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Brown trout: World record update

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I am beginning to think Roger Hellen has more of a chance of a world record brown trout than the pictures give it after I talked to a butcher who helped weigh it.


Reader Steve Powers first tipped me to a possible world record brown trout caught in Salmon-A-Rama out of Racine, Wis. Friday.


The Salmon-A-Rama site had the photos above and reported Hellen caught a 41.5-pound brown.

If that holds up, it would eclipse the world record of 41 pounds, 7 ounces recognized by the International Game Fish Association. That was caught by Tom Healy on Sept. 9, 2009 in the Manistee River in Michigan.

Hellen's brown was weighed on a certified scale at Brossman's Meat Market while being witnessed by three butchers with at least 23 years of experience each, Hellen and a Salmon-A-Rama official.

``They [first] went to a meat market down the road,'' butcher Jeff Luzich said. ``They didn't have a scale big enough.''

After a phone call, Hellen and the official ``came in with a big cooler,'' Luzich said. ``We asked, `How big a fish do you got?' They said, `Oh, about 41 pounds.' They pulled it out. It was beautiful.''

I saw the Illinois record brown trout (36-11) up close after Deva Vranek caught it off Chicago on June 22, 1997 and it sure looked more imposing and seemed more fat-bellied than Hellen's.

But photos only take you so far, my gut believes Luzich.

The other question is whether it would officially be a tie or a new record. I remember Healy's brown originally weighed 41 pounds, 7.25 ounces. And if I remember right, the IGFA wants its records to be more than a fraction of an ounce to become a new record.

There's always something.

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The photos in front of the giant fake fish diminish the trout's leviathanosity. This one shows it to better advantage:

Roger's fish is big, but it won't displace the current record by Tom Healy.
From what I've heard, the certified weight of Roger's fish was 41#, 8oz.
Tom's fish was 41#, 7oz.
The IGFA says that the new WR must beat the previous WR by a certain margin. If you recall, a few months ago a very big Largemouth Bass was caught in Japan. It actually beat the old record by 2oz. The IGFA has just ruled that its a tie at the top. [I like to see George Perry's name on the top!]
Lets celebrate both fish. They're fantastic and show that Wisconsin's Fisheries Biologists are doing a fantastic job!

Hi guys! I am just writing a story about the biggest brown trouts for Polish fishing magazine Angling News. Can anybody help me with good picture of Roger Hellen's or (and) Tom Healy's fish?
We can do a hands turn - the best trout lures made by my company SALMO Ltd. for good pics ;o)
Please help - any news for my address -

Peter Piskorski
SALMO Lures Poland

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