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Old 09-27-2005, 10:08 PM
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New Canadian record rainbow?

I am not guaranteeing this is real and it certainly is not yet official. The website this comes from is owned by an Ministry of Natural Resources biologist in Ontario. He is also a fly fishing guide.

Speculation has it that this fish may be hatchery brood stock from a net cage fish farm in Lake Huron. Look how fat it is on this link.

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Will this topple the current record? (a wild BC fish)

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Old 09-28-2005, 05:02 AM
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That will never displace a wild BC fish in my mind, with all due respect.
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:11 AM
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sorry about link.

I did not realize the site was commercial. Thank you for posting the picture, Juro. I agree, that is not a natural fish. The general consensus is that because the records don't specifically deny farm escapees, that as soon as they escape they are fair game. So its hard for the record keepers to say no to the lady who caught it as long as she followed all the rules, etc.
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Old 09-28-2005, 08:05 AM
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Looks like that fish swallowed a basketball!

While I do agree that she caught the fish fair and square and therefore deserves to be placed in the record books, I also agree with Juro, I would much rather catch a wild west coast steelhead or even a wild great lakes fish. The way that fish looks I would hazard to guess that the fight was unremarkable.

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Old 09-28-2005, 09:10 AM
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That is an insane fish. 40#'s!!!
I know the guy that holds the current IGFA rainbow on fly (something like 23#), and that fish is beautiful (it was released). Caught in BC.
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Old 09-28-2005, 09:44 AM
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Wow -
What a pig -
However lets face it all record fish are freaks of nature and are not ever typcially of the species in question. While it is hard to tell from the limited picture it looks to me that the fish has been free swimming for quite some time and has grown considerably in the wild -- the fins (can't see the dorsal - darn) have all grown out and are not eroded as one would expect from a recent escapee/release from a net pen.

The body condition of that rainbow is not all that dis-similar from some of the huge browns whose picutres I have seen from the Great Lakes -- remember we are talking about a fish that appears to be of rainbow heritage rather than steelhead. It would not surprise me that it is found that the fish is of hatchery origin (aren't all Great Lakes Mykiss) that has spend most or all of its life in the wild.

Does that make it record fish? -- I would say yes.

Is it what I picture in my minds eye of "trophy" rainbow? No, for me it would be a stream fish born and reared fish of exceptional size for the given water - whether that is a 14 incher from a creek to a 8#er a large river.

Still an impressive fish!

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Old 09-28-2005, 09:39 AM
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It looks like the angry village mob finally took care of Frankenfish.
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Old 09-28-2005, 01:27 PM
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Is it just me?

Or is that one scary fish?!?!

I keep conjuring up images of this fish sucking on a feeding tube full of high protein, fats and carbos eating something like gallon after gallon of shrimp flavored Ben and Jerry's. Or of it tied to a string and floating like a helium balloon in some sick Gary Larson cartoon. I can only guess what the fight was like.....landing a 40 pound wool sweater wrapped around a 2 pound fish.

Big fat Carp? ....sure....
fat Grouper? ....ya....
a big bellied catfish......uh-huh........
but this thing.....YEOWZA!

Don't know what I'd do with that.....except maybe apply for a record citation......maybe.
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