lure_method: I caught my personal best( 28" 8.5 lbs ) by locating a pot hole on low tide in a small bay along the river shore. I was fishing a Z-Man scented paddlerz on a 1/8 oz jig head. Thanks for the information in the DVD.
Elizabeth River, Chesapeake, VA
Much like any fisherman who discovers something that WORKS and gives you a clear advantage, I have mixed feelings about sharing it with others... but I've learned the great majority of what I know from others, many of whom are here on this site, and for that reason I don't have a problem sharing something which has helped me immensely. First let me say that I'm in no way affiliated with the product I'm endorsing, I receive no benefit outside of the gratification of helping others. If you want to catch bigger gator trout, and we're talking about the biggest trout in any bay system, you need to check this out. I'm extremely skeptical of these types of learning tools, but Tobin (the creator) really went out of his way to create something extremely thorough & in-depth that will push a beginner years ahead of the learning curve and an experienced angler over the top. It tells you where the fish will be, how to find them, what to use and in what conditions. I can't exaggerate how thorough this video is, I've literally watched it 3-4 times and pickup something new each time. I can only speak for the "Big trout" video, as that's the one I bought. Goodluck out there, if you want to catch some big gators and wonder how the pros do it consistently, this is worth the $$$ all day long. Last but not least, 100% money back guarantee if you don't learn anything.
Yeah, by now all you you know that Tobin makes a great informative void, but what you may not have thought about is how much of the info shared works in other places besides Tx. I have been using the info from the Trophy Trout video to locate trout here in Panama city Florida, which is not really a place known for trophy trout. Well I have found the info incredibly helpful in finding bigger trout and understanding what I should be throwing. Heck, if even applies to fly fishing. Though a 25" trout isn't really a trophy in most places, it is a good un here. On a topwater fly to top it off!!!! Thanks Tobin for putting this stuff together.
Panama City, FL
I ordered your Finding Trophy Trout video a few months back and loved it so i had to order this one too (Limits). I learned a lot about the habits and nature of big specks by first watching the video and using it as a foundation to compare to the tactics i have been taught in the past about speckled trout. It has also given me more confidence on my decisions and on what and where to fish, and in return has made me a more persistent and patient fisherman who catches more big trout. After watching your trophy trout video i have drastically increased my numbers of larger trout i catch. I have also caught a new personal best spotted sea trout and with some of your tips helped 3 of my other fishing buddies catch theirs while fishing with me. Pics of my first trip after i watched your trophy trout video.
I bought the 3 pack DVD's less than a month ago and every week seems to get better and better. We are catching consistenly more than ever. The DVD's have help me understand how and why the fish are where they are. Using this knowledge has allowed me to make our trips more memobrable. The days of hoping we catch something are gone. Today my son caught his personal best trout. It was 27 1/2 inches.
by Carl Avilla
Just wanted to let you know, Thursday I caught my personal best speckled trout. 25.5" no boga to get the weight, but she was heavy. Caught her just like the DVD instructed along and several other solid speckled trout fishing the pot holes with a plum/chart. trout killer 2..... Thanks again for the DVD's can't wait for the red fish flick.
"Robert later upgraded to this fish"
Bought the DVD and first trip out popped my personal best so far. I used all the info from the video and bam she hit. Personal best so far. Good luck to all and have fun, this DVD is worth every pennie.
The Big Trout DVD definitely helped me think in new ways about the areas I fish. Was blessed with this 29" beauty on Memorial Day in 15" of water, at noon".
New Wave Taxidermy, Stuart, Florida
Tobin, my buddies, Taylor Gaines, Tim Fluitt, and I had never fished Port Mansfield in the winter before and never truly fished for trophy speckled trout on purpose. Tim and I had watched your Big Speckled Trout DVD multiple times before that trip, and after some thought we came up with a few spots and a game plan that we thought would give us the highest percentage of catching big trout based on the DVD. And as you can see, we caught 2 trout of a lifetime plus numerous heavy trout over 25 inches. The one with the guy in the red jacket is Taylor, and that trout went a little over 30" and just a touch under 10lbs. The second one with the guy covered up in the buff is Tim, and his speckled trout went 29" and little over 9 lbs. Both of those trout were caught within about 30 minutes on corkies which your Big Speckled Trout DVD covered very well. So thank you for that.
Port Mansfeild, TX
I ordered the Big Trout video a year ago. I considered myself a fairly experienced angler at the time but was interested in seeing what all the hype was about. As I watched the video I noticed most of the tactics were ones I already used on a regular basis, but the video went so in depth with the trophy trout anglers methods that it gave me new ways to apply the knowledge I already had. It touched on all the basics of big trout fishing for beginners but it also goes into depth to help experienced anglers pick up some new things to try. The big trout pictured is a perfect example of what happens when all the info from the video is applied. I decided where to go using a similar decision process discussed in the video. Then tracked down productive areas by reading the water in ways that are discussed in the video, and I put the final piece of the puzzle together by making a good presentation for the conditions. The end result was this big trout and many more just from that one outing. The video goes over the whole process that goes into catching big trout and is truly one of the best resources for a big trout angler.
lure_method: Using techniques described in your DVDs, I caught this 28.25 inch trout last summer in San Antonio bay. She was in about 2 feet of water on a flat near a deep drop off, sitting on the edge of a pothole.
San Antonio Bay, Texas
By watching the videos and using some of the tactics that are talked about in the series fishing deep water schools really helped us identify deep water fish and structures. Watching the video helped us key in on signs of bait to indicate what type of lures to use to catch a record weight of 18.45lbs. Highly recommended to purchase the 4 set of DVD's because it has made us better fishermen.
We made it to the area that I found using what you instructed us to look for; got there pre-dawn, and started wading; bait was everywhere, and was jumping like crazy. I saw every single variation of bait that your DVD's showed….very cool to see it on the DVD and then to actually see it in real life. I hadn't caught a saltwater fish on top water yet, mostly due to I never had the confidence to throw one vs throwing a paddle tail. So I tied on a Super Spook Jr... 5 Min after getting in the water I had a blow up the looked like a grenade. I went to set the hook and the line broke immediately! I tied on my last Spook Jr and kept fishing. Waded another 30 yds and had another blow up. Fish missed the bait, I paused it and twitched slightly and the fish hit and missed it again. I paused it again and then twitched and this time the trout came out of the water like a scud missile, and while it was in the air with my spook in its mouth, I set the hook. This was definitely a trout over 25", but I fought it too hard and tore the mouth after a 30 second fight. Extremely bummed, I kept on. 30 yards later another fish hammered the spook, and I got a good hookset on it. Fought it tenderly for a while before netting it. Brought it in to weight for the STAR tournament, otherwise would have released here, but at 28, fish went 7.1#. This was my first saltwater top water fish, and is my second longest lifetime trout (#1 being a 29" I caught last June in Corpus), but was heavier than that fish…so this is the heaviest trout I have ever caught!!! J I want to say that I started bay fishing in May of 2010. Last summer was a big learning time for me, and while I got pretty good at finding and catching Red's, trout were always a fish I caught just by chance. This year was different. I upgraded to a good boat, invested in good gear, and watched both of your DVD's. Since watching your DVD's, my daily average of trout has gone WAY up, and I have had a 27" and a 28" in my hands already in 2011. Keep up the great work!
PB 26in trout working active bait and grass pockets. The DVD really showed how to READ active bait. Very easy to grasp. Just before that big girl, we hooked onto 15+ trout. The DVD really helped me understand how to locate fish and weed out unproductive waters.
Lower Laguna Madre TX
So, we went out this morning. Headed a spoil bar. We immediately noticed some slick so we moved upwind and jumped out to wade. We picked up about a dozen small trout as we moved downwind. We were fishin 3 1/2 ft of water throwing kelley wigglers plastics. I cast out and felt the familiar sharp tap. Set the hook and felt some nice weight to it. After a couple strong runs, I landed her. My personal best 28" 6lbs. Trout Support baby!! Thanks Tobin!
Port Mansfield, TX
Whats going on Mr.Strickland. wanted to thank you and the video you put out on the big trout. From watching the video dozens of times I have learned a lot. I have only been fishing with artificial for 2 years now and I stuck my 30in trout yesterday. It was a awesome feeling. That video was a big help. Thanks. Have a good one.
Galveston, TX /
Owner "Reel Wet Fishing"
Hey y'all just wanted to share my experience with y'all, I'm still giddy over this fat girl! Caught the fish in East Galveston Bay. The Big Trout DVD has helped me improve and know what to look for. They are all very informative and you will want to buy more than one. Fish was caught in East Galveston Bay on Mirrolure Paul Brown Original Corky Fatboy. She went 28.2"&7.5# on the boga! She was CPRd and let go to smack some one else's lure! Boston Whaler Rockland MA 02370
Owner "ReelDeel Reel Cleaning"