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Personal best trout ever...
I thought I'd take one more run at a Scofield lunker before ice covered the lake. I took off early this morning to make the lake by 8:30-ish this morning. Weather was beautiful -- and the ice is making a steady march across the lake:



I threw out some bait, the trusty ole Gold Jakes -- not a bite. So I decided I'd cut up a minnow and toss a tube jig. I'd noticed some action near the boarder of the ice, so I started throwing my white speckled jig about 10 yards from the edge of the ice.

About cast 10 I pulled in a dink trout... which happily self-released 1' from shore. Three casts later... the story begins:

The Hook:

I cast out about 60 yards -- and at this point I'm counting down my last few casts before trying a new location. About a minute into retrieve I feel a little bump and immediately jerk to set.

For the first split second, I'm convinced its a rock. My pole just bends -- feels very snaggy.... then a split second later I realize the Rock is moving in the other direction. He's not moving quickly, but just pulling my line straight out and down.

FISH ON!

I'm fishing with 8lb test and a 6lb leader to the tube jig.. my bail is set light so I ratchet it down 2-3 clicks ... no effect. The beast on the line just keeps a slow swim down and away. I don't dare set it harder... I'm just going to have to wait for the turn.

A few minutes later, about 50 yards of line have slowly crept off my reel and it finally stops -- so I can pull and reel.

Another several minutes go by of pure tug battle. I pull and reel a few yards, then he creeps out a few more yards... but slowly, this battle is turning my way.

About 12-15 minutes into the fight, we're back to 30-40 yards from shore and I get my first look at the Fish. MASSIVE TIGER! I've caught several 22"+ trout at Scofield this year and I can see this one is definitely mid 20's or larger.

WoooHooo! But then....

ICE!

Just then the fish made its first run to the surface, swished the big tail, and dives under the ICE!

Over the next several minutes there are many times I am sure I'm going to lose this one... my line is cutting several inches into the edge of the ice, the fish is thrashing around about 15 yards under cap -- so hard I can hear it hitting the bottom of the ice as it surfaces. One jagged edge of ice or if the line freezes in place, this battle is over.

Finally after giving line and pulling to keep the line at least moving through the ice to keep it from freezing, the fish seems to lose some steam. It meanders back out from under the ice and is now just gliding back and forth as I slowly bring it the last 40 yards to shore.

Landing is going to be a problem.

I didn't bring my net and this fish is clearly heavier than my line. I decide to let the battle play out just a little longer to ensure the fish has had enough. I decided my best option was to set my bail really loose, hold just the tip of my rod and I bring the fish to the shore in case he runs, and just try to grab him.

As I bring the fish right to shore, I can see I way underestimated his size. He's not mid 20's -- he's pushing 30". I get him to the shallows and quickly grab him by the lower jaw.

FISH IN! AND WHAT A MAMMOTH!

I wanted to measure, photograph and release him. So I quickly got out the tape measure and snapped a very poor photo of the fish showing he is in fact just a shade over 30".

Fortunately the hook was a just an upper jaw set, and it came out without even the need of pliers.

Unfortunately, back in the water, it was clear TIGER wasn't happy. He made one tail swish taking him about 5' from shore, then turned on his side and sank to the bottom.

I watched him for about five minutes, but nothing was happening. This battle was, unfortunately, his last. Well, best pay the respects I can by bringing him home, framing up some photos, and share the meat with family.

The included photo below was taken at home. Wow... what a climax to the open water season!



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(This post was edited by MasterDaad on Nov 21, 2012, 2:57 PM)

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Awsome fish!! Good job!

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
gorgeous fish, too bad he died but at least you plan to make good use of him. did you get a weight on him? Im guessing 8-10 lbs.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Wow great story and a heck of a fish nice job. I think that's the best tiger I've seen. Well done. J

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Great report. I dont know anything about Tigers. Could that be a record fish?

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Re: [ChubbyChaser] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
great job looks like 10 plus nice fish




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Re: [GP] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
It's shy of the record. They pulled the record Tiger out of Scofield last February... 33".

Although had I successfully released it, I believe it would have been a record.... IF the crappy photo I took on shore was accepted.

Give a man a fish and he's fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll spend his life squinting at invisible thread.
(This post was edited by MasterDaad on Nov 21, 2012, 6:25 PM)

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Holy crap! Nice catch!

That's what everyone's looking for and you found it. Great job.


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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
  Nice job bud, that is a toad! People fish their whole life and never catch a tiger that big. You've earned bragging rights.


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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Wow, that is a bonafide beast, great job. Must have been one heck of a fight to get that sucker in on a 6lb leader.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Sweet fish! Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how the ice forming was going up there. Knew it was not going to be ice fishable this Thanksgiving with it being a little earlier in the month, and with the warm temps.

Did you by chance check any of the other lakes up there to see if they were forming ice? Anyone been up there that can report?
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Re: [harlin] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Easily the most eventful fight I've ever had bringing in a fish.

Several times just when I thought I had him, something unexpected happened -- while he was under the ice I was very skeptical about my chances to land him.

All told it was about a half an hour of some of the best fish fighting I am capable of.

One I won't ever forget to be sure -- not just the size of the fish but the drama of the battle landing him.

Edit: I didn't check any of the other waters in the area (Electric Lake, etc.) ... sorry no report from those

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(This post was edited by MasterDaad on Nov 21, 2012, 7:55 PM)

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Wow, that is a hog for sure, thanks for sharing your report and pics. If I caught one like that it would go on the wall for sure.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Nice job, the C&R record is 26 the last I seen..

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Beautiful fish -- congratulations!


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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Great story, great fish, great post!!!!!!



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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Nice fish, That is awesome.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Thanks for sharing. What a brute man! About how long total did it take to wrestle that sucker in? ( I see where you did mention it took 12-15 minutes to get him near the shore)
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Re: [wagdog] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
The total fight was 25-30 minutes. The 10-ish minutes he was under the ice was sheer terror.

One part of the story I didn't mention was the retrieve from failed release.

After he'd sat on the bottom just off shore for about 5 minutes I knew I had to get him back. I considered wading into the 2' of water, but was worried the action would cause another reflex swish and then he'd be too deep to deal with.

So I used a bait hook and sinker and jigged it into his partially open mouth, snagged his jaw, and pulled him back to shore.

Give a man a fish and he's fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll spend his life squinting at invisible thread.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
No wonder it died, 25 min? I've reeled in ten pound carp on my ultra light in much less time than that. But of course, you had that ice to deal with.

Nice fish!









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Re: [FishSlayer2112] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Yeah, I think it was the fish pounding itself on the underside of the ice that did it in.

Too bad, I would have liked to let him go.

Give a man a fish and he's fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll spend his life squinting at invisible thread.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Nice catch sir! There are some big tiger there for sure, I lost one there two years ago. Got half his body through the ice hole, his head barely squeezed through. I love that lake. Any idea how thick the ice is near the dam?


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Re: [fishmasterjoe] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
The ice near the dam is still very thin. Most of it is only a day or two old.

I weighed the fish and he came in at 13.5lbs -- at 30 1/8".

So he's about 10% shy of the State record fish from last February (32.25" and 15 lbs)

Give a man a fish and he's fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll spend his life squinting at invisible thread.

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Re: [MasterDaad] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Just a quick report on the ice, I was up there yesterday (Saturday). And wow is the lake low. Not much water left in the dam arm, it was skimmed over but not even close to solid. Quite a bit of ice around the edges but watched it breakaway and melt by noon. I'm sure it will still be a few weeks for solid ice.

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Re: [KC5] Personal best trout ever... In reply to
Congrats sir! You have my best by 3 inches.... Thanks for the pics and the story!
Eat it you dirty little fish!

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