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#111062 03/11/08 01:53 PM
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In your pond what is your average size catch?

bass,BG,CC,ETC

Mine is about a 2 lbs aver on the bass.



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Right now we have good numbers of 15" - 17 1/2" LMB and 8-9" BG.

A few years ago when we had lots of 13" - 15" LMB (and under) we also had lots of big 9"-10" BG.



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16-21" SMB
16-22" HSB
14-18" LMB

**(you're a bad, bad boy, fattay)


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who? ME?!!?





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Don't have a more recent pic of yourself, FMcB?

Average catch, 2007 results:
LMB 16", 2 lbs
CC 24", 6 lbs
BG 7"-7.5"
RES 8"


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mr mcbutterpants, i'm glad this topic was about fish, for a minute i thought it might be about moobs.

(moobs of course being one type of after affect of consuming city drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals...i'm glad i'm on well water :whew: )

i cant tell you for 08 cause NOTHING is biting. For 07, IIRC, and trying not to exxagerate too much:

GSF: 7.5
BG: 7
RES: 8

inches as it were,


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LMB @12-16" (F1 vs, Florida) on 2 year lake
BG at 2" - 10" (I have no idea of average)


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I would love to get my average up to about 16 - 20 inches and around 3-4 lb range. Those would be the best 'catchin kind' and of course a few fat big mommas in there too you know 8-12 lbers ;\) (wouldnt we all)



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Bluegill 9-11 inches
LMB 9 - 11 inches
Average CC were about 28 inches -- started over last May with 5-inchers.


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 Originally Posted By: catmandoo
Bluegill 9-11 inches
LMB 9 - 11 inches
Average CC were about 28 inches -- started over last May with 5-inchers.


Wow! I'd like to get to a point where I land an 11 inch bluegill and consider it average! \:D

My average bluegill last year was 9.25 inches. My average redear was 8 inches. My average HSB was 21.5 inches. My average yellow perch was 11 inches.


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Northern Pike – 30 – 33”
Crappie – 9 – 13”
Largemouth Bass – 12 – 20”
Bluegill – 4 – 8”
Yellow Perch – 4 – 10”
Horned Bass – 4 – 9”


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Man, you guy are STUDS!!! I would love to have a nice 8-10 BG average. I cant seem to make myself fish for catfish, so I dont even know the size (if any) of the CC and BC. This is why I read this stuff!!



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Those dern definitions. \:o It all depends on the definitions. \:D

Define "average" and "catch". ;\)

Question - catch with what - hook and line - seine - trap - electroshock ?

Look up average. 1s and 2s really effect averages and there are a lot of 1s and 2s in a seine or trap haul.

BG 2-3 inches or less
LMB 4 inches - the only ones you get in a seine are small
RES 5 inches - you don't get many in a seine.
















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Average has been called a synonym for mediocrity.

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 Originally Posted By: ewest
Those dern definitions. \:o It all depends on the definitions. \:D

Define "average" and "catch". ;\)

Question - catch with what - hook and line - seine - trap - electroshock ?

Look up average. 1s and 2s really effect averages and there are a lot of 1s and 2s in a seine or trap haul.


I agree with ewest – what is average?
I’ll use the word “typical” instead of average.

Large flies are used to cull smaller fish and “typical” fish are larger than smaller. I don’t care to fish for LMB but occasionally catch one and CC are hook shy but monsters,

HSB 14 –21 inches
LMB 12 –20 inches
CNBG 6 –11+ inches
RES 5 – 12 inches
CC – 8# - 14.5 # don’t measure.



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You guys are right on the "average" thing. My averages are higher because I don't have any recruitment or YOY's to drop my averages.

No reproduction = much higher averages.


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Well, if I have to count YOY, there were a gizallion BG right at 1" last fall before the ice showed up. It will be interesting to see how many are left after ice out. \:\)



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I used typical and angled fish for my list. Those 4" and sometimes smaller fish are a pain to catch, but they make great forage for the big-uns! \:\)


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14 inch LMB about 1 1/4 pounds
Haven't see a BG this year.


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 Originally Posted By: FattyMcButterpants
What is your average size?


Depends on whether or not I just got out of the pool.


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FWIW, "average catch" for me is the look-at-the-numbers-and-guess-because-I-don't-feel-like-statistics average length of each species in my fishing log. Of course, I don't keep track of tiny BG who somehow manage to get hooked. And my average HSB last year was 16.5", but only one was big enough to make it to average size.


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 Originally Posted By: Bruce Condello
 Originally Posted By: catmandoo
Bluegill 9-11 inches
LMB 9 - 11 inches
Average CC were about 28 inches -- started over last May with 5-inchers.


Wow! I'd like to get to a point where I land an 11 inch bluegill and consider it average! \:D


I guess I'll replace my fishing hat with my mathematician's hat. As others have alluded to, we really aren't using averages. Instead, we (at least me) is/are using some statistical hybrid of catching fish -- on hooks -- near a mean or median size.

I'm at the office, so I don't have my fish tracking spreadsheet available. However, I believe I caught about 240 bluegill last season, of which I kept just over 100.

I mainly kept females, and I kept very few that were below 9 inches or over 10 inches. All injured males, and any injured females outside of this slot range were kept.

As I recall, about 70% of the females caught were between 9 and 10 inches. The average of all caught fish was probably below 9 inches due to more 6-8 inchers, than those exceeding 10 inches. I didn't catch a significant number of females that were over 10 inches. I'm guessing that the median size of kept fish was probably close to 9.5 inches.

Most of the males ranged between 9 and 11 inches, with somewhere just over 50% of them between 10 and 10.5 inches. The average size for all males caught was probably around or just below 9 inches, again due to more 6-8 inchers caught than those bigger than 10.5 inches. The median was probably close to 10 inches.

Of the really large BG returned to the water, I also don't know how many times I caught some of them, so that too skews my numbers for large fish. Because of mouth sores, I know that a few of the really big males were caught a number of times over the season (big dumb fish??).

Also, the size accuracy of the larger non-kept bluegill is not as accurate as the kept fish. I try not to touch any fish (with my hands) that will be returned to the water, and I try to take them out of the water for only extremely brief periods. The measurements of those returned to the water are done by comparing marks on my dock posts or by marks on my fishing rod. I try not to let their scales touch anything. So, the measurements are probably plus/minus at least a half inch, maybe more.

To further add to the inaccuracy, I also only keep my statistics in even increments of 1 inch. So a fish that is 9.4 inches gets recorded as 9 inches. A fish that is 9.6 inches gets recorded as 10 inches.

Lots of room for error, but I know that I only need three bluegill to provide a nice meal for my wife and me. When we have company, we estimate 1-1/2 fish needed per person for a decent meal.

Sorry I got so long winded.


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 Originally Posted By: catmandoo
...Most of the males ranged between 9 and 11 inches, with somewhere just over 50% of them between 10 and 10.5 inches.


I'm just expressing the fact that I'm thoroughly impressed with your population.

The above numbers place your pond squarely in the top 1 percent of bluegill ponds and you should be tickled and proud about that fact. Congratulations. I wish I was going to be in your neighborhood sometime because I would bring the beverage of your choice to get a chance to get in on that action. \:D \:D

The only other pond I've fished that might be able to claim that elite status is the Grand Master Lusk himself. On a cold January morning I fished one of his ponds and nailed male bluegill after male bluegill that were consistently over 10 inches. I pinched myself so many times that I was bruised at the end of the morning. \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D


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 Originally Posted By: Bruce Condello
 Originally Posted By: FattyMcButterpants
What is your average size?


Depends on whether or not I just got out of the pool.


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Yep, it's just Bruce, his ventriloquist dummy, and a snare drum.


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