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10/16/2021 02:53PM  
The fishing was pretty slow for the weekend of October 1st and I wasn't pulling in anything really sizeable. On literally my last cast of the night I thought, "I wonder if something is hiding behind that boulder that is set away from the rest of them..." BOOOM! Water explodes and this hog comes fully out of the water and then gives me a fight I will never forget. I included the picture on the paddle for some scale. I am guessing 22 inches and about 6-6.5 pounds.


 
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10/16/2021 03:36PM  
Your boat, your measurement...

Nice anyway!
 
10/17/2021 08:33AM  
Nice. Did he end up as part of supper?

Looks like you could measure that portion of your paddle now and get pretty darn close.
 
10/18/2021 08:31AM  
He was supper. I havent had a chance to measure the paddle yet, but that was why I took that pic for future reference.
 
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10/18/2021 10:16AM  
Sounds like a fun story and a welcome jolt of excitement for you. Very nice Smallmouth. Fall fishing can be hit or miss for sure.

Hard to tell from a picture how big fish are but I'd guess more like 19-20" and 4.5 pounds. No way that fish is anywhere close to 6lbs, it'd have to have a lot more girth to weigh that much. Its hard to say from 2 pictures though, just throwing my guess out there.
 
10/18/2021 03:54PM  
Yeah I thought in the 6 range because is was so FAT. I have never pulled in a smallmouth that fat before, and I have caught my share. Gonna measure my paddle tonight.
 
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10/19/2021 11:33AM  


For comparison, here's a measured 19" bass. Note my elbow is behind my head to draw the bass as close as possible to my body and I'm nearly 6' tall. I'm guessing it weighed four pounds. Maybe 4.5 pounds.

Now, here's another 19" bass, but slimmer. However, this time my arm is mostly extended, making the fish look longer. I don't think it weighed four pounds. Too skinny.





 
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10/19/2021 08:48PM  
Nice fish!

Southeast LLC has some beasts.
 
missmolly
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10/19/2021 09:36PM  
Here's a 14" bass, but a bitsy brute. You can see the extra ounce in its teeny buffalo back.


 
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10/19/2021 11:33PM  
Here’s a 22 incher from Hungry Jack Lake A 22 incher from Basswood both of these fish were 6
 
10/20/2021 06:29AM  
missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.



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20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement.
 
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10/20/2021 07:14AM  
bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.



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20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."


I erred. It's 20 - 6 = 14. My boat, my measurement.
 
10/20/2021 07:16AM  
bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.



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20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."


That fish looks like it should go 20 if it had a tail/backend. Maybe it is the photo angle but the backend doesn’t look right.

T
 
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10/20/2021 07:17AM  
timatkn: "bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.




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20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."



That fish looks like it should go 20 if it had a tail/backend. Maybe it is the photo angle but the backend doesn’t look right.


T"


It does have a full tail, T. It's lying in water and the water is bending the light. The bulk of the tail is underwater. Look carefully and you'll see it. It's a 19" fish. I was just joshing bn3 because he likes subtraction.
 
10/20/2021 07:18AM  
Nice fish bumabu!
 
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10/20/2021 07:22AM  
Basspro69: " Here’s a 22 incher from Hungry Jack Lake A 22 incher from Basswood both of these fish were 6 "

That first bass is deformed with fat, which is the best way to reach 6 pounds.
 
10/20/2021 07:52PM  
missmolly: "timatkn: "bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.





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20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."




That fish looks like it should go 20 if it had a tail/backend. Maybe it is the photo angle but the backend doesn’t look right.



T"



It does have a full tail, T. It's lying in water and the water is bending the light. The bulk of the tail is underwater. Look carefully and you'll see it. It's a 19" fish. I was just joshing bn3 because he likes subtraction. "


Okay I see it now. Ya know officially you are supposed to pinch the tail. I think if you did that it would be between 19 1/4 and 19 1/2. Might make 20 with a fish stretcher or if you have the MN DNR do the measuring :)

T
 
10/21/2021 07:33AM  
Where do you buy one of those "fish stretchers"? :)
 
10/21/2021 07:50AM  
timatkn: "bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.




"




20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."



That fish looks like it should go 20 if it had a tail/backend. Maybe it is the photo angle but the backend doesn’t look right.


T"


I missed seeing the tail as well. Never second guess another fisherman's measurement...
 
10/22/2021 06:48AM  
bumabu: ",,,,Gonna measure my paddle tonight. "

Well. What did it measure? Or just stick with the 22"?
 
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10/22/2021 07:19AM  
bobbernumber3: "timatkn: "bobbernumber3: "missmolly: "Here's yet another 19" bass and a brute. You can see the weight in its buffalo back.





"




20 - 2 = 18. But in your boat it's your measurement."




That fish looks like it should go 20 if it had a tail/backend. Maybe it is the photo angle but the backend doesn’t look right.



T"



I missed seeing the tail as well. Never second guess another fisherman's measurement..."


It's a horrible photo. I was so proud of my plan to measure all fish on that trip on the tape, but a third of them moved as I took the photo and all the photos look horrible because of the water and canoe clutter.
 
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10/22/2021 11:00AM  
T, I don't do those fractional measurements. For me, a 19 and 3/4 inch fish is a 19 inch fish.
 
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10/23/2021 04:50PM  
missmolly: "T, I don't do those fractional measurements. For me, a 19 and 3/4 inch fish is a 19 inch fish. "

You should. There's generally a huge difference between a 20" and a 20 7/8" smallmouth...
 
10/24/2021 08:26PM  
bobbernumber3: "bumabu: ",,,,Gonna measure my paddle tonight. "

Well. What did it measure? Or just stick with the 22"?"


I know such an amateur move…just say 22…don’t mention you haven’t measured the paddle…certainly don’t give a timeline for measurement :)

T

 
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10/24/2021 09:26PM  
ericinely: "missmolly: "T, I don't do those fractional measurements. For me, a 19 and 3/4 inch fish is a 19 inch fish. "


You should. There's generally a huge difference between a 20" and a 20 7/8" smallmouth..."


Did you see the "Length and Weight" thread with the link to the biggest Texas smallmouth? A shorter fish can outweigh a longer fish, which is why I give more weight to backs and bellies than length.
 
10/26/2021 01:50PM  
missmolly: "T, I don't do those fractional measurements. For me, a 19 and 3/4 inch fish is a 19 inch fish. "Remember your grade school math!
19.5 you round up always. 19.4 and you round down!
 
10/26/2021 02:11PM  
 
11/17/2021 10:04AM  
Finally measured my paddle and the fish taped out to 20" on the nose. My brother who is an avid angler said that he would guess the weight at 5.5 pounds considering how thick it was. So that's what I am recording it as. No matter what, it was by far the funnest smallmouth I have ever boated and was the largest by a little bit. Seeing that fish explode completely out of the water and tail dance has to be my greatest fishing memory to date.
 
11/17/2021 02:32PM  
Good fish! Thanks for the update.
 
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