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Old 10-14-2020, 08:46 PM   #1
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The thread on the 186” deer killed in Post got me thinking about the difference between catching big trout and shooting big deer.

I’ve always had the view that you can buy a big deer, or have your hands scout and tell you where to hunt, etc.

Catching a big trout is something that you have to do alone. I suppose you could hire a guide and he puts you in the right place, etc. but it’s still up to the angler to be able to trick the fish into feeding.

So, what do you put more respect in, a big trout or a big deer?

My preference is a big trout, but mostly because I fish alone and am normally wading and exclusively throwing lures. It’s just me and the fish.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:49 PM   #2
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I could care less about deer. Trout get me going though.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:50 PM   #3
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Headed to Alaska with my brother next September to complete that twosome!
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:51 PM   #4
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Both are great goals. However to me it’s a 180 low fence bow kill. You can be a marginal fisherman and land a 30 inch trout. I feel it’s hard to be a marginal bowhunter and kill a 180, most of those guys aren’t hunting 180 acreage.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:54 PM   #5
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I’d rather catch a 30” Trout.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:54 PM   #6
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180 "earned" buck all day
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:55 PM   #7
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Both are great goals. However to me it’s a 180 low fence bow kill. You can be a marginal fisherman and land a 30 inch trout. I feel it’s hard to be a marginal bowhunter and kill a 180, most of those guys aren’t hunting 180 acreage.
All it takes is money to get your 180, even low fence. I’m sure I could pick up the phone tomorrow and find me a hunt for this weekend if I wanted. I’ve been fishing the salt water for a long time, and caught many, many big fish and haven’t cracked 30” yet, and I know guys that have fished many more years than me and haven’t either.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:57 PM   #8
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For me since i fish on my boat and fish in big trot areas and have never been lucky enough to land a 30'' trout id say trout!...i landed 12 over 29'' but no 30'' lol...deer on the other hand if hunting low fence and u have on camera that would be a great challenge also!
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:59 PM   #9
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30" trout is obviously more of a trophy and harder to come by.

As said above you can cut a check for a guaranteed shot on a 180" deer really easy.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:00 PM   #10
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All it takes is money to get your 180, even low fence. I’m sure I could pick up the phone tomorrow and find me a hunt for this weekend if I wanted. I’ve been fishing the salt water for a long time, and caught many, many big fish and haven’t cracked 30” yet, and I know guys that have fished many more years than me and haven’t either.
I know way more folks that have caught 30 inch trout than those that have 180 low fence bow kills.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:08 PM   #11
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180” is only comparable on public land. Give me the trout.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:09 PM   #12
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What does a 30” trout weigh in TX? Just wanted some reference point, as in FL we weighed our fish did not measure them. Thanks
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I've killed a LF 180 typical ( rifle), that 30 inch trout eludes me. I've had 1 or 2 on the line I know were there but couldn't seal the deal. Philip on here ( Panhandlehunter ) was standing next to me on one of them...ugh
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:11 PM   #14
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I've killed a LF 180 typical ( rifle), that 30 inch trout eludes me. I've had 1 or 2 on the line I know were there but couldn't seal the deal. Philip on here ( Panhandlehunter ) was standing next to me on one of them...ugh
You are ruining your odds by only going when you don’t have to wear waders...
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You are ruining your odds by only going when you don’t have to wear waders...
Yeah but cold water can get bent... I hate it

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Old 10-14-2020, 09:13 PM   #16
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30” trout all day. As others have said money can buy a 180”+ deer.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:17 PM   #17
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I've got a handful of 30" fish. give me a low fence 180 please.


side note - they both make you shake.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:18 PM   #18
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I’ve caught a few trout over 30”, but haven’t broke the 10lb mark yet...that’s my goal.

I’ve also never shot a 180” deer. To me I’d rather shoot the deer, free range of course.

While we are at it we should include a 10lb slot red...which is a hammer.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:19 PM   #19
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What does a 30” trout weigh in TX? Just wanted some reference point, as in FL we weighed our fish did not measure them. Thanks
I caught a 31" trout that weighed 7.5 lbs.

I've caught a few 30"+ that were 8.5-9.5 lbs.

I've never killed a 180" buck, and it's not from lack of effort.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:19 PM   #20
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What does a 30” trout weigh in TX? Just wanted some reference point, as in FL we weighed our fish did not measure them. Thanks
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.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:23 PM   #21
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180 free range buck probably
Though a 30 inch trout not caught in freezing cold would be good
( December of 1989 I caught 8 trout over 30 inch in the port Mansfield turn basin , it was 17 degrees and next day the bay froze up, and wiped out all the trout in the bay )
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:25 PM   #22
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:29 PM   #23
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I don’t have much money so buying a buck like that isn’t an option or thought....Nor do I fish or know anything about trout. Lol

It doesn’t even have to be a 180”...I’d go with a LF 130” over a 30” trout.

I’m more of a whitetail nut who loves to bowhunt.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:30 PM   #24
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Both require being in the right place at the right time. I haven't shot a 180" low fence buck yet, but I've caught a few 30" trout. Got lucky I guess.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:30 PM   #25
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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.
Thank you for the information, I was thinking around 9 lbs. or so. We just never measured them before releasing them.

I have been fortunate enough to get to fish in the closed zone at Cape Canaveral for brood stock Redfish for the Miami hatchery. We had trout “by catch” in the 9 to 13# range, all sight fishing.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:31 PM   #26
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Give me a 180 inch buck any day. Ive caught 3 30 ich trout one morning before daylight in sabine lake. Had no idea how big they were til daylight
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:32 PM   #27
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Thank you for the information, I was thinking around 9 lbs. or so. We just never measured them before releasing them.

I have been fortunate enough to get to fish in the closed zone at Cape Canaveral for brood stock Redfish for the Miami hatchery. We had trout “by catch” in the 9 to 13# range, all sight fishing.
13 pounds is a beast!
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:35 PM   #28
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I can buy a 180 buck..
30 inch trout, not so much..
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:38 PM   #29
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Give me the deer as long as it’s a nice typical and doesn’t look like a retarded cedar tree
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:39 PM   #30
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Low fence 180

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Old 10-14-2020, 09:42 PM   #31
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13 pounds is a beast!
Yes, they were. That area is known for world record trout.

Several of the fish beat the then fly rod records but we could only bring in the reds alive and at the time you couldn’t enter boat weighed fish.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:45 PM   #32
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180 inch LF in east Texas

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Old 10-14-2020, 09:46 PM   #33
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Caught two fish over 30 inches, one went 32 and still didn’t break 10lbs. 9.75 on the boga. Both were in the winter. Still a buck over 150 eludes me. Now the deer hunting takes away from my time on the water. Right now I would take a LF 150 and up over a 30 inch trout. Planning on fishing more this winter if I tag out early (like this weekend hopefully).


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Old 10-14-2020, 09:47 PM   #34
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30" speck for me. Have a 28" and a bunch in the 27's, but no 29" or 30" trout. I'll take the 30" trout all day every day.
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:56 PM   #35
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Have caught one that went 30.5 but money can buy a deer I think a trout is harder to come by
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:58 PM   #36
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In Highschool I caught an 8lb speck, first trout I’ve caught in the gulf. Uncle said fish of a lifetime. No idea what it measured. I’m bass fisherman we go by weight. Turned him loose
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I’ve killed several 30” deer, but a 180” trout would be awesome!


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Don’t compare a 30 inch trout to a “cut the check and shoot one tomorrow 180 inch pen buck”. If you want to do that comparison compare catching a 30 inch trout in an aquarium.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:10 PM   #39
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You could probably buy a 30” trout if you have a collapsing fishing pole, $10 to get into an aquarium and you’re quick! Lol. I’ll take a 180” LF deer all day. Hell, I’d take a 150” public land Texas buck over a 30” trout.


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Old 10-14-2020, 10:12 PM   #40
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I’d take any trout or any buck right now....
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:13 PM   #41
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I've killed 3 LF deer over 180" with a bow and should have a few more. I have never caught a 30" trout but have several in the 28-29". So I would love to catch a 10+on top
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I have 3 trout over 30, 2 on the same wade. All in the summer. One in east matty and the 2 in LLM. Think I had 4 over 25 that day. It was epic

But I've yet to break 150 on deer so I'll take the buck

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180” free range deer without a shadow of doubt... but I couldnt care less about catching any fish
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:22 PM   #44
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I'll take a tiny fish,or tiny deer, whatever I can get and not be at work!
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:26 PM   #45
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I don’t fish the salt enough to have earned a 30” speck, if it happened it would just be luck.

I have put the time in for a big buck, 99% of the time LF and unguided in N. TX. So for me the 180” whitetail. But i can see how the it would be a tougher call for y’all down south.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:31 PM   #46
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Some of yall are trippin. A fish? Really? Over a 180 class buck. That's just dumb.

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I’ve killed several 30” deer, but a 180” trout would be awesome!


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Some of yall are trippin. A fish? Really? Over a 180 class buck. That's just dumb.

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Agreed but I chase both on public land and u cant bait public land in LA. Ive caught a lot of big top water trout, 3 over 30. The big buck would be my choice but it would be free range public land no bait. Probably elude me forever. The trout im bored with pretty much hung it up

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Old 10-14-2020, 10:44 PM   #49
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180 inch low fence archery deer. A True (I live in Lake Fork and see a lot of fake 10’s) 10lb bass, 350 inch elk, .................................................. .., 3 lb crappie, 30 inch trout. JMO
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