Congrats. That's a trophy.
Below is the link and highlighted data which supports releasing bigger trout (IMO). I once ate a 30" trout and have become more educated since.
"Spotted seatrout reaches sexual maturity at one to two years. Most large spotted seatrout caught are females and commonly live to be nine or 10 years of age. Anglers long ago recognized that very large trout were usually female and appropriately called them "sow" trout. A female spotted seatrout may spawn several times during the season. Younger females may release 100,000 eggs and older, larger females may release a million eggs. Recent studies indicate that spotted seatrout spawn between dusk and dawn and usually within coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons. They prefer shallow grassy areas where eggs and larvae have some cover from predators. "
Good info but most of us know to release big trout. I just wouldn't tell a fellow unless he has posted several big trout post. It's just always a waiting game on who is going to feel so obligated to do so. But , i know everyone is just informing and trying to preserve our sport. so I'm glad the info is out there. Zbell,that was actually some good info I had not heard before on the egg production.
The topic isnt asking for people's criticism or opinions on keeping large trout. The topic is that this guy caught a fish of a lifetime and shared info on how he caught it and stayed within the fishing regulations. When I saw there were 4 pages of comments, I had a feeling this thread went in this direction. Kinda sad. "IMO"
I think I fish, in part, because itís an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. ĖJohn Gierach
Thanks for posting this pic of that great fish....sucks that every thread with a nice trout has to turn to this same stupid discussion. Its weak. The "fishing reports" section is for fishing reports....not criticism.
Maybe that's why this section has been slow.