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How big is my Small Mouth bass?


Fred Allen

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Looking through my pictures from this past year this is the biggest fish I got. I caught it before I had a measure and a scale though. The lure is a Heddon Baby Torpedo. Anyone can tell me how big this fish is? I caught a smaller one when I had my measure and scale and he was 18 inch and 3.14 pounds. 

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Really hard to guess with nothing more to scale than a 2.5" 3/8oz topwater. I would guess somewhere in the 18.5-19 inch range and 3.5-4 pounds.

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2 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Is that Pi plus 1/3??

I think it’s Pi + 1/3 - 1 bite...before adding cool whip. ?

 

Kidding aside, nice fish! Two 3 lb+ smallies in 1 trip = well done.

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It appears as though the bait is angled, making it a bit shorter in comparison, and while we can approximate for those size differences in both height and length of the fish, girth is a significant factor to estimating weight and we haven't got a thing to go on there at this angle...that said I would estimate around a 3lb fish, assuming it is at a healthy weight for the apparent length, but you'd never get my hand on a good book to swear to it.

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7 hours ago, J Francho said:

Just want to add, catching that slammer on a Tiny Torpedo must have been a blast.

It was crazy and my first real big fish. I got it on a zebco 33 with stock line. I tossed it out as far as I could by where I saw one jump. Soon as it hit the water he exploded on it. I mean the very instant the lure hit he bit on it.  I never caught a fish that fought enough for a "fight" and took that long to land. It was in September around 430pm and I happened to notice fish jumping on my way back to the car. 

 

Here is another picture on my talkbox.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Fred Allen said:

It was crazy and my first real big fish. I got it on a zebco 33 with stock line. I tossed it out as far as I could by where I saw one jump. Soon as it hit the water he exploded on it. I mean the very instant the lure hit he bit on it.  I never caught a fish that fought enough for a "fight" and took that long to land. It was in September around 430pm and I happened to notice fish jumping on my way back to the car. 

 

Here is another picture on my talkbox.

 

 

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That's a chunk, he'll go over 3 for sure, you can see the girth much better in this photo.

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nice catch. I don't think its a 4 though. Solid 3 1/2 is my guess. The picture is what matters. Maybe pack a scale next time you are throwing that tiny torpedo. 

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On 2/17/2021 at 9:04 PM, Fred Allen said:

It was crazy and my first real big fish. I got it on a zebco 33 with stock line.

That's the best part of the story right there. I caught my first decent bass with the same setup, back around 1975. Also, I have the same tackle box, 13.5" end to end ... just got back from the garage attempting to scale it out and I'm calling that an 18"er.

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That must have been a crazy fight on the stock zebco setup. Glad you were able to get it into shore. Spincast is where it all begins...

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If the fish you measured was 18", here are a couple 19" fish, as you can see from the tape. However, when it comes to weight, I look to the foreheads and both these fish have that weight-adding bulge. I don't carry a scale, but I'm guessing that these two 19-inchers are both four-pound bass.

 

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Here's another 19" fish that probably weights four pounds, but has achieved that weight through a fullness in its body. My arm is not extended, so you can get a true sense of its length.

 

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21 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

If the fish you measured was 18", here are a couple 19" fish, as you can see from the tape. However, when it comes to weight, I look to the foreheads and both these fish have that weight-adding bulge. I don't carry a scale, but I'm guessing that these two 19-inchers are both four-pound bass.

 

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Here's another 19" fish that probably weights four pounds, but has achieved that weight through a fullness in its body. My arm is not extended, so you can get a true sense of its length.

 

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I’d say you’re about right! Down this way our 19” smallies aren’t so fat, usually 3-3.5 lbs. Every now and then we find a hefty one but mostly they are long and lean fighting machines. The northern smallies seem much fatter in general, well fed on perch, gobies, etc I guess

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Dink's fish looks like a river fish and river fish work all day to contest current, making them wiry and tough and lean. The three fish I posted all came from the same lake, where they grow fat and lazy.

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That thing looks like a giant trevally! good point about river fish vs. Lake fish; but I would add that in really big lakes, sm swim a lot and can have a physique comparable to river fish.

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