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Online ctom

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8 and 9 pounds.....
« on: 05/02/21 14:43 UTC »
One caught two casts after the first was landed. Lake Superior, Two Harbors breakwater. Gold and orange 1/2 ounce Kastmaster. Casting into 90 feet of water under a slick.


Offline DF

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #1 on: 05/02/21 15:31 UTC »
Great catch ctom!

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #2 on: 05/02/21 16:41 UTC »
Maybe you should change your profile name to ltom?

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #3 on: 05/02/21 16:43 UTC »
Awesome fish there TOM .
May your days be filled with sun shine and you always have a tight line. AMEN

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #4 on: 05/02/21 17:23 UTC »
Nice! Now are those the red finn, that are good for eating?

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #5 on: 05/02/21 19:11 UTC »
WOW! :o  Nice catch there Tom

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #6 on: 05/02/21 19:25 UTC »
Yes Gary, both red fin. The smaller of the two was a female, the larger a bull. The red fin are the eaters. The other lake trout sub species we get in the lake are the sissowet variety. They have yellow flesh, not orange and are so oily you just can't fix them fit for table use. There's a difference in the markings  between the two but most noticeably is the red fin's fins looking almost identical to those of a brook trout in color.

The fish on the left in the picture is the male and still has some of his breeding colors showing. Notice the color of the anal fin.

I'll freeze two fillets for the grill. The other two will grace the smoker. Smoked Lake Trout is as good as salmon.

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #7 on: 05/02/21 22:28 UTC »
Dang  nice ctom those are some nice ones.  I  bet those put on a nice little fight.

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #8 on: 05/03/21 06:41 UTC »
Awesome catch.  :)

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #9 on: 05/03/21 07:55 UTC »
I  bet those put on a nice little fight.

They are bulldogs. I still think pound for pound that Lake Trout fight more than any other freshwater fish. The larger of the two took 17 minutes to land from the hookset, the smaller about 14 minutes. The larger fish taped at 28" with a girth about 13". The smaller fish was 26 3/4" with a girth of 12". Both were full of small smelt. FULL of smelt.

My gear is simple: a 10 1/2 foot light action steelhead rod blank rated for 1/8 to 1/2 ounce lures, a 4000 series Shimano Symetre reel filled with green Trilene XL 6 pound line. Always a quality ball bearing swivel and a coast lock snap. My largest laker [released immediately after getting the tape work done, and the fish never came entirely out of the water to get this done] taken on this rig taped at 49" with a thirty 38" girth and a weight thought to be between 39 and 43 pounds....casting from this breakwater. I've taken well over 20 lakers in the 15 to 25 pound range. Salmon have broke me off and spooled me but as far as I can recall I have never been broke off by a laker or spooled by one: long rod, light, quality line and quality terminal tackle makes engaging these guys just a super fun time.

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #10 on: 05/04/21 20:48 UTC »
Great catch Tom.  Looks like a lot of fun. 

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #11 on: 05/05/21 03:04 UTC »
Nice ones ctom.

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #12 on: 05/05/21 08:08 UTC »
Nice Job !

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #13 on: 05/06/21 14:10 UTC »
Casting into 90 feet of water under a slick.

Some of the depths you guys fish up North just boggle my mind.  My home lake only has one spot on the entire lake that reaches those depths; average lake depth is something like 20 feet.

Absolutely beautiful catches there, Tom!

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Re: 8 and 9 pounds.....
« Reply #14 on: 05/06/21 15:12 UTC »
Some of the depths you guys fish up North just boggle my mind. 

Lake Superior has two varieties of Lake Trout: the red fin and the sissowet. The Red Fins are the eaters, the others are very oily and don't have much table fare. Those Sissowets get huge and they spawn as deep as 6oo feet. I marked a Sissowet trout once at 160 feet over 450 feet of water that rose up and chased our baits for about 1/8 mile before hitting and being boated. Its weighed in at 25 pounds. Its not unusual to take Red Fin at 125 feet while trolling, but most will come between the surface and 60 feet of trolling depth. A tactic we'll use while trolling and marking suspended fish is to run the balls down below the level of the fish and as soon as we re-mark the fish we'll pop the engine into neutral and pop the lines out of the clips letting the spoons flutter to the surface on loose lines, passing the fish on the spoons trip to the top. Many times those idle fish will be seen rising up and chasing the spoons but inevitably will get lost because they leave the cone angle of the transducer. When the line is retrieved is when the fish are felt hanging on the spoons. Crazy successful tactic.

We'll also use heavy banana head jigs tied with bucktail [Do-ItsJYS-1055l, 1-1/2 ounce and 2 ounce] with 90 pound test stinger wires cast in the heads and tipped with 1/0 trebles and sporting a dead smelt to vertically jig suspended Lakers if they are relating to some underwater feature like a sharp break or a hump. Jigging down to 125 feet is common. Its aggressive jigging and a lot of work but at times, such as mid-summer, is a better way to get fish than trolling.

Deep water is a Lake Trout's comfort zone. Any structure or bottom anomaly that attracts bait will attract Lakers if it is near enough for a comfortable horizontal shift from the deeper water. The breakwater I fish from has fishable Trout water anywhere from 25 feet to around 90 within an easy cast. The structure around the breakwater attracts tons of bait so the trout found there are feeding, not idle or resting which they prefer to do in much deeper water. Regardless of the water's depth, the higher a Trout is found the more I consider it a feeding and aggressive fish. Both fish pictured came from about 90 feet at the edge of the bottom structure directly under a slick that must have stalled affording relatively calm water: on either edge of that slick one could feel the undertow at work on the retrieve with little or no resistance felt on the lure's retrieve where the fish came from. I love slicks because they can hold so much food for baitfish and hence the predators. All of the positive factors that play into catching the Lake Trout just happened in front of me within a long cast. Twice.