Wow 8lbs is a big bucketmouth. I have a picture of a 6lb on my wall at home - not a real long fish, just shaped like a football.
Thanks for the clarification about Ferrar. I actually called Lincoln police last year and they were under the impression that if I could find a place to throw my canoe in that the water itself was public domain. Need to get back on the pond sometime soon.
You're probably right about the northerns as my friend catches them from his yak all the time in the Sudbury River.