Brown trout caught off Racine certified as co-world record by IGFA
Written by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:48
The International Game Fish Association has certified the 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout caught by Roger Hellen off Racine last summer as a co-world record.

Hellen's fish will be listed jointly with a 41-pound, 7-ounce brown trout caught in Michigan's Manistee River in 2009 as the all-tackle world record for the species.

Under IGFA rules, a fish over 25 pounds must surpass the weight of a standing record by 0.5% to be listed alone as a world record.

"Rules are rules," said Hellen in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon from his Franksville home. "The fish has the world record alone in one organization and it's listed as tied in this one, so it's all good."

The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward certified Hellen's catch as its world record brown trout in mid-August. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has also recognized the fish as the state record.

Hellen caught the brown trout July 16 off Wind Point in Racine County. The catch earned him the $10,000 grand prize in the Salmon-A-Rama sportfishing tournament held in Racine.

The IGFA will list Hellen's fish alone as the world record in its 50-pound line class. Hellen said he caught the fish on a reel spooled with 50-pound backing, two colors of lead core line with a 27-pound rating, and a 20-foot leader of 20-pound test monofilament.

Hellen's fish becomes the second Wisconsin fish to be listed as an all-tackle world record by IGFA. The other is the 67-pound, 8-ounce musky caught in 1949 on Lac Court Oreilles by Cal Johnson.

 
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