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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:27:08 AM(UTC)
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:19:24 PM(UTC)
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Interesting comments regarding growth rates when predators are abundant. Makes sense. Get big fast or become food for something bigger.


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#3 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2019 12:48:54 PM(UTC)
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Interesting comments regarding growth rates when predators are abundant. Makes sense. Get big fast or become food for something bigger.


-Bill


Not sure I buy into that theory. A 16" brown is easily able to eat an 8" brookie.
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#4 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2019 5:16:52 PM(UTC)
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Interesting comments regarding growth rates when predators are abundant. Makes sense. Get big fast or become food for something bigger.


-Bill


Not sure I buy into that theory. A 16" brown is easily able to eat an 8" brookie.


They can, but they’d be a lot more likely to feed on a good source that’s less able to get away, like Chubs, smaller Trout, Frogs, Mice, etc.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:07:47 PM(UTC)
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Interesting comments regarding growth rates when predators are abundant. Makes sense. Get big fast or become food for something bigger.


-Bill


Not sure I buy into that theory. A 16" brown is easily able to eat an 8" brookie.


They can, but they’d be a lot more likely to feed on a good source that’s less able to get away, like Chubs, smaller Trout, Frogs, Mice, etc.


You're maybe right.

My experiences:

I have caught quite a few big browns in brookie streams and several of them have coughed up partially digested brook trout. I also have a buddy who is a taxidermist and nearly every big trout he mounts has other trout in its stomach.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:19:32 PM(UTC)
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I find that most fish I clean, 10-14 inch Browns, have lots of bugs and a few small fingerlings in their stomachs. With 18+ fish, I'm sure they become more predatory/pelagic, but at the same time, an 8 inch Trout isn't the easiest prey for them. A trout of that size has likely had many close calls in his day and has wised up enough to reach that size. If you look at how many Trout are hatched for every fish that reaches 8 inches, you'd realize that 8 inch Brookie has been doing a lot of things right.
Not to mention, I've pulled lots of creek Brookies out of cuts I'm frankly not sure a 20 inch Brown could fit into! I'd think they'd want big, dumb bait like Suckers, Chubs, Dace, etc. Big Browns are also most active at night, when Brookies aren't doing a thing, so I'd think the mouse and Frog connection would be big as well.
I have no doubt that a Brown of 16 plus would whack a Brookie of that size if it were presented on a silver platter for him.
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rschmidt  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:32:22 PM(UTC)
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Size doesn't have much to do with. The inferior intelligence of brook trout makes them easy prey.

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Hahahaha Get out and fish soon folks.
Gurth  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:39:43 PM(UTC)
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I’ve heard that brook trout have been observed turning around and trying to eat the pursuing brown.

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#9 Posted : Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:15:14 PM(UTC)
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I have had brookies swipe at lures when there was a fish hooked on said lure...no one ever said they were smart LOL
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