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Title: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Catch em Keckins on Feb 15, 2019, 12:48 PM
Here is to hoping the rain does not make the ice conditions rough! 

I was able to finagle a hall pass for tomorrow and looking to target browns.  Any guidance as to structure, water depth, etc?  We will be setting tip ups and jigging as well.  About the only times I have caught them it has been in about 20í FOW and a few feet under the ice on a tip up- that is about the extent of my knowledge about them. 

Any tips, tricks, guidance, or good karma are appreciated!

Good luck this weekend and thank you in advance.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 12:56 PM
Youíll get different answers, none being wrong. It just varies depending where you fish them. Me personally, I fish just under the ice on top of the deepest hole I can find with big shiners or Smelt to start, Iíll customize from there. If you use anything other than a big baitfish in my opinion youíre just going to catch cookie cutters. I get bored with 17Ē after 17Ē Brown but to each there own. PM me if you like, if I know where youíre headed I can dial you in.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Roccus on Feb 15, 2019, 01:33 PM
Youíll get different answers, none being wrong. It just varies depending where you fish them. Me personally, I fish just under the ice on top of the deepest hole I can find with big shiners or Smelt to start, Iíll customize from there. If you use anything other than a big baitfish in my opinion youíre just going to catch cookie cutters. I get bored with 17Ē after 17Ē Brown but to each there own. PM me if you like, if I know where youíre headed I can dial you in.
I second this, it's been my most reliable method.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Catch em Keckins on Feb 15, 2019, 03:31 PM
Thatís is very helpful and appreciated!  If you were to jig for them as well, what type of jig/ bait? Hali or Swedish Pimple type?  Another potential rabbit hole topic! :P
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 03:34 PM
If you use a hali Iíd pop the chain and put on some 6 or 8 lb flouro and a bigger hook. Iíve caught them on Haliís and pimples and PKís.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 03:39 PM
The big ones seem to do more ďrollingĒ than the other trout from my observations as evident from leader marks on the bodies upon landing. It seems to kink the chain sometimes and make it weak, also the stock hooks will straighten on a good fish and the gap isnít big enough to get a good grab on the thicker jaw bones. Great Lures though just gotta upgrade some of the elements on stuff bigger than smelt, panfish, and small trout. Iíve caught lakers on them stock but they donít last long and why chance a possible dream fish
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Catch em Keckins on Feb 15, 2019, 03:47 PM
Thatís a great tip on the rolling and yeah, the Haliís have that common complaint but a little ingenuity takes care of that!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 03:57 PM
PM sent Kevin
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Brownbagger247 on Feb 15, 2019, 06:26 PM
Depends where... Iíve got them from 4fow to 40 fow within minutes, same caliber fish and I ainít talking small . They like to ambush from beneath and bring it back down to the depths.. fish steep shelves or deep holes. Personally I use medium shiners all day but the big bait will definitely sort out the bite. Depending where smelt will do the trick but theyíre too fancy for me. The easy part is hooking them the rest is up to you, keep your line clear for biggg runs.. good luck!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: peteinvermont on Feb 15, 2019, 06:28 PM
Same here,  medium shiners right under the ice.  Although, this year, it seems like most of the big ones have been caught much deeper down than my memory says is "normal".
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Brownbagger247 on Feb 15, 2019, 06:28 PM
And I second the rolling like AA said.. a handful I have caught have been completely wrapped which only helped them not spit it but couldnít easily contribute to a line break.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: TheCrittaC on Feb 15, 2019, 07:15 PM
They can be all over, I've caught plenty close to shore on a rainbow-type setup, but my biggest by far was on bottom in 20 feet of water on a big shiner.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: JoeGG on Feb 15, 2019, 07:57 PM
I donít find they roll. Itís more like a back and forth head to tail shake. I can usually tell itís a good Brown by that thumping of the rod when they try to shake that hook. Lakers on the other hand roll like crazy, especially when you get them on the surface.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Chefmike64 on Feb 15, 2019, 08:14 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/56K4701s/Screenshot-2019-02-15-21-13-04.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/56K4701s)


Would this be considered a decent place to try going by the contour lines
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: JoeGG on Feb 15, 2019, 08:30 PM
I see a great deal of guys say they get them right under the ice over deep water. I have NEVER caught one this way. I assume these are stocked cookie cutters. I could be wrong but all I get are salmon and bows that way. I have all my luck near the bottom with a big shiner.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 08:58 PM
Iíll haveto try that with you Joe! Like I said different everywhere but I only fish them in Maine and 3 places in NH. All and fish I canít stand catching cookies. I havenít Brown fished your lake but we will!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: JoeGG on Feb 15, 2019, 09:50 PM
Meet me at my place tomorrow morning if you want. I just got here a few hours ago. I have plenty of bait
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 09:55 PM
Damn! I got prior obligations all weekend, let me know if your still up all week if I can squeak it in between my PT appts. and doc appt I will!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 09:56 PM
I wonít be wetting any lines this weekend
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: JoeGG on Feb 15, 2019, 09:59 PM
I have all week off. Probably coming back Tuesday or Wednesday. Iíll let you know. Will send picks tomorrow hopefully ;D
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 15, 2019, 10:03 PM
Hope so!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Dirt23 on Feb 16, 2019, 11:29 AM
Northland makes a more rugged dropper chain I switch out on hali for larger fish. I think there is something about the chain that adds to presentation
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 16, 2019, 11:43 AM
Good to know! Do you know what they are? Iíve only ever seen them with wire droppers and a treble
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Zachbfish on Feb 16, 2019, 07:09 PM
Browns definitely cruise the hole lake and water column. I fish browns like im deer hunting. I study the contour lines and shore line to find the most likely intersection for cruising trout. My favorite spot is a rocky point about 10 feet off shore. The lake drops right down to 5 feet and theres a deep depression that runs from deep water up into the point. I like big shiners, small hooks, light flouro and long leaders. 5-7 fow has been most productive for me but ive also caught them deeper when keeping baits higher up.
(https://i.postimg.cc/fkSyCn71/20190216-195745.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkSyCn71)
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Dirt23 on Feb 17, 2019, 07:30 AM
Good to know! Do you know what they are? Iíve only ever seen them with wire droppers and a treble

Fish USA has them both single and treble chains I think #6 and 8
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: AQUAASSASSIN on Feb 17, 2019, 08:26 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: Coffin Dodger on Feb 17, 2019, 03:19 PM
That's a very pretty brown, Zachbfish.
Welcome to the Shanty.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: doctorgee on Feb 17, 2019, 06:26 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/fkSyCn71/20190216-195745.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkSyCn71)

Wow, that's a hog dude, nice fish.

Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: meatandmetal on Feb 18, 2019, 05:53 AM
Browns definitely cruise the hole lake and water column. I fish browns like im deer hunting. I study the contour lines and shore line to find the most likely intersection for cruising trout. My favorite spot is a rocky point about 10 feet off shore. The lake drops right down to 5 feet and theres a deep depression that runs from deep water up into the point. I like big shiners, small hooks, light flouro and long leaders. 5-7 fow has been most productive for me but ive also caught them deeper when keeping baits higher up.
(https://i.postimg.cc/fkSyCn71/20190216-195745.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkSyCn71)

Welcome aboard. Just saw that picture in an older Hawkeye I used to start the woodstove last night. Nice brown.
Title: Re: Brown Fishing Tactics
Post by: peteinvermont on Feb 18, 2019, 07:57 AM
Browns definitely cruise the hole lake and water column. I fish browns like im deer hunting. I study the contour lines and shore line to find the most likely intersection for cruising trout. My favorite spot is a rocky point about 10 feet off shore. The lake drops right down to 5 feet and theres a deep depression that runs from deep water up into the point. I like big shiners, small hooks, light flouro and long leaders. 5-7 fow has been most productive for me but ive also caught them deeper when keeping baits higher up.
(https://i.postimg.cc/fkSyCn71/20190216-195745.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkSyCn71)

The tactical discussion threads on here are the best threads.  Lots of learning to do without anyone giving up a spot. 

Zach, I've started looking more at the contour lines, exactly for the same reason you mentioned...I study topo's for deer season.  So I started looking back at where we've had the best success and you're on the money.  One of our best days we landed four browns, all over 4lbs, right off a rocky point.  We caught them right under the ice, where the point drops from knee deep to about 6ft.  Of course, I didn't have a phone or camera with me that day, but these fish came from the same spot:

(https://i.ibb.co/RpSJSxn/IMG-0420.jpg) (https://ibb.co/GvJrJKw)
(https://i.ibb.co/y4CzvdW/IMG-3127.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xFbn9XJ)