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Aboudreau25  
#1 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 3:44:35 AM(UTC)
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Well, after failing miserably on what was likely my last-ditch effort at finding a big fish last weekend; I figured now would be a good time to share some of my more productive days that 2018 had to offer.

Early season for me was very slow and frustrating with limited time on the water and a couple of my most consistent big fish producing streams on a steep decline. Going into spring and early summer I made a great effort to fish new water and find some new fish, but by early July I had just 3 fish over 20 inches to show for it. That being said I Was able to spot plenty of large fish fish in the process in which I had planned to target on more likely days after returning from my trip to Montana.

As late July turned into August I was fishing every single day targeting specific fish during what I think is the best time of the year to big fish hunt. I was rewarded immensely, catching 12 fish over 20 inches from late July to early September.

What an awesome year it was. Finishing with 19 fish over 20 inches over 13 different streams across Minnesota and Iowa (just one away from my goal of 20 over 20). I was not able to break the 25 inch mark this year, a mark I was able to crack twice last year, but that’s okay...

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This was my personal best of this season, measuring in at 23 inches long. I had been fishing one stretch of stream hard even though it wasn't the most productive stream in the world because i had spotted many really nice fish, but there was one in particular I was after. When I got to the stream i immediately noticed that the water was very low and clear. Nearing the end of the stretch I was still empty handed and losing hope but I knew the hole of Big Daddy was still up ahead. As I approached the hole the first thing i did was look, and look, and look. Seeing nothing, I became worried that someone may have eaten him, I walked up to the head of the pool where there was a small undercut no more than 2 feet deep, tossed my streamer, then BAM!

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This girl was massive. Dan, Dane, and I sat through a nightime thunderstorm, then almost immediately after it stopped, Dan moused up this beast making for one of the most epic nights of fishing I have ever had.


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What a year it has been.
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Gurth  
#2 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 1:14:13 PM(UTC)
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Some nice trouts there!

Thanks for sharing.
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William Schlafer  
#3 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 4:22:56 PM(UTC)
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Ditto! Those are some great Trout.

Well done!


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
NBrevitz  
#4 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 5:36:38 PM(UTC)
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You appear to do one thing and one thing only...😂

But you do it well! Nice job!
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
Aboudreau25  
#5 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 6:12:21 PM(UTC)
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You appear to do one thing and one thing only...😂

But you do it well! Nice job!



I play some hockey every now and again too. Thank you
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NBrevitz  
#6 Posted : Saturday, December 1, 2018 1:12:55 AM(UTC)
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You appear to do one thing and one thing only...😂

But you do it well! Nice job!



I play some hockey every now and again too. Thank you


No problem! I’m the same way with trophy Brookies. They’re tougher to find but easier to catch once you find them.
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Buckman  
#7 Posted : Monday, December 3, 2018 2:05:39 PM(UTC)
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Looks like you had a fantastic year! Nice pics, thanks for sharing.
rschmidt  
#8 Posted : Monday, December 3, 2018 2:11:30 PM(UTC)
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Great year, I thought I had a special one too. :) R
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