Angler Breaks 62-Year-Old State Record by 9 pounds

When Thomas Knight caught his monster lake trout he thought it might have a chance at the state record. Little did he know that he would end put smashing the record by 9-pounds, and not only would he have the biggest lake trout in New Hampshire but the biggest on in all of New England.

According to WCBV ABC 5, Thomas Knight, of Meredith, New Hampshire, caught the enormous, 37-pound lake trout through the ice at Big Diamond Pond.

Thomas Knight with lake trout

When he pulled it up he knew he had a monster that he thought could break the record of 28 pounds that had stood since 1958. He contacted state wildlife biologist Andy Schafermeyer to inspect and verify the fish.

They took the fish to a certified scale that maxed out at 30 lbs, but that ended up not being enough. At that point, they knew they had the state record fish, but not by how much. They found another set of scales and the fish weighed in at 37.65 pounds, which was high enough to break the New England regional record.

Thomas Knight with lake trout

“Most state records, when bested, are done so by only a few ounces. Knight’s fish shattered the old record by over 9 pounds. This fish is now the largest lake trout caught in all of New England,” Schafermeyer said. “I’m glad he got it. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”

The fish measured over 40 inches in length with a 27-inch girth. Schafermeyer estimated that the fish was between 50 and 60 years old.

Amazing fish and congratulations to the angler.

Thomas Knight with lake trout