into the river. I hooked into a monster as soon as the darkness set in. Awesome experience. I also got into a decent smallie today.
Reply by: stowe Posted: 9/10/2012 12:44:38 AM Points: 88
Those are some nice fish for sure. If I can make one reccomendation though, please don't let the fish you intend to release lay on the bank/rocks like that. I'm not trying to tell you what to do but, in order to ensure the greatest survival rate possible it is in everyone's best interest to handle the fish as carefully as possible and to minimize the trauma to the fish and it's slime coating. It looks like you had a great day though. Congrats
Let me get this party goin....I gotta get the hook out somehow...I've had enough treble hooks go through my fingers now that I take extra precaution. Hey I can not release them like two fellas I saw this weekend. And then tell people like you that they're under 16 when clearly they're not!And I was in the special regs section of the river.
Aaron try taking a grocery bag with you so you can lay them on that. It will save the fish's protective slime and you can still take the hooks out safely. Good fish handling skills are essential for good fishing skills, especially in cnr waters. Just some advice as i used to do the same as you. Much respect, lewdog.
I'm not trying to bash on you or start another one of those combat threads. I used to let my fish lay on the ground too. Some time back though someone pointed out to me that it isn't a good idea and now if the fish is going to be released then I go out of my way to try and give it every chance that I can. I didn't intend to start an argument, just offering a little advice.
I hear you Aaron, just posted a thread about a scary encounter with a treble. A cheap net or the plastic bag does really increase the survival chances but at least you are practicing c&r.:) beautiful fish and a great place to fish as well. Was there over labor day and had a great time.
Salty - I am on the same page as you. I hit the river by the Union Street bridge the other morning (I think it was actually labor day morning but dont remember exactly). My stepdad and I were discussing the best times to fish and I mentioned right at dusk would probably be killer right through that area. Then he pointed out the numerous hobo camps along the shoreline under the bridges (Union and Main St) and I quickly changed my tune lol...
Reply by: nightangler Posted: 9/14/2012 11:09:55 AM Points: 1243
I'm down to do a night time posse one night so we can hit the river through town. Being out west of the nature center I would imagine its a bit safer than it would be near down town under the bridges...
Using the black and orange firetiger HD, I hooked into about ten 14-18 in bobo's today...Dynamic HD's have to be the best lure ever... I walked by this fly fisherman and he said things were slow and then I stopped about 25 yards downriver from him and hooked up with two bobo's. He looked at me and threw his rod. Good times!!
Reply by: saltyfresh Posted: 9/16/2012 1:49:33 AM Points: 646
I hit the special regs section last night on short notice. Not a lot of fish but this brown made the trip from Castle Rock worthwile. He ate the chartreuse shad HD right at sundown. Got broke off by a stronger and I assume bigger fish right before this...really would have liked to have seen that one. Sorry for bad pics in low light with crappy phone.
Reply by: urbantrout Posted: 9/16/2012 8:30:10 AM Points: 0
Alright now Aaron, I doubt you’re catching more fish than the fly guys down there, with that said, the guy u were watching fly fish probably is inexperienced, and judging from how he told you the fishing was slow, I truly doubt if that guy was presenting his flies correctly or if he even knew what he was doing with dialing in depth because right now, the fishing is awesome despite low flows. I’ve seen some phenomenal fly fishermen down there that flat out pound big fish consistently. So before you get back on ur high horse and think that ur little hd lure will work every time, realize that u r a fishermen just like that fly guy. You’re no better than him, and if you get ur jollies from him throwing his fly rod on the ground which gave you that sense of accomplishment (lack thereof) and that “I’m now better than you attitude” because you hooked a few fish, you might want to reconsider what’s important to you when you go fishing, or you should try fishing next to a fly guy worth his salt and then see who’ll be pounding their chest.
Reply by: Branch Doctor Posted: 9/16/2012 9:26:39 PM Points: 463
Nice fish Aaron, great job!
Hey urbantrout, did somebody pee in your cheerios or what? There's no need to pounce on the guy for enjoying his success for the day... and if I saw the guy throw down his precious flyrod in disgust I would've been laughing too.
Reply by: aaron3607 Posted: 9/17/2012 8:34:17 AM Points: 179
Look! It's not that serious I was just reporting what happened. I don't think I'm better and personally everytime I go out I get that stare of domination because I use spin tackle. Like I've commited the cardinal sin of Colorado or something. I too have a fly rod and can't figure it out I have better luck with spinning techniques.