Yeah, I hate to get into these fish size/weight picture angle conversations, but I too was a little suspect on that one. Does look like one of those classic hold it way out towards the camera deals. To be honest the picture Yak Man posted looks like a similar fish and if that's only a little over 5lbs then I do question the 12lb claim. Having said that it's still an awesome fish no matter what it weighed. Either that guy has giant Paul Bunyan sized hands/fingers or that fish is only in the 6-7 lb range in my opinion.
Yakman - Maybe it's the camera angle, but only 5.01 at 21.5 and full of eggs???? I'd question your scale. Your Smallie is a PIG. Again, maybe the camera angle, but I'm working on three different replicas right now - each at 21 and 21.5 that look similar in girth to yours and all three are listed in the 6's. I'd check your scale against a known accurate one and see what you come up with. I think you're shorting yourself a bit. Is it just me folks or does Yakman's fish look bigger than 5.01???