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Lake: Catamount Reservoir North
Fish: Lake Trout

inspiration for opening day

Post By: sturgeon guy      Posted: 4/30/2017 2:09:40 PM     Points: 146    
Had a great year last year with 5 fish over 20 lbs. Sadly there is a learning curve to catching big fish out of a tiny boat and was only able to release 3 of the 5. I found out that not trying to get photos or measurements is the best way and just let them go. A big breeders life is worth much more than a bunch of likes on facebook.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 4/30/2017 5:25:21 PM     Points: 1813    
Beautiful fish. Congrats. Did you catch them trolling lures or jiggin?
 Reply by: sturgeon guy      Posted: 4/30/2017 6:12:16 PM     Points: 146    
Lures mainly but I have got into some big ones with 6 inch tubes.
 Reply by: philbert      Posted: 5/3/2017 7:04:32 AM     Points: 102    
Do you use lead core line to get deep enough for the big ones?
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 5/3/2017 8:11:28 AM     Points: 1522    
wow nice pig...
 Reply by: Gwill      Posted: 5/3/2017 8:20:25 AM     Points: 2985    
Wow very nice fish.
 Reply by: BiggieSmalls      Posted: 5/4/2017 1:03:53 PM     Points: 1252    
Respectable fish.

Just curious what other info you can share with others reading this to help them handle fish proper for safe release?

Exposing the trophy lakes is almost as damaging as killing them.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:47:38 AM     Points: 1093    
biggie he killed Several & your asking him about fish handling?... 😆
 Reply by: sturgeon guy      Posted: 5/6/2017 7:59:17 PM     Points: 146    
Sorry guys my phone used to notify me when there was a reply. Yea I don't get the exposing a trophy lake is almost as damaging as killing them.Man this is why I left this page for years. I killed two of them by over handling them but I learned and purchased proper equipment to remedy the problem. I catch a lot of trophy fish and I like when I help my fellow fishermen catch trophy fish but it won't be on this page. Tight lines everyone and I'll see you on the lake.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/6/2017 8:28:20 PM     Points: 46962    
1) you only get notified on the first response
2) most people congratulated you
3) one person gave you mild criticism
4) one person asked what it is you learned

and you throw in the towel? You say you been on this site for years and yet you didn't figure someone would say something when you say you killed two trophy lakers? Unfortunate

You were asked what did you learn about handling the fish? You could have easily used this as an educational opportunity for the forum.

I'm sure you would have gotten a couple trolls. There are always folks that are tough when behind a keyboard. You could have done something positive, instead you elect to run. Again, unfortunate
 Reply by: sturgeon guy      Posted: 5/7/2017 10:05:16 AM     Points: 146    
Run? No. Like I said I haven't been on this page in a couple years so I wasn't aware of the notifications and didn't want people to think I'm ignoring questions. I'm that guy on the lake that will not only tell you how to catch the big ones but probably lend you a lure to do it with. There are a lot of trolls on this page and I could give a rats ass about criticism from a stranger.
On the learning side of things lose the net and buy a Fishgrip. It allows you to control the fish with minimum damage to you and the fish. Works great for big pike also. If you get into a big laker let it go in deep water because you just pulled it up from a lot of pressure and it can't regulate its swim bladder fast enough if let it go in the shallows.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 5/7/2017 12:42:22 PM     Points: 1093    
AW you know i know lake trout.
you think a big lake trout is better with fish grips in its jaw ? so dangling it about by its jaw? have a friend grip your jaw and lift. just try it. keep the net. please.

bring TWO nets, one with a deep net. several pliers, have them ready. And dont fight the fish to the point of exhaustion if possible. i know how a big mack runs. :)
if you have to fight the fish for any duration of time and it seems really tired. unhook it and set it in the net shady side of the boat/raft. if it gets lighter in color, let it go. its winded and needs to go. you can get the digi pic later.

with over 1k views, and ten comments. everyone else had to think the same thing. just some say, dam. when they see dam worthy stuff. dam.
btw nice catchs. yes. but dam to the dead ones. keep the net, imo.
 Reply by: sturgeon guy      Posted: 5/7/2017 3:53:59 PM     Points: 146    
Yea don't lock them down. Just enough to hold on to take the hook out and let them go. I have a 8 foot inflatable pontoon so I don't have a lot of real estate to hold big nets or multiple nets.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/7/2017 4:32:24 PM     Points: 46962    
sturgeon - good. hope you stay with the site. people make mistakes and although some folks will fuss.. the mistakes is truly what makes us better as we learn from them and sharing those mistakes help others learning curve. With about 10K people belonging to the site there's going to be people that stir the pot. On the paying side, we rarely have that issue.

Also, we have tons of people that like you, not only share info but will give lures and gear to folks. Check out this thread

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brat - yep I know you're good on lakers. What the difference between having them shaded or on the sunny side?
 Reply by: creole      Posted: 5/7/2017 8:52:10 PM     Points: 176    
Stourgen Guy, I too have unintentionally killed a trophy it happens. I also posted about it and posted pics and got bashed . but i also told the story about what happenned and hopefilly educated others about handling a trophy. Brat really helped me out letting me tag along with him and seeing first hand how to handle monsters. This was my first big laker and was very naive. and theres nothing like having the fish of a lifetime at the end of your rod. That being said i know what not to do. First of which is stay calm ! I almost lost the fish at the hole and when i finally got his head in the hole i got his gills instead of gill plate and heavy fish need special treatment! In the excitement I rushed to land the fish and felt absolutely horrible for not being able to release him alive. Great catches by the way thanks for the pics tight lines to you!
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 5/7/2017 9:59:50 PM     Points: 1093    
sg, appreciate you not being a yssup about my comment. like i said nice catches, shame on the kills.
i used to rock a 9ft pontoon. i still rocked the deep net on it. i hope to acquire another or a kayak to get back out on the waters i cant big boat it on. imo if your fishing for trophy fish you need trophy gear, all the way to release kit.
the plus side. oh the plus side. im not one but i know what goes on over yonder. just a seperate spot free of opinions other than that of those that pay to be there. meh.

AW the shade bc they come from rather shady regeons. after a long hard fight and being exhausted, imo. the cooler side, of boat/raft water. cooler water on gills while recouping energy from fight. if fought hard. i have a pic of a fish on the sunny side of my boat if you want an illustration. i spin the boat around when fish kicks strong just before release for the better sunny lit pic. i have a crappy cam. this is just my opinion, from being ocd on catching and releasing the lakers.

yep i recall that fish creole. glad you got your focus on for the next one. i've been were that fish you caught was and lost a 30#er behind the boat. happens. i'm still big fish fishin. everyday all day, next trip prepping. digi cam in hand.

i prefer the net bc when they "laker roll", and they always laker roll they get tangled up in the line. i usually either cut the line as close as i can to lure, or unhook and transfer the fish to the spare net.
again if your trophy fishing. you need to be ready with trophy release kit. would you grab a parachute and jump off a ledge? or would you get classes and learn by a learned skydiver?
like i said nice catches sg. if the comments are too much. plus side. i'll just read what you post. no replies. lol.

 Reply by: Goonch      Posted: 5/9/2017 4:32:50 PM     Points: 9    
Awesome fish man it's hard to beat big Lakers in the high country! They certainly are not easy fish to catch so congrats. I agree, keep the net or better yet get a giant net, like really giant. This allows the fish to stay completely submerged while you ready your tools and camera. Everybody know things get hectic when there's a big fish on, that's the best part of fishing! But the big net lets you get control over the situation once the fish is in the basket and not be super rushed. Get the hooks out then snap a quick picture, if your alone a picture of the fish in the net will have to suffice. If you have a camera man don't even mess with the gill plate, I think one hand at the tail and the other supporting the weight is the way to go but I'm not an expert. Lastly make sure you revive them fully before you let them free. Good luck this season!

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