Gator Trout!!!

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  • jawrayjawray Posts: 247 Deckhand
    Congrats. That's a trophy.
  • Sea-LewieSea-Lewie Posts: 29 Greenhorn
    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:

    Awesome fish guy!
  • on_the_rockson_the_rocks Posts: 7,905 Admiral
    catfishin wrote: »
    It is just a shame to kill such a great fish. IMO

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  • ZbellZbell Posts: 7 Greenhorn
    Element wrote: »
    X2
    Breeder

    I'm not arguing for or against anyones position on which fish to keep or not to keep, but just curious where the evidence is on very large trout being citical to the future of the population? What's the cutoff for keeping a trout and why? Does a 24" fish breed more than a 19" fish? I hear the "breeder" comments alot on gator trout, but rarely hear anyone make the same comments when it comes to 10# sheepshead, doormat flounder, 20" seabass or 65# cobia, etc.....[/QUOTE]


    Below is the link and highlighted data which supports releasing bigger trout (IMO). I once ate a 30" trout and have become more educated since.

    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/strout/

    "Spotted seatrout reaches sexual maturity at one to two years. Most large spotted seatrout caught are females and commonly live to be nine or 10 years of age. Anglers long ago recognized that very large trout were usually female and appropriately called them "sow" trout. A female spotted seatrout may spawn several times during the season. Younger females may release 100,000 eggs and older, larger females may release a million eggs. Recent studies indicate that spotted seatrout spawn between dusk and dawn and usually within coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons. They prefer shallow grassy areas where eggs and larvae have some cover from predators. "
  • jawrayjawray Posts: 247 Deckhand
    Good info but most of us know to release big trout. I just wouldn't tell a fellow unless he has posted several big trout post. It's just always a waiting game on who is going to feel so obligated to do so. But , i know everyone is just informing and trying to preserve our sport. so I'm glad the info is out there. Zbell,that was actually some good info I had not heard before on the egg production.
  • Brother DaveBrother Dave Posts: 595 Officer
    my only point is that a trout that get that big is old and has great genetics.
    .....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.
  • FinReaperFinReaper Posts: 198 Officer
    :ontopic The topic isnt asking for people's criticism or opinions on keeping large trout. The topic is that this guy caught a fish of a lifetime and shared info on how he caught it and stayed within the fishing regulations. When I saw there were 4 pages of comments, I had a feeling this thread went in this direction. Kinda sad.:banghead "IMO"

    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!

    My .02

    Arun.

    X2 "IMO"
    I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. –John Gierach:grin
  • JizzoJizzo Posts: 1,356 Officer
    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.
    -Jon
  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,401 Officer
    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.

    Yep! Great fish! Good job.
  • navigator2navigator2 Posts: 22,396 AG
    .....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.

    This...........^^^^ This forum has more whining, holier than thou, do gooding, know it all crap. No wonder no one posts here anymore, particularly fish pictures. To the original poster, congrats. A fish you will never forget.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • jimmy06jimmy06 Posts: 1,175 Officer
    :Agree
  • wayoutwayout Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Been fishing St A for 30 years and have never got one that big!! Shore caught is even more impressive, yea fish of a lifetime, congrats
    -Dave
  • FlatheadfishermanFlatheadfisherman Posts: 801 Officer
    That is a great fish! Congrats and good eating to you.
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,097 Admiral
    Congrats bro! Thats twice as big as my personal best, lol, fish of a lifetime for sure!
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  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,187 Admiral
    Reminds me of my Troutzilla from last year that I caught....

    Them big ones eat better....they cook up good like a grouper....:thumbsup

    Those of yall that like to release them...by all means keep doing it....because every once in a while, some of us that like to eat them will catch one of 'em...:grin

    Nice trout !!

    Steve
  • Jweig20Jweig20 Posts: 48 Deckhand
    Thanks Guys! I will remember that fish for a long time. To Sea Snake It did taste like a grouper. Very thick great for a blackened sandwich:fishing
  • dble-downdble-down Posts: 518 Officer
    Fantastic fish, congratulations. I caught a 7 pounder once on a pin fish at ML, I thought that was exceptiomal, Way to go!
  • Whipper SnapperWhipper Snapper Posts: 576 Officer
    Awesome fish and congrats! Always remember (haters are gonna hate no matter what)!
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  • CBskiffCBskiff Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    Man nice trout! I noticed that in NF most of the big trout don't have worms like down south.
  • methodm3nmethodm3n Posts: 83 Deckhand
    Monster!!! Congrats!!!
    Methodm3n
    :crowd
  • Dawgman912Dawgman912 Posts: 41 Deckhand
    Wow that is a beauty.......

    It seems like some of these guys take it a little to far when it comes to keeping or releasing the fish.
    I eat them,my kids and my wife enjoy them. If the law says it's legal then who cares what some poster has to say.You must remember, there are a lot of boat owners in FL, but only a few fishermen and women...... nice fish bro, i hope to get one like that one day!!!!!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Just remember that everything you do in life will come with a receipt.
  • jawrayjawray Posts: 247 Deckhand
    What are the chances that the last 2 posts are over a year apart but at the same TIME.
  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,187 Admiral
    Somebody has a time machine....:grin
  • Steve WSteve W Posts: 613 Officer
    Nice fish!
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