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Mark Dahlquist  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:09:46 PM(UTC)
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And no picture! Would estimate 28-29." Shaped like a watermelon. After 24-26" they get really wide. This gal hit a 5" live chub under a bobber set at 5' down. This guy pulled the bobber easily 2' down for a minute just sitting at the bottom. Then I reel in the slack and swept the rod as I was using a circle hook. Absolute tank. Not may red spots. Not colorful. Just tan and really wide. The mouth and head was like nothing I've ever seen before.

Lesson learned. When you have a fish of a lifetime get it out of the water and up on bank. I kept this fish in the net then got my tripod and set up a 10 second timer. I reached for the fish and she squiggled and slipped out of my hands in slow motion.

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Mark Dahlquist  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:16:24 PM(UTC)
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Next somehow I get lucky and catch another nice trout. This one more average sized. Big trout live on chubs!

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Pete  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:33:17 PM(UTC)
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Awesome fish-both of them. That looks like water most anglers would regard as frog or rough fish water, but it obviously produces some big Browns too.

How do you hook the chubs and what kind of a float do you use for a bait that size?

Congratulations. I'd say it's the fish of a lifetime, but you seem to do this every few weeks.
donjuan  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:47:36 PM(UTC)
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"More average sized" - ha!

Congrats on the new PB, sounds awesome. How warm is that water? Water temps really skyrocketed on a few of the locations I checked in the last week.
HookJaw  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:12:06 PM(UTC)
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I bet you can catch it again. Was is a female? I can't imagine a male THAT THICK!

Will you be back tomorrow looking for the biggun'?

...or will you wait for me to drive up there this weekend so I can go find it with you !?!?!?!

ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp

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Mark Dahlquist  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:52:39 PM(UTC)
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Thanks dudes. I don't expect to strike gold again so soon. I was here last Thurs am and these big trout were sipping on emergers. I threw chubs, worms, and PMs. Nobody took interest.

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MN Mountain Man  
#7 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:32:31 AM(UTC)
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That trout has beautiful colors. Well done!
s.t.fanatic  
#8 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:44:59 AM(UTC)
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Well done Mark!!! Wish you could have held on to it for pics.Cursing That's fishing. I used to always fish with a couple of different guys when I was younger. Luckily somebody was with fairly often to take pics. I have caught a lot of photo worthy trout the past 15 years and still haven't figured out the solo picture taking thing. Some guys do it so well and then there's me. Confused I don't have a tripod. It just seems like to much to carry around. What do you or some of the others use? Any suggestions?
William Schlafer  
#9 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:10:52 AM(UTC)
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Well done Mark!

My worst nightmare: to finally catch a sizable Trout, and not have any evidence of it.


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DanE  
#10 Posted : Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:47:58 AM(UTC)
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Nice work. The best part is that nobody here doubts that you caught one that big, based on your past successes! ThumpUp
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