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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir

wiper at pueblo 3-21

Post By: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:24:02 PM     Points: 18    
We went out on the maiden voyage of the new boat. Had trouble with the main motor so we trolled around with the kicker pullin rattle traps and rapalas. I got hit on my Xrap by a sea monster. It took 20 min to get him in ,not with out a lot of boat manuevering because I had 6lb floro leader and no net! There was another smaller one chasing but we couldn't get him to bite. It measured 37" with a girth of 28" around ,and weighed with a hand scale 29-30lbs. Biggest fresh water fish I've ever caught ,or seen
 Reply by: EOrf      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:33:13 PM     Points: 2482    
Nice U get any pics??
 Reply by: Ruffneck      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:40:26 PM     Points: 139    
Thats a hog! congrats! mounting it?
 Reply by: EOrf      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:44:35 PM     Points: 2482    
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:45:29 PM     Points: 18    
Maybe ,I have friend that is a captain back in Fla. He gets really good deals on mounts.
 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:46:00 PM     Points: 2295    
You got yourself a state record there my firiend, on a certified scale it would be anyway.
 Reply by: kwando      Posted: 3/23/2010 1:54:31 PM     Points: 46    

should have released it so one of us can have fun with him
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:03:52 PM     Points: 18    
I was thinking of releasing him the whole time ,but by the time we finally got him close to the boat with the light line ,he was doing the death roll. Tried reviving him but he kept turning belly with not much movement, thats when we pulled him for picts.
 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:07:59 PM     Points: 2295    
I wouldn't even bother explaining why you kept him, nobody's business but yours and thanks for posting that hog. But seriously that is a state record, did you have him weighed at the ramp or was it just on your hand scale? The state record is just over 26 lbs and pulled out of Pueblo.
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:10:06 PM     Points: 18    
unfortunatly a hand scale
 Reply by: Ruffneck      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:15:26 PM     Points: 139    
if you live in pueblo go to the hatchery and have them weigh it the biologists are there but you have to go before 3:30
 Reply by: Tim-COS      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:15:28 PM     Points: 494    
Take the fish to King Soopers or something and have it weighed on a cerified scale dude! Did you freeze it whole? You can still get it weighed and verified. You have your witness that was in the boat with you that can sign for you too! Incredible fish!

 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:15:37 PM     Points: 2295    
Ok, I am not sure if you could take it to the DOW office or what and have it weighed I have never caught anything big enough that I had to worry about it. Anyway good job on that thing, 6 lb line must have been a real exercise in patience especially on a wiper that big.
 Reply by: jigger      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:21:06 PM     Points: 237    

Awhale of a fish man thanks for sharing
 Reply by: brooktroutking      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:25:17 PM     Points: 356    
WOW, what a monster!!! BTK
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:26:48 PM     Points: 11453    
Wiper of a lifetime! Truly an outstanding catch and a great maiden voyage for the new boat. Congrats...and I'm jealous! CL
 Reply by: MustangDriver      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:29:43 PM     Points: 200    
Man, great job! That makes that new boat purchase worth every penny...even if you never use it again!!!!
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:36:46 PM     Points: 18    
It's too late for weighing,but I do have pictures of the measurements,if that helps at all. Oh well ,it did taste better than I thought it would ,kinda like snook.
 Reply by: kokee      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:38:24 PM     Points: 3    
thats a very nice wiper , congrats to u
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:45:51 PM     Points: 9694    
I second all the congrad posts.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:46:30 PM     Points: 840    
That's a great fish. A true beauty. Now as for it tasting like snook....come on. I'm a florida guy and the only fish here that even comes close to snook is Walleye. I've eaten wiper and i feel they are less than disireable for my taste.

I do not want to take away from the catch of a lifetime for most. Congrats!!!!!
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/23/2010 2:58:34 PM     Points: 18    
Basackwards, I know what your sayin ,walleye or maybe speck could be the best tasting freshwater i have eaten. the meat on this guy looked alot like from a big slob snook (back in the day when you could keep em).
The taste I think varies alot in freshwater fish with the water quality ,time of year and what there eating. It didn't taste that bad.
 Reply by: niteskies      Posted: 3/23/2010 3:09:16 PM     Points: 219    
As everyone else has said - Congrats on a fantastic fish. Thanks for sharing and posting the photos.

 Reply by: fom      Posted: 3/23/2010 3:11:31 PM     Points: 7332    
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 3/23/2010 3:45:40 PM     Points: 11465    
Incredible catch on 6 lb. Congrats!!
 Reply by: rkcsuram      Posted: 3/23/2010 4:08:03 PM     Points: 63    
First Pic
World Record Wiper
27lb 5oz. 4/24/97

Second Pic
6 lb line class record-23- pound, 1-ounce hybrid Feb. 25 2004

Dude, your Wiper is unreal...and looks to be pretty close to a World Record!

 Reply by: Two Ponies      Posted: 3/23/2010 4:34:48 PM     Points: 1472    

That my friend is a very worthy fish. . . You have my respect and envy for a spectacular catch at one of my favorite Colorado lakes.

Two Ponies
 Reply by: cassmaster      Posted: 3/23/2010 4:55:01 PM     Points: 227    
OMG did you use that little guy for bait..........................................haha JK but really i will probly never swim in that lake again that is a monster
 Reply by: TheBaum      Posted: 3/23/2010 5:12:44 PM     Points: 2465    
 Reply by: Longhorn      Posted: 3/23/2010 6:17:37 PM     Points: 62    
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Biggest wiper I have EVER seen! I'm thinking record! Congrats to you, and that's one helluva a maiden voyage. I'd wish you luck in the future, but you don't need any more luck - lol!
 Reply by: Fishinbud      Posted: 3/23/2010 6:44:06 PM     Points: 0    
Wow! The state-record wiper was landed on a fly rod at Pueblo Reservoir in 2004. The wiper measured 37 Ĺ inches long and weighed 26 pounds 15 ounces. The world record wiper I believe is 27 pounds, 5 ounces, caught in Arkansas in 1997. I would have been nice to see an accurate weight on that fish for sure. None the less, great catch!!!

 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 3/23/2010 6:55:10 PM     Points: 234    
WOW!!!!great fish
thats goin too look good in your MAN CAVE!!!!!
 Reply by: JoeFish6      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:20:26 PM     Points: 3    
WOW. That is an unbelievable catch, congratulations! That is definitely the fish of a lifetime, and it would be great to get the weight verified for a possible state record. Great job!
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:27:17 PM     Points: 11465    
Good thing you had your partner in the boat following that brute as you were fighting it. What a deal!!
 Reply by: BassTrout      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:27:29 PM     Points: 4804    
Beautiful fish, good job on the light line catch.
 Reply by: Quicsilver171      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:29:21 PM     Points: 20    
Wait a second, you caught this fish and dint realize it was a world record and you ate it? or am i missing something
 Reply by: loneeagle      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:29:51 PM     Points: 75    
man thats a nice fish despite motor problems that alone makes for a good day of fishin good job and congrats
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:43:11 PM     Points: 9694    
having a record for supper has happened before, and not doubt will happen again.
 Reply by: fishoholic      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:56:01 PM     Points: 1018    
Good job on the moster fish..i bet it got your adrenaline rising thru the roof.
congratulations... good fishing and tight lines

p.s. add another lake skipper to the list!
 Reply by: fish      Posted: 3/23/2010 7:57:08 PM     Points: 6675    
captndoug congrats on your catch thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: Co.flyboy      Posted: 3/23/2010 8:00:57 PM     Points: 122    
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/23/2010 8:03:08 PM     Points: 1685    
Good job!!!! and a great looking fish...
 Reply by: namaru      Posted: 3/23/2010 8:45:02 PM     Points: 10    
Wow, I hope to catch A wiper this year, let alone one close to that size! Congrats!!!
 Reply by: Rivrunnr1      Posted: 3/23/2010 8:56:25 PM     Points: 1883    
Dude I fish Pueblo at least four times a week during spring and summer.........just for a shot at a fish like that. I am stunned.

Could be a world record for sure. Should have got it weighed on a certified scale.
 Reply by: wackin em      Posted: 3/23/2010 9:03:19 PM     Points: 20    
Wow in one word that is just incredible great fish man congratulations fish of a lifetime no doubt nice work. Way to start the season. Tight lines! !!!
 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 3/23/2010 9:05:56 PM     Points: 102    
Awesome catch! Record or not, that's a catch of a lifetime. I'd submit it to the CDOW master angler series and also have a fiberglass mount made...since you've got good pics, and measurements, someone ought to be able to make a sweet mount for you!

 Reply by: HeavyC      Posted: 3/23/2010 9:16:26 PM     Points: 5576    
SUNIOVA! Nice show my man!

HC Out!
 Reply by: proton      Posted: 3/23/2010 9:29:32 PM     Points: 193    
How did you get that minnow to look so BIG !!!!
 Reply by: alwayzskunkd      Posted: 3/23/2010 9:48:18 PM     Points: 1576    
Awesome catch!!! I knew there had to be at least one in fish there. Looks like he had eaten all of the others
 Reply by: looneytooner      Posted: 3/23/2010 10:04:42 PM     Points: 49    
Congrats! My favorite fish My favorite lake. Motivation for all of us to wake up in the morning and give it a go. That fish will undoubtedly be the fish of the year in Colorado and if that fish was shy of the World Record it was just shy. What A Beast! LT
 Reply by: Toad      Posted: 3/23/2010 10:26:27 PM     Points: 807    
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 3/23/2010 10:26:52 PM     Points: 234    
 Reply by: Toad      Posted: 3/23/2010 10:40:49 PM     Points: 807    
It was meant to show my excitement. I guess I'll just write instead: Holy freakin crap that is the biggest most awesome wiper I've ever seen. WOW! Who cares if its a state record, You got the pic and that's the most important thing. I might have mounted it tho.
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 3/23/2010 10:52:07 PM     Points: 234    
No Mr. Toad, i was more so commenting on the 15lb.
winterkill that looked like a 30lb live pic..
 Reply by: Toad      Posted: 3/23/2010 11:03:11 PM     Points: 807    
Oh. Cool. Whatever then. Yeah, obviously someone doesn't have a very good sense of size and weight. I guess the winterkill fish could have been bloated or something, but this fish is an absolute monster.
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 3/23/2010 11:15:25 PM     Points: 234    
captndoug, thats the biggest fish ive ever seen
come out of those waters.
 Reply by: basshog      Posted: 3/23/2010 11:26:59 PM     Points: 343    
I would have trained that fish so you could ride it. That thing is a sea world shamoo.

Nice fish
 Reply by: bamjbam      Posted: 3/24/2010 3:42:32 AM     Points: 189    
HOLY frikin crap!! Do you live near Pueblo?

If so do you need a roomate or 1st mate.

Hell ill leave the 'ol lady for fishing like that man!!


 Reply by: bill92042      Posted: 3/24/2010 6:46:37 AM     Points: 546    
Very nice! Thanks for sharing the pics.

 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 3/24/2010 7:50:13 AM     Points: 62    
OMG THAT'S HUGE!!!!!!!!!!
 Reply by: bullelk28      Posted: 3/24/2010 8:28:23 AM     Points: 243    
AWESOME FISH!! Makes me want to get out on the lake. No, definetly going this weekend. Great job, story and pics! Congratulations.
 Reply by: ranger619      Posted: 3/24/2010 8:51:33 AM     Points: 25    
wow, nice fish. But why the change in wardrobe while taking pics? poss world record, wow, awesome, the mussel inspectors didn't encourage you to get an official weight? don't want to stir the pot, but something seems fishy.
 Reply by: Bernie S      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:21:16 AM     Points: 33    
Congratulations!!!!!! for the fish and bonus maiden voyage

Gotta love those drag ripping, pole bending, and now boat maneuvering Wiper.
 Reply by: Fish44      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:46:41 AM     Points: 194    
Wow awesome, awesome, awesome,
but yeah how do you change pants in the middle of a photo shoot with that monster, and since it could not be released wheres the picture with "your scale" to show the weight? Show us more pictures.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:51:15 AM     Points: 1685    
There was probably 3 guys on the boat...
Remember there is someone behing the camera....
 Reply by: hippster      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:54:33 AM     Points: 5    
while this all sounds good lets look at the time of year same time just about the same time the supposed state record was caught .if i were a betting man I'd say looks like another floater found struggling at the end of its life sounds too fishy to be true. if you catch a fish of that magnitude most serious fisherman are off to the nearest certified scale .most people would have called the DOW on their way off the lake and the DOW would have met you at the boat ramp. they get just as jazzed about a new state record as any one .but a possible new world record they would have beat you to the ramp . if this is a true story than to bad for you that would have been a record to stand the test of time 6lb leader we serious wiper freaks go with 50lb braid I don't mean to be a sceptical but but it sounds to fishy to me
 Reply by: looneytooner      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:12:49 AM     Points: 49    
Getting silly again. Fish looks mighty healthy to me. Much more healthy than the 15 minute flyrod fight of a couple years ago. Either way Pueblo is growing them huge and will soon have the WR legitimately in hand. I feel sorry for the freakin shad knowing that beast could be around any corner or under any shelf.. Lt
 Reply by: njh      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:15:07 AM     Points: 4313    
HOLY C#@*!!!! What a pig! Congrats man!
 Reply by: bigcat33      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:17:17 AM     Points: 712    
what makes you guys think its a winterkill fish? To me it looks to be pretty fresh. And not everyone fishes to get awards and whatnot.
 Reply by: Djfisherman      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:23:48 AM     Points: 231    
WOW!!!! I'm freakin' speechless guys......

 Reply by: heed      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:31:20 AM     Points: 97    
come on...this is not a winter kill fish. Look at his dorsel fin standing up in defense and eyes are still clear. Also, that is NOT the same guy in both pics.
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:34:31 AM     Points: 15619    
I like the first picture- it shows the size of the fish. The second pic- well, you hold small fish like that to make them look bigger. It messes with perspective, so there is no way to really see how big a fish is in those arms-out photos.
That fish doesn't need any exaggeration for effect. Hope someday I hook something like that, record or not I imagine it was a blast. The record might not be yours, but the story is.
 Reply by: M Smiley      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:37:53 AM     Points: 105    
I can understand why folks get skeptical on posts like this - we've seen some posts before on these forums end up being far from reality, however if it's a legit catch congrats it's a very nice fish indeed!

I do agree that being at Pueblo you would think the inspectors would have had to have seen the fish upon the inspection of a drained livewell when exiting the lake. How would they have seen the size of that fish and not suggested getting a certified weight on the fish? That piece alone does seem odd to me. Whenever a potential record size fish is caught there are skeptics, especially a situation like this when it is eaten and never officially weighed, etc. Just human nature I suppose.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:37:58 AM     Points: 1685    
That fish has some very good skin and clear eyes I can see that it is not winter kill!!!
They were not intending to catch a fish of that magnitude that's pretty obvious to all of us buy trolling with 6 lbs. test, your after trout or just messing around out on the lake.. these guys may not have been after wiper but they caught the fish as a team, by using the boat and playing the fish they deserve a little more respect!!! You and I were not there so we don't know the story. We should just enjoy the the fact that we have a lake that you and I have a chance to catch a fish of that size here in Colorado... And give them kudos catching it. I don't care that They ate the fish or didn't realize that they had a record. And no one else should care what they did, I think they just didn't know and may have not talked with anyone else about it .,Like I said we were not there and don't know the hole story..
 Reply by: FishWhacked      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:41:31 AM     Points: 204    
Hell of a catch!!! Nice job & working it in with a 6lb leader?....that takes a ton of skill and patience. You've got to have a banner year after starting it off like this.

Pay no mind to the naysayers, they're just jealous! I'm jealous but seeing this hog makes me want to get out on my area lakes and go after some fish right NOW.
 Reply by: ranger33      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:52:27 AM     Points: 78    
Thats a hog! who cares what anyone says, that a fish of a lifetime!!
 Reply by: mountainmanp      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:58:32 AM     Points: 691    
WHOA NELLY!!!!!!!!!!! That my friend is a FREAK!

 Reply by: hippster      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:01:02 AM     Points: 5    
just because it looks fresh doesn't mean it wasn't winter kill Ive seen it consistently through the years .based on this story it just doesn't add up ive caughtlots of wipers over 12lbs and up to 17.5 lbs and not one has ever started a death roll they've always taken off like they had never been caught even in the warmest water when by the way most wiper or striper die from from the stress of being caught. then to eat it so theres no evidence ,not to call DOW to find out if they truly had something special as that ask yourself this would you have done what they did with a fish like that .personally i'm grateful they dined instead of claiming the record
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:01:43 AM     Points: 1685    
Your not being very respectful please. You may not want to go down this road,,You are assuming a lot by making those Accusations and being new to the site your not going to make any friends.. You will loose the argument over this fish It is a picture is all, and they have no reason to lie,If I was going to lie about catching the fish I would not say 6 lbs line.. That fish is a record fish! No scale needed! You can see it is without having a scale in the photo! No need to be mean! Or accuse them of fraud. The picture says it all.. If you really do catch Wipers then you should know this also...
If they were going to comit fraud then yea they would have had it on a scale with pics, THINK ABOUT IT!!!That's why I beleave the photo and the story..
Again,,,, You were not there!!!
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:04:17 AM     Points: 18    
sheees guys,winter kill? I may be dumb cracker from Florida but I have never had a dead fish pull out drag(unless a bigger one was eatin" it). No he was alive ! Oh ya, I made a complete wardrobe change ,and got shorter for the pictures. Look ,I am sorry I didn't get it weighed for you guys. I am a serious fisherman ,just maybe not by some of you guys definition. I have fished mainly in Florida all my life for fun and for money ,but never really payed attention to records. I have some picts on another camera we took at home when we measured it which I'll post. That was my first time at Pueblo .I live in douglas county ,but think I might try and get down there again to back that catch up. We did see another one that was not too much smaller.
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:14:25 AM     Points: 18    
hippster, Wiper as far as I know are the same species as sunshine bass , which are a little sluggish in colder water. It was the first wiper i have ever caught,so i am not sure how they they are supposed to fight in diff water temps. Anyways I really don't care what you think dude ,it is what it is.
 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:16:23 AM     Points: 2295    
PLEASE keep the post coming captndoug, don't let anyone discourage you from that. This is one of the best post I have seen in a while and 90% of us feel the same way. Thanks again for showing us.
 Reply by: heed      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:19:04 AM     Points: 97    
Captndoug, I am disgusted that you felt like you had to defend yourself in your last post. What is wrong with people?? Awesome fish.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:20:48 AM     Points: 1685    
I have just a question for you though.
I was woundering what youmay have been thinking now that you have had a couple of days think about it... You may have caught a world record / state record and line class record. And didn't get it weighed Do you feel like you may do something didferent or do you just dont care much about it.. Alot of guys catch very large record fish all the time and just let them go and they do it on pupose... And I am fine with that..Some don't want all the fame that may go with having a World record fish. Would you be the guy that doesn't want the fame, or the guy that was just out to have a nice day on the lake with the buddies? Or the guy that wishes he would have got it to a scale? Now that you know what you had..

I would be the guy that wished he got it to the scales!! lol...Only a few short years ago I would have let the fish go without knowing What Master Anglers are and record size of fish and not given it another thought..
Any way I will be looking for your name in the Master Angler program at least..
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:24:33 AM     Points: 18    
6lb leader on 14lb braid ,I was not expecting anything but rainbows.
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:34:12 AM     Points: 18    
Ya ,now I wish I got it to scale and documented it for this forums sake,not in witness protection or anything. Like I said ,I just didn't think about records(until I posted to this forum).
 Reply by: M Smiley      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:35:28 AM     Points: 105    
Capt. Doug - Did the mussel inspectors not check your livewell upon exit? I would be dissapointed in them if they saw a fish of that size and didn't at least suggest to you to have it weighed...
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:39:34 AM     Points: 1685    
Now that you know were the Wiper are and What they like ,,, go get that little brother. And you may want to charge a fee for anyone wanting to go out on your boat with you.. I know that I would pay! lol Just kidding. but if you would like you can ride with me on my boat any time... lol And Im sure you will have lots of friends with you on you next trip down there...Of corse Im just kidding I will go catch my own at Aurora Res...
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:42:59 AM     Points: 18    
She didn't ask if caught anything,just checked the bildge drain and the lower units on the the motors and asked if we used the anchor.
 Reply by: luv2fishco      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:44:18 AM     Points: 23    
great fish! . Here is the info on Nevada state record and his girth similiar it was only 25 lbs just so you have a comparison

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25.38 lbs
36 1/2 inches
27 inch Girth
Caught on a Rapala Shad Rap
12 lb. test line
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:46:11 AM     Points: 18    
Fishrangler, I no expert on Wiper fishing ,just a beginner ,but does seem to be alot like fishing for striper or jack.
 Reply by: M Smiley      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:46:32 AM     Points: 105    
That's too bad....Most inspectors I have run across actually look in the livewell to see that it is drained. You think Pueblo would be the one lake where they actually should do that. If she would have she'd have seen the fish I assume.

 Reply by: hippster      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:49:24 AM     Points: 5    
hey captndoug do your research big wipers prefer cold water as a matter of fact that's why they grow so big here .your story doesn't add up id like to believe it but the circumstances surrounding this story don't seam believable being a capt and not thinking you had a super fish doesn't cut the mustard .did you show this fish to the boat inspectors .they would have called the DOW for you t5he fact that you ate your fish instead of doing your homework with your computer that you are obvesly pretty good with just discourages me more 5 min at the Dow web site would have told you ' you had a world record . even if you had frozen it it still would be the world record .its a nice fish and a nice story just a little puzzling coming from a captn from Florida and all .
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:50:00 AM     Points: 18    
the Nevada fish looks real close.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:58:36 AM     Points: 11453    
Man, so of you guys ought to give the captain a break. That's an unbelievably great catch, but why call him out? I normally stay out of the crap like these accusations, but come on...its a shiny, healthy looking fish from a great fishery with lots of baitfish and known to produce previous records. He caught it in cold water, making it that much easier to handle on light tackle and all good anglers know that the giants of all species bite in early spring. Besides, Doug's a salt water angler meaning he has experience with serious fish fights.

Can you quote the record sizes for all species - especially those you weren't targeting? I can't. I caught a perch 2 years ago that was 2 inches longer than the state record... and released it ignorantly because I didn't know what I had. Doh! No pics, so I'm sure some of you will call me a liar. And in my experience, most ANS inspectors aren't fish experts by any stretch so how would they know?

As for a release, wipers have a much higher incidence of delayed mortality than most species releasing a completely exhausted wiper is almost always a waste according to several bio's I've spoken with. Wiper have a harder time regulating blood chemistry due to them being part salt water fish and part fresh water fish.

CaptnDoug - well done and thanks for sharing. Now, where exactly on Pueblo were you fishing...J/K! CL

 Reply by: DisplacedFisherman      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:59:16 AM     Points: 260    
The best fish caught an posted on this site since I have been a member.. Almost 3yrs now.
Congrats! That is definetly a fish of a lifetime right there! Many of us will never catch a Wiper that big.
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:00:18 PM     Points: 18    
HIPPSTER,never said I was a captain ,just my handle since I was 15. Everybody is a captain of there own boat. You are right I bought it at King Sooper in the frozen seafood section brought out on the boat and staged this hoax. Next week I am going to pull a saquatch out of my walk in freezer for the guys at bigfoot forum.
 Reply by: fishoholic      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:08:13 PM     Points: 1018    
Good fish no need for you said captndoug it is what it got this serious fishermans respect thats for sure...

good fishing and thight lines
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:09:11 PM     Points: 840    
Wow, Tough Crowd.

Either way, nobody can take away an amazing catch. I wish I was the one catching all the greif for an awesome fish. Whether you ate it used it for fertilizer or whatever you caught it and shared it with the rest of us and I thank you. It makes me want to make a trip down south for sure. Please don't be discouraged from putting up future posts. It's funny how the little green monster known as jealousy rears it's ugly head and disguises itself as disbelief.
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:15:25 PM     Points: 18    
fishaholic bassackwards,

no worries ,thanks for the compliments. It's big lake ,there must me more, maybe bigger. I hope I am LUCKY enough to catch another someday.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:21:08 PM     Points: 1685    
At the least you may call the manufacture of the lure you used and the rod and reel and line and you may get some kinda indorsment maybe a few lures for your story .. there is value in that.. I dont know if you realize that.. advertizing cost alot of money these days but a picture with your fish and the lure is priceless, Just the story alone should be in the next Field and Stream! And shared with the world...
 Reply by: proton      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:32:16 PM     Points: 193    
That fish is definitly a fresh fish and besides, who would eat a winter kill fish? I wouldn't.
 Reply by: Longhorn      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:35:15 PM     Points: 62    

Who are you bro? You seem to be an expert on wiper, at least you come off that way. Where are your pics? Get off this guy's back dude - looks legitimate to me man. Just cause Captndoug caught a fish that you never will, doesn't mean that he is full of crap bro!

Captndoug - Keep talking, this is the most intriguing thing I've ever seen on a local fishing forum. Once again, congrats and do not let the naysayers discourage you.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:38:22 PM     Points: 840    

Fishrangler makes an awesome point. I would contact rapala and the other companies that you used to catch this fish and see if they will give you something for using your story, Rapala is very proud of holding like 178 world records. heck you could be on wfn's commercial.
 Reply by: reconfisher      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:41:46 PM     Points: 10203    
now i can show my GF there IS fish in pueblo! great catch man! very envious!
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:48:41 PM     Points: 2304    
I too can vouch for wipers wearing themselves out to the point of complete exhaustion. It sometimes takes a good half hour or so before they even start to seem right and even then its not a sure thing theyíll live. I have made it standard practice on my boat for any wipers Iím planning on releasing that I get them right into the live well and run it full boar as fast as possible before I do any picture taking or weighing or measuring. I equate those few seconds out of the water after you land a wiper thatís put up a long fight to asking a sprinter or distance runner to hold there breath for a minute right after they finish their run. I have been happy to find wipers that seemed totally toasted would be happily swimming in place and full of spunk 30 minutes later.

All that being said, I donít think that fish would of fit in my live well. Great fish! I have released every large wiper I have ever caught, but that one would first go to a certified scale and then would go right on my wall in my poker room. Them zebra muscles grow them wipers big!
 Reply by: longdraw      Posted: 3/24/2010 12:59:41 PM     Points: 512    
I believe it. Same year class as the current state record. There are more in there... Great catch capn, way to handle that fish!
 Reply by: WYO      Posted: 3/24/2010 1:06:34 PM     Points: 571    
That's an awesome fish bro-ham! Awesomeness!
 Reply by: bullelk28      Posted: 3/24/2010 1:07:02 PM     Points: 243    
For what it's worth, I spend a lot of time on Pueblo Res. in the summer. I have never had my live well checked. Pull the plug, lower the drive and on my way.

That fish would never have fit in the well anyway. Again AWESOME!!!!!!
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/24/2010 1:38:46 PM     Points: 1685    
So I called IGFA and you still may have a world record of some kind even though you ate the fish you have the girth and length of fish The lady Becky in Florida says she's going to check into it and email me back...I will let you know what she says if anything at all.

Also I know that the Pueblo Tourizum board would love to have more info on your catch and maybe a picture at the resivoir..Just a thought!
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 3/24/2010 2:26:47 PM     Points: 124    
 Reply by: fishhooker      Posted: 3/24/2010 2:27:18 PM     Points: 7093    
Congrats on the catch of a lifetime! That is an awesome fish! Keep 'em coming!!!
 Reply by: fish      Posted: 3/24/2010 4:34:50 PM     Points: 6675    
Congrats again thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: fishinwfoos      Posted: 3/24/2010 5:55:23 PM     Points: 105    

Great job everyone on the info!!!!!
 Reply by: hippster      Posted: 3/24/2010 7:36:35 PM     Points: 5    
hey longhorn its me bro just for the record so you know who i am i have been called many nicknames Thur the years such as curt gowdy jr, little AL Lindie ,but my personal favorite is sir slam allot wiper fishing is all we do i dont consider my self an expert but most of the people who fish with me have caught the biggest wipers of their lives as soon as i figure out how to download my pics i will . i dont mean to dis captndoug i just think most serious fisherman like myself think in the same a lot of you ive been looking for the state record wiper so much so that a 12 -15 lb wiper doesn't do it for me any more. nice to look at ,fun to catch BUT NOT A STATE RECORD so forgive me for being a sceptic . just have a hard time believing . it just seams that every time someone catches a big wiper in pueblo there's a odd story behind it .wouldn't be the first big wiper to choke on 18 inch walleye and float to the surface still struggling and scooped up by a passerby.oh and by the way the walleye are spawning hard right now an easy meal for big wiper. but like i said I'm a sceptic
 Reply by: pbs      Posted: 3/24/2010 7:48:07 PM     Points: 3334    
Captndoug...thats one BIG fish man, congrats and thx for sharing !
 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/24/2010 7:53:46 PM     Points: 2295    
" i have been called many nicknames Thur the years such as curt gowdy jr, little AL Lindie ,but my personal favorite is sir slam allot "

LOL !!!! Ok, you the man. They call me the black widow and I thought that was cool for a while, now I am thinking its because of the bad luck that I bring the people I fish with.
Anyway, Lindie Jr. you go get em.
 Reply by: alwayzskunkd      Posted: 3/24/2010 7:54:07 PM     Points: 1576    
I loved your comment about the bigfoot forum. That was great!! You don't have to prove anything to anyone. that was an awesome catch and something most of us only dream of.

So you are looking at 3 records?
State record
World record
and biggest wiper ever eaten!!!

Thanks for sharing your pics and the post
 Reply by: tnhj      Posted: 3/24/2010 8:28:34 PM     Points: 54    
nice fish, what was the water temp back there?
 Reply by: Bullyhunter      Posted: 3/24/2010 8:57:30 PM     Points: 3520    
Very nice fish indeed. Nothing like eating a possible state/world record! Man I give you credit,I would be kicking my own rear right now. Nice fish again!
 Reply by: Jiggin4aBiggin      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:07:17 PM     Points: 3    
Im glad captdoug doesnt have to prove anything. Usually when an angler claims to have broken a record he does in fact have to prove it or its just another fish story.
 Reply by: ToonFishR      Posted: 3/24/2010 9:53:14 PM     Points: 43    
Incredible Wiper my man... I had a good friend tell me about this post, telling me that it made my Wiper look like a minnow!! No doubt it does.. I caught a 17.5# Wiper at the Creek and was pretty sure I was boating a whale... Fishin' for Wiper is my favorite, but also the most frustrating.... Great job non-the -less and may I suggest shirts for the next round of pics with your next world record... Haha...
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:40:02 PM     Points: 84484    
captndoug : awsome fish...thanks for sharing. that thing would eat my 10incher i caught out of jmart the other week......thanks
Dale JR
 Reply by: captndoug      Posted: 3/24/2010 10:49:33 PM     Points: 18    

hey I never even thought or claimed I had a record fish ,somebody else did that after i posted the pictures. once we realized it wasn't gonna swim away ,we started thinking about the deep fryer. If it lives in the water and is somewhat edible ,I'll eat it. anyways my buddy who I share the boat with urged me to post these picts. Maybe a bad decision. In a controlled fishery like these lakes are, there has to be more, they stock em for God's sake! It's not like you gotta battle commercial guys with nets,or divers spearin' all the big slow ones, or idiots releasing there hungry ,agressive, excotic aquarium fish(at least I hope not).

I'm done,
 Reply by: C-DOG      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:10:56 PM     Points: 234    
captndoug, you dont have to prove nothing to nobody!
you had a great day fishing and thats all there is to it.
Dude you did nothing wrong!!!(please dont let em bother you)

Oh BTW how many people did that fish feed?
Im guessing 11 or 12, HAAA!
 Reply by: pbs      Posted: 3/24/2010 11:25:55 PM     Points: 3334    
Captndoug, i know you said you're done, and i dont blame you one bit.
However in closing, i just would like to say ..i'm glad you DID post and
you got some fishing in and had GREAT fun doing so, after all...isnt that
what it's all about? Congrats again !
 Reply by: Lucius      Posted: 3/25/2010 12:36:19 AM     Points: 372    

Hell of catch!!! I know many of us really do appreciate you sharing your experience. I always look forward to a monster catch on the forum. If I ever get around to wiper fishing, I will have to hit you up for some hints. Thanks again for sharing and Congrats on your beast.

 Reply by: ducati      Posted: 3/25/2010 6:39:20 AM     Points: 2295    
"Im glad captdoug doesnt have to prove anything. Usually when an angler claims to have broken a record he does in fact have to prove it or its just another fish story."

Please re-read the posts before you comment, not once did he bring up a state record he was just showing off a nice fish, he did not claim anything. The only ones that made issue with the state / world records were the rest of.
Man thats a beautiful fish, everytime I open this post I just can't get over that thing.

 Reply by: fishy15      Posted: 3/25/2010 8:50:32 AM     Points: 120    
Why does it have to be about records? Shouldn't we just fish for the enjoyment of fishing? Why is everyone so worried about their 15 minutes of fame, that's not what fishing is about! Congrats on the catch and just for the record, I would have done the same as you did, if it can't be released then respect it and use it, donít just hang it on the wall!
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 3/25/2010 8:58:31 AM     Points: 1685    

Good news you still may qualify for the IGFA all tackle record for the whiterock bass ---thats what they call it
IF you have a picture of the fish on the had said you had more pictures..
The way I read it,it does not have to be certified scale....
then you just have to take more pictures of the scale you used yourself and rod and reel
From Rebecca
The current all tackle record for the whiterock bass is:

Bass, whiterock Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops 27 lbs. 5 oz. - 12.38
kgs Greers Ferry Lake Arkansas USA 5/24/1997 Jerald Shaum

If the catch was made in accordance with IGFA rules and is equal or
greater in weight than the existing all tackle, the angler may apply for
a world record. We require a signed and notarized application along with
50 ft of line from the spool to include any double line and leader and
all components must be intact, photos of angler with catch, rod and reel
and scale as well.

Rebecca Wright
IGFA World Records Coordinator
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
 Reply by: M Smiley      Posted: 3/25/2010 9:17:16 AM     Points: 105    

Awesome help you are trying to give Capt. Doug but I'll tell you there is no way an IGFA weight record would be approved off a non-certified scale.

If a scale is not certified the weight really means nothing as far as certifying a record by weight is concerned.

They may have some sort of non weight records by measurements but I'm not sure. I had a friend land a near W.R. King Salmon last summer and they released it. He looked into a release record with measurements with the IGFA but never really got anywhere with them.
 Reply by: clint walker      Posted: 3/25/2010 9:39:44 AM     Points: 1253    
Awesome fish Doug!! I hardly ever fish for wipers and my biggest was 6lbs 1oz but with the way they fight, I'd be willing to bet yours fought like a bull red. Man that's just flat out awesome! I am from the coast as well and caught a lot of big fish and seems that pound per pound, these wipers can compare to a number of nice salt water fish like bull reds, snapper and even amberjack.

As for the haters, just ignore them bro, not really worth your time to try defending yourself. Just enjoy the moment
 Reply by: fishhooker      Posted: 3/25/2010 10:01:07 AM     Points: 7093    
Have any of you who are ripping on this guy thought that maybe he didn't want the attention??? Some people are quiet in what and how they catch for their own reasons. Some of you on here are appearently so jealous that he caught this and you didn't!!! Get over it! Some people AREN'T so vain that they have to get their name in the record books if they catch a monster fish. I applaud you captndoug for your catch! I also commend you on how you have handled this instant noteriety and the naysayers that come with it. There are people out there who fish for the ENJOYMENT! Not to catch a limit, or the biggest, or whatever. Keep catchin em captdoug!
 Reply by: Moderator      Posted: 3/25/2010 10:19:55 AM53    
It's sad that this thread has taken a turn for the worse by some. Great catch, great fish that doesn't need anything more than congratulations, which many have given.

As the content does not seem to be going anywhere productive, we sadly have stopped this thread from any futher posts. Please be respectful of your fellow fishers in future threads.

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