View Full Version : Epic Day at Melones [Pics]

12-20-2012, 03:18 PM
I don't know how to start this thread. Marv and I decided to hit Melones
again. We had one killer day about a month ago that we posted then I went back
for just a few small planters. Marv was wanting to get back so Melones it

We got to the lake at about 06:00 and started our hike. We walked a bit over
a mile or so to start our fishing in an area that has treated us well and not so
well in the past. It was nice and cold out and we had to keep dipping our rods
in the water to get the ice of the frozen eyelets. Couldn't cast once they froze


Within 15 min or so I had the first fish of the day. I was just catching
average trout of about 13-15" or so on my jig. I wondering why Marv isn't
getting anything then bam! Fish on. We knew real fast it was going to be a nice
one. That thing was pulling his light line like mad. Made probably 5 runs or so
of simple line peel. He plays it with patience until the fish is exhausted. I
did the net job and his first fish of the day ended up being his best.

We keep moving along the shoreline fishing and catching and finally I get
into a nicer one that was picture worthy.

We kept fishing throughout the day and doing VERY well. I
won't go into the numbers of cause many wouldn't believe it anyway. I don't know
if I would. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Marv and I were exhausted and hungry. We realized it was 3:00pm and we hadn't
eaten. We were so busy and didn't want to stop casting that we about passed out.
So we decide to just anchor ourselves on a small point and sit in the sun and
eat. We both toss out a bait rod just to have something out and relax. We really
needed it. Marv ended up getting a couple of nice planters on his bait rod. We
both left the bait rods out and started throwing lures with the other just
trying to wrap up our day. Marv and I were about 30 yards apart with our bait
rods between us when we both see a huge swirl/splash in the water. You could
tell it was big but we didn't see the fish. It gave us the impression of a fish
chasing a small bait fish by the surface. Marv bombs out a Rapala at the area
for no love. Then I bomb a spoon and start cranking slowly. In a matter of feet
it was on. That little ultra light rod loaded up big time. Line started peeling
and doing what Marv's fish did earlier in the day. After a long patient fight
Marv got the net around the fish. Barely fit..haha. This thing was a beast.
Sorry for the photo being edited but this is an area I have to keep quiet a


The high was crazy. Marv first fish of the day was the king until my last
fish of the day. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/nana.gif

I used the lip gripper to be more gentle on the fish than my finger down it's
throat. We took a couple of shots and back in she went. The fish kept rolling up
on it's side and it took about 2 or 3 minutes of moving the fish back and forth
to get water through the gills until it finally started trying to swim away. We
both watch in awe as that big ole fish slowly swam off.


We caught and released a LOT of fish this day and felt especially good about
the letting the big ones swim off for another day.

Thank Marv for an epic day. We won't see one like that for quite awhile I
would think. But there is always hope. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/sign0075.gif

Hope this report doesn't sound rushed because it was. Dinner with
in-laws....outa here. :-)

12-20-2012, 04:17 PM
Great job you to. Epic to say the least
You guys got it dialed in now. If love good trout fishing tuff it up like these to and dont let a lil rain or freezing weather stop you. Glad you guys strapped on the old hiking boots and bundled up like Eskimos to have such a great day to rember and thank you for sharing.

12-20-2012, 04:54 PM

We rocked it!
I don't wanna be a braggart, but it was a slaughter (no fish were actually slaughtered) in every since of the word. It was like winning a slot machine very pull :) get your poles and go now if you have the chance.

It was so cold that when I spit it turned into hail :cold1: everything had ice on it. eyelets, spools, bail, rods, backpacks. When we made it to our spot I was wondering if it was going to be a good day. Doug hooks up on his first or second cast and it was game on from there. My fish i'm pictured with was THE BEST FIGHT I EVER HAD! I have never ad my arm/wrist fatigue during a fight. He was a beautiful fish, a nice male in full spawning colors. A nice purplish/pink color with a massive tail, he was released to pass on his good genes.

Doug's fish was of the same color only bigger. He made Doug's drag sing a wonderful song zzzzzzzzzzz awesome day and your right we may never see another day like that, but we can try.

12-20-2012, 05:09 PM
Great post, thanks for sharing! I haven't been to Melones since I was a kid and didn't realize it was such a sleeper until your post from last month. Granted you are well off the beaten, but more props to ya for that!

12-20-2012, 05:21 PM
Just keep doing what your doing via battling the elements and your gona have plenty them epic number days. And rewarded with fish that fight twice as hard as the summer days trout.

12-20-2012, 05:25 PM
Awesome job!!!

Great photos as well.

You gotta love winter fishing, nothing beats layering clothes and feeling like the marshmallow man.

Sent from my iPhone 4S using Tapatalk

12-20-2012, 05:33 PM
Yeah baby!!!! :bananasplits::bananasplits::bananasplits: Well done my friends....Those are the days we strive for, the days that strengthen the addiction & keep us all going back for more:cheesy:. Stoked for both of you....you guys put in the time & effort on every outing and you have royally been rewarded.

Both fish are gorgeous & my hats off to you both for catching & releasing them....:dankk2:

I have my fingers crossed I'll enjoy the same good fortune tomorrow....

Hey Marv didn't I see you on Moonshiners under the name "Tickle"? hahaha Sucka...

12-20-2012, 05:33 PM
Beautiful fish. I remember a couple days like that last year, and in common was the fact that it was cold enough for the guides to freeze. Not being in the sun in a few of those spots makes that much colder.
The fishing made up for it, yes?

12-20-2012, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the great report and pics.

After I get all the crabbing gear off my boat and power wash all the alge off the hull bottom, I'll be there for a new adventure on the Reel Kahuna. So when you see me, wave and say :hellohello9il:.

12-20-2012, 07:03 PM
Way to go you two!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL fish, I know how cold it was, I was there Wedensday at Tuttletown and it was 28 degrees when I started fishing, BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Wish I was still able to do that kind of hiking, the knees and hips just won't handle it anymore. Glad you were rewarded VERY WELL for your efforts.

12-20-2012, 07:19 PM
Great report with solid fish!

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Captain Compassion
12-20-2012, 08:02 PM
Of all the flatlander lakes on the west side I'm most impressed with the fish I see come out of NM. These are what holdovers should look like. Very good day guys. Good stories and lovely pictures. You want cold? Come over to this side of the mountain. Below zero on Xmas eve.


12-20-2012, 08:11 PM
Man, nice fish and photos you two! Thanks for sharing with all of us "very envious" fisherman.

12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
All I can say is Aye yi yi!! or however you spell it! Just beautiful man, just beautiful. Look like steelhead.... wow!!

12-20-2012, 08:25 PM
Very nice day , congrats

12-20-2012, 10:10 PM
That is inspiring! Here I'm feeling bummed because of cold weather and you guys are out there in the same kind of cold. Beautiful fish, great colors and big fat beautiful tails! Thanks for the report!

12-21-2012, 11:15 AM
Nice looking fish guys! Congrats on an epic day and thanks for the report.
Cant wait to get out there.

12-23-2012, 12:08 PM
very nice report doug and some nice trout, i think its my turn to come north and fish with you. i have the unedited picture for sell to the highest bidder. lol j/k. lets plan a trip.

12-24-2012, 07:00 PM
:areportmq5:Awesome fish. Awesome pics!!!!!! Way to go guys!!

12-29-2012, 01:31 PM
Dang wonder how I missed this thread and its awesome pics! Great report, those are some bruiser trout.