LONGMONT — 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.
Sprecher said he's a good fisherman, but "I didn't expect to catch anything like that" when — accompanied by his girlfriend, Longmont High sophomore Megan McGuire — he began casting from McIntosh's south shore about 5 p.m. on Friday.