Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
There are always a few fish that really stick out through the course of a season. They can be exceptionally colorful, or big, or maybe even come from a really tricky spot that required the utmost skill. Sometimes it's only after a few days or weeks that the gravity of that fish sets in, but other times the second the fish hits the net you know it's a memorable one. The latter definitely fits the bill for Jacob's monster brown trout on a trip a few weekends ago,
Jacob and his Aunt Amanda were on a half day trip with us and had already put several fish a piece into the net. We were about to move on to a new spot when I decided to work with Amanda a bit and get her one more before we left. Jacob was killing it and in a great run so I left him to his own devices for a minute knowing that if a fish did hit he had all the skills needed to hook it!
I'd barely had time to wade over to Amanda and get her into position to fish the far bank when I heard Jacob say, "I got one!" The trout tore off into the main current and held in heavy riffles, our first sign that this might be something big. Listening to my every instruction, the young angler slowly worked the fish back into some softer water and battled multiple line peeling runs that bowed the rod and tested our knots.
The monster brown first reared his head from the deep and Jacob stood strong with a level of composure that I'm not sure I would have exhibited. One more run to the riffles later and we had the fish into a solid netting position. I instructed Jacob to keep his rod super high and the net slid underneath our worthy foe. He did everything perfectly and we had the fish of the season to show for it. We shared plenty of high fives and snapped a few pictures before reviving the beast and releasing it back into the hole.
His skill and fish-fighting prowess go far beyond his years and it's a trout I'll remember for a long time!
Fish like Jacob's don't come everyday, but there are tons of trout around! Now is the time to schedule a trip!
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