First time out for Brookies

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  1. yooper71

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    Made it out for the first time this year for Brook Trout. Hit up a spring pond. I managed to scratch out 7 fish. They were running small. Caught 3 9”-11” and the other 4 were in the 6” range. I kept 2. I should have kept the first fish I caught, a fat 9” to make a decent meal, but I let it go figuring I could do better.

    It’s a 50 mile drive each way and it ended up being a 6 hour trip with 4 hours spent fishing. It was about 65 degrees F when I started fishing, 85 degrees F when I finished. I was surprised at the lack of mosquitos. I typically have to lay on copious amounts of Deet to manage. This time I didn’t use any. A few horse flies and green-butt flies showed up after I caught a few fish, attracted by the scent I suppose, but overall I had no problems.
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    One of the fish I kept.

    I cooked them up when I got home. I’ve always pan fried trout this size. Today I tried something different and baked them after seasoning and wrapping in foil. They turned out wonderful. They steamed themselves in the foil and the meat was moist and was easily removed from the bones.
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    A few other things of interest, while fishing I came upon this egg about 5 yards from the water. No nest, just an egg unbroken. It was close in size to a Grade A large chicken egg. Slightly smaller perhaps. I’m guessing Turkey, but I’ve never seen any of them or their tracks that close to the water before.
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    A couple wild flowers caught my eye also. I’ve been working on identifying things I think are interesting, before I’d just think “pretty” and move on. Flowers aren’t really my thing, just thought I’d expand my knowledge. So, I may be mistaken, but from my trusty field guide I took a shot at these two:

    Marsh Marigold
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    Large-flowered Trillium
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    And to close out the outing, the Hess Bird and Trout knife is now a Bunny and Trout knife! Still no birds, that will have to wait until fall.
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    Thanks for looking.

    Note: edited to fix pictures, hopefully.
     
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  2. ExAF1N1

    ExAF1N1 Purveyor of sharps and savory burnables. Supporter

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    I like it all...

    Nice Hess, nice Brookies too. Have them here (western SD) but a 9-10" is a rarity. Love those little buggers, a 6" Brook fights like a 12" rainbow on light tackle, and you get one bigger it's like having a bobcat on a chain!

    The tinfoil method works great, my buddy did a trout last week basted in jamaican jerk sauce inside and out, and it was great. Butter and garlic is always a winner too.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thanks for taking the time to look.

    At this spring pond it seems that if fish are biting, it’s not hard to get 3 in the 8”-10” range. 8” is minimum, I usually try and keep them closer to 10”. For every 10” I do catch many more that are 6”.

    Whenever I’ve done the tin-foil wrap on fish, it’s been on larger trout, salmon, or pike where one fillet weighs more than both those trout combined. Lol I’ve never tried Jamaican Jerk on fish, I’m going to have to! A little over a year ago a friend sent me a bottle of this to try:
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    I love it! But I’ve only used it on chicken. I lucked out and was able to find it locally, which when you live in a town with one grocery store is pretty amazing. Lol
     
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    Nice trip, great pictures and a good knife. Ya done well young fellar. joe
     
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    You hit it really good!

    Looks like marsh marigold and just a guess.. maybe a woodduck egg stolen by a raccoon and left behind..
     
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    Good stuff brother. Nice to see so many folks getting after the fish.
     
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    I googled wood duck egg and that’s another possibility. Thanks for the feedback. I’ve seen pillaged nests before, but in those instances eggs were eaten on the spot. A few years ago I did find a Robin egg on my second story deck, had no idea how it got there? I agree that it’s likeley a stolen egg.
     
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    Great outing and nice catches! I use the same tinfoil cooking method most of the time. You should have eaten the egg too!
     
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    Excellent report!
     
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    That’s what I told my brother when I sent him the pics. After only keeping 2 I should have went back for the egg to round out the meal! Lol
     
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    What an excellent day. Those fish looked delicious!
     
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    Looks good. I eat brookies cooked similar in a campfire. They always come out great.
     
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    I’ve always had it suck in my head that foil was for fillets from bigger fish, and not whole fish. Don’t know why? It was quick and simple, both prep and cleanup.
     
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    Very nice!! That brook looked good steamed like that. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great TR, thanks for sharing!
    Now I want fish...
     
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    Nice day out.
    We stuff our trout with rosemary and a little seasalt, put them on a bed of watercress, and then drizzle lemon over them before we wrap them in tinfoil. Something to try next time, they come out great.
     
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    Nice trip man, looks like a good time.
     
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    Nice trip. Such a pretty fishing spot!
     
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