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Numbers and size - that's what the Stick Marsh is famous for.

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If you have ever dreamed of big fish and lots of them, then you should be on the Stick Marsh right now.

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I couldnt agree more.  I also wanted to thank George for touting the swim senko in the Stick Marsh.  I have been focused on bass fishing for the past 2 years (since moving to Orlando) and I finally caught a trophy size bass (6lbs, 6oz see pic).  Got it this past Sunday at about 9AM in the SE corner nursury area of Farm 13.  I have been on a high since catching it, cant stop thinking about it.  I also cant wait to get back to the Stick Marsh/Farm 13...probably this coming weekend  ;D

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BTW, does anybody else think my fish looks bigger than 6lbs 6oz?  Maybe it is just me and it being my first big fish.  I weighed it on a digital scale that seems to be accurate but it sure looked bigger than 6.  It looked to me just like all the pics of 8s and 10s that I see.

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BTW, does anybody else think my fish looks bigger than 6lbs 6oz? Maybe it is just me and it being my first big fish. I weighed it on a digital scale that seems to be accurate but it sure looked bigger than 6. It looked to me just like all the pics of 8s and 10s that I see.

That fish looks way bigger than 6-6.  Nice.

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To put your mind at ease, check your scale against a dumbell. Or, a U.S. gallon of water should be ~ 8.35 lbs.

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BTW, does anybody else think my fish looks bigger than 6lbs 6oz?

Yes. I caught a 6.5 pounder yesterday, weighed on a certified weigh-in scale and it wasnt near that big.

You might need a new scale.

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Here is another picture, same fish where it dosent look as big.

When I got home I weighted a 5lb weight on the same scale. It varied by how I was holding the scale by about 7 oz. Even if you give my fish the whole 7oz difference it still dosent put it at 7lbs.

I dont know, it looked huge in person, more like the first picture. I was certain it was 8+lbs before I put it on the scale. Still dosent change the fact how happy I was to get it in the boat :)

Does this second picture change anything?  I swear in person, it looked more like the first picture.  This picture in my mind makes it look way smaller that it was in person.

Thoughts?

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Oh and in case there was any question (even though it was in the Stick Marsh where catch and release is the rule) I released her in short order, only had her out of the water for probably a minute, maybe a little more.  She was deep hooked and I luckily got the hook out without much toil.  I didnt even feel a bite, just saw the line moving horizontally.  When I set the hook it felt like I had sunk it into a stump then the rod bent and the drag started pulling.  Boy was I happy to have 40lb braid and a 20lb floro leader cause she took a bee line around the stump she bit on towards some nastly looking roots.  I turned her and she came right at the boat but went for another dive when she saw the boat I guess.  Man I will never forget the difference in normal size bass and this fish.  It was like having an elephant on the end of the line.  Gosh, cant stop thinking about it.

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You cannot judge the weight of a fish from a photo, no matter what system you devise or use.

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Yes the Stick Marsh is a wonderful fishery. I have been there around 8 times and it has been awesome every time. I have fished live bait (shiners) and artificials there and have always had success. Just one word of caution is when the wind is blowing the right way the canals used to get back to the ramp can be very big. I was there a few years ago in the winter and the wind picked up and the waves were at least 2 to 4 feet. It was kind of scary to say the least.

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You guys are driving the rest of us crazy.

Great fish!

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You guys are driving the rest of us crazy.

Great fish!

What is driving me crazy right now is knowing the fish are biting at the Stick Marsh and not being able to get down there cause of the J-O-B. Wonder what the wife would think if I told her I was taking off a week to go fishing :)

Either loosing or catching a big one (finally now I have had both experiences) really fans the flame within!

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