Looking at the state records for fish here in AK I have some questions that Im sure some of you could shed some light on.
1st - I cant remember if it was Sportmans or Mountain view sports in Anc. I think it's Mountain view - there is a mounted Grayling on the wall that looks in the 7lbs range. Isn't the state record 4lbs 13 ounces? Was that thing caught in Canada or something? I didn't think they could reach that size.
2nd - I would think there are larger Pike in this state than 38 lbs. I have heard of people catching bigger ones. Has noone turned in there larger catches or are these just stories?
3rd - A guy I worked with earlier this year in Juneau went out with a buddy, and caught a fairly large Halibut. It looked to me like a 200 - 250lbs Halibut but it was marked as 440lbs. Thats not to far off the state record. You could clearly see the scale as well showing it around 440lbs. Was this guy pulling everyones leg? I think he was. I also noticed in the pic that there was a rope tied to the fishes tail at the bottom of the picture. It looked as if it could be pulling down making it look to weigh more on the scale on the picture. Wouldn't that have got some kind of publicity? The pic, and the pounds just dont match up. I told him he was full of it but he swears it weighed that much.
4th - Silvers - I swear Ive heard of 28lbs to 30lbs silvers caught. The state record is 26lbs. More fish tales?
5th - Id say Ive put an equal amount of hundreds of hours into Lake trout fishing, and Pike fishing however I have never caught a Laker over 11 lbs with the minimum weight for a trophy fish being 20lbs but I have caught countles pike in the 15lbs to 18lbs range as have alot of the people I fish with - minimum record being 15lbs. Why the discrepency between minimum trophy size, and chances of catching minimum trophy size between the two species?
Last but not least - No records yet for Brook trout, and King Salmon (rest of AK)?