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RideNfish
11-30-2012, 01:14 PM
Marv and I went to Melones last week and hiked and fished our tails off. Ended up having to go to Tuttle Town ramp to catch a few 12" planters just so we wouldn't be skunked. We want holdovers!

Like the fishing fools we are we decided to hit Melones again to see if we could instill revenge on the great body of water. We know there are lots of quality fish in there. Marv's wife even said, "Why are you guys going back to that lake? Didn't you not do well last time?". I must say THAT is one valid statement. But we have a fever...trout fever.

So we head up the hill at 04:45. When we reached just west of Jamestown it starts raining. What the hell? The weather people said no rain until Thursday night. ugh. Well Marv wants to stop at the gas/store for some mini crawlers. We go in pick up the crawlers and then we see this. Do people really buy these things at a gas station? Low and behold BONGZILLA!
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We couldn't figure out how to utilize it for fishing so on we went.

We get to our parking spot for our long mean hike and the rain stops. So I am happy about that but we know the steep hike is going to be slick, wet, and muddy. We start our trek down the steep grade and in only a 100 yards or so is this poor old car. It's been there for years and stripped of most parts. Even today many of these crashes in steep areas are never recovered due to the expense and danger of doing it.

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We make it to our destination in pretty good time but only realizing that we will have to climb back out of here later. This old fat guy is NOT looking forward to it.

We start fishing the water right away. We had lures on one rod and drifted worms and eggs under bobbers on the other rods. We saw a couple of good fish surface but not a lot. The area was difficult to fish from the bank being so steep along most of it. Pretty steep into the water to where our ankles were hurting begging for level ground. We kept at it and finally Marv at least had a good strike very close to shore on a jointed Rap or similar. Then a hour later he sees a nice follower. It was a good size holdover. Just what we are after. We are no where near anyplace they plant. We kept mixing up things to throw at them and Marv was throwing out a naked worm with a splitshot. Again we see the follower of nice size come out of the murky water (from the couple of days of rain) and then turns away. He works it some more and this time we see that fish follow it. Marv stops reeling and the fish sucks it up and FISH ON!!! http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/thumbsupup.gifMarv lands this nice fish in the 2+ lb range. At least we have no skunk!

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Here is the same fish in Marv's new pose. I must say this is the first for me to see this sort of display for a fish. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/rotfl.gif

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Marv strikes first again! He does this a lot. We continue on and Marv hooks up again. Don't remember what it was on but it was a fish the size of his first pictured above. I think the sucker caught 3 fish before I had anything. He was feeling sorry for me and I was feeling dejected. :-( Finally I get a fish and a nice one at that. He hit the naked worm and did about 4 good line peels on my light rod. Was a great fighting fish. I'm all calm fighting the fish and Marv is trying to get to where he can help land it (remember steep banks) and says, "I think I'm more excited than you are!" We saw that fish roll a couple of times right away and saw a very pink belly so the excitement grew. Now I'm on the board. Look at the fins on these fish (Marv's too). Full tails, dorsal, all of them!
This fish was worth waiting for. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/character0052.gif

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Sorry for the removed background. We were given this area by a friend that frequents the board and promised I would keep it quite. And I'm happy to oblige. .



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RideNfish
11-30-2012, 01:14 PM
A bit later Marv puts on a jig. Heck even I haven't gone to that yet. He starts throwing that thing around and after working it for not to long he lands this beauty! He was to far from me to help him land it and he was able to despite the challenging bank conditions. He wanted a pic and I had the camera so he brings the fish all the way back to me. It was a bit of distance and we took a quick shot and then Marv starts to revive the fish. He was a bit sluggish at first but with Marv holding the tail and moving the fish back and forth to work water through the gills the fish came around. After about 2 min of this the fish was kicking and burst out of Marv's hand with a speedy swim off into the water from which he came. Good job Marv!
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We kept at it landing fish here and there and a lot of frustrating missed strikes. We were mostly getting the hits on the worms but the jigs were working well too. Actually we ran out of the worm and the bites were still strong on the jigs. It was getting close for the time to head out and Marv said he hadn't had trout in awhile and if we caught another good one to keep it. No need to be pulling limits out of these lakes just for the sake of taking a limit out. After a bit I hooked into this one and it was the first for the stringer. This will be a great meal. Love the tails on these fish!!!

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Here is another one before we left. This would be our smallest fish of the day! Really only took a pic because of it's very gold color and looked different than any others this day.

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We were wrapping up the day for our ugly hike out. We had both caught about 6 each and all were great healthy hold overs. I lost the biggest one of the day. I got to fight him for a while then snapped my line. He was a solid 4 lb but likely more. This happened to me three times and we are using new line so will be doing some research on this P-Line Flouroclear. 5 lb test. Line never should of broke with the tension I had on the fish. Anyway, we are picking up our gear to head out and I throw my jig in the water one more time and WHAM!! fish on!! http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/20.gif We decide to make it a two fish day on the stringer and hike on out. I can't get over the beauty of these fish. Fins baby, fins!! No worn off tails.

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Strangely enough Marv didn't have room in his backpack for the fish so I had to carry them out. What the heck is with that? He was eating them not me. So about 5 lbs of fish were added to my hike out of there. It took us about 40 min to get out.

Was a great reward for Marv and I to get revenge on Melones from our last time out. We had a great time and were rewarded to boot! Thanks Marv!!

Cheers,

P.S. Oh, if anyone is walking in the remote areas around Melones and finds a lung on the ground let me know. It's the one I coughed up going up that hill!!!!

shadbuster
11-30-2012, 01:25 PM
OMG, those are some beauties! Well worth the hike! I love the foothill lakes, they have a good holdover fishery, I need to get me some, haha.

CAL.NDN
11-30-2012, 01:27 PM
Way to get at em guys them some nice pretty ones congratulations.

dabalone
11-30-2012, 01:32 PM
Excellent!

Marv
11-30-2012, 02:33 PM
I LOVE MELONES HOLDOVERS!!! Especially when we can catch the suckers. Look at those colors and, the tails are perfect triangles. They were so beautiful and it was great to set so many of them free for others to enjoy later, better yet me, lol. We payed with blood, sweat, and no tears, but I did almost cry at one point hiking out, lol. We were both huffing our butts off, age had nothing to do with it. So glad we rolled up our sleeves and went back looking for a fight.

RideNfish is a hardcore mofo when it come to fishing. Gotta hike a few miles, who cares. Cut yourself, rub some mud on it. Gotta push through poison oak, get to pushin'. It's getting pretty late wanna leave, hell no. I love it and thats why we work so well together, and it's all thank to the Fish Sniffer and a terminal case of trout fever. Thanks for showing this bass guy the ropes.

Marv
11-30-2012, 02:44 PM
Oh yeah, look at the little yellowish guy and you can faintly see his parr marks. Also look at Dougs right hand index finger and you can see fish jizz, lol. Hope you washed your hands before you started shoving handfuls of jelly beans in your mouth, hahahehe.

Troutoholic
11-30-2012, 02:49 PM
You guys killed it!! Retribution for sure!

CRABBY
11-30-2012, 03:14 PM
Good going guys,I'm familiar with the area you were at,an you 2 are some tough crazy guys.Beautiful fish an congrats on successful retribution trip...:):)

CAL.NDN
11-30-2012, 03:15 PM
Awsome marv thats the spirit

CAL.NDN
11-30-2012, 03:20 PM
From dusk to dawn through hell or high water. You got a good teacher even if likes the occasional fish jizz with jelly beans.

PapaGreg
11-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Glad you guys went back and were successful, way to go!!!!!!

Steve079
11-30-2012, 09:17 PM
Nice job Men! Your a couple of hard core, wandering nomadic commando trout warriors, no doubt. I love this time of year, and how the fish reflect the season in there coloration.

You got to sign me up for one of your trout adventures.

Oh, and Marv....you gotta funny way of holding your, ah, trout. Probably because its a MUCH BIGGER trout then you are used to handling.

About the Bongzilla, well, you were in Calaveras County. Don't you guys drink your beer 4 at a time?

HMONG_James_Vang
11-30-2012, 09:34 PM
looks like an awesome outing doug =)

Captain Compassion
11-30-2012, 10:02 PM
What a wonderful report. Those are beautiful fish if a little thin. You guys worked for them so you earned them.

CC

Marv
11-30-2012, 10:20 PM
Good going guys,I'm familiar with the area you were at,an you 2 are some tough crazy guys.Beautiful fish an congrats on successful retribution trip...:):)


Kinda wished you would call us beautiful and the fish tough and crazy, but I'll take it :)

redneckpunk
11-30-2012, 11:47 PM
Kinda wished you would call us beautiful and the fish tough and crazy, but I'll take it :)

Beautiful, you two? HAHAHAHA!!! We all can see the pics. LOL!

~RNP

PapaGreg
12-01-2012, 07:57 AM
steveo, thinking maybe they were in Toulomne county, sounds like they stopped in Jamestown?

RideNfish
12-01-2012, 08:06 AM
steveo, thinking maybe they were in Toulomne county, sounds like they stopped in Jamestown?

You're right but Calaveras Tuolumne makes no dif. Same outlook on life if you will. :-)

RideNfish
12-01-2012, 08:38 AM
What a wonderful report. Those are beautiful fish if a little thin. You guys worked for them so you earned them.

CC

I actually don't think they were thin. The first pic of me holding a fish looks a bit thin but when we landed him he looked healthy. Maybe the way I held him. Look at the last four or so in the pics and they look like healthy proper weight fish.

Now granted they are not planter truck fat! LOL These guys grew up on their own not in a pen swimming in food and then thrown in the river. :-) Very rewarding to catch these guys.

Where are we fishing next with ya CC? You're not waiting for Topaz are ya? You have a whole month to slay em as usual. :-)

Captain Compassion
12-01-2012, 09:51 AM
Where are we fishing next with ya CC?

There is always Pyramid where all fish are holdovers. ICR is also avliable if the wind ever stops.

CC

TroutGhost
12-01-2012, 04:45 PM
Great pics and report. Inspirational too.

dilbeck
12-01-2012, 07:04 PM
That is an amazing trip and even better documentation! I've never been able to catch anything more than dink DFG planters.


Probably because its a MUCH BIGGER trout then you are used to handling.

You mean his trouser trout?



Now granted they are not planter truck fat! LOL These guys grew up on their own not in a pen swimming in food and then thrown in the river. :-) Very rewarding to catch these guys.


I'm no expert but I was thinking that these are probably project kokanee fish which would technically be pen fish, but certainly not concrete raceway raised.

RideNfish
12-01-2012, 10:17 PM
I'm no expert but I was thinking that these are probably project kokanee fish which would technically be pen fish, but certainly not concrete raceway raised.
These might be some pen but these are just nice holdovers that survive the plantings and become wild so to speak. The pen fish I have seen have a bit different look since they are still fed by volunteers daily.

Oh, and my neighbor said that was Marv's trouser trout too! LOL

CAL.NDN
12-01-2012, 10:39 PM
I sence alot of critics and jealousy. Beautiful fish period. Why dont u guys show me some prettier ones u have caught as of lately. Thats what i thought.

Steve079
12-02-2012, 10:46 AM
I don't think it's criticism, just opinion. And, heres mine. Those PK trout go in the pens at 1 to 1.5 lbs, and have usually doubled in size by the time they are released. I don't think many of the fish caught in that area are those.
I think these are smaller, F&G trout, that have survived at least a year, more likely 2. I can't prove it, but that's my opinion on that.

I do wonder, what with F&G now only planting sterile trout, if these fish pictured are capable of spawning. Is there any chance, albeit a small one, that some of these trout were spawned at Melones. Is this another question that can't be proved or disprove with absolute certainty?

I really like the idea, that these fish are part of a group of fish, that could be second or third generation trout. Born and raised right there in Mother Melones. Better fight, better colors, and you only find them in a few select areas.

Probably more of a romantic notion, then actual fact. But its my opinion, and you all know what they saw about opinions....

Jfitalia
12-02-2012, 12:32 PM
What a wonderful report. Those are beautiful fish if a little thin. You guys worked for them so you earned them.

CC





CC they only look thin because they didnt catch them right out of the truck like on the carson. These fish had to actually hunt for their food.

Marv
12-02-2012, 01:49 PM
Not sure if they were sterile, but they were attempting to spawn. We seen a few pairs that were on redds. Every fish we caught was squirting Milt or full of eggs. I for one think that they do spawn.

These fish were physically fit and pure muscle, not food pellet fat. I for one don't put to much into were they came from. What I do know is that were some of the best looking bows I've seen. Not because we caught them, just cause they were.

DK4885
12-02-2012, 05:41 PM
great job guys, nice size trout you should bring some down to millerton with you that there is striper candy. lol. jk or am i

hanahou7
12-03-2012, 08:43 AM
Great lookin fish and as always, great story telling! Thanks for sharing again and helping me get through another Monday haha

crazyfisher
12-03-2012, 10:29 AM
another amazing story with pictures :-) I'm jealous! and envy. I need to do more fishing! Keep up the great work!