I appreciate yall thinking I have no idea how to measure a fish...... Your right quite a few high school guys went out last year or year after last and kept allot of 4-6lb slot fish. That fish weighed 7lb 11oz and had zero belly on her and measured 24" on the line. The other fish was about 22.5" and like i stated was in live well only to grab phone and take a picture. It rained allot so everything was stored away in dry box so keeping fish out of water to get the phone was not a good option.
I thought all the online video guys always videoed measuring the fish too?
(Sorry just too easy)
A 24" fish on that lake is 1000X more rare than a 24" fish on Fork. They simply don't live long enough to get that long due to the hot water temps. I fish Monti probably 50+ days a year and have for nearly a decade and have never caught one 24". I have actually measured 2 of them thinking I had actually managed to catch one both were more than a full 1/4" short. I'm sure your's could have been but the videos didn't show it that way.
And I totally get trying to get a phone out for a picture for the other one you are talking about....however still illegal.
Again this isn't a personal bash on you or your friends, it's just the law.