Lucky Laker at Flaming Gorge.: My hunting partner, Scott Syme, and I were in Vernal last week for the Western Grand Trap Shoot. In between shooting we were going to Matt Warner, Flaming Gorge, Red Fleet, and Twin Ashley reservoirs to fish. We would get up at 4:30 am, drive for an hour or more, fish for a few hours, then back to the Vernal Rod and Gun club to shoot. After shooting we would drive back to another reservoir for more fishing till after dark. On Thursday the 8th, we drove to Flaming Gorge to fish from the shore for rainbows and smallmouths. We both had poles out with bait. I had green Gulp on a size 14 treble and 4 lb test leader. Scott had the same setup with a red and orange sparkle powerbait. I also had a 2nd pole with a mepps that I was catching small rainbows and smallmouths. Scott had a blue and pink 1/8 oz Kastmaster mostly catching rainbows.
We were catching quite a few small fish when Scott hooked into something big. He fought it slowly because of the 4lb test and after about 15 minutes the fish broke off without us ever seeing what it was.
About an hour later I glanced at my bait pole and saw it was bent pretty good. I grabbed it, set the hook, and it didn't move. I thought I was snagged up so I messed around trying to get it loose, when I noticed the line starting to move. I played the fish for about 20 minutes on that light leader before finally landing it. While admiring the fish and taking pictures we noticed that Scotts Kastmaster that he had lost earlier was hanging from the corner of the fish's mouth! I had caught the same fish he had lost earlier. We measure the fish at 32 inches and estimate it weighed about 15 lbs or so. Not the biggest but a cool story for my first trip to Flaming Gorge. . Photo submitted by Jay Best on Jun 13, 2017 07:41 PM