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Loch Earn rainbow rejected as British record

A 34lb 12oz rainbow trout, which was caught on Loch Earn, Stirlingshire by Michael Mitchell earlier this autumn has been rejected as a British record by British Record Fish Committee (BRFC).

The committee used evidence provided by an independent scientific laboratory, including scale analysis to determine age and growth-rate, and an analysis of the stomach contents of the fish in order to conclude that this trout was "effectively a cultivated fish".

The British record resident (as opposed to wild) rainbow trout is a fish of 24lb 1oz which came from Hannigfield reservoir in Essex, in 1998, and was caught by J Hammond.

Michael’s fish, which was caught on four maggots presented on 10lb line, will be recorded on the BRFC Notable Fish List.

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