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    Default Re: caught my first 20+ inch brookie

    the fish didnt go to waste. it made yummy table fare. Its not like he was the last one in there anyway. i have seen bigger caught and released.

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    Last week I caught a 33" rainbow and released it immediately. Of course I had plenty of Socks to eat in Alaska!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluv2fish View Post
    caught it today on my local waters.

    http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...69779292_n.jpg
    Nice Brookie and Salmon where were you fishing I fish in Maine alot too???

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    Here in my part of PA a 15" Brookie is a rare ond wonderful thing. I am envious! Congrats!!!
    Homer

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    I have no problem with someone harvesting a big brookie like that.
    Their lifespan is only so long and a fish that size is old.
    Harvesting it is making good used of a fish that may soon die anyway.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: caught my first 20+ inch brookie

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I have no problem with someone harvesting a big brookie like that.
    If it's legal I'm ok with it. If not, it's poaching. Pretty simple. If the species is in trouble, then the knotheads that write the rules should protect them with the regs...seems to me...

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    The knotheads write fishing regulations to maximize tourist dollars. The fish population and health has little or nothing to do with it.
    http://www.miterclamp.com/Images/N_Amer_FF.jpg Cheers, Jim

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    Default Re: caught my first 20+ inch brookie

    Quote Originally Posted by wjc View Post
    The knotheads write fishing regulations to maximize tourist dollars. The fish population and health has little or nothing to do with it.
    Well, tourist dollars and lots of other reasons, like big agriculture dollars and on and on...I DID say "should".

    Now we have a poster who will think twice about posting again because he caught a fish and legally took it and had to listen to all of this.
    Last edited by mikel; 07-13-2012 at 10:39 AM.

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    Default Re: caught my first 20+ inch brookie

    I think we're OK here, a fisherman always has the option of taking fish where the regulations allow for it. Although I don't take trout or char regularly sometimes one hangs itself on one of my salmon flies and gets hurt. When that happens I kill the fish and take them home. When reading this thread I realize that where this member is located, if you do not eat a brook trout or land locked salmon then you'll eat no wild fish. If I lived in Maine I'd probably be eating some land locks

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    no hurt feeling here. i release 99% of what i catch. i kept this one cause my wife wanted to try a big trout. Hopefully i will have some more pics to post after next week. heading back up north for 3 days camping and fishing with my best bud/wife. should be lots of fun.

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