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Potential World Record Brown Trout Caught in Michigan's Big Manistee River

Potential World Record Brown Trout Caught in Michigan's Big Manistee River

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from DanCS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That is a monster of a trout!

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from Josh Thigpen wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It wasn't all that big until it ate a 30lb King Salmon hehe.

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from Bruce E. Matthews wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Way to go F&S in getting this exclusive! Great work!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

i guess he's not into catch and release.

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from tkreload wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

What a gorgeous fish, man am I envious.

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from peter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

man what a monster

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

You folks from Colorado need to come and fish Michigans rivers, streams, and lakes if you want trout like this!!! Not bad field and stream- but you should have seen the live footage from michigans 9&10 news team on wednesday!!

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from Dave wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Congrats on a wonderful fish!!!

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from davidrussell wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That is amazing! What a catch!

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Thats huge!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Difficult to get certified as a world record if you release it before weighing in. If you can keep it alive for weigh in and then release it would be a good thing. Let it get bigger and someone else can maybe catch it again? But lets not beat the guy up for keeping it bigjake! He caught it legally EH?

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from MLH wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Just warms the heart knowing those big browns are in there. I haven't met the guide or the angler but others here in Michigan say that this couldn't have happened to better guys.

And here I am sitting in a cabin in a few miles from the upper Manistee, but well above Tippy Dam ... with my waders but without my flyfishing gear. Sigh ... another weekend perhaps.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

moishe, beat up on the guy?? all i said was i guess he's not into releasing big fish. what is up with every comment you make about me ending in EH?? you think because im Canadian everything ends in EH?, it makes you look very ignorant.

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from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

maybe Moishe is Canadian?

I'm Canadian and I take no offense to him saying EH. haha. This is field and stream, what's there to be upset about?

On the fish, Ridiculously big. (love the comment on the 30lb King Salmon, by the way)

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from fisherboy-1 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Umm...I would like to seconed thiggy78's opnion!

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice fish.

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from ral421 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

No need to MURDER the fish.....

Invest a few bucks in a boga grip and send it in to the IGFA for Certification

You can weigh the fish, take the necessary photos and release it. Still get your world record recogntion.

Spend a few bucks and save the fishery.....

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from Craven Morefish wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

If you'll read the entire story, it stated the guide's boga grip bottomed out. Besides three big ones devour 10 little one apiece each week. Do you want fish in the future? Weed out the big ones then. If probably took the guy nearly 70 years to find this one. There will be others.....good luck all, be sure to give something back.

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from wildcooky1214 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It is a nice fish. There is another one out there that is bigger. We just need to find it!!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

cravenmorefish, big fish especially large female fish are the best breeding stock.Bigger fish=better genetics+higher egg production

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from Rebel3 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

what is a boga grip going to do to the jaw bone of a fish with 40 lbs concentrated on that one small point of contact? It does no good to throw him back with a broken jaw.

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from Justin D wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice Fish!

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Huge Fish!

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from j-johnson17 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I hope it was released...doubtful but one can always hope.

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from Wooly Bugger wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Release um when you can and keep um when you cant.

Great job on catching the big one.

Keep it clean and fun is all I have to say brothers.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Awesome fish! Congratulations on a new record!

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from Brian Phipps wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

congrats....that is an amazing fish

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from GOT AWAY wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Such a beautiful Brownie, something that big, you should take lots of pictures and get it officially weighed and then released. Congrats but shame on YOU!

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from liz wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I'd a kept it too.

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from darobsr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I'm sure with a little lemon it would taste good too! And could feed the whole town of Manistee!

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from troutfreak wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Big Jake has the idea. Thats a great fish; its just tragic that a great Lake Michigan Soldier like that had to die in a cooler. Fish like that belong in the water, not on a wall. Not trying to beat the guy up, it would have been tough to release that fish, but killing that warrior, even for a world record--I dont know. Hope I have that dilemma someday. All that aside. Unbelievable fish, congrats.

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from flyfishmich wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

First off, congrats to Tom and his guide, Tim.

To those criticizing the "murder" of this fish you should know a few things about the Manistee River, as your ignorance on the origin of this fish, and the fishery itself do not warrant your comments. This is not a resident trout but one that migrated in and out of Lake Michigan. The Manistee has limited natural reproduction of brown trout due to "thermal pollution" caused by a hydroelectric dam that pulls surface water (as opposed to a "bottom draw"). The water commonly exceeds 70 degrees during the summer. The fishery exists mostly due to hatchery plants both in the river and the Port of Manistee itself. Lastly, a brown trout of this proportion is very likely approaching the end of its life, and sexual fecundity. Its well documented that the largest, and oldest, fish of a species does not always produce the highest quality, or quantity. of eggs. So, I don't think that this one fish was going to "save the fishery" as it doesn't need saving.

I sense a lot of jealousy in reading these comments, particularly when people lambast Mr. Healy for keeping his record fish. I would venture to guess that the vast majority of Tim Roller's clients release their fish so we are talking about one fish out of th hundreds his clients catch and release throughout the year. Unfortunately, some people feel a sense of superiority in regards to their catch and release "ethic". Statistically speaking, odds our good that this NON-NATIVE brown trout was conceived in a hatchery. Sometimes we all forget about our artifical fisheries.

Likw my mother always told me, "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all".

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from Hollywood wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Oh my god! Surely a lake run fish but still ...oh my god!

I have not killed a fish in 25 years, but I too would have wacked that fish and certified the world record. Think of the endorsment$. If he didn't kill it, he would have been just another Rompala Buck story. I for one would have claimed trick photography or something. Plus, killing that one fish will not make one bit of difference in the health of the fishery. In fact, that fish probably routinely snacked on "smallish" 20+ inch browns.

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from jimjim43605 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I would have put that fish right in a cooler( a huge cooler) just to have. That fish was ready to be taken out of the water. Something that big has to eat alot, and alot of people are saying killing it would disrupt the fish population. Well, they are right to a point, but it didnt hurt in anyway. Think about the fish it was eating...... Stop acting like this guy caught something that was the last of its kind. ITS A BROWN TROUT. I caught 20 some in about 2 hours. But this is a huge fish and I can only hope to catch a trout that size some day. Congats on the trophy. Hope you put that above the fireplace.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Well put flyfishMI.
Good to see the record being held in MI.

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from cverstrate wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

While often lost in the outdoor spotlight next to the West, Michigan's got it all and then some as far as the outdoors are concerned.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Very nice catch... That 10 times the size the type of brown trout I catch.

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from bwaters13 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

What a monster fish. Great catch.

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Thats one nice loking fish.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

That's one hell of a fish. This should be a wake up call to those managing the trout streams in Missouri and Arkansas. We no longer have the world record, and we need to get it back... I'm calling for a 30" minimum on browns region-wide.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

One more thing... I sure wish that fish could have been released. He may have survived one more year, and who knows how large he may have grown.

To be honest though, I'm pretty much opposed to killing trout, except where it's strictly put and take.
Great catch anyways, congrats to both the guide and the client who caught it. I am certainly not trying to take away from that.

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from caleb schultz wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

great job,no doubt you deserve that catch,thats one fish u aint gonna forget

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from AnOutdoorsman wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

There is absolutely no shame in keeping that fish!
All you guys talking about murdering the fish are fools. Do you "release" the trophy deer and elk that you "murder" ? You all should move to San Francisco with the rest of the .......liberal tree huggers

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from FishOnTippy wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I live a short walk from Tippy on the Big Manistee. I was deployed when this fish was caught and I heard wind of it half way around the world. I have been home for 7 months now and glad to be back. As far as the Monster Brown, nice fish, great job. Even as this is a monster, remember that the state record has been broke three times in the last 10 years. That’s just the registered catches. I have caught a few state record browns in my lifetime here but never motivated enough to register. I would like to add several years ago every spring I would line at least one walleye over 20lbs EVERY spring. While the walleye fishery struggles here, the browns still thrive. The browns are strictly a stocked fishery in the Manistee. Even with the tributaries, not much natural reproduction occurs. Within a week after a hen moves off her bed (whitish gravel) the bed begins to get covered in silt and algae mostly due to fertilizer runoff and the excess nitrogen from dead salmon. Within two weeks, the bed is completely black totally covered and suffocates the eggs. There is no taking eggs for hatching these Big Manistee monsters. With all the snaggers here this fish had NO CHANCE. So its nice to see this fish taken legal. I consider the river browns to be a nuisance. I like catching big fish and at times its very hard to keep 10-18inch trout off my line. They also taste like the river so no point in keeping. These lake run fish are very tasty and there is no shortage of them. At the mouth this spring I was sorting through them. Most average 3-5lbs. I let go the small ones and keep nothing but 12lbs+ and limit out every time. The biggest one this year so far was about 30lbs. Great eating fish too. I have no shame in it. After all its legal. It was sustenance provided by mother earth with a little helping hand from us. Now if you want huge river monsters that taste like garbage, write to the Michigan senator and get the ball rolling on the bottom draw at tippy. I promise 50lb+ within several years with bottom draw. Maybe a 30lb rainbow too.

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from Josh Thigpen wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It wasn't all that big until it ate a 30lb King Salmon hehe.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Difficult to get certified as a world record if you release it before weighing in. If you can keep it alive for weigh in and then release it would be a good thing. Let it get bigger and someone else can maybe catch it again? But lets not beat the guy up for keeping it bigjake! He caught it legally EH?

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from Bruce E. Matthews wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Way to go F&S in getting this exclusive! Great work!

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from Dave wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Congrats on a wonderful fish!!!

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from tkreload wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

What a gorgeous fish, man am I envious.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

You folks from Colorado need to come and fish Michigans rivers, streams, and lakes if you want trout like this!!! Not bad field and stream- but you should have seen the live footage from michigans 9&10 news team on wednesday!!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Just warms the heart knowing those big browns are in there. I haven't met the guide or the angler but others here in Michigan say that this couldn't have happened to better guys.

And here I am sitting in a cabin in a few miles from the upper Manistee, but well above Tippy Dam ... with my waders but without my flyfishing gear. Sigh ... another weekend perhaps.

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from Craven Morefish wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

If you'll read the entire story, it stated the guide's boga grip bottomed out. Besides three big ones devour 10 little one apiece each week. Do you want fish in the future? Weed out the big ones then. If probably took the guy nearly 70 years to find this one. There will be others.....good luck all, be sure to give something back.

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from DanCS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That is a monster of a trout!

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from peter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

man what a monster

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from davidrussell wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

That is amazing! What a catch!

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Thats huge!

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from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

maybe Moishe is Canadian?

I'm Canadian and I take no offense to him saying EH. haha. This is field and stream, what's there to be upset about?

On the fish, Ridiculously big. (love the comment on the 30lb King Salmon, by the way)

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from wildcooky1214 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It is a nice fish. There is another one out there that is bigger. We just need to find it!!

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from Rebel3 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

what is a boga grip going to do to the jaw bone of a fish with 40 lbs concentrated on that one small point of contact? It does no good to throw him back with a broken jaw.

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from Hollywood wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Oh my god! Surely a lake run fish but still ...oh my god!

I have not killed a fish in 25 years, but I too would have wacked that fish and certified the world record. Think of the endorsment$. If he didn't kill it, he would have been just another Rompala Buck story. I for one would have claimed trick photography or something. Plus, killing that one fish will not make one bit of difference in the health of the fishery. In fact, that fish probably routinely snacked on "smallish" 20+ inch browns.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice fish.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

cravenmorefish, big fish especially large female fish are the best breeding stock.Bigger fish=better genetics+higher egg production

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Huge Fish!

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from Brian Phipps wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

congrats....that is an amazing fish

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from liz wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I'd a kept it too.

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from flyfishmich wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

First off, congrats to Tom and his guide, Tim.

To those criticizing the "murder" of this fish you should know a few things about the Manistee River, as your ignorance on the origin of this fish, and the fishery itself do not warrant your comments. This is not a resident trout but one that migrated in and out of Lake Michigan. The Manistee has limited natural reproduction of brown trout due to "thermal pollution" caused by a hydroelectric dam that pulls surface water (as opposed to a "bottom draw"). The water commonly exceeds 70 degrees during the summer. The fishery exists mostly due to hatchery plants both in the river and the Port of Manistee itself. Lastly, a brown trout of this proportion is very likely approaching the end of its life, and sexual fecundity. Its well documented that the largest, and oldest, fish of a species does not always produce the highest quality, or quantity. of eggs. So, I don't think that this one fish was going to "save the fishery" as it doesn't need saving.

I sense a lot of jealousy in reading these comments, particularly when people lambast Mr. Healy for keeping his record fish. I would venture to guess that the vast majority of Tim Roller's clients release their fish so we are talking about one fish out of th hundreds his clients catch and release throughout the year. Unfortunately, some people feel a sense of superiority in regards to their catch and release "ethic". Statistically speaking, odds our good that this NON-NATIVE brown trout was conceived in a hatchery. Sometimes we all forget about our artifical fisheries.

Likw my mother always told me, "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all".

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from cverstrate wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

While often lost in the outdoor spotlight next to the West, Michigan's got it all and then some as far as the outdoors are concerned.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Very nice catch... That 10 times the size the type of brown trout I catch.

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Thats one nice loking fish.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

i guess he's not into catch and release.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

moishe, beat up on the guy?? all i said was i guess he's not into releasing big fish. what is up with every comment you make about me ending in EH?? you think because im Canadian everything ends in EH?, it makes you look very ignorant.

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from fisherboy-1 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Umm...I would like to seconed thiggy78's opnion!

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from Justin D wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice Fish!

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from jbird wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Awesome fish! Congratulations on a new record!

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from darobsr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I'm sure with a little lemon it would taste good too! And could feed the whole town of Manistee!

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from jimjim43605 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I would have put that fish right in a cooler( a huge cooler) just to have. That fish was ready to be taken out of the water. Something that big has to eat alot, and alot of people are saying killing it would disrupt the fish population. Well, they are right to a point, but it didnt hurt in anyway. Think about the fish it was eating...... Stop acting like this guy caught something that was the last of its kind. ITS A BROWN TROUT. I caught 20 some in about 2 hours. But this is a huge fish and I can only hope to catch a trout that size some day. Congats on the trophy. Hope you put that above the fireplace.

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from bwaters13 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

What a monster fish. Great catch.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

That's one hell of a fish. This should be a wake up call to those managing the trout streams in Missouri and Arkansas. We no longer have the world record, and we need to get it back... I'm calling for a 30" minimum on browns region-wide.

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from Wooly Bugger wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Release um when you can and keep um when you cant.

Great job on catching the big one.

Keep it clean and fun is all I have to say brothers.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Well put flyfishMI.
Good to see the record being held in MI.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

One more thing... I sure wish that fish could have been released. He may have survived one more year, and who knows how large he may have grown.

To be honest though, I'm pretty much opposed to killing trout, except where it's strictly put and take.
Great catch anyways, congrats to both the guide and the client who caught it. I am certainly not trying to take away from that.

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from caleb schultz wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

great job,no doubt you deserve that catch,thats one fish u aint gonna forget

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from AnOutdoorsman wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

There is absolutely no shame in keeping that fish!
All you guys talking about murdering the fish are fools. Do you "release" the trophy deer and elk that you "murder" ? You all should move to San Francisco with the rest of the .......liberal tree huggers

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from FishOnTippy wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

I live a short walk from Tippy on the Big Manistee. I was deployed when this fish was caught and I heard wind of it half way around the world. I have been home for 7 months now and glad to be back. As far as the Monster Brown, nice fish, great job. Even as this is a monster, remember that the state record has been broke three times in the last 10 years. That’s just the registered catches. I have caught a few state record browns in my lifetime here but never motivated enough to register. I would like to add several years ago every spring I would line at least one walleye over 20lbs EVERY spring. While the walleye fishery struggles here, the browns still thrive. The browns are strictly a stocked fishery in the Manistee. Even with the tributaries, not much natural reproduction occurs. Within a week after a hen moves off her bed (whitish gravel) the bed begins to get covered in silt and algae mostly due to fertilizer runoff and the excess nitrogen from dead salmon. Within two weeks, the bed is completely black totally covered and suffocates the eggs. There is no taking eggs for hatching these Big Manistee monsters. With all the snaggers here this fish had NO CHANCE. So its nice to see this fish taken legal. I consider the river browns to be a nuisance. I like catching big fish and at times its very hard to keep 10-18inch trout off my line. They also taste like the river so no point in keeping. These lake run fish are very tasty and there is no shortage of them. At the mouth this spring I was sorting through them. Most average 3-5lbs. I let go the small ones and keep nothing but 12lbs+ and limit out every time. The biggest one this year so far was about 30lbs. Great eating fish too. I have no shame in it. After all its legal. It was sustenance provided by mother earth with a little helping hand from us. Now if you want huge river monsters that taste like garbage, write to the Michigan senator and get the ball rolling on the bottom draw at tippy. I promise 50lb+ within several years with bottom draw. Maybe a 30lb rainbow too.

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from troutfreak wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Big Jake has the idea. Thats a great fish; its just tragic that a great Lake Michigan Soldier like that had to die in a cooler. Fish like that belong in the water, not on a wall. Not trying to beat the guy up, it would have been tough to release that fish, but killing that warrior, even for a world record--I dont know. Hope I have that dilemma someday. All that aside. Unbelievable fish, congrats.

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from j-johnson17 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I hope it was released...doubtful but one can always hope.

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from GOT AWAY wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Such a beautiful Brownie, something that big, you should take lots of pictures and get it officially weighed and then released. Congrats but shame on YOU!

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from ral421 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

No need to MURDER the fish.....

Invest a few bucks in a boga grip and send it in to the IGFA for Certification

You can weigh the fish, take the necessary photos and release it. Still get your world record recogntion.

Spend a few bucks and save the fishery.....

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Additional Info

On Wednesday (Sept. 9) angler Tom Healy, fishing with guide Tim Roller, landed this 41.7-pound brown trout while fishing for salmon in Michigan's Manistee River. The trout has been certified as a new state record and is pending certification as the new all-tackle world record. Here is the story of how they caught this fish, along with the best photos you'll find of it on the Internet. Exclusively on FieldandStream.com!

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