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Caught A Nice Brown Trout Today

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Started the morning going after bass. Threw everything in my tackelbox at them. After 2 hours with no luck and shortly before I had to start heading home I tied on my white roostertail (haven't picked up any powerbait yet). Caught 2 trout in about 10 minutes. The first was a small rainbow. Didn't wanna be bothered with cleaning fish today so I took a quick picture, unhooked him and got him back in as quick as I could but he was really bleeding a lot. He wasn't guthooked or anything. Just excessively bleeding from his mouth. As soon as he hit the water, he went belly up and floated downstream. I felt pretty bad. :cry3: Thought about calling it a day after that but threw a few more casts. Glad I did cuz shortly after I hooked into a new personal best/first brown trout. Didn't weigh or measure him. Was more concerned with getting him back in the water. But he looked to be around maybe 16 or 17 inches. Ive caught a lot of 13-15 inch bass this summer and this guy was a bit bigger.

Nov. 24, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe

Nov. 24, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe (2)

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Nice brown. The belly up thing is why I don't really care for trout fishing. You will have a better survival rate if you can avoid handling them or taking them out of the water unless absolutely necessary. Whenever possible, I leave them in the water and remove the hook with a pair of pliers or forceps without touching the fish. The warmer the water, the more important it is to keep them in the water and handle them as little as possible.

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Nice brown. The belly up thing is why I don't really care for trout fishing. You will have a better survival rate if you can avoid handling them or taking them out of the water unless absolutely necessary. Whenever possible, I leave them in the water and remove the hook with a pair of pliers or forceps without touching the fish. The warmer the water, the more important it is to keep them in the water and handle them as little as possible.

Thanks for the tip man. Ill keep that in mind. Trout definitly seem like much more fragile fish than bass. Usually when Im trout fishing, Im fishing for dinner but I hadn't been to bed yet and was just trying to get home so I could grab 4 hours of sleep before work.

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Nice fish and i wil lecho the comment that trout are not nearly as hardy a fish as bass are. Unless i want a picture i usually leave them in the water and unhook there. Also be sure to really wet your hands because trout have much more slime than bass do and wiping it off can really hurt them.

Maybe i will have to go chase some trout next weekend :)

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why are trout so fragile?

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why are trout so fragile?

Maybe because they are a cold-water fish? I don't know. I have noticed their fragility too...

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Nice trout. I caught my PB trout this year as well. It's the brown trout in my profile pic. He was 4 lbs. and caught in CT River.

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Nice catches. I'd have chased that rainbow downstream and ate him for lunch. :eyebrows:

why are trout so fragile?

They're farm raised stockies, and haven't had time to naturalize, plus their jaw tissue is not nearly as durable as a bass's. Up here, they're far more durable, so long as you stay away from their gills. Keeping them in a net while you dehook them, and using barbless will help tremendously.

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why are trout so fragile?

So largemouth have an easier time eating them. LOL

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Caught another one today just as it got dark. Not as big as the first. This ones gonna be dinner. Got her cooking right now. Curious to see if browns taste the same as or different than rainbows.

Nov. 29, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe

Nov. 29, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe (2)

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Have never kept a brown, but from what I hear they are better eating than rainbows. Around here, you just don't get that many shots at a brown, therefor they are released and you keep the pinkest bows with all of their fins!

Jeff

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I actually didn't notice too much of a difference between the brown and the rainbow but still quite tasty. As for not getting many shots at a brown, Maryland DNR stocks them in several bodies of water throughout the state. They stock rainbows, browns, and goldens (mostly rainbows). I only started trout fishing this past month and Ive caught 3 bows and 3 browns (put the first 2 back). It could be because they just stocked it a few weeks ago though.

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When you start to notice that the Rainbows get a ton more pink color to them, instead of grey, and have all of their fins in tact, they taste MUCH better. Not as grainy. They taste grainy, because that is what the stocked trout feed on before being introduced to the wild. Their fins being complete let you know they have been there long enough to grow them back. They wear spots in their fins from the concrete tanks they are raised in!

Jeff

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Browns in full spawning dress are awful eating. I know, because I harvest a few females for their eggs each fall, and eat them as tribute. They are better when they are dime bright, like this:

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When you start to notice that the Rainbows get a ton more pink color to them, instead of grey, and have all of their fins in tact, they taste MUCH better. Not as grainy. They taste grainy, because that is what the stocked trout feed on before being introduced to the wild. Their fins being complete let you know they have been there long enough to grow them back. They wear spots in their fins from the concrete tanks they are raised in!

Jeff

I guess I still have to give the bows a little while then. All the ones Ive caught have been more on the grey side.

Browns in full spawning dress are awful eating. I know, because I harvest a few females for their eggs each fall, and eat them as tribute. They are better when they are dime bright, like this:

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Yeah. The one that I ate last night actually had a belly full of eggs. After I saw that, I kind of wished I had put her back. Gonna try and read up on trout spawning habits so I better know what to look for.

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Eaters....

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Full of eggs.....

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One thing to remember is if you catch a stocked fish full off eggs don't feel bad about eating them.....the main reason trout are stocked is because they cannot sustain a population in a specific waterway. Usually because it gets to warm in the summer time so if it is in season and legal size.....eat away because they will die off eventually anyways.

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I guess I still have to give the bows a little while then. All the ones Ive caught have been more on the grey side.

Yeah. The one that I ate last night actually had a belly full of eggs. After I saw that, I kind of wished I had put her back. Gonna try and read up on trout spawning habits so I better know what to look for.

Collect the eggs in a Tupperware container, and cover them with kosher pickling salt. Do not rinse them in anything other than stream water. Use more salt than you think you should use - you'll see what I mean. You can always add a little more in a few hours. That will cure them and they will last all year. Then you can get some colored mesh and thread to tie up spawn bags that have 3-7 eggs in them. Once you tie off the bag tightly, trim the excess mesh, and you have a little bundle of eggs you can use as bait. Just thread the bag on a small hook, cast it out and hang on. Rainbows are CRAZY for brown eggs.

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You can see the spawn bag in this fish's mouth:

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And what is the use of the Blue Moon in the background..........?

Jeff

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And what is the use of the Blue Moon in the background..........?

Jeff

It makes the mundane task of sacking up 4 lbs. of eggs a little easier to bare, lol.

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Nice! I figured!

Jeff

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Thats a cool idea JFrancho. Ill keep that in mind.

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Oh, store the eggs in the fridge. :)

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