“This fish looked just like the one you had a couple of days ago”
Paulo Hoffman: Some things just do not happen too often. One of these things is hooking an anadromous fish in the river in the same pool twice. However, that just happened the other week here on the Rio Grande, Argentina.
Every season at Kau Tapen Lodge starts with guide’s week, which is the week before the first clients arrive. It allows the guides to get relearn the river and fish it properly. This season Paulo, of the Fly Fishing Nation, hooked and landed a 15 lb, colored-up angry sea-run brown trout. This particular fish must have been in the river for a few weeks, judging by its coloration.
Fishing was tough the first week, with only a few fish brought to hand. Incredibly, amongst these first few fish of the season was one 15-pound, colored up, angry sea-run brown trout landed by non-other than, Christiaan Pretorius. To be more specific, from the same pool, that Paulo had his 15-pounder just 5 days before.
“This fish looked just like the one you had a couple of days ago”, were one guide’s thoughts when getting back to the lodge. Comparing the two images side-by-side gave us even more confidence that the 2 catches were one and the same.
In my local trout fishery, it is not uncommon to get the same fish multiple times in the same spot. Residential browns tend to be very territorial after reaching a certain size/age and hardly ever leave their spot/pool. With migratory fish, it is a whole different ballgame. You don’t hear of many instances, where the same sea run brown is hooked twice at the same spot. Later in the season in a different pool, that can happen quite frequently, but there is just not much evidence simply because it can be difficult to recognize or even pay attention to every fish landed.
Christiaan Pretorius: When you are in the fortunate position to spend a good amount of time on the water, you get to witness some pretty incredible moments, whether it be 40+ pound giant trevally eating bonefish at your feet or double hook ups on Indopacific Permit.