Nov 24, 2010 5:57 PM by Greg Boyce
Conner Peitsmeyer, 11, of Aurora probably won't remember how cold it was on November 12. But he probably will remember landing a record fish at Aurora Reservoir.
Conner was fishing 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 ¾ 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 bass, a 21-inch, 5-pound, 12-ounce bass caught by Carl Dewey at Navajo Reservoir in 1993.