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Maine father and son team up to catch their biggest native speckled trout ever

Topsham’s Bill Huot has had a lot of thrills as an angler.

This includes numerous successes on the ocean, where he and his sons, Charlie and Tristan, have caught sharks, tuna and striped bass. But after eight years in saltwater, Bill Huot was ready for a change.

“I recently sold my offshore boat to benefit the lakeside camp and in recent years I’ve spent more and more time looking for the ‘Big One’ at the lakeside,” said Huot.

This has led to a lot of fun targeting fish on Maine lakes and ponds. Huot recently shared one of those moments by posting the accompanying short video on the Maine Lakes Trolling Facebook page.

The Huots were looking for what he called intriguing, remote waters where they could hunt trout. Last year, they hiked 11 miles to Wassataquoik Lake in Baxter State Park to hunt blueback trout, more commonly known as arctic char.

This spring, the Huots targeted native brook trout and Special Fishing Law S-18 which limits anglers to one brook trout, splake or arctic char per day, with a minimum length of 18 inches.

“This particular location this spring allowed us to stay at Chewonki Big Eddy Campground. It’s an amazing place,” Huot said. “The ability to camp along the West Fork of the Penobscot, wake up at 3:45 and hook up to your first salmon at 4:10 is just awesome!”

Bill and Charlie Huot fished four ponds in this area and caught some nice fish in all of them, including the undisclosed pond shown in the video.

It wasn’t far from their campsite, so Bill Huot was skeptical of how many other anglers or hikers they might see.

“We didn’t think it was far enough to get away from the crowds but, believe it or not, during the three days we fished the various ponds, we were the only three people on the pond,” did he declare.

Perhaps the biggest challenge was the mosquitoes.

They scoured the shore of the ponds and in each case found a canoe or boat available, so they jumped into a canoe and hit the water.

Since the pond allowed artificial lures, Bill and Charlie split the difference and used a spinning rod and a fly rod respectively.

“We were on the pond for about half an hour when I threw a Kastmaster and wham the fight started!” Huot said. “I knew he was big when he fired several times as he approached the boat. The whole time I was fighting him, all I could think about was please God let me land this fish.

Huot’s video begins with him bringing the plump trout closer to the boat, where Charlie was guarding the net.

“I was confident in my fishing buddy that he could do the job and he was able to catch the brookie,” Bill said.

Bringing the fish into the canoe sparked a burst of excitement and laughter from the father-son duo, who marveled at the beautiful native trout, which weighed in at 2.14 pounds.

“My wife (Lori) couldn’t help but laugh at how excited I was to have caught this fish. It happens to be the biggest native speckled trout I’ve caught to date,” said Bill.

He couldn’t measure the length.

“I didn’t have a length. I also didn’t get a picture holding it because when I went to pose for a picture the fish kicked and went overboard,” Bill said.

The experience is one he and Charlie won’t forget.

“Maybe not the fish of a lifetime but a memory that will last forever fishing with my son Charlie. Certainly, one for the books!” said Huot.