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Old 06-10-2019, 02:29 PM   #1
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Sorry for the long story, but wanted to include all the details.

As some already know, I was looking for someone to do a mount of a big Speckled Trout I caught, so I wanted to share the story that went along with it since it was probably my most memorable catch ever with the way things went down. This happened a few weeks ago during the extremely hot weather we were having.

As most people that fish with me know, I love fishing in the afternoons in hot weather. Wind starts to blow and the fish get active, and the sun being high in the sky let’s you easily see what’s around you. This day was no different, as the temps were in the mid 90s and the wind was blowing from the south at 10-20mph. Water clarity was as good as it gets around here, and that really helped me on this day.

Started out fishing down a bank throwing my trusty Xrap 08, and hooked up on an overslot red right away. As I was getting ready to land it, I look out and see 2 absolute monster trout swim right by me and disappear. Ok, now the heart starts pumping! Released the redfish, kept moving, but decided I needed to make another pass. Trout that size are definitely worth spending a little time on, although I figured it would be a lost cause.

Started moving through on my second pass throwing a Jackall Water Monitor(small subsurface walking bait) and those same 2 trout came out following it all the way to the kayak, but still didn’t eat. Ok, now I’m getting aggravated, but kept fishing. Even though I was really thinking it’s a lost cause now, decided to make a third pass.

By this time, I kinda knew where they were coming from, so it’s all on me at this point to figure out how to make them bite. Key word MAKE. Reaction bite time. Tied on my trusty big trout lure, the Rapala Twitchin Minnow in Mullet pattern and cast it where I figured they would be. This time, I started walking it as fast as I could and brought it right over them. Next thing I know, I see a huge flash, violent explosion, and HOOKED UP!! Now the flash looked pink with my polarized glasses on, and she wasn’t head shaking on the surface, just ripping drag like an overslot redfish, so of course I’m thinking it’s another red. Boy was I wrong, and as she came in view I think my heart was about to beat out of my chest! After a few laps around the kayak, and head shakes from Hell, she finally tired out and I got her on the Boga. The fight around the kayak will definitely try your patience! She went 29 3/4” without tail pinch(couldn’t balance her on board while pinching tail, lol) 16” girth and just under 9lbs. Prespawn mama was nice and thick feeding on those mullet!

This catch was so memorable for me. I sightfish a lot of big trout these days, and they will absolutely drive you crazy sometimes. I’ve had gators follow my jerkbait with their nose basically touching it, and not eat! Just seeing these 2 swim by, I could tell they were something special. Usually once they see you, you’re done, no chance, so getting the bite after they saw me 2, maybe 3 times....I couldn’t have been any more pumped up! I honestly think I was in shock the whole time I was taking video, and had the shakes for another 30 minutes afterwards!

Here’s a few pics from the day. Redfish that led to the trout catch, and my reaction once that fish was in the kayak. I don’t show a lot of expression out there, but I was in shock! Hard work does pay off guys, so don’t be afraid of some work to get the results you are looking for!
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I think I said it before on one of our posts but you know you are dialed inshore when you are steadily putting up big trout. Anybody can catch reds and trout but it takes some real skill to consistently catch big trout.

Congrats and I am very jealous.
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Great fish! And great photo. Nice to see how big the fish really is instead of those fake hold it 3' in front of you pictures others like to make.
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Nice catch and nice release.
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That’s a true stud gator congrats. Nice story and pics
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I think I said it before on one of our posts but you know you are dialed inshore when you are steadily putting up big trout. Anybody can catch reds and trout but it takes some real skill to consistently catch big trout.

Congrats and I am very jealous.
Thank you, I appreciate the kind words. Hard to say how many thousands of hours Iíve invested fishing alone to figure these fish out, but everytime one bites it makes it all worth it! Definitely not an easy fish to catch consistently, but man, they make me smile
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Great fish! And great photo. Nice to see how big the fish really is instead of those fake hold it 3' in front of you pictures others like to make.
Thanks! I know some people like that, can’t understand it. Integrity is an important part of fishing to me that a lot of people are missing these days.

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Nice catch and nice release.
Thank you sir! I always release trout over 22Ē(actually I release almost everything I catch) and makes me feel good everytime I watch them swim away. One this size definitely deserves to live!
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Thatís a true stud gator congrats. Nice story and pics
Thank you, she was definitely the right kind. Once I saw them swim by, I had no doubt how the rest of the day would go, lol. Thought about it later how Iíd have felt if they didnít bite. Letís just say Iím glad it worked out.
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Man what a trout ! Definitely one for the memory book !
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