“He hit it immediately. I jerked to set the hook. I knew I had something on there big. I played with him for a good 15 minutes before I got him to the bank.”
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Mark Reed certainly wasn’t expecting to break a nearly 50-year-old state record when he decided to go trout fishing last Sunday at Lake Watonga.
“Never in my wildest dreams I thought I would catch a fish that big,” Reed said of the 10-pound, 10-ounce rainbow trout that he hooked his favorite trout lure, a copper and red-headed Super Duper. “That’s the last thing you are thinking about.”
Reed’s rainbow trout is the new state record, breaking the old record of 10 pounds, 4 ounces set in 1966 on the Lower Illinois River by Billy Payne.
Reed kept the big fish on ice overnight then had it weighed on a certified scale at William’s grocery store in Tuttle on Monday.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation announced Thursday that Reed was the new state record-holder.