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kokoloco
04-30-2007, 04:47 PM
I launched at the North ramp this AM and headed to Big Hat Island. I * started trolling with one top line with a fire tiger Rapala and as I was letting back my orange grub on my second line, a 15 inch trout took it just feet from the boat. *Hmmm! *This is a good sign. *I trollled around the island for about an hour then headed towards the dam. *I went back and forth across the front of the dam trying several setups and depths. *At 10:30 I got a good strike on a fire tiger Criplure at 20 feet. *I thought I was snagged but when I saw the depth at 115 feet I knew I was into a nice fish. *I fought it for about 20 minutes and finally got it to the net. *Wow was that exciting being solo in the boat. :) *6.8 pounds and 25 inches. *I continued trolling til about 1:30 for one more about 15 inches before calling it quits. *The fish were stacked up at the dam but not many takers. *Today was my 55th birthday and that fish was one welcome gift. ;). *A few boats were out today but I didn't see many fish *taken. *The water temp was 67-71 degrees and 15 feet visibility. *PS Fishermunn, I tried a blue Criplure but it didn't work. *;D *
Some pics........

Big Hat Island at 7:30 this morning.

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The fish were everywhere.

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Some of my weapons.

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Jack was with me but won't help net the fish. *Something about only eating beef???

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The tool that did the trick!!!

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The "Prize".

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vvbob
04-30-2007, 04:50 PM
Very nice picture story kokoloco....The last pic is AWESOME, man what a brute... 8-)

bowmasta
04-30-2007, 04:59 PM
*Beautiful fish

Rod Bender
04-30-2007, 06:10 PM
Sam, Happy Birday,
Thanks for the on the water call today when you got that pig in the boat. At the time it was 10lbs, or just seemed like it. Good thing it didn't get away or it could have been 15lbs. Nice job get that big trout in the net by yourself.

See you on the water soon

atavuss
04-30-2007, 06:12 PM
wow! what a birthday gift that fish was for you! was the meat white like a recent planter or orangish like a holdover?

kokoloco
04-30-2007, 06:30 PM
It was pink so it *was a hold-over. *I got a lesson on Camanche trout from the guy in the store. *I didn't know about the sterile fish or the meat color difference between fresh plant and hold-over. *This was my 3rd trip to Camanche. *My first 2 visits I didn't get anything. *I got my payback today!!

doneli
04-30-2007, 06:49 PM
great story nice picture and nothing better for a birthday present [smiley=birthdays.gif] happy birthday and good luck

-doneli

Manteca Steve
04-30-2007, 07:54 PM
Ist *Happy Birthday kokoloco!
Thanks for the pics & report. Good looking bow.

T-ROY
04-30-2007, 08:49 PM
That is a pig Sam glad to seya get a biggin. T-ROY

firetrout
04-30-2007, 09:09 PM
Nice hog there kokoloco but stop chewing on the tail. ;D it would have weighed more.

Happy B day to you.

Munnster
05-01-2007, 05:54 AM
Happy B-Day Sam! Nice work with the big boy. Did Jack take the picture? If so, we have a problem! See you soon.

Fisher-Munn

fishnmike2002
05-01-2007, 06:32 AM
Awsome! Nice fish kokoloco. Suprising you didn't get more with the way they were stacked up by the dam. Usually when you find them like that and they are moving so much they will hit like mad. Keep working with your presentation, long light leaders, long set backs, no dodgers.

FishnMike

loose_goose
05-01-2007, 08:35 PM
:) :) :) *NICE Fish Sam, wow........after talking with you in the store today I had to see for myself......dang......by the way, it's still bigger than anything I've caughjt this year........my buddy " >:(" reminded me that my striper was only 6.5 lb, not 8 :-[ :-[ * * * great report :D

Earl_the_Pearl
05-02-2007, 03:07 PM
Happy BD,thats a nice fish,good thing it didnt get off,or you might have tied the anchor rope around your ankle and said good bye crule world,good pics. see you soon, Earl The Pearl

fish_junky
05-02-2007, 03:54 PM
Happy B Day Kok, Now that fish is one nice birthday present. Thanks for the report and pictures.

camotracker
05-02-2007, 05:02 PM
right on koc. like looking fish. ;D :)

fishinator
05-03-2007, 05:35 PM
Excellent looking fish!! I need to get me a " Jack Ball" !!!

Phil