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Gurth  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 2:46:11 PM(UTC)
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Same thing is true with muskies. A 50-incher will fight like a big, fat fish. A 42-incher fights like a wild teenager. There are exceptions though. Meanest, wildest muskie I've ever handled was a 54-incher. Thing actually tried to bite me...OhMyGod




Looking forward to Canada next year.

Hope I get a shot at one of those beasts.
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rschmidt  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:01:31 PM(UTC)
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I will say that fish embedded all 3 barbs fully through the lower jawbone. It was never coming off. It is possible to lose any size fish, but medium and large browns that go airborne have a 5050 chance against ya at least. Also it seems the panic of seeing an angler and a net induces big Brown psychosis too. Either way that smb was a beautiful fish too. I couldn't bring myself to eat it and figured it best to follow God's plan. Hahaha. Still not sure why he bit metal. Must be getting real hungry in the stream vs river. Ron
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:58:14 PM(UTC)
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Still not sure why he bit metal. Must be getting real hungry in the stream vs river. Ron


I've caught smallies on Panther Martins and largies on PM spinner/plastic combos.

Not the most effective choice with which to target them, but works to a degree.
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shebs  
#14 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:02:13 AM(UTC)
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Caught a smallie today on the lower end of a trout stream too...only about 14", but put up quite a fight. Nothing like the 14" brookie I pulled out of the next hole though LOL but he really wanted to run back under the log I yanked him out of.

He could not have been terribly happy in that cold water, as the brookies there outnumber the browns 5 to 1. Not terribly uncommon as you get closer to the warm water rivers that many of our streams flow into.

They hit spinners just fine in my experience. They just aren't that common in all but the most marginal trout waters or in the last couple miles above the mouth.

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Guillermo  
#15 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:04:31 AM(UTC)
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Brookies and Smallies are my two favorite fish. I lump Largemouths in with Browns, as I don't particularly enjoy fishing for them and they're weaker fish pound for pound compared to brooks and smallies.

And I don't know about the Driftless, but we've been catching occasional smallies in trout water up here for my whole life and generations before that. Hasn't seemed to hurt the trout populations. In fact, they're just as strong as ever, if not more so.
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#16 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:42:09 AM(UTC)
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I've only caught a few brook trout in the 14 inch range, but none of them came close to fighting the same as a comparable smallie.

Brook trout fluffing?

Flapper
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#17 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:15:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
I've only caught a few brook trout in the 14 inch range, but none of them came close to fighting the same as a comparable smallie.

Brook trout fluffing?

Flapper


I'm comparing brooks to browns and smallies to largemouth.

All things being equal, a 12 inch brookie fights harder than a 12 inch brown.

Hell, usually a 10 or 11 inch brookie can pass for a 13 or 14 inch brown.

Same with the bass side of things.
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#18 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:26:00 PM(UTC)
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G.

Sorry... my flapper was aimed at Shebs.

I agree with your comparisons between browns and brooks and smallies and largies.


I will say that I've not felt anything more violent from a fish as some of the 19-21 inch browns that I've tussled with.

Haven't done lake run fishing yet though and haven't hooked a brookie of that size.
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rschmidt  
#19 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:21:02 PM(UTC)
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For power and speed, the big steelies are tops in my book. They will also jump like mad. Lake run salmon are ferocious attackers, run like hell, generally dig not jump, but I would put them second to the steelies as they are generally a hair smaller. No bass I ever caught fights more than a same weight trout. I have caught plenty of them and they hit hard but generally fade fast. Trout will fight all the way to hand.
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shebs  
#20 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:43:18 PM(UTC)
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I think the water temperature might be a factor here too. A smallie in a cold driftless stream is not likely in his best physical condition to put up the same fight as he might in warmer water.
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