Big Steely

Discussion in 'Steelhead Talk' started by bigcatjoe, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. bigcatjoe

    bigcatjoe BigCatJoe

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    Hit the rock yesterday with two of my buddies and had a good day. We hooked into nine fish, most between 22" and 28", and I ended the day with this monster 35" buck. We estimated the weight to be around 15 or 16 lbs but didn't have a scale with us. The fish was quickly returned to the river and swam off. Does anyone have a good weight estimate for me?
    thanks
    -joe

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  2. whoa thats a nice fish! i say 14lbs to 16lbs
     

  3. corndawg

    corndawg Go Bulldogs!!!

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    That is one big fish, nice catch. It’s not scientific but I estimated the reel seat on your fishing rod to be about 4 1/2 “ long. Taking that I estimated the girth to be somewhere around 18-20 “. Which would put it around. +-15 lbs. What did you catch it on?
     
  4. freyedknot

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    really nice fish ya got there . is the river frozen? looks like ice behind you ?
     
  5. That's a nice fish. Wouldn't you guys say that is a PA fish? It doesn't seem to have the girth of a manistee of equal lenght. Congrats on a nice catch. I'm glad you threw it back so I can catch it someday!
     
  6. joe01

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    thats a big hen, nice job,
     
  7. Wow! Nice catch! That's awesome that you released him...I don't think I could let a big 35" buck like that go...he'd be goin on my wall for sure. I'm no expert at estimating but he looks too skinny to weigh more than 14 pounds. Regardless, that's still one hell of a fish you caught there, Congrats!
     
  8. Dock Time

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    Nice fish...fresh one too. It looks to be a female. If it actually measured out at 35 inches (mot guestimated), I'm sure she is all of 16lbs. My 34 1/4 was certified at Grand River Tackle as 15.6 lbs. She wasn't super fat and it was mid November.

    Great fish any way you slice it...nice work.

    Dock Time
     
  9. bigcatjoe

    bigcatjoe BigCatJoe

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    Well the pic is crappy but I'm sure its a buck, he's just fresh so the mouth isn't really hooking yet. If you look closely the jaw is cut pretty far back for a female but I could be wrong. Wow, that sounds like a hog! I'm sure that fish was alot chunkier than mine!
    thanks
    -joe
     
  10. I'd say 14-15 lbs. Monster fish! :cool: Nice work.
     
  11. PA fish are short and stocky, that fish is typical for a manistee in shape (long and slender, kind of torpeado like).
     
  12. I was always told that PA fish were longer but more slender. Manistees don't get quite as long but have more girth.