The state of Colorado has a new record smallmouth bass, and the lucky angler who landed it will now probably have something to show the other kids at show-and-tell day. Because he’s 11.


From this story on Outdoor News Daily:
Conner Peitsmeyer, 11, of Aurora probably won’t remember the chill of the 35-degree air on the morning of Nov. 12. What he will remember for a long time is catching the new Colorado state record smallmouth bass. Conner was fishing at Aurora Reservoir with his dad, Michael Peitsmeyer, in the family’s fishing boat that Friday morning. A few days before, Conner had landed his first ‘big fish’ in the same area, a smallmouth that was more than five pounds. But nothing prepared Conner for the 20-inch, 6-pound, 8-ounce monster he would pull from the water that morning.
_”We had caught quite a few big bass that week, so we knew they were in there,” said Michael. “When he caught that first big one, Conner told me he was shaking, but he wasn’t sure if it was from the cold or from the excitement.” Conner’s catch eclipses the previous state record smallmouth, a 21-inch, 5-pound, 12-ounce bass caught by Carl Dewey at Navajo Reservoir in 1993.

When I was eleven I was still using my old Star Wars lunchbox for a tacklebox and whooping every time I caught a perch, thinking I’d really done something. Must be something in the water these days.