World Record Brown Trout Weighs in at Just Over 42 Pounds!
By OutdoorAly

New Zealand angler Otwin Kandolf’s name has officially been entered into the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) record book for taking the biggest brown trout ever on a rod-and-reel—a 42-pound, 1 ounce monster!

He originally thought it was a river rat similar to the one pictured below.


An article from the Bay of Plenty Times explained how the 71-year-old angler  bagged this brown in Oahu Canal on New Zealand’s south island.

“My friend was fishing 50m further up and shouted ‘there’s a water rat coming down’.”

But it wasn’t a river rat—it was the dorsal fin of a massive brown trout sticking out of the water that soon disappeared in a swirling pool.  He battled the giant for around 20 minutes before pulling it out of the water.

Kandolf didn’t have a certified scale or camera to document the catch, so he kept it in the refrigerator of a nearby pub overnight. It was two weeks before the fish could be measured by a certified scale.

On Saturday, July 27, Jack Vitek, record-keeper with the IGFA, said the agency approved Kandolf’s fish as the new all-tackle world record. It beats out Roger Hellen’s Lake Michigan brownie caught in 2010, which weighed 41 lbs., 8 ounces.

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