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July 30, 2013
Vladimir Putin's Pike Not as Big as He Claims - 4

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently posed for some pictures with this  big pike caught on a Siberian fishing trip.

Putin, who has become famous (or infamous) for his outdoor pursuits, claimed that the fish weighed 21 kilograms, which converts to about 46 pounds. The claim has set off a pretty interesting war of words between the pro-Kremlin media and bloggers who are Putin opponents.

"A pike that heavy just could not swim," opposition journalist Oleg Kashin wrote on Twitter. "She would sink to the bottom! In fact this pike was made from granite."

Komsomolskaya Pravada, the pro-Kremlin daily newspaper, had a different perspective on the Putin pike: "Many people think that catching such a trophy is a pure accident," a fishing expert named Vitaly Maximov told the newspaper. "Be sure, it's not by chance! You need to have the psychology of a victor and a risk-taker."

Russian partisanship aside, it seems like Putin might have been a little overenthusiastic with his 46-pound claim. The man stands only 5' 7" so being generous, let's say his fish measured 45 inches. Using the standard pike length-to-weight ratio, the fish would weigh about 26 pounds. Even if we give the president more leeway and say the pike measured 50 inches, it would still only weigh about 36 pounds.

For reference, the IGFA world-record pike weighs 55 pounds (caught by Lothar Louis in 1986 in Germany) and is pictured below. How much do you think Putin's pike weighs? Comment below!

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from Jerry Callaway wrote 36 weeks 5 days ago

Wonder if he was wearing his super bowl ring when he caught it

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from Stephen Westberg wrote 37 weeks 13 hours ago

Not having a full body picture, I have to estimate the height of Mr Putin... He is 170cm which is 5'7"...

The fish in the picture would be about 120cm (about 47")... that puts it at close to 30 lbs...

If my measurements are off... it could make the fish almost 50" in length... that would put the fish up near the 35lbs range...

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from Evan Comer wrote 37 weeks 23 hours ago

I'd say it's closer to 20lbs, if that.
And given this man's output over the years you could make a good case that CGI was utilized.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 37 weeks 3 days ago

25 seems about right to me. Certainly not 46, that's a fish tale if I've ever heard one.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 37 weeks 3 days ago

25 seems about right to me. Certainly not 46, that's a fish tale if I've ever heard one.

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from Evan Comer wrote 37 weeks 23 hours ago

I'd say it's closer to 20lbs, if that.
And given this man's output over the years you could make a good case that CGI was utilized.

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from Stephen Westberg wrote 37 weeks 13 hours ago

Not having a full body picture, I have to estimate the height of Mr Putin... He is 170cm which is 5'7"...

The fish in the picture would be about 120cm (about 47")... that puts it at close to 30 lbs...

If my measurements are off... it could make the fish almost 50" in length... that would put the fish up near the 35lbs range...

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from Jerry Callaway wrote 36 weeks 5 days ago

Wonder if he was wearing his super bowl ring when he caught it

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