“Massive” is an understatement: this goliath brown trout breaks the state’s longstanding record of a whopping 29 pounds by several pounds.
Few river fish are as gorgeous as a brown trout. Rainbow trout typically get all the credit in this department. To this wildlife tech, however, these spotted, marbled beauties are just as striking. In any case, they’re far more attractive than their name implies.
None I’ve ever seen, however, holds a candle to this gargantuan gulper. With an almost reality-bending catch, Montana angler Robbi Doctor of Conrad has shattered his state’s brown trout record. The longstanding record, in place since 1966, is already unbelievable. But Doctor’s catch? Inconceivable.
Remarkably so. It’s a specimen that has to be seen to be believed – which you can below. A trout this ginormous, this behemoth… if it weren’t already a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks verified catch – it’d be easily dismissible as a flight of fancy ergo photoshop.
But Doctor’s brown trout is the real deal. According to local radio station XL Country, Robbi’s catch-of-a-lifetime comes out of the Marias River. How big is it, you may ask? The huge brown weighs an incredible 32.43 pounds.
You read that right. The radio station points out that this breaks the old state record of 29 lbs. via Wade Lake in 1966, near Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana. Now, this 55-year-old record no one ever expected to best is officially history. Unreal.
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“We were unable to get details on the exact part of the Marias Robbi was fishing or what he was using,” XL Country says of the catch. “We will try to get him on our Saturday Morning Montana Outdoor Radio Show as soon as possible and “torture” the information out of him.”
Here’s to hoping they do, as the details of this colossal catch are a must. “In the meantime, congratulations to Robbi. What a thrill that must have been,” the station concludes. Hear, hear!
As for brown trout themselves, the species is far from a Montana native. Unlike the North American native rainbow trout, browns are of European descent. According to the history books, the U.S. has the president of the German Fishing society to thank for their North American introduction. In 1883, the U.S. Fish Commissioner sanctioned a New York Angler to obtain brown trout eggs from said German. To this day, one of the few other names attributed to the species is “German trout” due to this original and highly-successful brood.
In addition, the U.S. National Parks Service considers the brown trout “the most valuable exotic fish introduced to North America.”