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Old 03-26-2015, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Trout eat small trout, really?

I have always heard that big trout eat smaller trout. That seems reasonable, but I have personally never seen evidence of it. Of course I throw back most of my over 20" trout, but I am wondering if anyone has ever cleaned a big trout with a small trout inside.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:28 PM   #2
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No, but I've seen a big gator trout smack the crap out of a white trout on my line.
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I have also caught specks on white trout
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I had something big strike at a small speck when I was lifting it out of the water and always assumed it was a gator, but never had any hard evidence.
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Never seen a fish that doesn't eat the smaller of his kind.
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I once caught an 8" speck on a 5" yozuri... target of opportunity I guess, if they're hongry, they'll bite something.
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Cannibalism in the wild is very common, fish, mammals, etc. all will eat the young of their same kind. Law of nature.
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Yes they do and Will!!
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I was shark fishing off Garcon and my clicker started going off....I snatched and reeled and felt something but it wasn't big (shark comparison). I was fishing w/ a 9-10 inch croaker. I reeled it up and it was a big ole gator trout. I didn't measure it but I would have bet it was 26-28 inches. So I would assume they would eat other trout w/ no problems.....Don't believe they have a though process that tells them not to eat their own.....hahaaha
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Back in the late 1970's I was bumping a grub at the end of old South Wind Marina on Gulf Beach Highway. I was actually looking for a flounder or two to take home that night for dinner (it used to be easy pickings there for this kind of thing in season). I got into some small specks around 12 to 15 inches and had one on the end of my line. When he got to the top, I jerked the rod tip a few times to try and pop the hook out and I saw a huge shadow up under the trout. It was a gator trout that looked to be at least 8+ pounds (I am 55 now and it is still the biggest trout that I have ever seen in my life). Before I just about pissed myself (not knowing what to do next) the small trout disappeared head first in one gulp by this monster and before the drag could start singing I was popped off by some barnacles under the pier. I will NEVER forget the sight of all this happening in what seems like over a minute, when in fact it was over in seconds. The answer to your question is YES.............
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