I fished a stocked lake for rainbows today and knew there were big ones as i caught ONE last year in it. Today was fish after fish and they just kept getting bigger!! Had to keep the last one as it ingested the hook clear down into its throat, it was the size of a red salmon. I couldnt even use the net, i played it like a Pro, adjusting the drag lighter as it dove deeper and reeled it back towards the boat only to watch it strip line, turning the boat with every run. what felt like 15 minutes later it finally was tuckered out enough for me to boat it. I have honestely never caught such a big trout, it was the thrill of a lifetime. They have energy like Silver salmon and releasing others back to fish for next year means they will only get bigger. I went by myself as there is little room in the raft so if someone would have been in the front of the boat when the fish completely jumped over the bow they would have been knocked out of the boat anyway. Wife used the camera last weekend and used up all the memory and didnt tell me, so i couldnt take a pict of it until i got home, so ,
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4655/dsc01086zm.jpg heres the pict
Those fish were right on the bottom, caught a few up top with a red and blue vibrax but most were jigged and for the tiny little nibbles they made, they sure were alot bigger than there bite. If i tugged and felt a fish lip, the very next second a fish would come flying out of the water 30 feet on the opposite side of the boat, unbelievable they could travel 30 feet down to 30 feet off my port that fast!!!!
Never got to report a 20+ rainbow on my fishing license before, feel like i should be in a special club now!!
And to think i almost packed it in when i got there at 8:30 and it was raining cats and dogs. The one last year is small compared to this monster