|3 1/2 pound tiger trout caught saturday.|
If you have never hooked a tiger trout, you are missing out! I have never caught a tiger trout that hasn't given me a really good fight! Through the ice, on a fly, or caught on a nightcrawler, these fish will give you one great fishing experience!
|The fight is on!|
On Saturday I was lucky to hook a big tiger in very shallow water. This fish was amazing! The second I set the hook he took off and I realized quickly that I needed to adjust my drag to avoid him breaking my line. The reel was singing for sure, and as I fought this fish it reminded me of watching bass fishing on TV! This guy was jumping, rolling, and pulling line like crazy! As he wore down I attempted to land him in the best spot that I could in a weedy area. I could not reach far enough to get a thumb in his mouth, and for fault on my part, I left the net home! So, what could I do? I had to grab the line to pull him onto shore. I pulled him from the water, a beauty for sure! No doubt over 25" long, and weighing 5-6 pounds! Then fate took over! The line snapped, the fish hit the ground, and before I could scoop him up he flopped back into the lake. So, fishing tip #1 for the day: be sure to check you line before you go fishing! This was the first fish I hooked that morning and that line snapped so easy! Upon further inspection I found that I could break my line by hand fairly easy. I'm not sure how he stayed on as long as he did. So, I pulled off about 30 feet and got back down to good, strong line. Now problems the rest of the day, even with the 3 1/2 pounder I caught later on.
|Panguitch Lake tiger caught through the ice|
Tip #2: don't be afraid to switch up your technique! Everyone may be telling you what is working on a lake, but fish are funny, and when I get there it usually doesn't work. That doesn't mean I don't stop using that bait or lure, I just find another way to fish it. With spinners, speed can be the difference between skunked and a good catch. Change up your reeling speed, and directions until you find what works. Presentation can be the difference between success and skunked. With bait, try different approaches, is it better to still fish it, reel now and then, troll it along (steady reeling), or fish the top, or the bottom. Saturday I was using the same concept (bait/lures) as those fishing around me, but I was the only one having success. Why? Because I found the technique the fish liked. Also, remember your species! Brown, brook, and tiger trout tend to feed a little more off of the bottom, but at the right time and under great conditions, they love to jump on the right fly.
The bad part is that most of the day can be spent trying to find what works. What worked for me was seeing that nobody around me was catching a thing, so I wasn't going to fish the same way for the same results. Don't be afraid to try something new, just because you always catch fish doing what you have done for years. I hope these tips were helpful, and do yourself a favor; get out and catch this amazing fish species, the tiger trout!