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Rock Springs Angler Catches Gigantic 44-Inch Lake Trout At Flaming Gorge

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Now that’s a fish!

Summer and fall may have the reputation in Wyoming as prime fishing season but don’t tell that to Rock Springs fisherman Shane Dubois.

The professional fishing guide showed off his talents last week when he caught a gargantuan lake trout at Flaming Gorge.

“Damn, did you put a saddle on that beast?” asked one of his friends on Facebook.

“I thought about it,” Dubois said. “All I could do to just hold it with my elbows at my side for a decent pic.”

“That must have felt like you were hauling in a piano!” another friend wrote.

The monstrous fish looks about as large as Dubois. 

In reality, the fish measured 44 inches long and weighed 39 pounds.

A record? Nope. The record is 48 inches long and 50 pounds. It was caught in 1995, also at Flaming Gorge

Maybe it’s the same fish. After all, DuBois said he safely released this one back to the reservoir. 

People lose height as they grow older. Maybe fish do too. And he could have gone on a diet.

Regardless, this is nothing new for DuBois. His Facebook page is filled with gigantic monster fish he’s nabbed over the years. Some fish so large that two people are needed to hold them up.

Interested in catching gigantic, prehistoric monsters like Shane? He gives out free fishing tips on his numerous Facebook Live chats.

Nice job, Mr. DuBois!

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Wyoming Angler Obliterates “White Sucker” Fishing Record

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Although suckers may not be the sexiest fish in the world, like a great white shark or a barracuda, a record is a record is a record.

And Riverton’s Patrick Edwards now holds the state record for the largest “white sucker” caught in Wyoming.

The 5.6-pound fish annihilated the old record of 4.4 pounds and was caught by Edwards on March 20 in the Wind River.

How’d he catch it? A basic “pickle rig” with a weight, two hooks and two three-way swivels.

“I put a piece of nightcrawler on each hook, cast it out and let it sit right on the bottom near the seam of the fast and slower moving water in the river,” Edwards told the Wyoming Game & Fish Department.

Edwards said he weighed the fish at the Riverton Post Office, which was able to certify the size.

The official measurements were: 5 pounds, 6.45 ounces, 22 inches long with a girth of 13.5 inches.

Did he celebrate by having a white sucker sandwich?

Nope. But he did eat the record holder.

“The other cool thing we learned is that they do actually taste very good pickled,” Edwards said.

By the way, he’s not going to be in trouble for any social distancing violation.

He didn’t go with a group of buddies like the Billy Ray Cyrus masterpiece “Bait Shop.”

Rather, he was just out with his kids trying to get some fresh air.

I received something pretty special in the mail today. I never thought I’d hold a state record catch. It’s pretty cool….

Posted by Patrick Edwards on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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