My name is Travis Parrish and my buddy from Fort Myers and I went out to the Indian River not too long ago to go fishing. We were searching for some nice fat reds for a tournament we were entering that weekend. I found a nice clean bank with a good drop off and a variety of bait in the area. The water was nice and cool, so I knew some big trout would be around. As I was polling, looking for some reds, I saw what appeared to be a snook cruising the bank. The shoulders were broad and he swam like he owned the place. I told my buddy Matt to cast on him as he was about 15 yards away and without hesitation this beast crashed his jerk bait. Within five minutes we had him in the net and onto my boat. It was a shock to see his big ole yellow mouth; it was by far the biggest trout I had personally ever seen caught. After weighing it on my boga grip and taking it to sunrise marina, it turned out to be just over 12lbs and 33 1/4 inches. After we went home and did a little research, the current length IGFA record is 79cm which is just over 31 inches. We had just landed the world's longest trout.
Congrats on the huge trout!! Sorry people keep trashing you for keeping it. It was your choice and you are not breaking the law. I personally would have released it, but I am not about to tell you how to fish or bring down the fact you caught a fish of a lifetime! I don't even fish Florida much and know that an over 30" trout is more than "no big deal!" Congrats again on the gator!!
Didnt know bout that record. I got a 31" 9lb Trout bout a month ago. They are certainly uncommon that big but obviously out there. Congrats on your trophy catch!! Remember...its your right to keep whatever you want within the law. Mans gotta eat!!
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I can't believe that 31" is the record. I've personally caught a dozen fish over that size, and have heard of a 37" being caught right here in sebastian. I found several sites that had different lengths for the record(anywhere from 24" to 37"). I don't have membership so I couldn't get into the IGFA site.
No matter what though, that is a beast of a trout. And on an arti no less. Congrats to your buddy!
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