The sport of fishing today would not even exist if it wasn’t for the existence of the now widely recognized trophy fish. These big fish and the stories associated with them have been a part of the lives of people throughout the world for thousands of years.

As a general rule the trophies seen are not horns or hooves (although those do get caught occasionally); instead they are in the shape of huge claws or beaks holding fish. Early trophy fish were caught on specialised kits meant to capture faster growing, more common fish. These “trophies” are still caught today but on a much larger scale.

The fame of the carp which became the highest valued trophy in Europe (from the middle 19th century onwards) is attaining the levels of a rarity today. Carp-cularida, which in the early 19th century, were being sought after like so many arts of ancient Rome, from the intestines to the soles of the feet!oi. This fish was sought after for its carp family, water clearances, and centres of gravity. These fish represent the “big fish” that anglers associated with the sporting pursuit of trophy bass; bass being much more of a generalization than a person.

In the United States, anglers turned their eyes to a different kind of trophy fish, the bowfin. Four foot long or larger, sometimes even longer, similar to the giant pike in superficial features and relating to the predatory shark-like fish called the skate, it was the most valued of all fresh water fishes in its heyday in the 19th century. From the middle of the century, through the 1920’s and 1930’s, it was the most valued sporting fish in America, as well as in Europe.

As the relative abundance of this fish increased, particularly in heading to the inland sea for spawning, the effort was made to introduce them to larger, less affected waters. Little did they know that maybe their original habitat was not on land but in the ocean!

In 1960, a man did catch a 33 pound, 13 ounce (1.5 kilo) brown trout on a fishing trip in the Truckee River in California. It was reported to have a length of almost three feet, the weight of the hook, a rod and a line only slightly less than 17 pounds (5 kg). This trout demonstrates how these trophy fish respond to hunters and that they can live longer than the average one.

The brown trout has always enjoyed a special place in the hearts of anglers. Although some large brook and rainbow trout are tangential to the sporting interest, brown trout are there for a whole range of other reasons. Among other reasons are the fact that they act as a welcome Cruise up the west coast, the large number that are caught, fly out to mates and when released return, making fishing more of a ritual than a sport.

The liveliest, tastiest and highest tasting brown trout flesh is reserved for these species. It is a well-traveled and interesting game fish capable of surprising many anglers while giving a memorable sporting Coastal invaders Marina outing.

itismlefslate fishing trophy fish, the average size being from 3 to about 18 inches (75 to 150 cm), and weigh between two and five pounds (0.91 kg). In Europe the larger brown trout generally go to sea and live on their own after spawning. The hybrids that result are not commonly termed nor are the fish harvested. The quality of the brown trout meat is the highest in the Atlantic, the Mayo Regime and in the Pentland Hills of Scotland.

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