Monday, July 19, 2010

lake Michigan brown trout may be a new record

Competing in a local Lake Michigan trout-fishing tournament Roger Hellen of Racine, Wisconsin was hoping for a brown trout weighing around 22 1/2 pounds.

What he caught instead was a brown trout nearly twice that weight, thus just possibly being a new world record for the species.

Hellen's brown trout weighed 41-pounds, 8-ounces. The fish also measured 40.6 inches and had a 27-inch girth.

The existing world record brown trout was caught last year from Michigan's Little Manistee River. It weighed 41-pounds, 7 1/2-ounces.

No doubt Hellen will win the Salmon-A-Rama's $10,000 first-place prize since the next closest fish weighed "only" 22.4 pounds.

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- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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