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Fish: Brook Trout

Record breaking brookie - again

Post By: yard dogs      Posted: 11/15/2022 12:11:30 PM     Points: 746    
One hell of a fish

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 Reply by: tatonka      Posted: 11/15/2022 1:28:47 PM     Points: 220
Beautiful lakes with amazing fish.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 11/15/2022 1:32:36 PM     Points: 746
How is the hike getting into there? I am sure it is beautiful - but is it pretty difficult?

 Reply by: tatonka      Posted: 11/15/2022 2:08:05 PM     Points: 220
Straight up and rocky... the rewards at the top are well worth the struggles of the journey. If you like inclines you'll love the hike. The secret is out now so get up there and capture the moment.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 11/16/2022 9:08:30 AM     Points: 9979
That's the best story of a record breaker. Guy has been chasing this fish for a decade, and has put in the effort.

I'm sure he'll get a helluva party at work, the tackle company Favorite Fishing. He was, of course, using their rod! Absolutely heroic!
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 11/16/2022 10:18:36 AM     Points: 17793
WOW, what a fish and story! Good write-up featuring the drama of the catch. I appreciate that he is clearly a legit C&R angler. I understand his decision to keep it for the record, and I would have done the same. I feel a little bad about the pressure that lake might get, but I think a more important point to keep in mind is that there may be record fish lurking in any number of tiny lakes. I hadn't heard about the one that was caught the previous week, in which the guy decided to eat it instead of having it certified! LOL that's funny.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 11/16/2022 1:45:04 PM     Points: 1805
Might be true might be rumors. See attached picture. Supposedly they had caught, and lost some bigger ones.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 11/16/2022 7:23:26 PM     Points: 1819
Pretty friggin amazing! What a year!
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 11/17/2022 9:14:51 AM     Points: 447
Looks exactly like a Splake. Spots on the gill plate, Lake Trout coloration, lack of distinct vermiculatuon.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 11/17/2022 10:49:26 AM     Points: 17793
Sleazy E, I agree the coloration looks very splake-like. But in this pic you can see the tail is fully square: [log in for link]

It does make me start thinking about the genetics though. There was a thread about splake reproduction a long time ago: [log in for link]

Some say a splake can reproduce with a brookie. I'm not saying I doubt this fish (After all, world record brookies are in the 14 pound range), just thinking out loud. My question would be - have splake existed in this body of water in the past 20 years? What if a rarity happened and a splake reproduced with a brookie, which resulted in a sprookie... some lake trout genes and the square tail of a brookie.

FishSeal can come tear my idea apart -)
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 11/17/2022 11:40:16 AM     Points: 413
IMO that thing HAS to have some splake genetics in it, theres so many giveaways..but it might contain a majority brookie genes..just my guess/opinion

either way its an absolutely amazing fish and i love seeing records being broken!
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 11/17/2022 3:51:10 PM     Points: 2507
Im going in early summer! Who is coming with me? Lets catch ALL the bigguns left in there.

On a serious note dam that is a nice fish. I really hope the lake does not get blown out by trophy seekers willing to make the hike. Thats why if I caught a state record fish in an alpine lake I dont think I would submit it.
 Reply by: Wilderfish      Posted: 11/17/2022 5:19:18 PM     Points: 26
Great fish! The worst thing about the certification is having to name the body of water. Not a big deal if it's Dillon Reservoir, but small backcountry lakes like that will get crushed with pressure by record chasers in the coming years.

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