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Longmont teen's lie costs him state bass record
LONGMONT -- A Longmont teen lied about where he caught a hefty striped bass last month, he admitted Wednesday night, so he can't claim the state record for the 31-pound, 8.4-ounce fish he landed.
"It was a different lake, a different place," said 18-year-old Isaac Sprecher.
He said it was "stupid and immature" for him to have originally contended that he'd caught the striper on April 20 at northwest Longmont's McIntosh Lake, when he'd actually reeled it in that afternoon from one of the ponds at Pella Crossing, a Boulder County Open Space area at North 75th Street south of Hygiene.
Pella Crossing has catch-and-release rules for large and smallmouth bass, and Sprecher said Wednesday that he hadn't immediately been able to reach a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer to see whether he'd be able to check whether the striped bass he'd caught could somehow officially be weighed before freeing it to swim away.
"We weren't sure we could keep it," said Sprecher. "I didn't know the rules and regulations."
"I couldn't get a hold of anyone," he said, and the fish "was pretty much almost dead."