Jweig20 wrote: »
I caught this Big Slob today on a Topwater in the St augustine intercostal from shore. I limited out after also catching and releasing another big 24incher. The rest were all in the 18-19 in range. After all year of catching 14 1/4 in fish im pumped to finally stack em up! She was a 29 1/4 in, 9lb ,16in gerth Pig! I think its a fish of a lifetime but we will just have to wait and see! I went back the next day and caught a 24 1/4 in the same hole. Guess this spot i will keep to myself:cool:
catfishin wrote: »
It is just a shame to kill such a great fish. IMO
Element wrote: »
SaltwaterMarsh wrote: »
my only point is that a trout that get that big is old and has great genetics.
arunram wrote: »
I have caught plenty of 15" trout with roe in them. If the law says its ok to keep, keep it! At the end of the day, its my decision to keep it or not. If I want to eat a 30" trout (Not that I can catch any) that day, I will keep it! But I also make the fish gods happy once in a while by letting a beautiful rare specimen go so the gods will treat me with great fishing days for "giving something back". That's just my philosophy anyways. We are all in it for various reasons and a combination of them. All the way from "strictly meat fishermen" to " strictly catch and release". Do whatever you want to do as long as It's within the law and doesn't make you feel bad!
Many a times, even if the angler wants to release a gator trout, they won't because they don't have picture with a beast of a Trout and hence ends up in the ice and someone at home take a picture of you at home. Who doesn't want their picture taken with a fish of a lifetime?! My advice is that if you are a regular fisherman, Invest in a good camera with auto click and a makeshift small tripod so you can take the picture yourself and let the fish go!
Jizzo wrote: »
Thanks for posting this pic of that great fish....sucks that every thread with a nice trout has to turn to this same stupid discussion. Its weak. The "fishing reports" section is for fishing reports....not criticism.
Maybe that's why this section has been slow.
Brother Dave wrote: »
.....and if they only live 8-10 years then how old do you think this fish is???? This fish has lived her life to the fullest and won't be around much longer anyways.....taking one "breeder" out of millions isn't gonna hurt anything. I'd rather release the 20-25 inchers to get to this stage. Hell of a trout Josh!! I don't see where genetics comes into play in this....it's more age than anything. This fish has escaped predators, nets, ect and just happened to live to maturity. Now if it was a 17-20 lb fish then I'd say genetics had something to do with it.