What’s to stop a veteran angler with both age and experience on their side? Ed Moore and his record-smashing tiger trout say not a dam thing.
If you’re still here after that pun, then we’ve got a pretty remarkable trophy to share. Veteran Nebraska angler Walton “Ed” Moore has just smashed his state’s rod-and-reel record for tiger trout. His remarkable catch, courtesy of Sutherland Reservoir, beats out the previous holder by more than a pound.
Moore’s title-taking tiger (seen below) weighs in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces:
According to Nebraska Game and Parks, Mr. Ed’s tiger trout measures at almost 26 inches, or just over two feet.
Tiger Trout: Fresh Water Unicorns?
While impressive, the all-tackle world record for tiger trout is set at a gargantuan 20 pounds, 13 oz. This monster surfaced in Lake Michigan circa 1978. Until caught, many anglers considered both this species and their more extreme-sized exceptions as a myth.
As for their history, tiger trout is a cross between brown trout and brook trout. When a female brown is impregnated by a male brook, this striking trout is produced. They’re a true anomaly in the wild, and a rare sight for fishermen – let alone angling a record-breaker.
Due to their hybrid nature, the survival of tiger trout eggs and subsequent fry is greatly limited, with most Game and Fish institutions citing their infantile survival rate at less than 10%. This is in large part due to these species being from different corners of the globe. Brown trout are European transplants, with the U.P. brook trout only coming into contact with the species for mating after said transplantation.
Moore’s rare tiger trout comes just days after a Michigan fishing guide pulled another incredibly rare species ashore in Alabama.
After a 40 minute struggle, David A. Rose brought in the “rarest of rare catches” while surf fishing at Orange Beach.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined landing such a rare species…ever,” Rose of his catch.
It took the angler, who’s a Michigan fishing guide back home, just under an hour to reel the titan in. At first, Rose thought he had a shark on the line after its display of size and power. Once he pulled it ashore, however, the fish revealed itself to be far rarer – and impressive.
Rose hadn’t caught a shark – but it was a species just as ancient. On the other end of his line was a Gulf sturgeon – a remarkable species listed under the United States Endangered Species Act as threatened. It was no small fry, either. His sturgeon measured over 6 feet, weighing an estimated 120-130 lbs.