Landing a big one

4/24/18 @ 1:05 PM
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Animated1
Animated1
USER since 1/20/09

I have landed some decent size trout but have never landed one over 20". Come opening weekend, I'll be hitting the rivers with the wife for her first opening weekend of trout fishing. I have a gut feeling she'll hook into a big one. Are there any tips for landing a brown trout 24"+? I have a EGO trout net but have always wondered how a big trout flopping around would stay in any trout net.


Thanks for any tips on landing the big one.


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6/4/18 @ 10:39 AM
machoprogrammer
machoprogrammer
USER since 1/19/07

I just bring it to where I will be able to net it more carefully, then get on my knees and just net it. My net isn't gigantic by any measure, but it's big enough where I could probably net a 24" fish if I was super careful. I have never landed one nearly that big in the inland streams, but I have caught some suckers that were pretty big using the same method. If I am fishing the great lakes/tribs, I use a far bigger net so it's not a problem.

I always bring an insulated fishing bag with ice in it in case I decide to keep any. I'd never keep a 20"+ plus from inland streams (unless it would die on release) unless it was a record fish (very doubtful that'll ever come up). 

Edited on 6/4/18 10:40 AM
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5/21/18 @ 7:52 PM
trouter
trouter
USER since 7/3/01

Make sure they are hooked well.

I bring them to a shallow edge and then grab them.

I do not use a net.  


I put them in a plastic grocery bag.  Then I put them in my fanny pact.  Or the pocket of my hunting jacket.

When stream salmon fishing, I bring back each salmon to the cooler in the truck.


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5/2/18 @ 5:20 AM
Greyghost
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USER since 6/24/01

Have found a lot of nets over the years that people have lost. 1 hanging in my fat tying area rest given away. Have caught a lot of large trout without it. You develop what i call the roll get them close to shore or lead them to shallows where they beach themselves then gently scoop them to grass. Will be out looking for another net on Sunday lol

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5/1/18 @ 12:18 PM
Animated1
Animated1
USER since 1/20/09

That net is awesome and thanks for the feedback everyone. That net will be on my gift list for sure. I have seen browns well over 20" but never on my line and they have all been lost. If she catches one this weekend, I'll post it here. 


Thanks again.

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4/29/18 @ 8:41 PM
Vermeeson
Vermeeson
USER since 1/22/02

You have an ambitious agenda! My biggest one in a stream is a 21" brown in 32 years of avid trout fishing, but there are some brutes out there... Good luck! It'll be the memory of a lifetime! If you have some extra cash, take a look at the netstaff. Which would easily give you what you are looking for. I'm strongly considering buying one for steelhead fishing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wHBeon-DTM


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4/28/18 @ 10:14 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

While wader fishing I have cheapo lightweight aluminum net tucked down the back of my waders. I changed out the dinky net bag with a bigger one from Netcraft which worked great on a 37"northern two years back. I still fish without a net on some brush choked accesses but I try not to forget it. "Better to have and not need.....".  I like the lip gripper idea as another lightweight option but don't have one yet.

Edited on 4/28/18 10:19 AM
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4/25/18 @ 5:18 PM
crawriverrat
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USER since 10/27/02

This one

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4/25/18 @ 5:15 PM
crawriverrat
crawriverrat
USER since 10/27/02

Ive landed plenty of catfish and carp way bigger than any stream trout with my extendable net.  Just in case that comment was aimed at me big musty.

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4/25/18 @ 10:53 AM
BigMusky12
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USER since 12/22/04

you could also bring a lip gripper as backup for anything too large for you net...or go out and purchase a net with deep enough hoop for the fish you are targeting.   I also considered landing gear to be size for the largest fish I reasonably expected to catch.  Otherwise what is even the point. 

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4/24/18 @ 9:04 PM
crawriverrat
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USER since 10/27/02

I bought an extendable crappie net.  It goes out 12 feet. That length helps a TON when fishing on the bank.  Especially when there is a steep bank.  

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