Friday, June 29, 2012

Angler connects with monster brown trout

   Successful anglers in pursuit of large, fighting trout know when to fish and what to use.  The when part of the equation is easy.
   When it gets dark, big fish come out to play and feed. The patient angler will hunt them similar to the way a good deer hunter stalks deer.
   That is by remaining quiet, sitting still, then keeping a sharp eye peeled for rising trout. Anglers also are tuned in to he sounds around them.
   In the case of feeding trout it can be as subtle as a "slur" or more pronounced like a "splash" when fish come out of the water to snatch a bite.
   Goo friend Bill Semion has been a trout fisherman for a long time. He knows the value of fishing after dark.
   Li,e many others, fishing the hex hatch has always been something he's looked forward to. So far this year, he's hooked and landed several quality fish inn the 18-20 inch range.
   Then came the monster, the daddy of all those smaller browns. "I was fishing about mid-river up from the Mason Tract," Semion said.
   "I knew when it hit that this was going to be a big fish," he said. Fishing during dark hours can be tricky. It gets a little more exiting when fighting a big fish.
   Somehow they intuitively know to head for brush piles or under river banks. In either case, if you aren't ready to fight the fish, you stand a good chance of breaking off.
   Semion made no sure mistakes. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it. A friend of mine who was fishing nearby estimated it was three inches between the eyes. I think it was a good 25-inches long," he said.
   This was a fish that will create many memories and enjoyable  conversation around the campfire when the night gets late and the eyelids start to get heavy.

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