I had to search back to find why the strange need to prove its a brown trout, presuming this was all started by Easker saying he's never seen a brown trout like it? neither have I, but no one has claimed its not...if that is the reason.
I think we all know that it wouldn't end up like that in a natural environment.
...that might apply to all NZ trout. NZ is not their natural environment?
And; the record trout was wild, not stocked to fatten, or fattened and stocked; it could have roamed wherever it wanted, but chose all by itself, a really good paddock - as they say here.
There are a lot more like that in the Canterbury irrigation canals, and some of the hydro-electric water races, all wild, and big.
There is a bit of a following down south there in Central Otago for that kind of sport too.
Your regular trout fishers are not that interested, as in the south there are also good salmon runs too, as an added distraction; Chinook, Sockeye, and Atlantic salmon.
It is the brown trout fishing in a lot of the southern NZ rivers that is legendary; possibly locally more than globally.
You have to be around at the right time relative to rainfall, which can be, sporadic, epic, to none at all - best to come and live here if you want the best of it. I can highly recommend it.
Lots of examples where excess food/feeding availability causes massive growth in fish size.
..it’s a freak of an environment, that creates a few of those freaky fish each year.There are plenty massive trout that have developed naturally that don't look like that, that particular one looks to have put on weight faster than it can naturally grow to accommodate it, fat basically, easy feeding or whatever, but that is just my opinion, if that is the standard we should strive for I'm fine with not fancying it.
I did, and I'm not spending more time establishing whether a trout is a trout ffs.
..it’s a freak of an environment, that creates a few of those freaky fish each year.