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    Default Was this a trophy red ?

    I need a little info on a red I caught last summer. It was in the Kenai and was just a fraction under 30 inches in length. We didn't have a scale with us but it looked much larger than the rest of the reds we saw and caught. Any ideas of what this fish might have weighed and was it anything I should have thought about mounting. I have a 78lb king from 1993 on the wall and he looks lonely. Did I blow it? I'll be back next year anyway and the run should be much larger. Thanks guys and I'll see you on the river.

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    Biggest Red I've seen was about 12 pounds and handled over 17,000 reds
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    My old man got one that tipped the scales at just over 13lbs in 03. 2nd run kenai red down at bings. Biggest red i have seen caught in 26years. freaking hog. I got a pic of it on disc somewhere. Ill find it and post it
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    You didn't blow it.

    Have a reproduction made of your fish. Graphite/fiberglass reproductions are much better than a skin mount.

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    Default Biggest Red I've Ever Caught

    This is biggest I've ever caught, that includes hundreds caught dipnetting. Had to be atleast 12.....Of course, the picture doesn't do it justice.


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    This is the red that I caught last year that is being worked on right now to go on my wall. He was just about 32". If your Kenai red looks like this one, then definately put it up next to your Chinook.

    Disregard the fact athat my fly was down....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan Salmon Sith View Post

    Disregard the fact athat my fly was down....
    I assume you were "trolling".
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    yea i worked on a setnet site south of the kenai mouth, we got alot of those BIG FAT reds.....some we got weighed at the market separately topped 16lbs! remember the state record is over 16lbs, which came from the kenai river. ive caught some big ones on the kenai myself though, they are always fun to hook into at places like bings....

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    A friend in middle school caught what would have been the world record red. His name was Caleb, and his red was still the record weight after gutting it (which his dad did by habit right away), but if a fish has been cut it is no longer eligible for IFGA records. We gave him a good ribbing for it when the article was printed in the paper, but still...it was one heck of a fish.

    That being said, to me a "trophy" red is one that is slathered in butter, lime, tequila, and garlic on my grill, or occasionally one that is sliced thin, raw, and served over a ball of rice with some wasabi and soy sauce. Reds are trophy food, not trophies for the wall in my mind.

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    Brian, are you talking about Chef Stop Caleb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    ...That being said, to me a "trophy" red is one that is slathered in butter, lime, tequila, and garlic on my grill, or occasionally one that is sliced thin, raw, and served over a ball of rice with some wasabi and soy sauce. Reds are trophy food, not trophies for the wall in my mind.
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    14# July 2003.

    Man there were a lot of BIG reds that year.

    Everyone in my party got to touch at least one in the 12# class that year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Water_Gremlin View Post
    Brian, are you talking about Chef Stop Caleb?
    Nope, a different Caleb. Chef Stop Caleb and I had a few good times as well, but our target wasn't fish.

    As for big reds, there were some huge ones in the Kenai this year when we were dipping. I'd bet that at least 1/3 of my 30 reds were over 10 pounds, and some were definitely over 12-13.

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