Longstanding steelhead state record taken down
Hypervenom sock boots junior it was a redletter day last Friday for Tallmadge angler Jason Brooks, who will likely capture a coveted spot in the Ohio state record fish book.
While fishing about 15 miles from Lorain’s Avon Point on June 25, Brooks reeled in what could be the new state record steelhead trout. The fish weighed 21 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 38 inches hypervenom sock boots junior long.
The current recognized state record steelhead trout weighs 20.97 pounds and measures 361 inches. It was caught Oct. 2, 1996 by Mike Shane of New Middleton while fishing off Conneaut.
That is a potential 14year gap between records, surprising area steelhead anglers who wonder what took so long for the benchmark to fall.
Brooks was fishing with Joe Boewe of Parma, aboard the former’s 22foot Grady White boat. This vessel is docked in Vermilion.
The anglers were actually targeting steelhead this morning, fishing in 68 feet of water. They were trolling Stinger spoons behind Dipsy Divers set at “1” and played 103 feet back, Brooks said.
“I’m an offshore walleye man, but for about three weeks I’ll target steelhead as long as they’re at a reasonable distance, Brooks said.
The potential state record trout fell for a Stinger spoon in a “catdog” finish, Brooks added.
Brooks said the fish jumped three times and powerdived in much the same fashion as a walleye.
When brought aboard, the fish was hung on a 20pound fisherman’s scale, but that tool broke as the hook bottomed out.
Its species was verified by Phil Hillman, fisheries manager for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District Three (Northeast Ohio) Office in Akron.
Area anglers are both excited and envious of the Brooks catch, including those who fish the streams during the steelhead’s spawning runs.
“I am a little hypervenom sock boots junior surprised that it took 14 years to break the old record. The talk in the coffee shop is that with the good Lake Erie forage, we should be seeing more 20plus pound steelhead, and we’re just not, said Les Ober, an area trout angler.
“I did know that it would happen eventually but not take 14 years,
Ober said also that he is a little perplexed that stream anglers are not finding these 20pounders, either. Perhaps that is because such fish are not running far upstream in order to spawn but staying the various streams’ lower sections.
“It’s not like the big Western rivers that see big fish. Maybe our rivers are hypervenom sock boots junior too shallow and the big fish don’t go far up them, or if they do they’re quick about it and go back into the lake, Ober said.
Tom Cross, chairman of the OWO State Record Fish Committee, said he was not too surprised that the steelhead record has Soccer Shoes For Kids stood for more than a decade.
“There are other record fish that are still standing too, and have for 20 or more years. I suspect that our steelhead are approaching their maximum size potential and any new record will be by ounces, as this one was, Cross said. Continued.2 hypervenom sock boots junior Soccer Shoes For Kids.