I've fished for a long time. Was always proud of my trips, somemore than others. But never felt like I had to stretch someones leg about it to make myself excel as a peer in that persons eye.
All fisherman are liars and all liars are fisherman. Kinda of like a double edged dull sword.
What does anyone have to gain by telling fibs about thier trips? I've heard some good ones while hanging around in the bait shop. Some of them came from unsuspected victims that would either catch 6lbers, when locals wouldn't catch anything, to catching several fish of one species that doesn't even exist in that stream. At first it was annoying, but now it's just plain funny.
Eventually the truth comes out and you go from a peer to a pud. I'm proud to post a report where I catch 50 keeper smallmouth, but I'm also as proud to post that I just had the opportunity and the health to get in the creek for a couple of hours and not catch anything.
So if you ever get the hankering to bend the truth, remember the more stories you create the harder they are to remember....