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Some of us( not myself) are spoiled,and catch large fish all the time,and maybe not give it a second thought. Myself,I catch a lot of dinks,so personally I'd say any fish 2# and over is a "nice" fish,and at this point in my fishing experience,a 5# fish is a giant,mainly because my PB is between 5 and 6 #.

How does everyone else rate thier fish based on size?

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I only fish my small neighborhood lakes - which are not real fertile and fish tend to run small and lean. Here's what I've developed as my LMB size categories:

<10" - dinks

10"-13" - OK fish

14" - 17" - nice fish

18" & > - big fish

My current running average of an 18" LMB in my water is 2.77lbs so I guess you'd say that 2 3/4lbs is my threshhold for a big fish and I'm always happy to get over that level. I catch 4lb and 5lb fish from time to time but I guess I'd have to say that my big-time "excitement level" starts at 6lbs... :lol:

As an aside, the local bass club allows 10" fish as keepers for tournament purposes - an indication of the relative size (or lack thereof) of the bass in my water!

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I get excited about catching any fish since last year I had too many zero days to count. But anything over 14" is "picture" worthy. The LM record for the local lake I fish is 8lbs. So my 5lb PB LM this year was worth making some noise over.

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I love all of them! I can't think of one single strike that I wish I hadn't gotten.

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Something over 5 lbs makes me smile, over 8 lbs makes me happy, over 10 lbs makes me feel a rush.

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Smalljaw or green fish, 5 lbs is the first hurdle.

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Solid 4lbers make me happy, green or brown. But like Kent I only keep track of those 5lbs or bigger.

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Any thing over 4 is a nice fish. But when they reach that 5 or 6 range they almost become a different species.

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I get really excited over 2.5, I get overly excited at 4lbs, and I am "Ike" excited when anything over 5 gets pulled in...hope I never catch a double digit bass...Lord only knows what I will do then.

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any bass i see or catch is good to me i just love fishing and watching them tryin to figure them out

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Five pounds or better makes me do a happy dance.

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A picture fish for me is any bass I guess to be over 3. But even 1.5-2 pound smallies can feel much bigger and get me pumped until I can see them (still very happy to catch them).

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Any fish that doesn't move towards the boat on the hookset peaks my interest. Any fish that pulls drag is memorable. And back in my tournament days, it was any bass that got the competition to groan or cuss at the weigh in that made me smile.

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Even the dinks make me smile. Todays dinks are tomorrows trophies. The more dinks the better, provided there is sufficient forage for them. Stunted fish are depressing.

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Brownies don't get big often around here, any smallmouth over 15" is a solid fish. Largemouth over 18" I'm probably taking a picture of it because that's a solid fish around here and a keeper in almost every lake close by. In some of the local lakes where it's really tough one over the 15" mark makes me happy.

Now to get that "Oh dang!" feeling when they jump or I get that first look at them that makes me forget what I'm doing for a second they need to be 5 or bigger.

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5+ and im Very very happy. I have never been unhappy of any catch though.

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Brownies don't get big often around here, any smallmouth over 15" is a solid fish. Largemouth over 18" I'm probably taking a picture of it because that's a solid fish around here and a keeper in almost every lake close by. In some of the local lakes where it's really tough one over the 15" mark makes me happy.

Now to get that "Oh dang!" feeling when they jump or I get that first look at them that makes me forget what I'm doing for a second they need to be 5 or bigger.

pretty much the same here, except a keeper is either 14 or 10 inches depending on the lake. smallmouth run a little bigger where I fish them, but I don't fish them as often

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I enjoy catching them all. I'd be lying though if I said I didn't get frustrated if I'm catching more than two or three "dinks" in a row. Just by throwing the larger baits, I'm sure we are all targeting the biggest we can hope for.

For me, anything over three pounds makes me smile though and take a picture. Kind of funny considering my PB is only a bit larger than three pounds.

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Anything around 5 pounds is a photo opportunity on my boat.

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any bass over 2-3# is good for me lol. I think even a 3# smallmouth put up a good fight for me last year.

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