Fisheries biologist Andy Schafermeyer said: "I'm not sure who was more excited. Schafermeyer said the fish was between 50 and 60 years old. The world's largest recorded kokanee salmon was caught, smoked and eaten before anyone realized what a prize fish it was. An American ice fisherman has shattered a 62 year old record for the largest lake trout ever caught in New Hampshire. “I’m not sure who was more excited,” Schafermeyer said. ", Featured Image Credit: New Hampshire Fish And Game Department, Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Even a speckled trout, which is among the best tasting fish, can be bad if caught from a stagnant pond. Officials said Schafermeyer and Knight “shared a heartfelt handshake and pat on the back” when the fish’s measurements were finalized. This incredible trout was caught using a gillnet in 1961. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (custom credit)/New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. 1 of 6. The two met and checked to see just how big the fish was, measuring its weight, girth, and length, Schafermeyer said. Knight's haul weighed in - once the scales could be found that could take the job on - at 37.7lbs. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. The lake trout is prized both as a game fish and as a food fish. In fact, when he hauled it out of the ice, the first scale that he tried to weigh the fish on topped out before reaching the actual weight of the fish. News Thomas Knight was ice fishing on Big Diamond Pond in West Stewartstown, N.H., when he caught the giant lake trout weighing more than 37 pounds on Feb. 25, officials said. What's more, it's not only the biggest lake trout ever caught in New Hampshire, it's the biggest one caught in the whole of New England. Knight called Andy Schafermeyer, a fisheries biologist with the department, to verify the size of the fish so it could officially be labeled a record-breaking catch. Perhaps the lake trout caught in the lower great lakes have a different taste too, whether fat or lean, because the waters aren’t as cold and clean as Lake Superior. The world record lake trout is 102 lbs (46.2 kg). On top of weighing nearly 40 pounds, the trout was over 40 inches long and had a 27 inch girth, officials said. Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. "This fish is now the largest lake trout caught in all of New England.". "I knew the fish stood a very good chance of breaking the record. Last updated 4:52 PM, Monday March 02 2020 GMT. The largest lake trout on a rod and reel is 72 lbs, caught by Lloyd Bull in Great Bear Lake, Canada on July 19, 1991. via OFNC Those caught with dark coloration may be called mud hens. Thomas Knight, of Meredith, N.H., holds a 37.65 pound trout he caught in a New Hampshire lake last week. He estimates the fish is about 50 to 60 years old. Schafermeyer said the fish, which was more than 40 inches long, is also the largest lake trout caught in all of New England. "I’m glad he got it. An 83 pound Lake Trout was pulled out of Great Bear Lake, a fish that would’ve broken the existing world record by a whopping 11 pounds. When it was clear the fish’s weight was too heavy for the scale to read, officials said Knight and Schafermeyer drove around the area to find a bigger certified scale. That makes it almost as old as the record. “I knew the fish stood a very good chance of breaking the record.”. After a lengthy battle, he finally managed to land this absolute unit. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos. "At that point [as soon as the fish was on the 30lb maximum scale] I knew that Knight had caught a new state record, but I didn't know by how much.". Finally, this fisherman doesn't have to exaggerate the size of his catch. Government biologists recently … What's more, it's not only the biggest lake trout ever caught in New Hampshire, it's the biggest one caught in the whole of New England. A Meredith, N.H. man broke a 62-year-old record last week when he reeled in the largest lake trout ever caught and recorded in New England, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in … That's nearly 10 whole pounds heavier than the next best. @media (max-width:767px){.css-4n1las{display:none;}}More Like This@media (min-width:768px){.css-1s8mc50{display:none;}}More Like This. “An experienced lake trout angler, Knight knew that the prevailing record was 28 pounds and his fish seemed to be much bigger.”. Schafermeyer said he weighed another potentially record-breaking trout in January, but that fish was just under a pound too small. It's the biggest fish anyone's reeled in across a decent swathe of America, in short. Thomas Knight told the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department that he'd been optimistic about his catch surpassing the previous record, but no-one expected the trout to turn out to be so much more massive than anything the state had witnessed before. Knight and Schafermeyer put the trout on a state certified scale that could only measure fish under 30 pounds. In Lake Superior, it can also be variously known as siscowet, paperbelly and lean. The scientist also reckons that the trout, which measures 40 inches in length and 27 in girth, is about 50 or 60 years old. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. “Most state records, when bested, are done so by only a few ounces. Coincidentally, that world record Lake Trout was also caught in Great Bear Lake, the same place the fish at the center of this story was caught. Knight's fish shattered the old record by over 9 pounds. Other names for it include mackinaw, namaycush, lake char (or charr), touladi, togue, and grey trout. Caroline Enos can be reached at The previous record stood at 28lbs, and that was a record that was set in 1958. There have been some huge trout caught recently, but none are even remotely close to this record. So, avid ice fisherman Knight was out on Big Diamond Pond, near to a place called West Stewartstown, last Tuesday when he got a bite on his line. Knight’s fish shattered the old record by over 9 pounds,” Schafermeyer said. More Like This More Like This. 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