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Old 03-02-2014, 07:15 AM
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Again, Juls is correct. It's a shame that you must kill a record fish in order to determine if it's a record. Ten years ago I caught a Muskie in Northern Michigan that was 54" long, I took a couple of pictures and measurements and put her back. Later when talking with some friends with the DNR, I was told I very well could have released a then state record fish. So be it. I don't know how else you could verify such a catch without killing the fish, and I couldn't do that. Releasing a large fish of any type is much more important to me than having a plaque on the wall so someone else has the opportunity that I had to catch that fish, but that's just me. I guess when it's all said and done, if when it's your time, you can't look back and say that you gave back more than you took while you were here, what was the point in your being here? This is just a simple example, but we all have an obligation to make this world a better place, and if we take more than we give, that isn't going to happen. My 2 cents. I would love to catch a 20 lb walleye, and I'm sure I would have some pictures, but she would still be swimming.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:48 AM
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Looks like the New Washington State record was set yesterday.
caught March 1, 2014 by John Grubenhoff! 20.32 lbs!

Columbia River

Don't shoot the messenger.
I'm sure that picture was taken in John's shop. If you look real close you will see a lot of trophy's hanging on the walls. I can assure you that he didn't buy them at a garage sale. John is one great fisherman. I, for one of many a fishermen, have fished along side of John in a lot of tournaments over the years and he has earned every trophy.
Congratulations John.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:50 AM
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I may be out of line by saying this, but isn't a "Congratulations on the nice fish" enough without viewpoints on catch and release?
Start another thread if you want to state your views on catch and release instead.

This guy just caught what will probably be a new state record when it's all said and done.
Congratulations!
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:12 AM
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Congrats to John...I thought I would be jealous but as I search my feelings I am not whatsoever. I am happy for the man. Very nice fish hands down.

I too am curious what that fish was eating to grow like that...hmmm

In regards to Juls comment...I completely concur with you. When I am out guiding I mention to the clients that the state slot is one fish over 20" per angling license. It is their right to keep that one fish regardless if it is 20 inches or larger. But only the one per will be kept in my boat. I do however try and sway them from keeping anything between 20 and 26/27 inches as those are the most important ones to the reproduction cycle in my home lake. But I do no push if they want to keep one in that range. They paid for their lic. they paid me it is their right.

Again fantastic fish caught out west!!!!
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That poor fish is just another victim of American gluttony. That fish is grotesquely obese and needs a sensible diet and a personal trainer immediately. We should be ashamed for exploiting that poor walleye's affliction for our own benefit!

Just having fun dude! Awesome fish. If I was in the grocery store for milk and eggs and I saw you walking in my jaw would hit the floor. I am just imaging what goes through you head when that thing hits the surfaces and comes into view!
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:17 AM
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thats a dandy! congrats sir
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:19 AM
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I wonder if he thought he had a salmon

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Old 03-02-2014, 08:21 AM
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That fish was near the end of it's life cycle. Is it better that it die and sink to the bottom of a lake to decompose? Or, to have it land on the wall of a lucky angler to be forever appreciated with fond memories every time he gazes upon it?

I would rather see it on a wall than rotting on the bottom of the lake.

There is no guarantee it would ever be caught by another angler ever again in it's lifetime.

I do both catch and C&R (depending on where I'm fishing and if I need any fish at the time), so I appreciate both viewpoints. I just don't think someone else should judge another person for doing what they want to within the law.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:36 AM
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It might be a good thing he caught it when he did. There is an article in todays paper that state officials have discovered a 65 foot long crack in the dam on the Columbia River and that they are planning on dropping the water level 20 feet so they can inspect that crack. Fishing patterns are going to change pretty quick when they start dumping that large a volume of water downstream.

Nice fish too. Congrats to the man.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:41 AM
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I am just imaging what goes through you head when that thing hits the surfaces and comes into view!
He was probably thinking, ****, the 5 pound trout I caught earlier in the day fought harder, LOL
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:44 AM
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I too am curious what that fish was eating to grow like that...hmmm
Not sure where that fish was caught, but the Columbia is a fish factory. It's a very fertile body of water that is an amazing fishery for all types of species. There would be no shortage of food
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