Teen earns state record after doing a favor for family friend.
There have been quite a few fishing records falling lately and Tennessee’s record for rainbow trout is the latest to fall.
Like North Carolina’s new record blue catfish, this record has fallen to a teenager in Benton, Tennessee. 15-year-old John Morgan pulled in an 18-pound, 8-ounce rainbow from a farm pond last Friday. The 32-inch fish smashes the previous record of 16 pounds, 15 ounces with ease.
“We’re very excited for this young man to find himself in the record book,” Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency program manager Mark Thurman said after the catch was confirmed as the new state record. “With so many records being broken these days, we look forward to seeing what the next state record fish is.”
Morgan’s record catch would not have happened had it not been for a snapping turtle making an unwelcome appearance in the pond it was caught in. The pond was owned by a friend of Morgan’s grandfather. Morgan was asked to come help remove the unwanted reptile.
In exchange for removing the turtle, Morgan was allowed to bring a fishing pole along and try his luck. He was just about ready to leave when he hooked into the massive rainbow. Morgan’s big catch is at the taxidermist now, but will likely be hitting the water again very soon.
“I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,” Morgan said.