Src Monster

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Matthew Gulbranson, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

    WOW, thanks for boosting my motivation to get out there. The high gas prices,boat/trailer/suv tabs and licensing,discovery pass,etc has really discouraged me to fish this year..
  2. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

    Very nice, Matthew. Worthy of the pic.
  3. Chester Allen

    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

    What a great fish! Nice photo as well. I also tend to drop the rod in the water next to the fish and then snap a couple of quick shots before the release. Nicely done.
  4. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

    Thomas, I was kind of wondering the same thing. I didn't see any slashes under the throat, but then the 12" that I got a few casts later didn't have them either. It kind of reminded me of a small summer steelhead in a way, especially looking at the tail and the long sleek body. Most of the big cutts I've caught had big shoulders, but this one was a little different. At first I almost thought it was a small steelhead, but it certainly looks like a cutty too. So I think it's totally plausible for it to be some kind of mix! Interesting.

    And thanks Gents for the comments. I'll be remembering this fish for a long, long time!! What a gift!
  5. Andrew Lawrence

    Andrew Lawrence Active Member

    Awesome fish!
  6. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Matthew, I too have wondered about some of the searun cutthroat I have seen that also looked like they may have been "searun cutt-bows." I'm OK with the uncertainty, as it lends an element of mystery to cutthroat fishing.
  7. ganglyangler

    ganglyangler Bird Dogs and Fly Rods

    Toad cutthroat man, congratulations! Those are rare!
  8. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

    Wow, excellent. As Sea Run Cutthroat go, that could be the fish of a lifetime. Outstanding.
  9. !chawycha!

    !chawycha! Member

    Matthew, yes, that setup looks familiar! That is where I saw it before! What line are you using?

    Congratulations on the amazing fish!
  10. South Sound

    South Sound Member

    Without a camera no one would have believed you. Looks like either a steelhead or a cutthroat/steelhead hybrid. Amazing fish. Well done.
  11. Thom Collins

    Thom Collins Active Member

    Unreal. You might have just burned up the remainder of your mojo for that one.
  12. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

  13. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

    Ed, if you new my lack of photoshop skills you would know if I did! ;)
    Chawycha - I use a 330 compact scandi. Seems to work well in most situations.
    Thom - I hope I still have a little mojo left, but I agree, this fish was worth getting blown out of my OP trip. I seriously doubt I'll ever see another one like it. Now is it too much to ask to land a 20lb steelhead this weekend?? Maybe the mojo is still working?? :D
  14. Steelie Mike

    Steelie Mike Active Member

    Great fish Matt.
  15. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Matthew, you truly are never in question from my perspective. That sea run cutthroat was amazing. So, how did the quest for steelhead go for you this weekend?
  16. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

    Ed, I just had to laugh at the thought of me actually putting together a believable photoshopped picture! As for the steel quest, that will happen next weekend. This will be the #4 attempt at getting out there this year, we'll see if a rouge storm blows in and dashes our chances.
  17. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

    You know, I was thinking about what to compare such a fish to. My first thought was twenty pound steel, but the more I think of it I see and hear of way more twenty pound steelhead being caught than src of that size. I caught two twenty lb steel on the same day once, but never caught such a beast of a src. Incredible
  18. D3Smartie

    D3Smartie Active Member

    Heck of a cutthroat MG. I would tend to believe that fish a full blooded SeaRun based on the patterning of the spots but we'll never know without a DNA test. I have caught my share of big cutts and the ones that I believe to be hybrids show a rosier cheek and generally have almost no spots below the lateral line. There was a thread here sometime ago that addressed the hybrid issue and i think had some decent pics.
  19. Jim Lawrence

    Jim Lawrence New Member

    About 5 years ago I was fishing near theHood Canal bridge with a spinning rod and brought to hand an 17 inch fish but as it got near the boat another bigger one flashed past the first fish. I tried all day to catch it but nothing. I went back to the same spot on Sunday and caught it first cast. I measured it at 23 3/4 inch. At the time I didn' t realize what a prize that was. and of course no camera to show it. I'll always remember that day not only for the fish but because of my job as I was on the clock as well.
  20. bhudda

    bhudda heffe'

    Nice work!!