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Fish: Brook Trout

Eating the Freshest Brook Trout

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/8/2020 3:57:21 PM     Points: 89    
Early ice has been treating us well so far this season. Although we've been smashing the Rainbows, we wanted to switch things up and target only Brook Trout...Since we did that and Brook Trout are so delicious, we figured we should do a catch and cook on the ice too for the episode! Had good success landing some gorgeous Brookies and did a simple catch/clean/cook with them. (Oil/Butter, Salt/pepper seasoning, light flour coating)

The lake we wanted to hit had some sketchy ice and was half frozen (pictured below) but not a very deep lake (at least where we were)! I circled where Sam and I were fishing, you can see why we didn't move around much, took a while spud barring out to where we were. We fished 4-5 FOW on 4" of ice...Don't worry we did the cooking back on the shore ice which was on 0FOW.

The lake ice being in it's condition, made for some cool drone shots and we even got fortunate enough to get a drone shot of a bald eagle watching over our fish! Fun times out on the early ice, hope you guys enjoy!!

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 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 12/8/2020 5:33:32 PM     Points: 89    
Making me hungry!!! You guys are awesome.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/8/2020 6:02:16 PM     Points: 89    
--SirGreg88

Honestly, it made me really hungry editing this video...Craving pan fried brook trout again now🤤🤤
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 12/8/2020 6:36:46 PM     Points: 40706    
I always enjoy the cooking as a bonus to your videos guys. Very well done! Some neat cooking tips for sure...never thought about scaling trout. One of my coworkers turned me on to eating the tail. Those were very decent brookies.
 Reply by: The Fast Forester      Posted: 12/8/2020 9:16:41 PM     Points: 402    
Great video, thanks for sharing. Love them fried brookies! What a drone shot of the bald eagle, ever had a raptor go after the drone?
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/8/2020 9:36:45 PM     Points: 89    
--bron

As do we, one of our favorite videos to make!! Nothing better then eating some delicious fresh meat while you're out!! It just makes it so you can eat right through everything like I did in the video, also makes that skin nice and crispy/delicious🤤 Theres some really good brook trout lakes that I want to hike to up here eventually, they'll be an ultra pain in the @ss to get to though.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/8/2020 9:38:57 PM     Points: 89    
--The Fast Forester

Thank you for watching and glad you enjoyed it😃 That is the second time I've gotten a bald eagle on drone footage and I was really pumped to get it. I haven't had them go after it...I don't want to get any closer in fear of them attacking it lol
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 12/9/2020 12:33:42 PM     Points: 143    
To target brook trout through the ice, I recommend a 1/16oz bite down split shot. Was amazing how often they would come up and hit that rather than the bait when we had our camera out.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: 12/9/2020 1:32:13 PM     Points: 490    
Brookies that color are so good even if using just a bit of sea salt or nothing at all!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/9/2020 2:01:07 PM     Points: 89    
--CoachK

Nice recommendation! The jig I was using with the soft plastic was a 1/16oz tungsten jig. Funny you should say that, I don't use split shot much anymore but when I did, I always had trout biting at it!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/9/2020 2:02:14 PM     Points: 89    
--MOJO

We had some basically plain (we forgot the seasoning) and roughly the same color when we went camping in 2019 at a deeper lake. They tasted amazing still for sure! This might be my favorite way of eating them now though lol.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 12/9/2020 5:40:44 PM     Points: 422    
I have even eaten brookies raw right out of the water with a little salt and lime. Delicious. If you want to get into some real trophy brookiies w/o having to go to Canada, give some of the lakes on Boulder Mountain in south central Utah a shot. There are a fair number of 3-5 pounders in some of those high lakes.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 12/9/2020 6:36:40 PM     Points: 6366    
Great video as usual, I swore I could smell those fish cooking. Next time you go brookie fishing be sure to try some red colored lures. I have had more success with red than any other color for brookies.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/9/2020 7:39:15 PM     Points: 348    
Coach K that is awesome, like the Crawford crappie hitting our swivel more than all our fancy and pretty lures.

As for favorite color, rotate between black/orange, red/gold, and yellow/copper spoons n hair jigs. My personal best over 6# hit a red little Cleo then 10 minutes later her slightly smaller brother hit. Only 2 hits of the day between 3 of us.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/10/2020 8:36:47 AM     Points: 89    
--Wmdunker

We've been asked if we would try doing a trout sashimi, if we did I think I would do it that way and in a small amount...Can't imagine it tasting bad. Thanks for the suggestion, Utah is probably the first state we'll be branching out to since it's so close to us. Sounds like a lake we need to hit!!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 12/10/2020 8:38:03 AM     Points: 89    
--not too old to fish

Haha if only Smellivision was a thing...Good to know, Now that I think of it, I don't think I've ever tried a red lure of any kind when targeting them...Next time I go i'll try that out😃
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 12/10/2020 9:13:50 AM     Points: 143    
Diggin - Exactly. Crappie are the warm water version of Brookies. hahah

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