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Feb. SOTM Submission: O.P. Steel

Aaron O'Leary.

Game. Set. Match.

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Great fish; great shot!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bush

wow, his hands are bigger than his head!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterextremestream

Holy shit buck!!!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopheSeverin&2

poor guy - for the rest of his life he'll try to better that fish......

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLushLife

what the what... that is amazing.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIdahoMark

The laker from a few days was in reality a much larger fish. A pity that someone knew how to take a good shot for this one. It's all about the camera work to make a photo like that.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Sparger

that must be a big net...

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfishlive

That is a very very nice fish. I bet it ripped and hopefully swam off strong. Good work Aaron, seems you are always getting big fish. It looks 20 plus with the hold he is giving. But really, who knows. The elbows are hidden, head pushed forward, even the fingertips on the Ieft hand are hidden. I wish the longarm photos would fall by the wayside. If everyone took pictures of fish trying to showcase their actual size I think our fishing expectations regarding fish size, especially for steelhead would be much more realistic.

I'm as guilty as anyone of the long arm, but lately find myself enjoying pictures showing fish held close to the angler straight broadside over a well executed long arm.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Simon

The only guy with a bigger net on the coast is cousin Jonas. Another day in the life for AOL! Nice fish!!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRomulus

This one got out of the net Romulus, got through the mesh!

Bogi house long arm... Pimp it baby, pimp it!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonas

Don"t be a douche and hate on this guys fish.

I bet all of your fish are way bigger aren't they?

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Simon is a Hypocrite

Nice fish, but nice camera work. Check out the size of net. You could fit a small family in that sucker.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDThomas

shut up and fish

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWent Hard Went Home


February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPDX

That is a great fish! Let the haters Blow me.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuckit

regardless of the pose or push or camera tricks.....thats a goddamn big steelie...nice work AO!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterflatmatt

I'm drooling over the "creased wrist" of the tail. C'mon guys, this is an awesome Steelhead CSI'ing the photo or not.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwait4it

long arm or no long arm that fish is a gdamn HOG! holy crap. I need to be living on the OP in the spring!!!!!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertg

don't you mean U.P.?

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertroutschool

Looks like Edgar missed a big one. Nice fish cousin!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWDFW

my dudes,
20 pound fish are hooked all the time here, i myself have caught many fish measuring over 38'' in length they say " 20 pounders are 38 " " who really knows but a fish over 38 is atleast 18 pounds, thats proven. lots of fish close to thirty are caught every year on the hoh. bet me on that one,
you can say whatever you want about refrencing a body part of a human to a fish but that doesnt really work does it?
so keep drooling those who are haters . those of you who know what is really in our state keep doing what you do!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephan pittman

i usually hate everyone jumping on the long arm photo complaint, but it looks looks like you literally could jump through that guys net and the fish has wider shoulders than the angler. great fish anyway, but distorted picture. whatever, better than fish i catch.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdanimal

It's all in the pose. The fish was really only 16".

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike T

Holy Shizzzzznit Batman!!!!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermosca559

You can tell that fish is pretty big by looking at the caudal peduncle. It is at least 18# to be sure.

All you whining over how this isn't that big are dumb.

All you that are defending the post of a hero shot to the net are dumb,

Fish pics like this are DUMB.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPNW Miner

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