Fish addict Chris aka Troutdogg sent us this story and amazing pic.
I caught this big female palomino last year on March 29th on the
Pennsylvania season opener. We do a lot of scouting prior to the opener, so we know where the real monsters are for the first
day. Well last year on the night before we drove around the area to find that many guys had beat us to the punch and camped
out at all of the real good spots. We usually do the same but I couldn't last year. So the morning came and my dad and I met
at 3 a.m. and decided to split up and check two spots out and see if they where open. I got to mine and it was taken he got
to his and was open, so he called me on my cell phone and he said I got the spot at the Jordan. So I met him there and we
set up. After we were all set up I left and wen't to pick up my wife. When we got back we got settled in and waited to start.
At 8 a.m. we started and we hammered them right away. The hole we started at had lot's of fish in it but no biggins. At
about 9:30 a.m. I said to the wife let's head over! to the Lil Lehigh and see if that big palomino is still there. We got
there around 10:00 a.m. When we got out of the Jeep we walked over the bridge and saw 2 other palominos that were smaller
and the I saw the ONE. We hurried down and watched about 5 other guys get frustrated because they couldn't get her. When
a area opened up enough that I could get in, I did. The first couple throws I had her looking at what I was throwing. Then
it happened but I missed her. I thought, that was my chance and I blew it. But I was wrong, a cast or two after I'd missed
her, I had her on. She ran up stream she ran down stream it was awesome. After about a ten minute battle my dad finally netted
the monster. I caught her on my 4' ultra light rod with 4lb. test. I rushed her to the nearest bait shop to get weighed because
I thought she'd be close to our PA state record. She weighed in at 11lbs. 7oz. which at the time was 3 ounces shy of the record.
But I wasn't upset, she's still a trophy.