Call me dumb, but if the gauge wasn't seated properly in the photo and on the skin flap and not on the hard part of the carapace between the eyes, it would be showing it as a larger lobster than what it is. Just the opposite of your argument.
I'm not going to call you dumb. The picture is bad and no help to Ultimate Catch, he is screwed and he will pay the ticket. Rob has experience, he should have been more aggressive with the camera to get a better picture showing the entire gauge on the bug, bad on him. In fact, the warden should have measured it while in site of Rob, the bug should have never been taken out of sight with the possibility of being mixed with other short bugs. It's possible to measure a lobster incorrectly, honest mistake. Rob knew the consequences, he has been checked before I'm sure. He had more than enough bugs that night and surely didn't deliberately poach.