“Dat was a nice 5 pound bonefish.” Says the guide.
The question for the angler is “Was it?”
I often wonder about the reported sizes of fish and I have had more than one guide add a pound, or even two, to a fish once it was released and out of sight.
It makes me look back at my “7.5 pound bonefish” and question if it really was. That was my first day of real bonefishing and that fish was maybe my 5th bonefish ever landed. That would make it my biggest bonefish to date. I have not caught a 10 pounder, even though I’ve cast at a few and seen a maybe a dozen. I have yet to actually tie into one that I can say for sure was that large.
I really try not to inflate the size or numbers of fish caught simply because if you do it once, well, then why not again? If you just say you caught X number of fish and they were X big it kind of cheapens the whole thing unless you actually did. You might as well have not left the dock. I really do try to be very honest about my fishing, as I try to be very honest about all other things in my life. I think my boss would prefer I was a little less honest, but I think he also understands at this point that the tiger can’t change his stripes.
So… how much do you think guides inflate and have you ever argued with a guide about how big a fish was? You ever catch a fishing companion knowingly adding inches or numbers to a day?
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