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That was me.

It was me that caught that 4 lber at TTL. As I posted on the other page, as I was leaving a guy asked me why I bother if I'm not even going to keep a trout like that. He seemed a little ticked at me.

I've been a converted catch-and-realeaser for so long in my bass fishing habits that unless I'm walleye or ocean fishing (or think I have a record ) it seems strange to keep a fish. The guy pointed out that the fish would die by next summer anyway, but it still seems pointless if I was not planning on eating it. I like to think that someone's son or daughter might catch that fish next and have an long-lasting fishing memory.

Maybe I should have given it to one of the hard-fishing corn-throwers at the lake. I wonder if they would have felt guilty that they didn't catch it themselves. I doubt it. :)
 

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By the way...

By the way, I caught the big rainbow on a nightcrawler that I had hooked up for my 3-year-old to use. (I was using Cast Masters and Mepps Spinners and catching 8 and 9 inchers.) It had about 6 feet of line below the bobber and I used a tiny No. 12 or 14 treble hook to try to prevent the fish from feeling the hook before we saw the bobber. It worked.
 
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even with all our expensive equipment and baits it's alway's the youngsters who nab the prize fish. beautiful fat trout swam away to fight another day. nice catch.
 
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