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(Springfield News-Leader)   Oklahoma angler catches what probably would be a record rainbow trout in the Missouri Ozarks, names it "Troutzilla". Then promtply lets it go to swim again. With photos of course. Hero tag for catch & release   (news-leader.com ) divider line
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2013-11-28 12:48:56 PM  
In Babine lake that rainbow would be considered slightly above average.
 
2013-11-28 01:41:30 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: In Babine lake that rainbow would be considered slightly above average.


Yeah, getting an annual gorging on sockeye fry will do that.
 
2013-11-28 03:20:22 PM  
Very cool, I used to be a lab tech for a trout study on that lake.

Hooray for the conscientious fisherman!
 
2013-11-28 03:53:45 PM  
It was  only the Missouri record rainbow. Meh...
 
2013-11-28 04:07:27 PM  
My guppy could take him. I feed him steroids in his shrimp pellets.
 
2013-11-28 04:25:56 PM  

unyon: swaniefrmreddeer: In Babine lake that rainbow would be considered slightly above average.

Yeah, getting an annual gorging on sockeye fry will do that.


The largest rainbow in BC was 24 kg (53 LBS) caught in Jewel lake, over double the size as the one in the article. I've caught 20 pounders in northern BC myself.
 
2013-11-28 05:14:59 PM  
 
2013-11-28 05:25:33 PM  
Arms fully extended to ensure improper perspective.
 
2013-11-28 05:28:39 PM  
That looks more like some kind of mutant salmon than a trout.
 
2013-11-28 05:41:46 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: In Babine lake that rainbow would be considered slightly above average.


I fished that lake for a couple weeks 10 years ago. There are some monsters in that lake. Best part? Not exactly easy to get to the rivers where they come from so lots of huge fish if you can get in. I think our smallest was 12#
 
2013-11-28 05:43:11 PM  

oldwolf49: That looks more like some kind of mutant salmon than a trout.


Salmon are trout that took to the sea.
 
2013-11-28 05:44:31 PM  
i79.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-28 05:53:07 PM  
Yeah, I caught a fish
And I'm on Fark

/got nothin
//much like this link
\caught a fish
\\really?
 
2013-11-28 05:53:57 PM  
Don't most fish die from catch and release?
 
2013-11-28 05:55:24 PM  

gopher321: My guppy could take him. I feed him steroids in his shrimp pellets.


There was a big scandal among guppy fanciers way back in the 1960s when at shows breeders were caught doing that to make their prize female guppies colorful like males, actually.
 
2013-11-28 06:09:18 PM  
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2013-11-28 06:11:21 PM  

George Babbitt: Don't most fish die from catch and release?


Depends on how far they swallow the hook. If it's right around the front of the mouth it can be extracted without damaging the fish too much. If they swallow it down in the gullet, time to fire up the cook stove.
 
2013-11-28 06:19:32 PM  
Eat it.
 
2013-11-28 06:21:19 PM  
He didn't want to kill the fish, but he did want to make it late for something.
 
2013-11-28 06:30:59 PM  
How he really caught him...

www.typicalfish.com
 
2013-11-28 06:32:39 PM  
Meh. I've caught bigger ones.
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2013-11-28 06:34:32 PM  

Spare Me: George Babbitt: Don't most fish die from catch and release?

Depends on how far they swallow the hook. If it's right around the front of the mouth it can be extracted without damaging the fish too much. If they swallow it down in the gullet, time to fire up the cook stove.


Sure, that part has given me an unexpected full belly a number of times, but I thought that recent evidence demonstrated that the handling of the fish with our type of oily hands stripped the fish of some kind of slimy barrier that kept them from getting infections. . .
 
2013-11-28 06:44:40 PM  
I am very doubtful of the proposed weight. I would guess more like 10lb at best. He is holding that fish at arms length to make it look much larger in the photo. Look at the size of his hands to get a better perspective.
I have a photo of me with an eight pounder (weighed, taken in New Zealand) that looks bigger than that.
 
2013-11-28 06:52:13 PM  

DreamSnipers: I am very doubtful of the proposed weight. I would guess more like 10lb at best. He is holding that fish at arms length to make it look much larger in the photo. Look at the size of his hands to get a better perspective.
I have a photo of me with an eight pounder (weighed, taken in New Zealand) that looks bigger than that.


I agree.  There's no way that is a 20 lb fish..  I'm thinking 8-10 lbs at most, judging from the pics.
 
2013-11-28 06:58:03 PM  

3 G's: DreamSnipers: I am very doubtful of the proposed weight. I would guess more like 10lb at best. He is holding that fish at arms length to make it look much larger in the photo. Look at the size of his hands to get a better perspective.
I have a photo of me with an eight pounder (weighed, taken in New Zealand) that looks bigger than that.

I agree.  There's no way that is a 20 lb fish..  I'm thinking 8-10 lbs at most, judging from the pics.


Yep, and if you block out his body in the photo top and bottom with your hands the size of that fish becomes very apparent.
 
2013-11-28 07:05:39 PM  
Here's one I caught earlier

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2013-11-28 07:11:41 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: In Babine lake that rainbow would be considered slightly above average.

Yup.
Heck, in my private trout pond in kamloops ive caught a couple 18-20 lb bows. the pond is less than 250 sq metres
 in size!
 
2013-11-28 07:15:57 PM  
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2013-11-28 07:24:39 PM  

SpaceBison: Meh. I've caught bigger ones.
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I've always thought the best part of this postcard was that the trout was a brookie.
 
2013-11-28 07:34:46 PM  
Cowboys fan. Figures.
 
2013-11-28 07:51:31 PM  
There's some really good canoeing in that area, and when you go through still water after a bit of rapids you can look down and see really nice eating size speckled and brown trout.  I've always wanted to bring gear and catch one for lunch.  I think a trout caught 30 minutes before you eat it would be very tasty.
 
2013-11-28 07:53:54 PM  
Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.
 
2013-11-28 08:07:02 PM  

antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.


I'll let someone more talented at busting your ass handle this.

It's Thanksgiving and that turkey you just ate, enjoyed himself.
 
2013-11-28 08:32:10 PM  
This man call it "Troutzilla" ...

cmsimg.news-leader.com

I would have called it Dinner...
 
2013-11-28 08:43:07 PM  

antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.



You're dumber than owl piss aren't you?
 
2013-11-28 08:50:16 PM  
Years ago Sports Afield did a piece on trout below a dam that had fresh water shrimp.  The pics showed trout that looked like footballs.
 
2013-11-28 08:53:23 PM  
I once caught a 26 inch flounder off the surf on Maryland's eastern shore. One of the guys in the group said it was a citation fish. To get the citation, I would've had to pack up and take the fish to a local bait store for verification. The problem here was that it would've taken a couple hours to do all this and get back to fishing.
So..... We filet the fish and eat it on the spot.
/Fresh fish is awesome!
 
2013-11-28 08:55:58 PM  

Kurgan Warlord: antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.

I'll let someone more talented at busting your ass handle this.

It's Thanksgiving and that turkey you just ate, enjoyed himself.


There is no comparison between an animal you hunt and catch while injuring it to only let it go and one you follow through with in eating it.
 
2013-11-28 09:03:28 PM  

Kurgan Warlord: antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.

I'll let someone more talented at busting your ass handle this.

It's Thanksgiving and that turkey you just ate, enjoyed himself.


My issue is not with eating something you catch. If you are hungry, by all means, catch and eat anything you want. But don't torture the poor thing for your own entertainment. I love fishing, and I eat anything I catch (assuming it is alive and edible) or I turn it into bait to catch something bigger.

And, yes. I did enjoy my turkey. Thanks for asking.
 
2013-11-28 09:37:32 PM  

George Babbitt: Kurgan Warlord: antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.

I'll let someone more talented at busting your ass handle this.

It's Thanksgiving and that turkey you just ate, enjoyed himself.

There is no comparison between an animal you hunt and catch while injuring it to only let it go and one you follow through with in eating it.


antnyjc: Kurgan Warlord: antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.

I'll let someone more talented at busting your ass handle this.

It's Thanksgiving and that turkey you just ate, enjoyed himself.

My issue is not with eating something you catch. If you are hungry, by all means, catch and eat anything you want. But don't torture the poor thing for your own entertainment. I love fishing, and I eat anything I catch (assuming it is alive and edible) or I turn it into bait to catch something bigger.

And, yes. I did enjoy my turkey. Thanks for asking.


You and George deserve each other. If you two don't know the real difference between what both of you just said. Well, I feel for both of you.

Neither of you deserve the food that you put on your plates today. Now go sit in your corners and think about it.
 
2013-11-28 09:43:57 PM  
antnyjc I think we're experiencing a special Thanksgiving trolling right now.
 
2013-11-28 10:04:38 PM  
FTA--They used a standard formula for estimating a fish's weight - length times girth times girth divided by 800 - and arrived at 20 pounds, 8 ounces.

So a 24 inch fish with a 6 inch girth weighs a little over a pound? Don't think so.
 
2013-11-28 10:06:56 PM  
20 lb fish, on a 4 weight rod... with 6x tippet.

Dude has some serious patience and finesse. I think if I had caught a fish like that on my 4 weight, there would have been nothing but a busted rod, and a fish laughing off into the distance.
 
2013-11-28 10:13:55 PM  

antnyjc: Because the definition of a hero is always someone who stabs a metal hook into another's throat, suffocates them while they pose for pictures, rips the metal hook out of their throat and then in an apparent lack of further interest sets them free while they bleed.


I like to call it airboarding. It's not quite torture according to the Geneva convention, but it's close.
 
2013-11-28 10:35:45 PM  

Igloo: 20 lb fish, on a 4 weight rod... with 6x tippet.

Dude has some serious patience and finesse. I think if I had caught a fish like that on my 4 weight, there would have been nothing but a busted rod, and a fish laughing off into the distance.


I was working a leech off of a rock point on the Potomac and got into a muskie.  I had a 6 weight as I was going for small mouth.  I was left with a nice pokey thing that sort of resembled a fly rod.  8lb leader.
 
2013-11-28 10:46:33 PM  
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2013-11-28 10:57:40 PM  
2wolves:

I was working a leech off of a rock point on the Potomac and got into a muskie.  I had a 6 weight as I was going for small mouth.  I was left with a nice pokey thing that sort of resembled a fly rod.  8lb leader.

OUch I hear ya. I was recently fishing for Coho up near Squamish. 6 weight rod. 10lb tippet. I did ok, but one of my partners hooked into a big Spring/King/Chinook. That, as they say, was that. No rod, no more.
 
2013-11-28 11:33:36 PM  
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2013-11-28 11:34:36 PM  

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2013-11-29 12:17:14 AM  

upndn: I once caught a 26 inch flounder off the surf on Maryland's eastern shore. One of the guys in the group said it was a citation fish. To get the citation, I would've had to pack up and take the fish to a local bait store for verification. The problem here was that it would've taken a couple hours to do all this and get back to fishing.
So..... We filet the fish and eat it on the spot.
/Fresh fish is awesome!


Good decision. I caught a citation cobia off Hatteras a few years ago on a charter trip.  I got a nifty certificate that I should probably frame and hang up, but, eh...  My buddy also caught a citation sized cobia on that trip. The memory of catching it and the fact that two fish yielded enough meat for a huge fish fry was more than enough.  Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time, no need to act like you conquered something.

As for trout, 16 inch brown is the largest I have caught.  That is more than large enough for the 3 weight I use way back in the mountains.
 
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