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It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« on: Mar 02, 2022, 04:02 PM »
Well this is it. This is the one I’ve been chasing. It’s always a bittersweet feeling when that moment finally happens. Pure elation followed by almost a sadness of “what now” when the excitement wears off.

This fish has been caught a handful of times and I’m glad to have had a part in keeping tabs on him when I noticed the same gill plate on people’s pictures. He was caught between 44-46 lbs and my scale read him at 39.8 I believe. Obviously there could be lots of reasons for the lost weight. My scale was “light”, he’s on his winter diet, just getting old and digressing, etc. anyway, here he is!
 
A few disclaimers
1) this is not necessarily a “secret spot”, I’m just simply blurring out the background because I have a few buddies who are going to try and fish it this weekend, ice conditions pending. So that’s the reasoning for the blurred background.

2)I’m also not posing for a picture in the majority of these pics so those crazy facial expressions arent some staged stupidity. They’re screen shots from the video that I luckily had rolling! I think I’ll release it sometime in December.  ;D I would never hold a trophy lake trout by his gill plate like that, I was just simply lifting him out of the drink!








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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #1 on: Mar 02, 2022, 04:06 PM »


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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #2 on: Mar 02, 2022, 04:09 PM »
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!!!  :o  Congrats on the absolute trophy!!!!!!!  I'da had a heart attack!  :clap:
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #3 on: Mar 02, 2022, 04:39 PM »
Wow, congratulations!  Fish of a lifetime.  Can't fathom a fish of that size coming through an ice hole.

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #4 on: Mar 02, 2022, 06:32 PM »
What a HOG!! Great fish trent. We'll be up this weekend but highly doubt we'll be in that area. Looking to get our last gorge camp trip for this season so we'll be north looking for better ice.
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #5 on: Mar 02, 2022, 07:01 PM »
Congrats what an incredible fish

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #6 on: Mar 02, 2022, 07:13 PM »
Congrats!

You will have to start fishing the salt next...

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #7 on: Mar 02, 2022, 07:21 PM »
Unreal! What a beast. Congratulations.!!👍

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #8 on: Mar 03, 2022, 09:24 AM »
Trent to put your mind at ease I did some math for you lol. If you weighed your 25lb dumbbells' at home at 24.81 and 24.89 assuming that they are actually 25 pounds each.

24.81+24.89=49.70lbs

50.00-49.70=0.30lbs

0.30/50=.006 error in your scale

1+0.006 = 1.006 correction factor

39.80lbs * 1.006 = 40.04lbs

Congratulations on your 40 pounder lol. Sorry the engineer in me came out

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #9 on: Mar 03, 2022, 09:37 AM »
That's awesome man, congrats!
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #10 on: Mar 03, 2022, 10:34 AM »
Thank you everyone! It’s still quite unbelievable to think about!

Trent to put your mind at ease I did some math for you lol. If you weighed your 25lb dumbbells' at home at 24.81 and 24.89 assuming that they are actually 25 pounds each.

24.81+24.89=49.70lbs

50.00-49.70=0.30lbs

0.30/50=.006 error in your scale

1+0.006 = 1.006 correction factor

39.80lbs * 1.006 = 40.04lbs

Congratulations on your 40 pounder lol. Sorry the engineer in me came out

HAHA! I think we can now all safely call him 40 and be done with it!
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #11 on: Mar 03, 2022, 10:43 AM »
Sweet fish and nice lesson on what CR does!!!!

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #12 on: Mar 03, 2022, 10:50 AM »
Great fish poks3 thanks for the pictures

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #13 on: Mar 03, 2022, 02:23 PM »
Great job on that big boy I told you that morning to go and see if the big boys wanted to play and then you catch the grand daddy lol

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #14 on: Mar 03, 2022, 09:16 PM »
POk3s ,congratulations on catching the trophy lake trout. :clap: :thumbsup: thank you for sharing the photos of fish here on ice shanty.
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #15 on: Mar 04, 2022, 02:40 AM »
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #16 on: Mar 04, 2022, 06:26 AM »
Wow for sure,  great fish,  We would love to hear the catch story?

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #17 on: Mar 04, 2022, 09:50 AM »
Awesome!!!
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #18 on: Mar 04, 2022, 06:30 PM »
Awesome fish!

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #19 on: Mar 04, 2022, 06:34 PM »
Just incredible ...   Would love to see a video of that coming through the hole.... Congratulations .... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #20 on: Mar 04, 2022, 11:49 PM »
Just incredible ...   Would love to see a video of that coming through the hole.... Congratulations .... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

In due time 😁

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Cargo, I can get quite elaborate in my stories hahaha but to keep it short I had just fought, and landed a 24 lber. Heck, I thought he was close to that 30 mark but he fooled me. With my hands still very cold and numb from dealing with this fish, I dropped my bait back down as it was prime time and almost immediately hooked up with this guy. Lots of nervousness, whispering to myself, pleading, etc as I knew he was big. The video will make you laugh and maybe even cry hahaha!
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #21 on: Mar 06, 2022, 10:35 AM »
Heckova fish!   Good job-
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #22 on: Mar 09, 2022, 08:42 PM »
I would like to hear the story as well. I'll bring the beer...   ;D
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #23 on: Mar 12, 2022, 07:48 PM »
Nothing compared to Trent but the biggest fish I have ever caught so far in my life!




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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #24 on: Mar 13, 2022, 06:03 AM »
Nice fish POK3 and Mohawk Garage, poke what size hole were you fishing.
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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #25 on: Mar 13, 2022, 03:19 PM »
very nice Laker Mohawk Garage congrats

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Re: It finally happened - certifiable GIANT lake trout
« Reply #26 on: Mar 13, 2022, 10:03 PM »
Nice fish POK3 and Mohawk Garage, poke what size hole were you fishing.

It’s a “triple hole” with an 8” auger so whatever that equates to hahaha!
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