Post By: zachman1750 Posted: 7/31/2020 11:35:32 PMPoints: 6
Caught (and released) what I'd consider the fish of a lifetime today, and I'd be curious if any of you folks have ever seen a bass of a similar weight at such a relatively low length. It was just absolutely built at 7.16 Lbs and 20.5" long. More incredibly, its girth was just a hair over 19.5". This is why I pack a scale and proper tape measure with me every. single. time.
This fish was caught and released in public, metro-area water in CO.
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Reply by: zachman1750 Posted: Aug. 1, 10:55:23 PM Points: 6
These comments are cracking me up! When it first came out of the water I only saw its head and back, and thought, "probably 19-21 inches". After I felt the fight more and finally saw the gut I knew I had a freak of a bass, even though my initial estimate was technically on point.
@Eyefishing, that'd be crazy if your fish that was a half inch longer and a half inch girthier was another 5lbs heavier. It makes me want to check my scale to see if it's actually calibrated correctly. Do you have a pic to share? I'd love to see it!
Reply by: bluecollarguy Posted: Aug. 2, 11:08:20 AM Points: 43
When i saw the title i assumed it was an over exaggeration (as many are lol) but the photos changed my opinion! The fish looks morbidly obese, with a smaller head and absurdly wide belly (i'm worried about the health of the fish haha). My assumption is it has a large meal inside and it hasn't been digested yet. The way the scales are separated as opposed to tightly packed makes me think that. The larger fish I've caught (>6) typically have a good sized head to go with the body whether compact and very thick (more typical I've found with Colorado northern strain) or just long and stout. Either way a hell of a bass!
I'm not sure what to say about the nice mount, as the length doesn't match with known weights of large fish I've personally caught (i'm assuming it's much longer than 21" if the weight is accurate). Is that a Colorado fish? Jarrett Edwards state record at 22.5" was built like a 5 gallon bucket and that fish was under 12lbs.
Reply by: elkinthebag Posted: Aug. 2, 11:50:26 AM Points: 2088
Definitely a beast. I have caught similar sized fish in Texas and Florida other species in Colorado but the only two I have ever caught with the scales like that one was on a shad boil and chocked up like 30 2” gizzard shad on my boat and the other had a swim bladder issue and was swelling up
Reply by: devon234 Posted: Aug. 2, 7:49:08 PM Points: 168
when its that big and still looks young as in a small head it that fish has or had the potential to be a state record. was it a replica or did you keep it and have it stuffed. Colorado can grow big bass its just a lot of the places that grow big bass are not the same as in places like Oklahoma or texas.
Reply by: Eyefishing Posted: Aug. 2, 11:17:41 PM Points: 1546
zachman, I caught this fish in CA, 1976 Easter Sunday at lake miramar, it was weight on a registered scale. I can't remember the name of the taxidermy that did it for me. when I get home in the morning I will look it up. I took pictures of it and they painted it just like it. when the fish was done I got to watch them melt the mold down so no other fish would have the same measurements as mine.
Reply by: zachman1750 Posted: Aug. 3, 10:57:23 AM Points: 6
Thanks for all the kind words folks. If anyone has a place that'll do a *real* replica to the measurements and patterns of my actual fish (and not just a close blank) that they'd recommend, please let me know!
@bluecollarguy - you're right about people exaggerating fish :). I can't tell you how many 5, 6, 7, 8lb bass people tell me they've caught "just a few minutes ago" at the various ponds and lakes I fish, but a small percentage of people actually carry a reliable, digital scale, and you'll notice the ounces are rarely mentioned. As an example, with this fish I caught, the video of me catching it has me saying "I think this thing is at least 8 or 9lbs", but the scale is the cold, hard truth. I did check my scale yesterday with some hand weights in a shopping bag and it's on point.
@devon234 - you're right, I think this fish has state record potential and that's exactly my mindset about C&R - it'd be such a shame to kill a fish like this. I know I'll keep fishing this body of water from time to time hoping that I catch it again someday when it's bigger, and that's a hope you can't have if you kill it. Or, maybe another dedicated angler who'd be as excited as me will catch it and pay it forward with another release.
@eyefishing - thanks for the info on your replica!
Reply by: zachman1750 Posted: Aug. 3, 3:16:04 PM Points: 6
@FrontRangeBassBullies - only about two minutes for the fight. It wrapped me around something right after the hook-set, but came free fairly quick. With my bass setup I was well-prepared to get it in, and I had a buddy with me who'd brought a net so that was really helpful as well.
Reply by: zachman1750 Posted: Aug. 5, 9:16:30 AM Points: 6
Just wanted to bump this thread to ask again about a Taxidermist who could possibly make a replica of this fish. I've contacted 6 different shops so far and 4 of them have come back and said this fish's dimensions are too atypical and they don't have anything close to utilize as a blank. No one has been willing to make a new blank yet either. Really hoping to find a quality shop that could make me a replica!