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Old 04-26-03, 10:56 PM   #1
Steve Rieck
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I've heard really big trout have been caught on the Chattahoochee tailwaters (15+ pounds).

Just wondering if anyone on the NGTO message board has had some experience with these guys?

What's the current Chattahoochee record brown or rainbow?

Are these big trout almost always caught very deep with big nymphs?

Thanks for any info.

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Old 04-26-03, 10:59 PM   #2
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Who am I kidding, 5+ pounds is a really big trout.

But somewhere I read about a 17 pound brown caught here in Atlanta.
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Old 04-26-03, 11:07 PM   #3
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18 lbs brown is the record.. Check the photo's link on your left for a pic...
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Old 04-26-03, 11:16 PM   #4
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One of our NGTO members, Charlie Ford, aka "charlie brown" is the current State record holder.....and yes, the fish came form the Hooch.

Read about him at:

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Old 04-27-03, 06:10 PM   #5
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That is one serious brown trout!

I usually fish around whitewater/palisades.

How often are people catching big trout in that area?

The really big trout I've heard of seem to be from above Morgan Falls.

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Old 04-29-03, 02:58 PM   #6
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All the "Hooch Rats" (including the original ) know a *ton* more about it than I do, but yer on the right track starting above Morgan Falls.

A lot of guys float from access points around the dam / hwy 20 area down to get out at places like Jones Bridge or earlier.

IMO (not that educated), you are going to catch lots of fish in sections of the river adjacent to stocking points (duh). But my bet is that both the multi-year holdovers and stream-raised *big* fish are on parts of the river that you have to float through to reach. In fact, I think Charlie Ford caught his in an area like that - of course, he had a powered boat which can't hurt to land a bruiser like that.



p.s. - when is the next group float gonna be? i'm dying to river-test my new pontoon - and fall out / crash into stuff all the way down the river!
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Old 04-29-03, 03:24 PM   #7
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Steve-The DH is stocked with some nice sized fish. I caught 9 last year 20" or better and hundreds 15" or better. Of course this year has not been nearly as good, but if you can find the right conditions, it's pretty darn good.

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Old 05-02-03, 03:58 AM   #8
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Howdy y'all-

I thought that I'd add my two cents into the mix here regarding _big_ trout on the 'Hooch.

I work with a guy by the name of Stan Crigger who used to catch monster trout above Morgan Falls. He was (and still is) a spin fisherman (but ethical!) whose stomping grounds were between the Roswell Rd. bridge and MF. From what he's told me and from what I've seen from all of the pictures that he's brought me, he uses rapalas (this was a while ago; I'm talking mid-80's (jeez, was the mid-80's really that long ago?)) and worms.

I think that Jimmy Jacobs book has mentioned something about big freakin' trout living in the 'Hooch below Island Ford. Might be worth the money to invest in some kind of bouyant craft in order to get to 'em...

Take care all,

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Old 05-02-03, 01:49 PM   #9
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I agree with james lots of big fish in hte DH. JUst ask the DNR!
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