July 29, 2008
By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
Congratulations to Marvin Green of Porterville, California, who caught this pending IGFA world record cutthroat trout (11 pounds, 1 ounce) on a woolly bugger at Nevada's Pyramid Lake. Green caught the fish on April 21. Pyramid Lake is responsible for six of seven tippet class world records for cutthroat trout.
A lot like Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan, where Adam and Sean Konrad have redefined IGFA benchmarks on rainbow trout, including this 43.6-pound all-tackle record caught last June.
I don't want to be the guy who pees in the Cheerios (but I will). Don't you think there's something out-of-whack by counting "world records" when they're caught out of a "hog pen" body of water? The Diefenbaker fish are triploid mutants that escaped from a fish farm, for example. Kinda like "Hogzilla," you know the pen raised piggie that became an urban legend when someone shot it, just outside the fence. You can draw your own conclusions about Pyramid Lake. In no way am I questioning the skill or motives of the anglers. If I had a chance at hooking fish like these, I'd take it. And then call it what it is. A really big fish.
But not a world record. Michael Phelps sets world records. Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt set world records. Ben Johnson once set world records, but they were negated when everyone clued in on the fact that he was a doper. I say fish that grow up in the hog pen waters, from trout-chomping bass in the lakes in Southern California (this is where the next world record bass will be caught), to fish farm escapees in a Canadian reservoir, to hand-fed carp in Farmer Jones' pond are all dopers also.
And those people who want to count them as world records... well, they're just dopes.