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Put in at north end of CP, took long troll upstream against the wind, finally wet a line fishing cranks. In the first 10-15 minutes, my buddy hooked the first fish of the day and the biggest either he or I have ever boated. Damn hands didn't stop shaking for about 15 minutes after! Great way to start the day and end the drawdown.


Didn't have a #@&%!*%F# scale, so we took measurements:

24" long x 21 " inch girth

Girth x girth x length/800 = 13.2 lbs.

Felt like it trying to hold it - took two hands..



 

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What a beautiful fish! Congrats on the nice catch. To give you some idea of what if might have weighed, Rich 518svx caught one on Fayette last year with those same measurements (lengthxgirth) and it weighed a whopping 11.4 lbs. Congratulations again.
 

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airfob- Thanks for that link. It is pretty accurate Kyle's fish was 26.5 inches long and had a 21 inch girth and the calculator came up with 12.289 pounds and the actual weight on a certified scale was 12.16 pounds.
 

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That is definately a nice fish. The formulas are guestimates at best. I caught a 26" bass that weighed 10 and a half pounds and it was fat as a pig. Maybe yours does weigh 13 lbs. Not trying to take anything away from your fish, more so trying to encourage you guys to get an elctronic scale. With all the money spent on fishing gear what's another 30 bucks for a scale.
 

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Appreciate everybody's input and opinions on the weight since we didn't have a scale with us. Figures that we passed a number of guys heading up river, then not a soul in sight to ask for a scale when we caught it :-/ Didn't want to stress the fish out, so took some pics and measurements and let her go for one of you guys to enjoy catching in the future.

The fish was caught on a Green/Chartreuse H2O D-442 crankbait in about 9' on a light spinning rod with 8 lb test. My bud bought 3 H2O's yesterday morning and fortunately put new line on his reel at Academy. Pretty good way to break in a new bait, I'd say.

FOB - thanks for the link. It calculates at 10.08 lbs with the LxLxG/1200 formula, but sure seemed a helluva lot heavier just trying to pass it back and forth in the boat - took two hands to handle it.

Ryan - good meeting you yesterday. Other than the big one it was a pretty slow day for us. Caught 4 others with one being a healthy white and 2 others came unbuttoned. The big fish being the first bite of the day turned out to be a pretty hard act to follow.

DocB - I hear ya' on the scale. Accidentally left it in my bass boat over at the storage place, and a little rusty at remembering what all to put in the 2-man since I haven't used it in years (at least I remembered to bring the camera, right?). But you can bet next time it'll be in the boat!

It'll be a day my buddy and I will remember forever, that's for sure!

-Andy
 

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No prboblem...as mentioned the formulas are still estimates but will give you a close calculation of what that monster weighed.

Even with a digital scale you tend to be a few ounces off (+/-) depending on what brand/type/price you decide to go with; only way to know for sure is to use a certified scale (which fishndude and Kyle did for his 11+ and 12+) but I'm sure they will tell you it can be quite an arduous task!

The most important thing here is you have great photos and now a memory that will last a lifetime, congrats again!
 

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That's an awesome fish guys and thanks for the providing the info on the H20. I'd probably retire that one in a frame with the pics over the fireplace. ;D Way to close out the drawdown.
 
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