“You are well aware that it is not numbers or strength that bring the victories in war. No, it is when one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of a stronger morale that their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them. I have noticed this point too, my friends, that in soldiering the people whose one aim is to keep alive usually find a wretched and dishonorable death, while the people who, realizing that death is the common lot of all men, make it their endeavour to die with honour, somehow seem more often to reach old age and to have a happier life when they are alive. These are facts which you too should realize (our situation demands it) and should show that you yourselves are brave men and should call on the rest to do likewise.”
― From "The Persian Expedition", by Xenophon, 370 B.C.
It seems like the announcers on the Golf Channel are going crazy. It looks like they may be partying really hard. There's this desperateness about them that I've never seen before.
As for me, the research breakthroughs keep coming.
Such as learning that the current Missouri hook and line state record brown trout, from 2019, is almost three times the size of a previous record holder from 1970.
In the future, people will be unable to believe or conceive that, at this time, the populace could read or hear such a thing and remain unmoved by it.
Let alone what people in the future will think of the four-block line of phone-addicted, mask-wearing zombies waiting to get into the Park Slope Food Co-Op, while you can walk right in the front door at Union Market, or Key Foods, each just a block away. There's this desperateness about them that I've never seen before.
I saw a funny comment on a newspaper article about New York cancelling all its parades. The person said "what, we can't wear the all-powerful masks and agree stand six feet apart from one another?"
But there are certainly not many people thinking or talking about trout. But that's going to change once I'm elected! No, seriously, thanks for being here.
The Missouri hook and line state record brown trout, from 2019, weighed 40 pounds, and was 184% larger than a previous 14-pound, 1-ounce record holder from 1970.
Essay: Explain the genetic, biological and environmental mechanisms by which the current Missouri hook and line state record brown trout, from 2019 came to be almost three times the size of a previous record holder from 1970.
What caused the 1991 Missouri hook and line state record brown trout to be 38% larger than the 1990 record holder? That's over a third larger.
Hook and line state record brown trout in Missouri were 27.9% larger in 2019 than they were in 2009.
Why were brown trout in Missouri almost a third larger in 2019 than they were just ten years previously?
The average annual increase in size of the hook and line state record brown trout in Missouri was 1.6% per year from 1970 to 1977, .48% from 1977 to 1990, 38.8% in 1990, 2.2% from 1991 to 1994, 2.5% from 1994 to 1997, .36% from 1997 to 2005, .9% from 2005 to 2009, and 1.7% from 2009 to 2019.
There was a sudden, gigantic increase in the size of the Missouri hook and line state record brown trout in 1990. I speculate that Death energy-based technologies were developed and deployed to try to slow or stop this great positive change in the Etheric environment. Those malefic technologies drove the increase in size of the brown trout to its lowest percentage in the data set from 1997 to 2005, at 2.5%, and the lowest average annual rate of increase was also from 1997 to 2005, at .36%.
Orgonite started to be fabricated right around 2000. By 2005, it had begun to turn the tide: from 2005 to 2009, the annual rate of increase in size of the brown trout in Missouri is three times that seen from 1997 to 2005. And from 2009 to present, the average annual growth rate is twice that seen from 2005 to 2009.
The growth rate of the brown trout in Missouri is increasing exponentially, going forward in time. That's not supposed to be scientifically possible, as organisms grow in progressively smaller increments as they approach their genetically-determined maximum size, or so states the fraudulent, collapsing Orthodoxy of mean-spirited Western Materialism.
When the truth is that the size, fertility and longevity of any organism varies directly with the health of its Etheric environment.
Since fish don't ever stop growing, these historically-unprecedented increases in size may also be de facto fish age records.
The improving Etheric environment is lengthening their lifespans, and their average annual growth rate is also increasing, in fact exponentially.
That's because the size, fertility and longevity of any organism varies directly with the health of its Etheric environment.
I'm going to make a Manhattan and watch the Golf Channel.
The Missouri hook and line state record brown trout, from 2019, weighed 40 pounds, and was 15.5% larger than the previous 34-pound, 10-ounce record holder from February 2019.
That record holder from February 2019 was 16.7% larger than the previous 28.8-pound record holder from 2009.
That's an average annual increase in size of 1.7% over those ten years.
Hook and line state record brown trout in Missouri were 27.9% larger in 2019 than they were in 2009.
Why were brown trout in Missouri almost a third again as large in 2019 as they were just ten years previously?
The Missouri hook and line state record brown trout from 2009 weighed 28.8 pounds, and was 3.5% larger than the previous 27-pound, 10-ounce record holder from 2005.
That's an average annual increase in size of .9% over those four years.
Why was the average growth rate from 2009 to 2019 roughly twice that seen from 2005 to 2009?
That record holder from 2005 was .45% larger than the previous 27-pound, 8-ounce record holder, also from 2005.
That 27-pound, 8-ounce record holder from 2005 was 2.5% larger than the previous 26-pound, 13-ounce record holder from 1997.
The 27-pound, 10-ounce record holder from 2005 was 2.9% larger than the prior 26-pound, 13-ounce record holder from 1997.
That's an average annual increase in size of .36% over those eight years.
That record holder from 1997 was 7.5% larger than the previous 24-pound, 15-ounce record holder from 1994.
That's an average annual increase in size of 2.5% over those three years.
That record holder from 1994 was 6.7% larger than the previous 23-pound, 4-ounce record holder from 1991.
That's an average annual increase in size of 2.2% over those three years.
That record holder from 1991 was 38.8% larger than the previous 16-pound, 12-ounce record holder from 1990.
That's a 38% increase in size, in one year.
That record holder from 1990 was 6.3% larger than the previous 15-pound, 11-ounce record holder from 1977.
That's an average annual increase in size of .48% per year over those 13 years.
That record holder from 1977 was 11.5% larger than the previous 14-pound, 1-ounce record holder from 1970.
That's an average annual increase in size of 1.6% over those seven years.
Jeff Miller, Brooklyn, New York, September 19, 2020
Did world record brown trout already come from Lake Taneycomo? Well, sort of...
Bill Babler of Blue Eye, left, holds the 40-pound, 6-ounce brown trout from Lake Taneycomo that's the new Missouri record. Could a world record brown be lurking in Lake Taneycomo?
The 40-pound, 6-ounce brown trout Bill Babler caught Wednesday out of Lake Taneycomo has been certified as a new Missouri record.
It's an astounding catch, one that's less than two pounds short of breaking the world record brown trout from New Zealand. His fish, and another Missouri record brown trout caught there in February, easily put Taneycomo on the world map as a place to fish for huge browns.
But truth be told, Lake Taneycomo already produced a world-record brown trout way back in 1997. It just happened to be dead when it was found.
"Rick Osenga, friend and neighbor, saw it just above our dock, and my dock hand Mike Adams retrieved it," said Phil Lilley, owner of Lilley's Landing Resort and Marina on Taneycomo. "It was rotten, smelled bad but we got measurements. Slid him back. Wish we’d let a taxidermist get a mold of it."
Lilley said radio legend Paul Harvey picked up and broadcast the story of the find, though noting it wouldn't count as a record since it hadn't been caught alive but was found dead and never officially weighed.
The fish was 41.75 inches long, and based on its measurements would have weighed 44 pounds. The current world-record brown is a 42-pound, 1-ounce fish from New Zealand.
Indeed, the brown trout that the Missouri Department of Conservation has been stocking in Taneycomo have a near-perfect environment to grow big. They have a plentiful supply of native minnows and stocked rainbow trout to feast on. The chilly water pouring through Table Rock Lake dam into Taneycomo is just right for browns.
Related:At 40 pounds, Taneycomo brown trout just shy of New Zealand world record
MDC stocked brown trout elsewhere in the state and has tracked Missouri brown trout records since the first one was set in 1970, a 14-pound, 1-ounce fish caught in the Current River.
Since then, the Missouri brown trout record has been broken 11 times. Seven of those 11 records — including the last five — have come out of Taneycomo.
Records are being set, generally, by ever bigger margins, too. That's likely because those fish are "triploid" browns that are genetically sterile when they are released, according to MDC fisheries biologist Shane Bush.
MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery below the dam raises both triploid browns and diploid browns, which are fertile and whose eggs are used to produce more brown trout.
"Triploids are sterile and they do not spend energy towards reproduction," Bush said. "Instead, they put more energy into growth, which is why they can achieve such good growth rates compared to the diploids."
Bush said MDC stocks 10,000 to 15,000 brown trout into Lake Taneycomo each year. Most of these fish are diploids that can spawn in the hatchery when they come back up the hatchery's fish ladder each fall.
MDC stocked 13,862 sterile triploid brown trout into Taneycomo from 2013-2015 and watched them to see how they grew.
"The stockings from 2013-2015 were an experiment to see if this theory would prove to be true and it obviously has," Bush said. "All of the triploids stocked had their adipose fin clipped so we could identify them. The last two state records have had clipped adipose fins. We took a blood sample on the most recent record to confirm that it is indeed a triploid."
Bush said Babler's new record brown trout was 8 or 9 years old and had several more years of growth ahead of it, if it hadn't died after being caught.
Paul Crews, who demolished the previous 28-pound brown trout record in February with his 34-pound, 10-ounce fish from Taneycomo, said he didn't mind that friend and fellow angler Babler smashed his record just seven months later.
Crews released his record brown trout, which still carries the nickname "Frank" and has since been spotted swimming beneath some docks.
"It's kind of bittersweet for Bill to catch that fish," Crews acknowledged. "But honestly, it makes more sense for Bill to have caught a state record. He's a trout guide and fishes there all the time."
Fishing:Paul Crews releases his new Missouri record brown trout Saturday at Lake Taneycomo
Crews said he has no doubt a world-record brown trout could be swimming the cool, deep pools in Lake Taneycomo.
"Just a couple more pounds, definitely there could be one there," he said. "There's a lot of water there for them to hide. I'd lay money that there is one there now."
He took the loss of his record brown trout title in stride.
"I believe I had the record for the shortest record," he said. "I am still very blessed."
Native to Europe
Brown trout aren't native to Missouri, or even to the United States. Eggs of wild brown trout were imported from Germany to New York in 1883, and the fish quickly became sought as a game fish because of its huge size and powerful fight. Wild brown trout rang all through Europe and up to Norway and Russia.
Otwin Kandolf holds the current world record brown trout he caught in New Zealand in 2013. It weighed 42 pounds, 1 ounce.
A world record brown trout was caught in Arkansas in May 1992, weighing 40 pounds, 4 ounces. It had been stocked in the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam.
That world record was broken by a 41-pound, 8-ounce fish from the Big Manister River in Michigan in 2009. The record held until 2013, when Otwin Kandolf landed a 42-pound, 1-ounce fish in the tailwaters of a New Zealand power generation dam.
Media reports about the fish indicate it may have grown so large by feeding on food pellets washed downstream from salmon farms located upstream.
Missouri brown trout records
• 40 lbs. 6 oz., Bill Babler, Lake Taneycomo, 2019
• 34 lbs. 10 oz., Paul Crews, Lake Taneycomo, 2019
• 28 lbs. 12 oz., Scott Sandusky, Lake Taneycomo, 2009
• 27 lbs. 10 oz., Rick Osborn, Lake Taneycomo, 2005
• 27 lbs. 8 oz., Bryan Chapman, Lake Taneycomo, 2005
• 26 lbs. 13 oz., Rob Caudel, Bull Shoals Lake, 1997
• 24 lbs. 15 oz., Kevin Elfrink, Lake Taneycomo, 1994
• 23 lbs. 4 oz., Marty Babusa, Lake Taneycomo, 1991
• 16 lbs. 12 oz., Butch Enke, Montauk State Park, 1990
• 15 lbs. 11 oz., Denver Medlock, Current River, 1977
Nov. 20, 2009
December 8, 2009 - 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.
February 23, 2019 - Monster brown trout smashes Missouri record
The fish was weighed alive at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, and once it's officially confirmed, it will easily break the current Missouri record — a 28-pounder also caught at Lake Taneycomo in 2009.
Neosho angler Paul Crews is on his way to smashing Missouri's brown trout record.
On Saturday, he pulled in a 34-pound, 10-ounce brown on 4-pound test line after a 20-minute fight that took him back and forth across Lake Taneycomo near Branson.
During the fight, the big fish swam beneath several docks along the edge of the lake without snagging anything and breaking the line.
September 10, 2019 - Recapping the record fish caught in Missouri in 2019
It's been a record-breaking fishing season for Missouri anglers in 2019. While we all love a good fish tale, these local catches are all verified by state officials and have the photos to prove it.
We don't want to string you along, so let's tackle this record-breaking recap.
The biggest record-breaking fish caught in Missouri in 2019
The biggest catch on our list is a whopping 76-pound black buffalo that was caught this spring.
Bowfisherman Joshua Lee, of Bernie, shot the fish in Stoddard County in April, according to the conservation department.
Lee caught the fish at the Duck Creek Conservation Area, and beat the old state record by a full two pounds.
(Where the more-general "by a full two pounds" is used as a hedge against providing a far more impactful statistic. If we take them at their word, the Missouri bowfishing state record black buffalo weighed 76 pounds, and was 2.7% larger than the previous 74-pound record holder from some obfuscated previous date. The author provides no further information on the previous record holder. That's an example of a propaganda technique known as "compartmentalization". - ed)
“That’s a big fish — even for one of Missouri’s largest species of suckers,” said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson.
More:76-pound black buffalo fish breaks Missouri record
The second-biggest catch on our list is a 40-pound brown trout that smashed the state record and came just shy of the world record. Fishing guide Bill Babler caught the monster at Lake Taneycomo in September, and said it was so big it tore the net he used to get it into the boat.
Babler's fish is only 2.5 pounds shy of the world record brown caught in New Zealand in 2013. To read more about the fish and how he caught it, click here.
The previous state record was also caught this year, a 34-pound, 10-ounce brown caught in the same lake in February.
Fishing guide Bill Babler, left, holds his 40-pound, 6-ounce brown trout he caught Wednesday at Lake Taneycomo. Helping with the fish is Lilley's Landing dock manager Ryan Titus.
It's not always pretty
Not all record-breakers are massive, majestic fish that would make any trophy room proud. Some are downright ugly.
Cody Sparkman of Perryville caught a 2-pound, 13-ounce black bullhead catfish in a farm pond in Perry County in July. That was 9 ounces more than the record, caught in 2010 in Cass County.
“I got to admit, it’s a pretty ugly fish,” Sparkman said, laughing. “We call them mudcats around here. But it’s a record so I’ll take it. I’m still debating on whether or not to mount it.”
More:Angler's new Missouri record: 'I got to admit, it’s a pretty ugly fish'
Cody Sparkman of Perryville holds his 2-pound, 13-ounce black bullhead caught on a jug line July 21 in Perry County.
It's not always on purpose
Brian Rehmeier was fishing for Asian carp on Bigelow Creek in St. Charles County when he caught a 2-pound, 10-ounce gizzard shad. Undeterred, he planned to use the catch for catfish bait until he realized he was the proud new owner of the "alternative method" record breaker.
“It’s not the coolest state-record fish, but I’ll take it!” Rehmeier said of his April catch.
Similarly, a Wappapello angler was fishing for catfish and caught something else instead: a new state-record spotted gar.
Mitchell Dering brought in the 6-pound, 2-ouncer in July on the St. Francis River. The previous record was two ounces lighter, and stood for 14 years.
More:That's no carp, but angler still reels in a new Missouri record
Mitchell Dering of Wappapello holds the seventh state record fish of 2019 – a 6-pound, 2-ounce spotted gar he caught July 5 on the St. Francis River.
And some are 'weird'
Although it happened last summer, a black redhorse caught by Nixa angler Jay Heselton was too good not to include. The 5 pound, 15 ounce fish absolutely smashed the previous state record of 1 pound, 8 ounces, and likely set the world record as well.
Usually gigged from a boat, this one was caught using a hand-tied crawdad fly, and after hooking it from a kayak Heselton made his way to shore to finish the battle with the powerful fish.
"It's pretty weird to catch a sucker on a fly rod," Heselton said at the time.
"It's certainly a unique catch, the fact he caught it on a fly rod and that he tied his own fly," an MDC fish biologist added.
More:Nixa angler likely smashes state, world record for black redhorse "sucker" fish
These kids can fish
Isaac Bohm, a 13-year-old from Huntsville, pulled in a record yellow perch using a trotline. He caught the 10-ounce fish at a private pond in Randolph County in May, and said the trophy made him want to break more records.
More:13-year-old sets record for yellow perch on a trotline in Missouri
And though it wasn't a record, 14-year-old Zach Baruch reeled in one of the rarest fish in Table Rock Lake in September. The 34-inch, 25-pound striped bass is a fish that's never been stocked at Table Rock, officials said.
"I've been a guide down here for 26 years and this is the first striper I've ever seen caught," said fishing guide Tony Weldele.
Tony Weldele, left, owner of Rainbow Chasers Guide Service, shows off the 25-pound striped bass caught by Table Rock Lake visitor Zach Baruch, 14, right.
All about that bass, no treble (hooks)
Among the history-making hauls this year was a hybrid striped bass that broke a 32-year-old record.
Cesar Rodriguez was fishing at Lake of the Ozarks when he hooked and landed the 21-pound, 11-ounce cross between a white bass and striped bass.
It was just another day at the office for Rodriguez who said he wasn't surprised he was the proud new owner of a state record, he was surprised it took this long.
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“Last year I caught a 24-pound hybrid in Oklahoma, but I couldn’t find a game warden to confirm it," he explained. "So, this catch didn’t come as a surprise that it was a record-breaker.”
Last and kind of least
Rounding out our list is the smallest catch that set a record - a 1-pound, 12-ounce redear sunfish.
Josh Cole of Reeds Spring used his bowfishing rig while fishing with his brother at Table Rock Lake in April.
Cole's fish broke the previous record, a 1-pound, 1-ounce redear caught in 2017, according to the MDC.