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Damn!! Am I us, or one of them? These reports and threads on our beloved mackinaw makes me wonder. This fish has filled most of my fishing, but the division between the die-hard, do-not show pics, location, anything to do with catching them, ..and the average Joe who wants to say, Hey, caught a couple lakers,.is driving a wedge between both parties that love lake trout. The biggest offenders of the Us,... show us big monsters, but don't want others to? I would like to say I am one of Us, ...having caught and released literally,..well, a few. But I am not, nor will be a member of a group that has only their personal interest in mind.

My opinion, I could be wrong!
 

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Interesting viewpoint, I think you have to toe the line. Posting big pics is one thing, including a video with the spot is another. I don't know why the poster, person fishing or BTFM is bitching, you post a video you open yourself to critics, there's a lot of pictures in a video. And using a gaff? WTF, never seen any other tool that works just as good? You don't want the heat stay the **** out of the kitchen. IMO these asshats brought it all on themselves. There have been plenty of big Lakers posted, without naming spots and without the backlash. People think the lake trout mafia is super secret. Its not. Just prove yourself and that your not a FX'er assclown who understands the challenges big lakers face, and that when it comes time to **** or get off the pot, that you will be putting the big fish back, and people are willing to help and share knowledge.
 

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Nah I can work on my downstairs bathroom project...
 

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I said it once and I'll say it again...

Tailraces. Rivers. Spillways. Gross. Lake Mary in Estes. Nebraska.

All these places are open water and easily fishable with a long rod. Y'all don't have to sit at home on weekends and bicker about things that are the equivalent of dogs chasing their own tails.
 

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It's a good point... You can't protect a species and get numbers of people behind you while throwing out severe backlash everyone outside of a given group shares a picture.

It's not only that people aren't fishing Dave. There hasn't been a political thread in a while to occupy the guys that are on here just for the drama.
 

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:deadhorse: Why can't we just go fishing and have fun anymore? Everyone here makes such a big deal about catching these fish that I can't imagine any of you actually take the time to enjoy it anymore! Get over it! Do your part and try enjoying fishing again! Catch fish, have fun, and keep what your going to eat! Its pretty simple!

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Granby, Blue Mesa, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Taylor, turquoise, and Twin Lakes all have big lakers in them! Shhhhhh don't tell anyone!
 

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:deadhorse: Why can't we just go fishing and have fun anymore? Everyone here makes such a big deal about catching these fish that I can't imagine any of you actually take the time to enjoy it anymore! Get over it! Do your part and try enjoying fishing again! Catch fish, have fun, and keep what your going to eat! Its pretty simple!

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Granby, Blue Mesa, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Taylor, turquoise, and Twin Lakes all have big lakers in them! Shhhhhh don't tell anyone!
You missed Grand Lake and a whole bunch of high mtn. lakes. Quiet now and quit exploiting them poor little perch.
 

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You got it wrong Redleader Westlsloper is a tourney trophy Slimer Man!! good meeting you and the wife this weekend at the Gap....................................$500 for a slimer not all bad!!!
 

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:deadhorse: Why can't we just go fishing and have fun anymore? Everyone here makes such a big deal about catching these fish that I can't imagine any of you actually take the time to enjoy it anymore! Get over it! Do your part and try enjoying fishing again! Catch fish, have fun, and keep what your going to eat! Its pretty simple!

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Granby, Blue Mesa, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Taylor, turquoise, and Twin Lakes all have big lakers in them! Shhhhhh don't tell anyone!

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You got it wrong Redleader Westlsloper is a tourney trophy Slimer Man!! good meeting you and the wife this weekend at the Gap....................................$500 for a slimer not all bad!!!
Nice, now come on over to the big G this weekend, a whole lot more money to be made and fun to be had.
 

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You got it wrong Redleader Westlsloper is a tourney trophy Slimer Man!! good meeting you and the wife this weekend at the Gap....................................$500 for a slimer not all bad!!!
Hey for $500 I'll catch slimers all day! And it was good to finally meet you as well Bob! Your not near the d#$k weed that people say! Lol j/k
 

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Nice, come on over to the big G this weekend, a whole lot more money to be made and fun to be had.
We're not going make Granby this year. It is one of my favorites though. I did however plan a romantic valentines day trip to the twin lakes derby!
 

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I am a lake trout guy and I "get it" about how fragile of a resource the large lakers are. This site has helped me be more aware of that.
I always release large fish of every species because I know that they are becoming harder and harder to come by in almost every lake, pond and river in the state. Growing up in Boulder, I've seen many of my hidden honey holes cleaned out quickly by people that don't care about conservation and keep every fish they catch.
Anyways, before I keep beating this dead horse, it is not just the laker guys that are so protective and secretive about locations and little known honey holes, just try to get someone to tell you of a great little crappie pond, or a walleye and perch lake that have 12" perch and consistent big walleye all day. Dinner plate sized bluegill are kept super double secret. Big brookies... and others..Anglers are and will remain more so than ever secretive about were the big ones are because we know what will happen if the word gets out about where they are. On behalf of the fisheries that have been exposed that have trophy sized fish we need to educate people how rare and important these big fish are becoming and how quickly they can disapere.
 
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