There is Hope!! I feel lucky getting anything 10" and over out of the local rivers and streams...but check out the size of this one! Little more than 9 pounds! I don't measure trout by weight, as think I'd need to use the reloading scale on most of them and weigh them in grains. This gives me some reason to hit the streams a little harder next year, and maybe give lake fishing for "brookies" a try! The link has a picture... http://www.wlbz2.com/genthumb.ashx?e=3&h=240&w=320&i=/assetpool/images/100115054521 http://www.wlbz2.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=113438 , Maine (AP) -- A Waterboro man is the holder of a new Maine record for the largest brook trout ever caught. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the fish weighed just over 9 pounds. It was caught through the ice Jan. 8 by Patrick Coan of Waterboro on Mousam Lake in Shapleigh. The size of the fish was certified on a supermarket scale. The previous record brook trout was an 8 pound 8 ounce fish caught in 1979. Biologists say fin clips show the record fish was a product of a state hatchery. Inland Fisheries and the Maine Sportsman newspaper have maintained the state record book for more than 30 years.