The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently confirmed Eric Files of Martinsburg caught a new state record rainbow trout from a private pond late last month.
CBS affiliate WDTV says Files was using worms and targeting panfish when he hooked the 33.11-inch long, 19.4-pound fish. The measurements beat both the current West Virginia weight and length records.
Coincidentally (or maybe not), Files caught the fish in the same pond that produced the state’s previous record — a 17.31 pound fish caught by angler Tony Corbin in 2013.
Where do these record fish stand overall? Well, the boys from West Virginia have a ways to go as the world record rainbow weighed an incredible 48 pounds. That fish was caught in Canada in 2009, according to the IGFA.