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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject: Pike? Not this time! Reply with quote

From a post on CFFFB by Dale Rushby.......Caught in a river near home... Escapee or wild..??..

This trout was accidentally caught by a pike angler in North East Lincolnshire recently - on a deadbait. It weighed 14.5lbs! Very Happy



A right clonker by any standards. Cool


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to up your game Rich Laughing Laughing

Could be natural - does the river flow into a big lake anywhere on its course?

My mate had this from a river that feeds into Loch Shin. They are out there!




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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BristolFlyer wrote:
You need to up your game Rich Laughing Laughing

Could be natural - does the river flow into a big lake anywhere on its cou'rse?

My mate had this from a river that feeds into Loch Shin. They are out there!




Not that I care - I'm a roach basher now Very Happy

You're right Dave. I'm a mere shell of a man now! Very Happy

'Slob' trout by the way. North East Lincolnshire estuary resident. Can't make it's mind up!

Here's a couple of other pics of the fish:





Forceps are 12" long for scale.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't New Zealand and I'm not aware of any river system in the UK that can naturally spawn, grow on and support a wild brown trout to 14.5lbs.

To my eyes, it doesn't look like an escapee from a fish farm or stocked fishery, the 'conformity' of the body shape doesn't support the suggestion, even if it had 'gone feral' for some time. Here's a 14lb brown from Lechlade . . .



North East Lincolnshire and the surrounds is home to some big rivers and it is a known fact that a few, very large sea trout venture into them, fish in excess of 20lb have been recorded on East Coast rivers and I suspect that this may be one of them. A fish that may have come into the river system 3 months or more ago, looking to spawn and has been caught while making its way back to the coast.

Whatever its provenance, it's a magnificent creature.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not a brown trout, slob trout or cannibal.

It's a sewin , sea trout.

Sea trout (and salmon) develop a hooked lower jaw (kype) when preparing to spawn.

I hope it was returned safely.
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