.....and if they only live 8-10 years then how old do you think this fish is???? This fish has lived her life to the fullest and won't be around much longer anyways.....taking one "breeder" out of millions isn't gonna hurt anything. I'd rather release the 20-25 inchers to get to this stage. Hell of a trout Josh!! I don't see where genetics comes into play in this....it's more age than anything. This fish has escaped predators, nets, ect and just happened to live to maturity. Now if it was a 17-20 lb fish then I'd say genetics had something to do with it.
This...........^^^^ This forum has more whining, holier than thou, do gooding, know it all crap. No wonder no one posts here anymore, particularly fish pictures. To the original poster, congrats. A fish you will never forget.