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  • #88307
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    Lost the hat I had fished with since well, since they came out. Was fortunate enough to get a replacement, and well its been on…

    After the mid summer report, I took a little time off unicorn hunting, and eventually got back on it. Didn’t quite hit the 30 inch mark, but I did pick a hell of a streambred pumpkin.

    This fish was just an inch shy of the dry fly beast from earlier this season, taping in at 26.5.

    Gave trout a bit of a respite for awhile, and took an invite from a buddy to chase down some fish that are slightly more ferocious…
    Crack of 3am came, alarm went off, half asleep remembered to throw everything in the car except the camera gear. fortunately we had my iPhone, and my friend had a go pro, and a point and shoot. The day was epic.

    Throwing 7-10 inch long flies with twelve weights is a blast, when you can stick beasts, all in all the day gave us 6 fish in the boat, with a few dropped, one being a monster, and a good number of follows.

    The best fish taped at 44, while the others were between 42 and the mid thirties. Absolutely Gnarly, and I’m hooked.

    #88308
    Colin M.Colin M.
    Member

    44 inches of fish that i’ll never forget…

    #88310
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hell yes, Colin. Well done sir.

    I would really like to catch a muskie.

    Zach

    #88314
    T. WilesT. Wiles
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    That’s freakin’ amazing…6 muskies in the boat! I’ve managed a couple four fish days in the past few years, and consider those my absolute best fishing days ever. You’re ruined for good now.
    Those AM moon sets lately got some nice fish stirring for us, but my aggressive fig 8 chases have all left me in heartache lately. My brother had a beastly scarred up 47+” monster chase him on both sides of the boat after a 30 yd pursuit, and that one left him shakin’.

    Clear, cold Nov days have always been my very best ones.

    Way to go…those are all nice, healthy fish.

    #88315
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    That was the first time I ever attempted it, and I landed three and dropped two, with one other big one following the fly all around the boat without eating.

    Right place right time, right mentor I guess.

    Bottom line, if you rock a 12 wt with big ass flies somewhere near musky live, they’ll find you. The best part, really, was that all the bites I had but one were in plane sight within 15 feet of the boat. Watching a big ass fly that looks sexy as hell pulsate through the water, then out of no where this alligator looking beast annihilates it. I am pretty sure I squeaked the first eat I got.

    #88316
    Colin M.Colin M.
    Member

    Travis, you’re dead on. I am ruined.

    #88368
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Travis how has your muskie fishing gone lately? Also are you actually getting a bunch of takes on the figure 8? I attended a Brad Bohen lecture and he explained all that but I still thought it was more of a secondary technique.

    #88370
    T. WilesT. Wiles
    Member

    Zach, I haven’t had as many outings this season so far, but January’s gonna be my month…tons of obligations between helping Crystal train for her first marathon which she did awesome the first of December…she’s now recovering from thyroid surgery, and we’re traveling to Memphis for Christmas to New Years.

    My only two catchable fish after numerous sightings of lethargic fish both ended the same way….I’m taking a knee, digging swift wide turns on a very fast chasing fish, faster and faster on each turn…starting to flare gills and nip the fly tail….last turn fish is hot and ready to kill—-both times the fired up fish steers off course and pursues my brother’s fly, then gives up.

    I’m im a rut, but I’ve also explored tons of new water—intentionally avoiding my usual spots which are getting more visitors these days—-darn!. The exploring has cost me some catches, but I’m on the verge of finding my best wintering holes yet…I can feel it.

    I’ll post up my hard luck report, as soon as I switch the IMG codes to HTML.

    #88371
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Travis you are persistent. I’ve been told (and I agree) that persistence is the #1 quality of a fantastic angler. Question: why is brother also dredging flies while you’re trying to entice him in? Do you ever get takes on the secondary fly? If not, maybe time to scrap that technique.

    #88379
    T. WilesT. Wiles
    Member

    On some occasions you’ll draw in other fish. I’ve had about 10 occasions where two fish come in together. I talked to a guy at the ramp who told me he and his fishing partner both had double follows that day, where they wound up with four fish circling the boat at once.

    My most memorable catch was when I had a 40’s fish locked in on the fly pursuing, and just as I got the fly near the bow, a dominant 50″ comes out from under the boat spooks off the smaller fish and grabs the fly. Reminded me of Jurassic Park when the TRex grabs the raptor.

    I’ve got the biggest Muskie I’ve ever seen marked in a 200yard deep hole, and she’s closed in on me twice in one season last year. Last time she charged the boat, she had a mid 40’s fish chase with her. I’m going back for her soon…I’m guessing the fish is near 55″.

    It’s insane how much dragging, slipping and falling it takes to get to that water though.

    #88381
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Travis what you do is so awesome. How many muskie have you actually boated now? I would love to catch a muskie. And also a sturgeon. They’re theoretically possible in Georgia…

    #88382
    Mike TolbertMike Tolbert
    Member

    Zach, supposedly there are sturgeon in the amicalola river. Next time you are at Tracy’s parents we should check it out. I know a decent spot.

    #88383
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    It has been done:

    http://carponthefly.blogspot.com/2013/05/sturgeon-on-fly.html

    Only question is whether there’s any water in Georgia where you could plausibly sight fish for them. I see zero chance of catching one by accident. That guy was carp fishing.

    #88384
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    “The DNR lake sturgeon reintroduction program began in 2002. Since then, more than 130,000 sturgeon fingerlings have been released into the Coosa River basin, which includes the Etowah River. Sturgeon grow slowly and do not mature for 12-15 years, so it is important to protect them from harvest until they can reproduce and once again support some limited harvest. Anglers accidentally catching a lake sturgeon should immediately release the fish unharmed. Fish hooked deep will often survive if anglers cut the line near the hook and release the fish with the hook. If you catch a sturgeon, please contact the Calhoun WRD office (ph. 706-624-1161) to report the location from which the sturgeon was caught. Such information is helpful to biologists assessing the survival and dispersal of these magnificent sport fish.”

    Sounds like we should be about due to start seeing some mature fish…

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