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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great Fishing Report!

We know this amazing story has been on NGTO and disseminated by GADNR but we thought it was so cool that we wanted to give it even more exposure. We want to thank Stephen Johnson and Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited for the report. Read on!

Report by: Stephen Johnson
Date: 10/23/2010
River/Stream: Upper Hooch - Andrew takes it up a notch
Report: So I took Andrew out and we went up river from Abbotts Bridge. I told him I didn't think we had much of a shot at any big fish due to the full moon last night and it was bright and sunny today. While we were going up we had to slow down for some canoer's and while we were going by Andrew says he saw a really big fish and he thought it was a brown. So as not to tip off the spin fisher's we kept going up river and stopped and fished down doing quite well. When we got back to the spot we saw the fish there were a lot of fish schooled around the logs and then we saw the big guy.
I tell Andrew to take out the 6wt and put the biggest bugger I had in the box (size 4 brown cone head). He throws it into the logs and a 15" brown hammers it but comes off after a few feet. He throws it back into the logs and this time a 10" brown takes it. On the way back to the boat this monster chases it down and swallows it whole. (Needless to say we are freaking out!)
I tell Andrew: wait till he swallows it down (about 15 seconds), PUT IT TO HIM! Fish on! Great fight that lasts about 10+ minutes. I net him. 24" brown bull. Awesome!
Takes about another 10 to 15 minutes to make sure he is revived before release.
Check out the picture if you don't believe me...

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