I'm not sure where the rumor that anglers tend to verbally inflate the sizes of the fish they catch or lose started, but I know from first-hand experience that it's untrue. Well, most of the time at least. Deer hunters know that a buck's antlers always look much larger than they actually are before the deer is harvested. And should the hunter miss, those antlers will become even larger since the buck will be at least a few minutes older. So hunters should also be included in those unfounded rumors.