Had to re-upload for HD quality.
The next video was supposed to be an hour long documentary on my Panama trip last January & near the end of completion my film editing software froze on me & after a force quit & restart my project disappeared. I spent many hours going threw all the footage that the group & I shot, along with many more hours of time editing the footage & implementing special effects (beyond what I have done before), only for the project to crap out on me toward the end. I’m going to give it another go & put it all back together again but wanted a break from working on the Panama stuff & decided to put together something short & simple, especially since it’s been a while since my last video post. While Panama will have to wait here is a video of a very interesting trout I recently caught. There is a little spring fed pond that I try to visit at least once a year, a little spot I generally like to keep to myself. This pond hosts an annual early spring trout derby, the trout stocked in the pond for this event come from a commercial hatchery. What makes this little pond special is it’s ability to support trout year round & that it usually receives 1 or 2 golden rainbow trout (also know as palomino trout & golden trout) per year for this derby. Obviously that’s not many at all, hence my tight lips. The state hatcheries of Massachusetts unfortunately do not raise or stock these fish, making each one caught a very special catch, regardless of size. Every year I avoid the derby altogether & let everyone else have a crack at them first. I usually show up weeks or months afterwards to see if any golden’s still remain. After a walk around the pond it doesn’t usually take long to figure out if any golden rainbows remain, since they typically stand out like a gold fish or koi. This trip was no different and when I approached the shore I immediately noticed 1 still remained. They are generally difficult to catch & typically tease anglers by often showing interesting in a bait or lure only to snub the bait at the last second. They can also be very skittish. Of the handful I have caught over the years this was the easiest of them to catch, by my 4th cast I was hooked up (it’s not always like this). I have had some take me 2-4 trips back (2-3 weeks) before finally hooking up. I learned not to over cast & instead cast selectively & let them relax time to time. Over casting causes them to become nervous and therefore not take a bait. Also because there so finicky over what they will take I’ve found it better to try & get a reaction strike & use their predatory nature against them versus a hunger reaction with still bait. I have caught these fish before & even did a video on them in the past but I was never able to capture the whole experience, like the stalk, take & fight. This time I captured it all & put this quick video together. Next year I’ll give it another go & maybe also make a trip to some destination to target larger golden’s, like PA. As for now I’m just happy I landed another little gold bar. The fish caught in this video was 14+ inches & caught on a ultra-light spinning rod, loaded with 4 LB test line & a fluorocarbon leader with a spinner. I hope you enjoy the video. Tight Lines All!