April 23, 2012
18-Year-Old Catches 31 lb-8.4 oz CO State-Record Striper
By Chad Love
Is there a youth movement in state-record striped bass this year? First it was a teen in North Carolina and now word that another big striper has been caught by a peachfuzzer, this time in Colorado.
From this story in the Denver Post:
A Longmont High School junior caught what appears to be a state-record-breaking striped bass at McIntosh Lake on Friday evening. He reeled in a fish that tipped the scales at 31 pounds, 8.4 ounces when weighed as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer looked on. "I just got lucky," 18-year-old Isaac Sprecher said. The bass measured 41 inches long and 26 inches in diameter.
According to the story, the fish is twice as big as Colorado's previous record striper, a 15 lb., 11 oz. fish caught in 2009. Congratulations to Sprecher on his awesome catch, and I'm sure no one over the age of, say, 40, is jealous in any way. At all. Not a bit. No, sir. Just happy to be here, reading about so many fresh-faced cherubs catching fish of a lifetime, while I keep beating the water to a froth as my hair turns gray, my eyes grow rheumy and my limbs curl into useless, arthritic lumps that couldn't handle the tug of a record-sized fish even if I did hook one. But I'm not bitter.