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World record beating brown trout caught in USA

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Potential world record brown trout caught in Michigan Potential world record brown trout caught in Michigan

While not caught on the fly, this news is too spectacular not to share....

A 41.45-pound brown trout was landed Wednesday on the Manistee River in Michigan. The fish, which stretched the tape to 43.75 inches, was caught by Thomas Healy of Rockford, Michigan. Healy was spincasting with a crankbait.

If certified, the fish would establish a world record. The 2009 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame record book lists a 40-pound, 4-ounce brown trout as the "All Tackle" world record. That fish was caught in 1992 on the Little Red River in Arkansas.

World record beating brown troutThe standing Michigan record is a 36.81-pound brown trout caught in 2007 in the Lake Michigan waters of Frankfort Harbor. For reference, the Wisconsin brown trout record is a 36-pound, 9-ounce fish caught in Lake Michigan off Kewaunee County in 2004.

The Manistee River is a Lake Michigan tributary; it enters the lake approximately across from Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

According to information from the Michigan DNR, several biologists observed and officially identified the fish. There was no immediate word about whether Healy planned to submit the fish for record status.

From the Milwaulkee Journal Sentinel

 







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Comments (11 posted):

mcnerney on 15/09/2009 19:42:03
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That is one big brown trout! Larry
jpbfly on 15/09/2009 19:56:38
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That's not a turkey...that's a monster:DI would jump on the bank if I saw such a fish:eek:
Frank Whiton on 15/09/2009 20:09:04
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Hi Everyone, That is an amazing Brown Trout. Most fly fishers would not be geared up to catch something like that unless they were fishing for Salmon. I have caught 40lb Salmon in Alaska but there were not as big as this bad boy. Frank
Lambster on 15/09/2009 20:49:07
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Very nice fish indeed! Now if that fish was caught on a fly Rod..............:D I wonder if it was caught and released? Way to go! Lambster
cromney on 15/09/2009 22:39:54
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I heard that it was not released to get measurements etc. I also saw a picture of this fish outside a fish shop so I assume the fish is expired. Clint
Editor on 16/09/2009 09:31:32
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It was kept - if you click on the smaller picture and follow the link to 9/10 news you can see their video of the fish and some interviews. If it was a salmon we would have no problem with it being kept so fair game I say. I was amazed by how good looking a fish it was - those monsters are so often big ugly dark fish. Paul
axle27 on 16/09/2009 12:49:04
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Less than a week later, this beastie was caught.... http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4466614
mcnerney on 16/09/2009 14:29:01
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Less than a week later, this beastie was caught.... http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4466614 Axle: Very interesting story, thanks for posting. Larry
Taskienne on 16/09/2009 15:43:21
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Hello, Is this fish is a "salmo trutta fario" or "salmo trutta lacustris" ??? Ciao...
Editor on 16/09/2009 22:27:42
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Less than a week later, this beastie was caught.... http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4466614 Holy smokes! :eek:
Guest1 on 23/09/2009 17:14:46
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If I caught that fish, the person in the boat with me would need either a difibulator to get me restarted or a tranquilizer gun to calm me down. :eek:
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