TJones

Needle in a haystack (New PB) Unicorn

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Hey All, just had to share this one with you... As some of you know, these large trout have really gotten under my skin the past few years... This past week, after much effort, I finally found the one that I have been searching for!

 

Needless to say, this fish really got the blood flowing and my heart pumping. In fact, once it was all done and the fish was released, I had to sit down and take a breath... My legs were shaking and I couldn't stand up for a minute or so, lol. I thought I had gotten a good release video of the fish swimming off, but unfortunately my phone wasn't recording. Still, I got some decent pics at least, to document the catch. I believe this fish was surely a minnow eater, as it was so silver in color... I believe the fish was probably a male, but I have nicknamed him/her "Queen Daenerys" because of the silver. (shes a little dirty in the pics, but I'm sure you can still see the silver)

 

It is a PA freestone river brown, probably of the migratory variety--caught in marginal water that doesn't hold trout year round. 

 

The fish measured 29.5" in a straight line... If going on a curve, you could squeeze 30+ a little if you wanted. I had actually caught a slightly longer 30" fish a couple years ago... but it was much thinner than this one. I didn't weight this fish, but feel a good conservative guess is in the 10 to 11 pound range. She/he is still out there swimming... Hopefully will see her again when she is 32"+ :-) !!!

 

I hope this doesn't sound like too much boasting, but I just had to share this one with you guys here and I'm really psyched about this fish haha! 

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6 mins ago, ridenfish said:

Congrats on the fish of a lifetime!  And great job releasing her as well.

Thank you! 

 

It was a fun, quick visit we had, but in the end... she had to go, ha ha!

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What a fish!  Congrats man.  What set-up were you using?  Imagine that would be quite a battle on the ML rod and 2500 series with 6lb braid I use when targeting trout, ha.  

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Thank you PHB! 

 

 I was using slightly heavier tackle... 7’ medium fenwick hmg... Shimano 3000 reel w/ 15lb j braid and 10 lb flouro leader. I like using a bit heavier tackle since I know large fish are possible and don’t want to be under gunned... as I have had my butt handed to me before by large fish.

 

This was still an epic battle, in pretty heavy current...and that big wild fish knew exactly how to try and beat me. Fortunately things just happened to work out on my end this time around, haha.

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2 hours ago, TJones said:

Hey All, just had to share this one with you... As some of you know, these large trout have really gotten under my skin the past few years... This past week, after much effort, I finally found the one that I have been searching for!

 

Needless to say, this fish really got the blood flowing and my heart pumping. In fact, once it was all done and the fish was released, I had to sit down and take a breath... My legs were shaking and I couldn't stand up for a minute or so, lol. I thought I had gotten a good release video of the fish swimming off, but unfortunately my phone wasn't recording. Still, I got some decent pics at least, to document the catch. I believe this fish was surely a minnow eater, as it was so silver in color... I believe the fish was probably a male, but I have nicknamed him/her "Queen Daenerys" because of the silver. (shes a little dirty in the pics, but I'm sure you can still see the silver)

 

It is a PA freestone river brown, probably of the migratory variety--caught in marginal water that doesn't hold trout year round. 

 

The fish measured 29.5" in a straight line... If going on a curve, you could squeeze 30+ a little if you wanted. I had actually caught a slightly longer 30" fish a couple years ago... but it was much thinner than this one. I didn't weight this fish, but feel a good conservative guess is in the 10 to 11 pound range. She/he is still out there swimming... Hopefully will see her again when she is 32"+ :-) !!!

 

I hope this doesn't sound like too much boasting, but I just had to share this one with you guys here and I'm really psyched about this fish haha! 

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Whoa! Congrats!

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