Note to editor: enormous German Brown trout lives!

browntroutA 20 pound 8 ounce German Brown was caught and released by Paul Gonzales in Rush Creek near Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop. The fish was caught on Oct. 25.

Photo credit: Paul Gonzales, courtesy of MonoCounty.org

Katie Shaffer
East River Public Relations

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Kevin Stailly
Kevin Stailly
6 years ago

That’s a good trout!!! I’ve fished for trout for years, but I doubt its 20#s. Trophy Sticks? Are those the lures that crack and break on people? I seen the facebook page about them. Jake do you really have a criminal record and buy those lures form China and resell them here?

Jake Bunio the above is fake
Jake Bunio the above is fake
7 years ago

We do donate…to veterans and to breast cancer and the make a wish foundation and would love to donate to any worthy cause.

Jake Bunio the above is fake
Jake Bunio the above is fake
7 years ago

Hello everyone on here. I am very sorry but someone is using my name and posting comments as me. I Googled my name and found this. I am not a top angler nor do I care about this fish. I wish this man the best and don’t care what his fish weighs. Who ever did this has nothing better to do and is trying to wreck my reputation as a legitimate fisherman to someone who would hate on a guy for catching a nice brown trout. Very sorry for the inconvenience but the comments above were not made by me or anyone at trophy sticks. We do not need to promote ourselves or our products in this manner. To the man who caught this fish….nice fish and good job.

Jake Bunio
Jake Bunio
7 years ago

Not even close to twenty you know it and the world knows it.

Jake Bunio
Jake Bunio
7 years ago

I don’t give free hand outs. Buy some and put them to the test. Like I mentioned I am a top brown angler. That fish isn’t close to the claimed weight.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Jake Bunio

Jake…If you knew anything about fishermen living in the Sierras’,most of us don’t do it to try to out-do the other…or carry a camera or a video camera with us while we’re walking the streams or the lakes just in case we catch a big one and feel the need to post the catch on a web-site to entertain others…or in your case,try to profit off of it by tooting our own horn about how good we are…We leave that to the So Calers that come up once a year hoping to go home with some photos and stories to tell their city friends…In my case,give me a day off,a $35.00 ugly-stik,a $50.00 Shimano reel and a couple jars of power-bait,and at the end of the day,I’ll be sitting in the campground with a nice trout dinner cooking over the BBQ….and a few to take home….no photos….no stories….no sales pitches….

Shine
Shine
7 years ago
Reply to  Jake Bunio

Didn’t ask for handout. Asked for donation to local nonprofit of your choice. They can use them as gifts for fund raisers and you get tax write off and some attention without trolling for free handouts of advertising.

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Jake Bunio

Hey Jake, since we don’t know much about trout fishing around here, could you tell us the weight one more time?

Jake Bunio
Jake Bunio
7 years ago

This guy should have used a trophy stick. Not even 7 pounds. I am the top brown angler on the west coast. That isn’t 20 pounds.

Shine
Shine
7 years ago
Reply to  Jake Bunio

Jake Bunio of Trophy Sticks,
if they are so good, why are you trolling for free advertising? How about donating some to Mammoth Medical Missions or a local conservation nonprofit? Then we can put them to a real trolling test.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Jake Bunio

Jake “theself-proclaimed top fisherman in the World” Bunio…From what I’ve read on some web-sites,most of your claims of,not only your fishing prowess,but your claims of the “trophy stick”,have proven to be false and kinda phoney….

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
7 years ago

a real “fish”story,how about the one that got away?

Allan Cole
Allan Cole
7 years ago

Not only is this fish not even close to 20 lbs, it was most likely snagged. It happens every year in the fall when they are spawning. Big browns snagged illegally!

Allan Cole
Allan Cole
7 years ago

The fish is all of 8 pounds. Nice 8 pound fish, Definitely not even near 20 lbs. I’m surprised newspapers put this in at 20…Allan Cole, Brownbagger president

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
7 years ago

Big and old fish like this one usually can’t handle the stress (if they put up a good fight) of being caught and if released, will probably go to fish heaven anyway. I tried to nurse a 5 lb. rainbow at Crowely for 30 minutes a while back, but no cigar. Didn’t want to, but HAD to take him home.

Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker
7 years ago

I really hate to burst his bubble, but unless there was a certified scale on scene, I will not believe that is a 20 and a half pound Brown. I agree it looks more like a 5-7 pound fish.
I do have some experience in measuring and assessing fish in my past.
I fear this is just another fish story.

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
7 years ago

looks like a 5 to 6 lber

Jake Bunio
Jake Bunio
7 years ago

people are clowning this guy. He tried to say he caught and 18 pounder last year that wasn’t even close and now he his calling this 20 pounds? Get real guys

Jake Bunio
Jake Bunio
7 years ago

That fish isn’t twenty pounds. If he used a trophy stick he might have caught a 20#er

chris
chris
7 years ago

I’m glad he released this beauty back into the creek. Thank you, Paul Gonzales.