Irvine Lake Trip 1/16/09 Planting Photos and a Monster Rainbow

Discussion in 'Freshwater fishing reports' started by glumace, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. glumace

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    Scroll down for the planting photos and a photo and movie of a monster plant.

    Finally got out for our monthly trip to Irvine. It was a long week and was looking forward to getting out there. My cousin Jason, Jonathan, my friend Deepak and myself loaded up at 6am and headed down. The tournament is this weekend, so we decided on coming Friday to beat the crowds, which were light all day. Overall great day, caught 5 quality fish about 9-10lbs total string and lost 6 fish as well. Good mix on bait, hits on 4-5 colors and types of powerbait and on night crawlers. One thing we changed from last time was adding a little more weight to get out farther. 1/2 oz egg sinkers this time. We had more hits and fish then last time.

    We tried a spot on the backside of trout island first but there was a strong wind coming in, so we moved down to the flats and where we fished the last time we came on 12/30. The winds were still coming on strong, so we moved a little more into the cove for some cover.

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    Got the lines in the water and got our first hookup of the day about 20 minutes in. Nice size rainbow about 2.5-3#. Nice fight on my light rig, 4# test. It took the peach salmon egg powerbait.

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    My son Jonathan got the big winner of the day. Nice rainbow about 3lbs or so. He's getting better all the time ;) Some great photos with Jason.

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    My friend Deepak also caught his first rainbow. He had a great time, caught two fish today and lost a few.

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    We ended up catching all of our fish on the day before 11:30 at the same spot. We were ready for lunch so we packed it up and headed over and got lunch at the tackle shop. We tried the lagoon for a little while with no luck and tried trout island with no luck either. So we decided to go back to where we started. Decided not to hike back to the same spot so pulled up in the curve and set up. Got some good hits and hooked up with something big but lost it in the weeds. Met some great people as well.

    Pick of Sean (Me) and Jonathan

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    It was around 3:30 and the stocking truck pulled up for the the weekend. My son and cousin went over and watched as they stocked. Looks like its going to be a great weekend for fishing. Some really big fish were planted as well.

    Planting photos

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    We were getting ready to pack up and go and a big, and I mean big planted rainbow came swimming by. I would guess in the 15# range, it was in really shallow water and working its way down the shore. We followed and took photos and video. Looks like it might be the winner this weekend.

    Monster Rainbow

    Video of the rainbow
    YouTube - Monster Rainbow & Trout Plant at Irvine Lake

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    Overall great day of fishing, look forward to next month!

    Final count

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    One last picture

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    For more photos and other info visit Fishing in SoCal
     
  2. Pope

    Pope Senior Member

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    Trout are cool fish. I backpacked in the Guadalupe Mountains last month and saw some native rainbows in the creeks. They were amazing in how they have spents 10s of thousands of years inhabiting the same little stream no wider than 10 feet. Generation after generation in the same marginal stretch of water completely cut off from any other gene pool. I would like to see how much genetic variation are in rainbows from one stream to the next and one part of their range to the other.
     

  3. lite-liner

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    Welcome to 360 tuna, My OC homeboy! grew up fishing that lake!
    I was just out there for the holidays, and WON reports there is a "Triple Crown" award for kids @ the pond now. if a kid catches a rainbow, brown and brookie gets a free day pass. that is so cool!
    Hey, further down the road past cooks corner is OSO res. can you still fish it? my largest bass ever came from there
    tight lines
    -Brian
     
  4. glumace

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    Don't know about OSO but I will ask around and see.
     
  5. lite-liner

    lite-liner troll enforcement Staff Member

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    it was a private watershed lake owned by the Irvine Co. back then.
    we had to sneak in thru the tree nursery w/ our float tubes. we were safe once we got on the water, because it was on final approach path for MCAS El Toro.
    ahh, good times!
     
  6. glumace

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  7. BFTMASTER

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    Living in Northeast Oklahoma, I have some of the nations best waters within 2 hrs. I trout fish all the time... Try using a mesh laundry bag for your fish. This will keep them alive until you head home, and if you don't catch enough to clean, the fish are usually very frisky and will swim away. Trout taste much better if kept alive until ready to go. I clean mine at the river while they are still kicking.--Looked like a fun day!