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Record Missouri brown trout weighs in at 28 pounds, 12 ounces

December 9, 2009 |  9:10 am

Scott Sandusky caught this 28-pound, 12-ounce brown trout at Lake Taneycomo Nov. 20, setting a new Missouri state record for the species.

An angler fishing Missouri's Lake Taneycomo landed a 28-pound, 12-ounce brown trout, a new state record. The fish bests the previous record by more than a pound.

Scott Sandusky, a 49-year-old resident of Arnold, Mo., caught this lunker using 4-pound-test line and Berkley Power Bait.

And Missouri Department of Conservation officers believe the lake may hold even larger browns.

"There is no telling how many world-class brown trout are swimming around in Lake Taneycomo," said administrative manager Mike Kruse, who was the agency's trout research biologist.

"The lake's natural food base if phenomenal, and it has an abundance of deep-water habitat that can hide big fish," Kruse said. "Furthermore, the lake's slow-moving current allows big trout to grow rapidly, because they don't have to expend much energy."

The California record brown is 26 pounds, 8 ounces, caught at Bridgeport's Twin Lakes in April 1987 by Danny Stearman of Bakersfield.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Scott Sandusky and his Missouri state record brown trout. Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation