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Catch a State Record Fish? Then What?

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I am fishing for me.  I have no idea what records there are, really don't think I care.  

I would definitely want to measure, and photograph my large catches, but again, that's for me.  I will be happy to brag, and the picture would be proof.  

When I was a kid, there was a commercial with two old men in a boat on a lake.  They were fishing for "Bubba", he seemed to be the legend of the lake.  At the end of the commercial one was hooked on a fish that was towing the boat across the lake while one of the men were yelling "BUBB-AAAAAA!!".   Am have spent my fishing life looking for Bubba.  I hope to never find him.  

 

I love seeing people catch and record their catches, I love seeing the records broken.   It is just not for me.  

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I caught a slob of a hybrid striper on a fly in IL about 8 years ago.  After I let it go my buddy pulled up the state record which was around 20 pounds at the time I think.  He said "Do you think that one was close?"  I've always wondered if I let go the record.  It was every bit of 36 inches long but I just thought the state record would have been like 40 pounds or something like that. 

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36 minutes ago, fshndoug said:

Why has Trump not been brought up in all of this .It has got to be his fault.

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10 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

I recall hearing (from the inner circle) about one that MDC shocked up and killed at Taney that at the time would have beaten the state record by a long shot.  It didn't recover from the shock so they put a hush order on it, and swept it under the rug.   Anybody here know exactly how big that one was, and if it was a rainbow or a brown?   

I think that would be a good place to redirect the ones bellyaching about Mr. Bablers fish. 😊

I heard it was a non-triploid brown that weighed 41 and change. I also heard they torture kittens instead of doing their jobs :D 

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8 hours ago, joeD said:

Ahh. Not native. Eating stuff that “pure trout “ don’t.  The Mark McGwire of trout. An insult to “natural “ fish everywhere.

Therefore,  I object. And, will never fish Taneycomo.  Imagine. Trout in Missouri living in a river below a dam. The very idea.

Never say never, Joe.  I'd love to take you fishing down here sometime.

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It appeared to me that everything possible was done for this fish and in the end it died. There will always be trolls and people who look to get offended everyday. A lot of people comment as well without knowing all the facts. FB is a cesspool for those people. For me though, I would have liked to seen the record beaten by a native fish, but hey, it's still a record and quite an accomplishment in it's own right. Kudos to all involved.

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As a non native fish, he should have slit its gills and left it up on the bank to rot.  That's what i was told to do when i caught an invasive fish.  Actually...If i caught a state record, 1st.) Id change my underwear.  2.)  Id get ahold of the conservation department.  3.)  I would not be concerned with the welfare of the fish.

In all seriousness....It is ironic to me that the same folks willing to drag a 40# trout around taneycomo all day on 4# line until it dies of exhaustion,  are the same folks who will pitch a tantrum about someone killing a 15 inch spotted bass on table rock for a fish fry.  Personally....I'd happily do both, but have only had the opportunity to do that latter. 

I totally agree that " Social Media can be a cesspool of hate, unfounded judgements and really stupid remarks "  but dont exclude OAF from social media. 

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Avoiding social media in order to shield yourself from the TRUE AUTHENTIC thoughts of the people that surround you, is a guaranteed way to live stupidly. 

If you can't handle reality then you just might belong in a mental institution, because eventually you're gonna get some news that will break you bad.

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