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If you’ve ever seen a brookie like this, it just so happens you saw one that belonged in the record books.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced in July that a Granby man broke the state brook trout record with a specimen that defies … well, everything GearJunkie previously knew about brookies.
Tim Daniel hooked the lunker in Monarch Lake on May 23. When department Aquatic Biologist Jon Ewert inspected and weighed it, it hung at 7.84 pounds. It was just enough to out-heft the long-standing state record for the biggest Colorado brook trout ever caught: a 7.63-pound fish, recorded in 1947 in Summit County.
Daniel’s brookie measured 23¼ inches in length and 15-3/8 inches in girth.
“When I headed out to fish that day with my friend Karen and four-legged friend Moose, I had no intention of breaking a record,” the angler told CPW. “I wasn’t sure what I…