This is an incredible post about an angler who caught a record-breaking monster trout that weighed almost 35lbs! It’s hard to believe that such an enormous trout exists until you see the pictures!
Michael Mitchell is a 52-year-old angler who was hoping to catch a 10Ibs brown trout on his fishing trip to Loch Earn in Scotland. Instead, he caught a mutant rainbow trout that weighed 34lbs 12ozs. And he was only using a maggot as bait!
It seem that this monstrously big trout had escaped from a fish farm where it had reached its enormous size. Biologists who examined the fish’s scales think it is about 5 years old and must have been gorging itself on the unlimited supply of stickleback fish and minnow in the lake to get as big as it did. The previous British record for a rainbow trout was 33lbs 4ozs. Mitchell is waiting to find out if his catch will be recorded as the official record.
Michael, a painter and decorator narrates how he caught the big trout:
“I was out in the loch on a boat with my brother-in-law, Ian Devine, and we just had a break for a sandwich when I caught a wee brown trout which I released because of its size.”
“Then this monster struck and when it did it nearly took my rod in. I just managed to grab hold of it in time.”
“I knew it was a big one and panicked a bit. It took about 15 minutes to reel in and got a bit of a fright when I saw it. I have never caught a fish that big before.”
The specimen was so big it broke two landing nets as Michael and Ian tried to heave it on board.
The loch fishery has a policy of removing rainbow trout because they are non-native species and anyone who unintentionally catches one is not allowed to return it to the water.
The fish he caught was brought back to shore and weighed owned by Alex Murray, the Loch Earn fishery manager:
“Alex knew it was a Scottish record and said he thought it might be a British record too.”
“We have had to freeze the fish while all the correct paper work is sent off to the relevant authorities to verify.”
“I have only been fishing for five years and am over the moon with it. I’m still on cloud nine.”
“There is a rainbow trout farm on the loch and any rainbow trout in the water are escaped fish.”
“We have had a scale sample tested and the results show the fish was in its fifth growing season. Judging by the size of it it had been in the loch for most of that time.”
“This incredible trout has had a plentiful supply of food all its life.”
The trout measures 38ins long and has a girth of over 26ins.