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fishizzle's CT smallmouth - guess the weight...

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Went fishing with fishizzle yesterday, got poured on for about an hour right after he caught this fish.

How much you think it weighs?

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He was catching fish like that, and I was catching fish like these. Never before have I caught so many perch/bluegill/crappie that were so tiny on a jerkbait. I kept thinking I had weeds  :-?

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The smallmouth is around 2 lbs.

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2 maybe 2.25LBS I got a 2.75 last weekend thought it was over 3 :( til I weighed it. Nice pic and fish

Don't weigh 'em...I think that scares 2 or 3 lbs out of a fish!

8-)

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definately over 4, you can tell by the length compared to the width of my shoulders

ps. I have big hands too

Have you weighed a 4LB fish before?- I catch smallmouth all year- the dead give away is the thickness of the tail before the tail fin. Its a nice fish but no 4Lber.

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Ok you got me.

2-15 on a digital scale

I guess that our trick photography doesn't work with you guys.

it was fun while it lasted.

thanks ya'll

:D

I was about to post that if thats a 4 pound fish then you must be 8 feet tall and have gorilla sized hands!

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I was thinking no bigger than 3 when I saw the picture.  It is a really good picture though.  Makes the fish look huge to anyone who is not an avid fisherman.  

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Have you weighed a 4LB fish before?- I catch smallmouth all year- the dead give away is the thickness of the tail before the tail fin. Its a nice fish but no 4Lber.

I was gonna say, normally I find the thickness of the tail to be indicative of a specimen that pushes 4 lbs. When you them too, you can tell just by the thickness of the jaw as well. It has a lot more meat on it then the smaller, skinnier fish

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These two picture are of the same 4.5# smallmouth caught by a shore angler. I know it was 4.5 because I weighed before he could fillet it.

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Unless you take a picture of the fish hanging from a clearly marked scale, there ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to tell the weight.  Same goes for length or girth.

Some will call "wide angle distortion" but really it can be done with any focal length, and therefore is correctly referred to as perspective.

As the distance from the camera to an object in the foreground decreases to less than half the distance of that object to another object behind it, the foreground object appears larger exponentially. How much bigger depends on the focal length. Shorter lenses will have a more dramatic effect.

BTW, if you're going to use this to take a great looking picture, then at least hide the gargantuan hands, as in this next shot. This fish here weighed a hair over three, but looks a bit larger:

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Another technique is to use a shallow depth of field with a larger aperture to really make the fish pop out, as in this image, which also uses the same perspective distortion:

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I'm not discouraging anyone from using any of these techniques, or suggesting its dishonest. Since I don't think that the camera is great tool for documenting the size of the fish without any calibrated measuring devices depicted in the image, I say use it for what its good for: PICTURES! There is no better way to capture the emotions linked to catching a fish than the camera. That picture can framed and put on display so everyone that comes into your home, office, or business will know what makes you happy.

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not even a 4lb largemouth would wake him up ;D
That's funny because it kind of true.  I actually let the fish slap him in the face with its tail while he slept.  He just swore at me and went back to sleep,  ;D

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I'd guess about 3 pounds. Here what a 4 looks like (all pics taken in the last 2 weeks on the Quabbin):

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And here's mine:

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Nice fish Crestliner  :)

You have any advice for patterns/baits? I might be going this weekend...

I was thinking of locating dropoffs and points, and dropshotting them. Pretty standard. Also wanted to catch some deep crankbait fish.

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Nice fish Crestliner :)

You have any advice for patterns/baits? I might be going this weekend...

I was thinking of locating dropoffs and points, and dropshotting them. Pretty standard. Also wanted to catch some deep crankbait fish.

Thanks Tony. The smallies have moved up in the water column a bit; from about 35' a week ago to about 25' - 30' on Tuesday. With the cold fronts coming thru this week, I'd suspect the water temp to drop from 66 to low 60's by Saturday (which is when I'm going once again). This means that if you can find bait, on a good bottom structure or break in 25', you should be golden! I've never done well with cranks up there - unless I troll (and I'm not partial to trolling!). It's just a tad too warm yet for the hard jerks to take center stage...but it's coming. Drop shotting and Senkos will fill the bill if you can find bait - no ifs, ands, or buts on that. I've found that with a little chop on the water, if you can slip bobber a wacky Senko about 2' off the bottom, you'll get bit....similar to a drop shot rig really!

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