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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Big trout help

Well long story short I had a legit monster golden (27” estimate) on my line for a quick fight on Saturday but he popped off. Obviously he would not bite again that night. Any advice on how long to wait before a retry? I can’t see a stocked fish being that smart to not bite for the rest of the month but I don’t have much experience battling the big ones. Thanks
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 09:40 PM
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I once lost a 21" Rainbow on opening day and I went back to the same spot on Monday and caught it on the second cast.
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If others know the whereabouts I would be back after him first chance early the next morning or evening at the latest. I have seen trout hooked and then again bite the same day mostly on something different from the original hook up.

Year prior on opening day I had a golden on in the 20" range on a panther martin and just as I went to net him he throwed the hook. About an hour later another fisherman came in with night crawlers tossed in the pool and landed him.

There was another large golden in a popular pool that I fished in last year around noon that fishermen said was hooked and lost opening morning and I went back before 1st light and found a little later that it was caught later in the evening on the 1st day.

On the other hand I have caught some large goldens and other trout in late May and early June that had survived in heavily fished sections.

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Several years ago I caught a golden rainbow and then released it. After a few minutes, it chased and hit my spinner again. I didn’t land him the second time.

I think you can try for that trout again soon. It’s not like pursuing a big wild brown that’s been in the stream for years.
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The problem with the Goldens is due to their being so visible you don't know how many
other anglers spotted this fish besides you and could have been cast at numerous times.
Once I was fishing a large pool that had a dandy Palamino at the upper section, I watched
5 guys throw everything but the kitchen sink at it over several hours without a single strike.
I stayed at the lower end of the pool catching Trout after Trout having a blast.
Didn't matter to the other guys they were determined to catch that fish, for all I know it may have died of old age. (lol)

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Alright cool seems like you guys are more optimistic! I’ll be out tmr for him. Luckily he isn’t easy to get to in this stream so I’m hoping he’s still there. I’ll post a pic if me or my buddy get him.
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Freshly stocked trout (regardless of size) are really not that smart, if you put bait in their face it is likely that they will eventually bite it. As fishing pressure increases and stocked trout begin to acclimate more to the stream I have had luck with wax worms, maggots and red worms on really small hooks. Big wild trout are a completely different ball game and that is a entirely different conversation.
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Few years back when I used to go to Green Co. to fish at a friends camp we had 2 monster goldens in a pool right behind the camp. We watched guys all day trying to catch them both. There was a deep hole with a big sycamore down in it. Every one was snagging up on it. I waited until 6 pm or so and told the camp owner - Lets go down and catch both of them. Which we proceeded to do. Both were released. After all day of those 2 fish getting hammered by every T/D & Harry. Like LCfisher said - they are just dumb stocked fish. Don't over think it. I used to do that with steelhead back in the 90s. Drift and presentation. If you get your drift right - at the right depth - in front of their face - they are going to bite it. We took pictures & let 'em go. Everyone in camp was like - "why didn't you rope them"? I say - Maybe some young kid will come down in there and catch one and remember that for a lifetime.

I do have to say though...I kept one (golden) back in 98 or 99...I don't know if it was me - or that I was hungry that day or what...But that golden seemed to have a better taste than your average pellet head rainbow.

Any comments/opinions on that?

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Well you guys were right. But the bad news is for me someone else must have got him. Lesson learned for me.
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I got a big one...



No you don’t.

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