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

Katie Shaffer
East River Public Relations


20 Responses to Note to editor: enormous German Brown trout lives!

  1. chris October 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

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

  2. Jake Bunio October 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

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

  3. Jake Bunio November 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    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

  4. ferdinand lopez November 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    looks like a 5 to 6 lber

  5. Nancy Baker November 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    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.

  6. Big Rick OBrien November 3, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    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.

  7. Allan Cole November 3, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    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

  8. Allan Cole November 3, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    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!

  9. ferdinand lopez November 3, 2013 at 11:48 am #

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

  10. Jake Bunio November 16, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    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 November 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      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 November 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

      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….

  11. Jake Bunio November 17, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    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 November 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      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 November 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      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 November 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

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

  12. Jake Bunio November 19, 2013 at 6:17 am #

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

  13. Jake Bunio the above is fake December 19, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    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.

  14. Jake Bunio the above is fake December 19, 2013 at 8:26 am #

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

  15. Kevin Stailly December 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    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?


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