Anytime a record rainbow trout is caught, it’s going to make the news.
When Michael Mitchell hooked into his record rainbow trout recently from Loch Earn, located in Perthshire, Britain, he immediately knew it was a big fish. After a 15-minute battle (and breaking two landing nets) he finally got the big fish to shore. However, rainbow trout don’t exist naturally in the lake. As a matter of fact, this fish is believed to have escaped a trout farm connected to the lake he was fishing.
“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,” said Mitchell in an interview. “Then this monster struck and when it did it nearly took my rod in. I just managed to grab hold of it in time.”
With 38 inches in total length and a girth of 26 inches, there’s no doubt this is a huge rainbow trout. The previous Britain record was just over 34 pounds. Mitchell’s fish should break that record easily. However, should it?
If you remember this story, an angler from Maine caught a record rainbow trout that escaped a hatchery, and it caused quite a controversy about catching hand-fed fish. Now, it appears this is the exact same story, only across the ocean.
So, what do you think? Should an escaped hatchery fish be a legal record? Personally, I feel it’s a fish, and he caught it. Therefore, he wins. Thankfully, the good folks who manage these sorts of things in Britain feel the same way.
Since this fish story broke, it’s been reported that Mitchell has frozen the record rainbow trout, pending certification.