Relaying monster fish stories |

Relaying monster fish stories

Sun Staff report
Photo provided by Aaron KellerChad Mellison smiles at his prize catch and#8212; a 20-pound, 32-inch brown trout that he caught on the upper Truckee River last month. Mellison caught the fish on a five-weight rod at 1 p.m. After a quick photo, he released it safely back into the river.

While Chad Mellison enjoyed catching and releasing a 20-pound, 32-inch brown trout on the upper Truckee River last month (see photo), Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters relayed his own monster fish story from the deeps of Lake Tahoe.

St. Denis, whoand#8217;s been fishing Lake Tahoe for decades, recently hooked into a large mackinaw in 180 feet of water. St. Denis said he eventually got the fish up to 60 feet of water, then saw it turn like a giant tarpon and power dive to 300 feet.

After battling the fish for four hours and 15 minutes and in as deep as 600 feet of water, the guide and his fishing partners were able to bring the fish up to about 100 feet when it broke the rod and split.

True story.

and#8212; Information provided by Sun News Service fishing columnist Doug Busey.