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Old 10-14-2020, 10:51 PM   #51
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A 30 inch trout is much easier to come by than a 180 inch low fence buck. Everyone has access to 30 inch trout. Very few have access to land that holds 180 low fence deer. We caught a 30 on Saturday.
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:02 PM   #52
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I have 3 180s low fence bucks and 1 30 trout. I think the trout was harder to come by but those big deer mean more to me.


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Old 10-14-2020, 11:13 PM   #53
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180” Castrated Whitetail in a high fence in Oklahoma all day long hand fed and shot with a 300 mag at 30 yards ���� Just kidding definitely a low fence 180” buck with a bow would be a dream come true !
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:15 PM   #54
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Trout for me.
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:16 PM   #55
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I have caught 4-5 trout over 30”. Many trout in the 28”-29” range.

The bigger goal is a +10lb trout. I have only caught one of those and it is on the wall. The only trout I ever kept and had mounted.

My bigger trophy is my 27” flounder that went over 10lbs as well. I kept it to eat, but ended up having it mounted as well.

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Old 10-14-2020, 11:26 PM   #56
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Trout is the tougher get. Not only can you go buy a shot at a buck that size, but you can pay the money to get on some low fence ranches where you’ll probably get a shot at one. I fish southeast Texas, and there are very few 30-inch trout here. I could go south and get around more of them, but could still fish years and years and never even hook one. That said, I’d take the buck, but only completely free range. We have a 140-150 8-point that’s been eluding us for 3 years on my east Texas lease, and I’d take him over the 30-inch trout as well, but I do believe the trout is a tougher feat, as it can’t be done just by being rich. There are a lot of guys out there with money who have a lot of giant bucks on their wall, but they can’t go throw $10k around and get that trout.
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:27 PM   #57
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Id take a 180 buck over a 40 inch trout, I really dont care for fishing unless its blue marlin.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:51 AM   #58
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Give me the buck, but that is 100% tied to my preference of hunting over fishing
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:51 AM   #59
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Ill take the 180" buck as well, Ive caught a 31 1/4" speck but the buck eludes me.
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Old 10-15-2020, 02:00 AM   #60
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Low fence 180 > 30 trout. 180 buck in bow range and Id be lucky to hit a piece of plywood from all the shaking and heavy breathing. Id rather catch a 30 trout and not know what it was until the last 20 seconds before I try to net it. Either way I could see myself screwing up either scenario.
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Old 10-15-2020, 05:07 AM   #61
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Are we talking about catching a 30 trout on a croaker or live shrimp or we talking about using lures? Big difference between the 2 in my opinion.

30 trout on lures all day long.


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Old 10-15-2020, 05:34 AM   #62
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Old 10-15-2020, 05:57 AM   #63
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Ill take any deer over any trout.


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Old 10-15-2020, 06:22 AM   #64
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Ill take the 180 bow kill
I throw 30 trout back
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:24 AM   #65
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Ive been fortunate to be able to accomplish both. Id take the deer any day over the fish.
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:52 AM   #66
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Deer all day. I've caught more than a few 28-30" Trout.
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:52 AM   #67
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Im a deer guy over a fish guy. Never had a trout or red make me shake. Now a 10lb bass... thats a different story.


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Old 10-15-2020, 07:06 AM   #68
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Neither, I love the outdoors and take what it gives me. I'm happy with a 10 inch crappie or an 30 inch trout. Big deer are cool to me but I don't go crazy for them lol

Edit: iv never caught anything close to a 30 inch trout or shot a big buck.
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Old 10-15-2020, 07:21 AM   #69
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In my present hunting arrangement I don't foresee me shooting a 180" class deer. I have a better chance at catching a 30" trout. 27" trout is my PB.
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Old 10-15-2020, 07:25 AM   #70
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For me, Id say 180 deer because Im not paying the money to go buy one. If I shot a 180 it would be legit blessing! Plus good Lord has already blessed me with a 31 trout 😁🙏🏼
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:06 AM   #71
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Lotsa folks have caught a 30" trout it seems
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:11 AM   #72
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Lotsa folks have caught a 30" trout it seems

I think a lot of people whove caught a lot of 30+ trout use the close enough school of measuring.

My oldest boy caught two big trout back to back 5-6 years ago. He told a friend of mine he caught two 30 trout. When that friend asked me if it was true I said nope. One was 29 1/4, and the other was 29.5. NOT 30.

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Old 10-15-2020, 08:11 AM   #73
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:14 AM   #74
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I’ve caught 2 trout over 30” which was awesome, but I’ll take the deer low fence high fence no fence I don’t care.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:16 AM   #75
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:37 AM   #76
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The deer all day long and twice on Sunday.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:38 AM   #77
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I think a lot of people who’ve caught a lot of 30+ trout use the “close enough” school of measuring.

My oldest boy caught two big trout back to back 5-6 years ago. He told a friend of mine he caught two 30” trout. When that friend asked me if it was true I said nope. One was 29 1/4, and the other was 29.5”. NOT 30”.

I think that’s how most people get their 30. What’s a half inch anyway. Lol. Those are stud trout btw.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:40 AM   #78
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30 trout they are some kinda fun to catch . My biggest is 26
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:44 AM   #79
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F fishing lol ill take the buck...
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:49 AM   #80
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ROFL... fishermen...
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:06 AM   #81
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I think thats how most people get their 30. Whats a half inch anyway. Lol. Those are stud trout btw.
Thanks! Hes a pretty good fisherman.


Its crazy because I have caught a LOT of trout in the 29-ish range, but only 2 truly above 30.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:10 AM   #82
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the deer, without a doubt
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:25 AM   #83
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Thanks! Hes a pretty good fisherman.


Its crazy because I have caught a LOT of trout in the 29-ish range, but only 2 truly above 30.
Same, but Ive never broken 30. I started hunting in south Texas now, and need to start fishing down there too. Lol
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:32 AM   #84
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Can't make a decision unless I know the weight of said 30" trout...

I'd take an 180" deer over a 30", 8# trout everyday.

It's a completely different story when we start talking about trout with double digit weight.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:34 AM   #85
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depends on the time of year. I've got a 28 caught in march that weighed over nine after spitting up a horse mullet, and a 29.5 caught in August that weighed 6.5.
This is why I HATE length comparison... It isn't consistent. Just weigh the dang thing

A 10 lb trout or for that matter a 10 lb bass... I take either of those over a 180 deer bought... Now public land... It's about even

400 inch public land elk I take over either haha
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:39 AM   #86
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I get the argument, that it's harder to target a 30" trout so that makes it so you cant "buy" it. That also makes it a bit of random luck. I'd take the deer ASSUMING it's a low fence/public free range deer (original post was with a bow) holy cow that'd get my heart thumping.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:39 AM   #87
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Yeh, you can buy a big deer, but what is the sport in that? It means nothing other than you have money, no skill involved and doesn't impress me one bit. Personally I think 180" free range deer is way more rare that catching a 30" trout for the average outdoorsman.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:42 AM   #88
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180" deer, be it a whitetail or a Mule Deer.

I used to fish the bay quite a bit as well as bass fish in Choke and Falcon and I never caught a 30" trout or a 10lb bass and I'm perfectly ok with it.


BTW I've seen alot of novices catch some big gator trout on Croaker, Even saw a guy catch a 29" trout on a dead shrimp. So there goes the "man you gotta earn it not buy it" line of thinking. Rule no. 1 of getting either is you have to be where they exist. As a kid fishing west bay in Galveston we used to think fishing Baffin was "cheating"....only because we were not there.


These comparisons on which trumps the other is hilarious. They are deer and speckled trout not Stone Sheep and Baramundi.

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Old 10-15-2020, 09:43 AM   #89
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My son left this morning for Colorado 4 days fishing. Then to Utah for a week on the Green River. I hoping for the 30" trout for him.
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BTW I've seen alot of novices catch some big gator trout on Croaker, Even saw a guy catch a 29" trout on a dead shrimp. So there goes the "man you gotta earn it not buy it" line of thinking..

Good point...especially the croaker with a guide...which I'm perfectly OK with, but singling out a 30" trout like it's impossible to do it easier is just not true.

That being said, I'm going to go with a 30" trout or a Share-a-lunker bass. Both have avoided my hook. I have two bass over 10 and had a 12.2 caught in the back of my boat by a novice buddy after I missed the hookset and told him to throw back in there... (insert vomit smiley). 27" on the trout way back when..

Big deer do turn my crank but all this kick and pop breeder deer stuff has really watered down the uniqueness of them. But I'd dang sure be happy to stumble on a 180 one day..

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Old 10-15-2020, 09:53 AM   #91
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Happy with either, hopin' for both.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:02 AM   #92
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Big deer do turn my crank but all this kick and pop breeder deer stuff has really watered down the uniqueness of them. But I'd dang sure be happy to stumble on a 180 one day..

Agree but the same can be said of Texas deer hunting in general. Low Fence, High Fence or Kicking out Breeder deer most are taken out of a blind over a feeder anyway.

Go hunt a 180" Mule deer on the side of a mountain in Colorado or Idaho and its much more of a challenge.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:05 AM   #93
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180" low fence bow buck would be my preference

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Old 10-15-2020, 10:08 AM   #94
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:09 AM   #95
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30" trout not even close
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Go hunt a 180" Mule deer on the side of a mountain in Colorado or Idaho and its much more of a challenge.

ok...thanks for the heads up...
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:26 AM   #97
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I've never thought of this, and I think my answer will change depending on time of year. A true low fence Texas 180" deer probably happens less than a 30" trout though. I don't know, I've hunted and fished my whole life and I've never been close to either mark! lol I've got a couple 27" trout, and some 140" whitetail but those big marks are just goals right now. I do however have a 13 lb largemouth, but it doesn't count because it was in Florida not Texas.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:30 AM   #98
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180" LF bow kill all day. Yes money can get you there a lot quicker but you still have to capitalize on the moment and execute.

But I'd have to agree that finding a 30" trout would be much more difficult even with money. But I don't know much about saltwater fishing so I'm biased.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:35 AM   #99
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There are so many variables here, both can be great accomplishments. If you pay to shoot a 180 deer, on a high fence ranch, that has canned hunts. You did not really accomplish anything, other than having the money to buy a deer, that you shoot, then take home. There are many options on how you came by that money to buy the deer. You don't get any respect as any form of good hunter, just a trophy for the wall.

But you could scout most of the year on public land, map out a plan to shoot the deer and eventually after a lot of time on a stand, you finally get a shot and are successful, that deserves a lot of respect as a hunter. But really is it any hard to kill a old wise 120" buck than it is to kill a old wise 200" buck? Depends on the buck and where the buck lives. I know one of my sisters sat in a deer blind on a place we were leasing. She had never been there before, sat in the blind for 20 minutes, a nice big 8 point stepped out, she dropped it dead. That buck turned out to be the biggest buck we ever killed off of the place. We hunted the place for two years. Two weeks later, same sister sat in the same blind, for about 20 minutes again and shot a nice 19" spread 11 point. She killed the two biggest bucks, out of two years of us having that place, and she only hunted a total of 40 minutes.

A for a big trout, you could pay a guide that knows areas where big trout hang out, he will set up up with bait or lures that work best for the area, and tell you what to do. Your chances are much higher of catching a nice trout. Usually your going to catch quite a few fish before you catch a 30" plus trout. Try a lot of spots, before you pull it off and the time of year helps improve your odds, some guides know when and where it's best to catch those big trout.

But then you could do things like my mother did back in the 70s. We used to go out almost every weekend fishing. Most of what we caught were specs. We would come back with a large Igloo full of trout, back when the minimum was 12". There was not much to it, put a live shrimp on the hook toss it out and give it about three minutes typically and you had a trout on. We would catch quite a few in the 18" to 21" range, but most were 12" to 14". We were out there to fill up the Igloo, we ate a lot of fish back then. One time, were catching trout, one after another, then my mother got a bite, she set the hook and brought the trout in. As she looked down, before she went to pull it out of the water, she and I saw she had a huge trout on the line. At that point, the fish took off. She had a fight on. Before, that point, the trout fought like any other 15" or so trout. Once it saw us, it took off and gave her a fight. She landed it and we took it home. If I remember correctly, that trout was 33" or bigger. She kept that fish in the freezer for probably 15 years. She would pull it out and show people every so often.

A buddy of mine and I used to fish, fish pass all the time. We caught a lot of trout over there. We knew the area very well. The trout we caught there, ranged from 12" to 22". We caught quite a few in the 18" to 21" range. Then one day, we showed up and some guy was walking up to the bank. He had one fish on the stringer. I am pretty sure it was a 36" trout. That was a huge trout, I wished I had a camera, that day. It was hard to believe that was a trout and the guy caught it out of the same spot we fished regularly, with the same bait. He just happened to be there at the right time.

To catch big fish on a regular basis, you need to get out and fish on a regular basis, learn them, learn what they do, under different conditions, where they go at different times of the year and different conditions. If you only go fishing a few times a year, you will never going to figure that out.

Same with killing big deer on a regular basis, you need to spend a lot of time learning deer and learning how, why and when, deer move in the area you are hunting. Then if you want a big deer, you need to scout as much of the area, as you can and, to try and figure out what deer are in in what areas or travel what areas.

You got to spend a lot of time out in the area you are going to fish or hunt, to really know the area and be good at finding whatever you are after.

I used to know the bays and rivers where I grew up, very well. I had a lot of spare time and fished a lot. A lot of things have changed the bays since I last lived there, now I only go down there maybe once a year. Only going once a year, it's hard to find the fish, in one weekend. When I last lived there, Packery Channel was sanded up. Since then fish pass has sanded up and the other passes near fish pass got sanded up. So all the grass died on the back side of the island for years. Those nice sandy pockets, in the grass, we used to catch all the trout in were gone. It was just sand or marine mud bottom for many years. But after they got Packery Channel opened up, the grass came back. But now the water is flowing through at a different point. I think Packery Channel was open back in the 70s, when I was a kid. But in the 80s and much of the 90s or all of the 90s it was sanded up.

Since all of the changes to that area of the bay, I have not had the time to learn those areas again and figure out how and when to fish the areas. As well I we used to know the area, I never caught a 30+ inch trout, we caught a lot of 20" to 23" trout, but that was about it.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:36 AM   #100
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Take buying a canned hunt out of the equation, I'll go for the 180" buck.

I've saltwater fished my whole life, so I know how hard it is to catch a 30" trout. I've never done it. But if I'm faced with hanging one or the other on my wall, it's a deer for me without hesitation.
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