A 38-pound rainbow trout caught in California

Joshua Giordano was fishing for a swimbait in the Feather River’s Thermalito Diversion Basin below Oroville Dam in northern California on Dec. 7 when he felt a strike on his first cast. He couldn’t connect to the fish, but had a good idea that something big had hit his lure, which he said had teeth marks on it when he brought it in. Giordano tied fresh bait under a float and returned it. The bobber jumped during the recovery.

“When I caught this fish I immediately knew how giant it was as it took off 150 yards of line in about 20 seconds. I have never seen the power of a fish like this- here,” said Giordano The record, noting that the fish jumped up and across the surface of the water during the fight, which went back and forth for over an hour. “I was about to land him when he decided to do another hundred yard run and the battle resumed. In a breathtaking hour and 10 minutes, I was able to put both my hands on his cock.

The rainbow trout was absolutely giant. Giordano measured her length at 41 inches, with a circumference of 27 inches. Based on these measurements, Giordano estimated that he weighed around 38.2 pounds. The fish had the potential to break the record for the inland state of California rainbow trout, which measured 37.5 inches long, with a girth of 26 inches and weighed 27 pounds. But after Giordano took a few pictures of his catch, he released the fish, so he won’t be eligible for a state record. But it’s still one of the biggest rainbow trout ever caught, not just in California, but in the entire world. The fish stands on top of the IGFA World Record all tackle length recordwhich is a 37 inch fish, if Giordano submits it for consideration.

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Giordano says he has caught and released several other trophy fish in the Thermalito diversion pool in recent years. The downstream water contains large rainbow and brown trout that feast on Japanese smelt, as well as other baitfish and insects. Giordano was using a 10ft 6in Okuma rod with a Pflueger President spinning reel rolled up with 20 lb PowerPro Braid and a 15 pound Sunline leader fluorocarbon.

“[Catching the fish] was one of the most incredible moments of my life”, Giordano written in a Facebook post. “[I was] so big complete [sic] to have encountered this amazing fish. The legend lives on. »

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