In this corner, from American Falls Reservoir in Idaho, weighing in at 34 pounds, 11 ounces, the International Game Fishing Association’s world champion cutbow trout and his handler, Mark Adams, of Pocatello, Idaho.
Yes, that big fish that Mark Adams caught July 25, initially identified as a rainbow trout, turns out to be a cutbow hybrid trout, which is a mix of a cutthroat and rainbow trout.
So Adams is now the reigning IGFA cutbow trout world record holder.
Jack Vitek, world records coordinator for the IGFA, which is based in Dania Beach, Fla., confirmed that on Oct. 11 his organization certified Adams’ cutbow for its world record in the All Tackle Class.
According to Vitek, the only limitation in the All-Tackle Class is the line may not exceed 130-pound test.
You must submit an application for a world record within 60 days of the catch in the United States and 90 days if caught in international waters.
Vitek said that a world-record application goes through a three-person review and the applicant must supply photographs along with the full length of the leader and 30 feet of the main line.
Adams’ catch beat the previous record-holder by 10 pounds.
The Idaho Fish and Game’s genetic report on Adams’ cutbow indicated that the fish “had cutthroat trout mitochondrial DNA and thus had a cutthroat trout mother.”
The report said that the mother was a Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
The report also stated that first-generation hybrids may exhibit improved growth and trophy potential resulting from heterosis, or hybrid vigor.
An otolith bone sample from the cutbow indicated that it was probably just
6 years old.
Meanwhile, Adams, 41, a locomotive engineer with the Union Pacific Railroad, said that he’s been trying to solicit sponsors since his record catch became certified.
“I just started talking to tackle companies. I haven’t got any set-in-stone offers, but I’ve sent some emails to Cabela’s, Ugly Stik and Stren,” said Adams.
Adams said that Ugly Stik indicated they might give him some rods and that he would like to donate them for use at the Pocatello Fishing Pond.
Adams was nonchalant about his world record, though he said that his children think it’s cool that they can say their dad’s a world-record holder.
An avid fisherman, Adams said that he had just returned from steelhead fishing in Orofino with his father and son, where they caught 27 steelhead over five days.
According to Adams his 14-year old son, Samuel, outfished him, catching a
Being a world-record holder doesn’t come with many perks, said Adams.
“Basically you get your name in the world record book and you’re invited to the annual banquet,” said Adams.
Adams attributes the recent good-water years at American Falls Reservoir for the increasing size of the fishery.
“We’ve had such good water years,” said Adams. “Next year should be a good year on the reservoir. I know there’s more 20-pounders out there.”
For now he’s looking forward to ice fishing in Henry’s Lake this winter.
The state record for brook trout is out of Henry’s Lake and he has his sights set on finding a new record.