That's an awesome fish. I don't know the fella but I recognize his name. I think he puts a lot of time out on those eastern plains lakes! Congrats to him, Next time let the fish give itself come credit. That's a big fish!
Reply by: dizzel Posted: 7/13/2017 12:04:00 AM Points: 20643
That is a beauty of a Wiper for sure, SGM I do agree that the weight of that fish is on the slim side, the state record is: Wiper 26 lbs. 15oz. 37.5" length Pueblo Reservoir Kevin Treanor 2004.... at 33 inches that thing should have weighed around 20-23 pounds
The biggest one I have caught this year was 27 inches and was around 13 pounds on the boga grip....
Reply by: illpilgrim Posted: 7/13/2017 7:44:14 AM Points: 1555
On the stiff arm... Are you concerned that their fish looks bigger than yours? Do you lose your ability to judge the size of the fish within a few millimeters accuracy? lol I actually prefer photos that feature the stiff arm... I came to see the fish, not the angler.
Reply by: cookster Posted: 7/13/2017 9:34:17 AM Points: 58993
That fish is not even close to the state record. Just another slim Jackson wiper. They start getting a trucker gut when they reach that size to get the weight. I agree no need for a stiff arm on a nice fish like that.
Reply by: Rip Lip Posted: 7/15/2017 10:33:51 AM Points: 138
Most times I'd say the stiff arm happens subconsciously and people don't do it to make their fish look bigger. To each their own I suppose. Hold the fish how you want, as long as it is not detrimental to the fish. Lots of fish that size out east, and along the front range.