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#1332376 - 05/19/09 12:19 AM Monster Brown on Watauga
Drake624
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I got this in an email the other day and it is by far one of the biggest trout that I have ever seen.

35.5 inches
25lbs

Only three lbs away from the state record!!

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#1332378 - 05/19/09 12:35 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Drake624]
Tubakka
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Yeah this was up on the east tennessee forum a while back. Fantastic fish, but I think the fish themselves aren't that rare that size in our tailwaters to be honest. We're just all too stupid to catch them consistently...I dunno. Speaking for myself on fish that size. But all browns have the potential to reach that size, and most are not being caught after they reach 20" plus or so, at least by most anglers. They don't disappear....they just change their habits. The more people begin to believe and realize these fish are there, and fish for them, the more will show.

You should check out the fish caught in the White. There is a guide on the White that uses bait that has over 27 fish over 20 pounds to his credit. That is unheard of, even for a fishery of the caliber as the White.

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#1332379 - 05/19/09 12:37 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Tubakka]
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And on that note, the state record will be broken within a year. My money's on Caney, and that's not saying because I think I'll catch it or anything. It is just getting some pressure and I've seen and heard of too many big fish encounters, in that size range...one of them is going ot make a fatal mistake.
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#1332380 - 05/19/09 12:47 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Tubakka]
Drake624
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yeah the guy emailed me this pic and i thought that i would share it. Most browns turn nocturnal after they get so big i believe. And i agree. We are just to dumb to catch fish of this size. Maybe we can land one of that size. Where can i check out
those fish on the white at?
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#1332458 - 05/19/09 06:58 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Drake624]
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#1332495 - 05/19/09 07:30 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: ]
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When I was a kid, I saw a guy who would catch browns like that out of lake michigan on light spinning gear.
Caught them all on dead bait off the rock jetties at an inlet.

After a couple weeks of pestering him, he showed me how he did it.
I finally hooked one but my zebco locked up and POW! that was the end of that.
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#1332697 - 05/19/09 09:07 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Drake624]
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#1332790 - 05/19/09 10:07 AM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: spitndrum]
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#1334900 - 05/20/09 08:06 PM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Drake624]
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#1340932 - 05/25/09 11:35 PM Re: Monster Brown on Watauga [Re: Tubakka]
holstonangler
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 Originally Posted By: Tubakka
Fantastic fish, but I think the fish themselves aren't that rare that size in our tailwaters to be honest. We're just all too stupid to catch them consistently...I dunno.

I'll go ahead and tell you that trout of this size are very rare. In TN waters they are considered to be a fish of a lifetime, even to those who target these big browns year-round. And no, we're not stupid, we spend our time on the water targeting waters that will most likely hold these giants and offering them what most likely resembles their next meal.


Edited by holstonangler (05/25/09 11:36 PM)

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