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Big Brookie....On a Jig!!!

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This picture is from earlier this year.

BK42 and I were out learning how to fish the jig in one of our local spots, and this guy decided my 1/2oz black jig looked like lunch.

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Nice fish! I'm pretty sure that is not a brook trout but a marble trout (Salmo trutta marmoratus).

Where did you catch it? As far as I know this trout is native only in Europe. Strange???!!!

http://www.parcoaddasud.it/parcoaddasud/marmorata/images/marmorata%2001.jpg

This is a brook trout:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/images/fishing/brook-dunnfieldsm.jpg

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Thats a good'un SPEEDBEAD!!

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T-Rig, the first pic you have there is a "native brook trout"

The Pennsylvania Fish Commission stocks the creek that feeds this little lake. This is what they call a "breeder" brook trout. Typically, they will use these bigger trout for eggs and fingerling production and then release them as they get too old to be of use to them.

They actually get that color from being in a hatchery and they will darken the longer they are in the wild. I estimate this one was a holdover from the previous year.

Thanks fellas

Wayne

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Yeah, thats the last thing I expected to hit it.  When it came out from the bush, I initially thought it was a pike or pickerel.  It missed it the first time, dropped the lure back in and he inhaled it.

Put him back for someone else to catch.

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Wayne,

Thats a nice fish, with some beautiful markings. I wish we had them here locally, oh well I guess I will have to stick to speckeled trout.

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No wonder Muddy named you Mook at Arms.  That's a big ol' fish with a big ol' SPEEDBEAD holding it.  Nice trout man.  ;)

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Awesome fish! Are you sure that's not a tiger trout?

I thought about that. I had not heard the Fish Commission had any in the area, but it may be.  

I will have to ask the head of the stocking crew if they knew of any in the truck in the last few years.

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Man, I also think it looks like a Tiger trout, I'll see if I can dig up a pic of one.

Nice fish!

Where did you catch it?

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Pic of Tiger trout

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Very nice fish!!!

I have to agree with the others, that isn't a brookie. I've caught many brookies and they didn't look like that.

Nice job releasing so sombody else can enjoy catching it.

Falcon

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Agreed. That's not a brookie but if it was that would be a monster lol.

Caught a ton of stocked brookies this year and they don't even look close to that.

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I used to catch little native brookies on unnamed Adirondack Mtn. streams.  It was totally cool.

My buddy and I would drive up North with USGS topo maps, a full tank of gas, and nothing else.

In order to eat we had to catch fish.

We would use 2 or 3 wt. fly rods and #10 - 12 flies and terrestrials to catch 8 to 10 inch native brookies from icy mountain streams.

It was so cool.  On the way back down we would hit some small mouth water where the bronze battlers would pound streamers, and hair bugs.

Those were my "good ole days"   I'll savor those memories forever.

Now I'm working on my 10 pound LMB so I can some new good ole days  8-)

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Beautiful trout Wayne!

You know, I too have never seen a brookie with that pattern, brookies I've caught were always speckled rather than marbled.

For curiosity sake, you might want to check to see if they ever stocked those waters with "SPLAKE"

A splake is a cross between a "brook trout" (speckled trout) and "lake trout", with a similar pattern to your fish.

Roger

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