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Michigan Record Book Trout Brings Up Hot Debate

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on September 13, 2009

Whenever someone achieves something special outdoors, it is inevitable that a back lash of criticism and questions will occur.

Michigan’s new record has faired no better fate.

It may not be Rompola gate, but people have never-the-less found a reason to be upset, a reason to bring something negative to the table.

“Why did he keep it?”

I don’t know how many angry comments I’ve seen about him keeping the fish. Is nothing okay anymore? Should we just settle on the fact that it’s never okay to do anything good, it’s never okay to get lucky, because there is always going to be someone who has a problem with it?

We live in a society that is filled with people that think it’s ethical to have their dog killed when it gets old, but scoff at those who kill an old fish. Some of them think it should be okay to off mom and dad for that matter.

I read one particularly hilarious comment. A guy was all bent out of shape because the record fish was no longer reproducing and spreading his seed. Let’s think about this a little deeper. The fish grew to sizes that we didn’t know was possible, which takes a few years. Just a guess, but I’d say he probably wasn’t a good little virgin fishy all his life. Who knows, I may be off my rocker, but I think there may just be a few World Record Jr’s swimming around in the Manistee.

Maybe it is just jealousy but it is a real shame we can’t enjoy this for what it is. One of the greatest fishing accomplishments we may see for some time in Michigan. State Records are special, World Records are remembered.

With Michigan’s long and rich tradition in fishing, it’s fitting a new World Record would come to Michigan. I don’t think it’s the last one I’ll see in my life time and I can only hope that one day I will be ridiculed and scoffed at by ignorant, elitist fishermen, who take offense to such success when it is not them who achieves it.

The truth is that if he didn’t keep it no one would have believed him. The evidence would have been ignored. He would go down in many peoples minds as a fraud and a con. It’s sad, the greatest fishing event in recent history would be reduced to a scam. Not because it was, but because people refuse to believe that luck and success happen, that records are meant to be broken, and that you or I, on any given fishing trip, could be just that lucky.

So what’s more important, a legacy, a record book achievement, a boost to the Manistee River fishery, or the loss of one of millions of Brown trout in the state of Michigan?

What makes this trout so much more special than the Gold Fish at the local pet shop? I’ll tell you what, people and there silly mind sets.

If you were forced to choose between the death of an elderly person or a young child, which would you choose? I think the vast majority would say the elderly person, they’ve had a long life, have less potential, and whatever other excuses you can come up with. The truth is we value youth, puppy’s are better than dogs, kittens more adorable than cats, children more important than adults (supposedly anyways).

When it comes to fish though, the opposite holds true? I think something fishy is going on, sounds to me like selfishness.

I think it’s about time we spent more effort appreciating a special event and a special fish. Maybe we could spend a little less time trying to ruin something special while we’re at it.

Just my two cents.

7 Responses to “Michigan Record Book Trout Brings Up Hot Debate”

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  2. I wouldn’t go as far as comparing trout to elderly people, but I have to say that I am an avid proponent of catch and release fishing.

    But if I catch a 40 pound brown trout, I’m bringing it home to weigh it, measure it, and probably to show it off.

  3. They certainly don’t compare do they? It is just meant to provoke thought.

    Being an avid proponent of catch and release, what do you think when you see someone keep a fish that’s in their legal right to keep? Does it ever bother you? I happen to know you fish PC, if I kept a couple 11″ Browns what would you think about it? If I did it every day, would you have a problem with it?

    If you answered yes to any of those questions, then it’s important that you know why you have a problem. It would seem that most people don’t think about why they like catch and release. It’s not for the fish. The whole idea of managing fish is brought about by those who wish to enjoy the fish. Same goes for other species. It’s for human gain. The truth is you can’t truly enhance a life of something that can’t appreciate it. last I checked, there aren’t any fish out there saying thank you. They just live. I think catch and release is important to maintain the fisheries for fishermen and future generations. I’m certainly not going to be offended by someone who abides by the rules and keeps fish. That’s why we have control measures/fishing regulations in place. Abide by those and I’m glad to see you do well.

    If I get a 40 pounder it’s either going on the wall(and a few plates) or it’s going to a place where others can enjoy it too.

    Thanks for the read and comment!


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