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#377396 05/23/14 09:08 PM
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like most bass guys, i get excited when i catch one that's 22". i get even more excited when i catch one that's 8 pounds. but i get REAL excited when i catch one that's both.

this is a pre-spawn pic from a few weeks ago. she weighed 8-3. now post-spawn, she's already starting to gorge herself again and her weight is starting to climb back up. weighed 8-0 this evening. Relative weight 130. Barring catastrophe, i reasonably expect her to be about 8-12 by the time cold weather gets here again and maybe over 9 by next spring. but a lot could happen between now and then. i'll keep my fingers crossed. grow baby grow!


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Boy it would have been really really good to have a width of mouth measurement (gape) for that dandy big bass.


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small mouth on this one for her size Bill. probably not any more gape than the 5 pounder i just removed and posted about recently. that one was 4". i am quite sure this one was 4" as well, give or take a fraction. but this is an atypical fish. real small head/large body. the 5 that i culled was just the opposite - big head/small body. if i can catch her again, i'll try get you an exact gape measure. sorry for forgetting. that's just not something i'm used to doing.

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Wow that's a beauty.


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At least she didn't soak you!!


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Hey jignpig, great looking fish.

Are you the same jignpig on BassCat forums?


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no.

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So what did you catch her on? smile


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hey guys. thought i'd try to catch her again today to see how she was doing. and i was happy i did. 5 months later and she is showing some real nice growth. tiny bit over 22" with a 9 oz. wt. gain. 8-12 on the nose today. she was very soft bellied so i don't think she's eaten in a few days. otherwise she could have seriously pushed 9. baby got back! (and front, and sides) big every way she could be. but unless this fish is younger than i think, she appears to be destined to be a little on the short side. but if she can just make it to 24" with these proportions, i'll be a happy man. fingers still crossed. hope y'all are all doing well over here at pb.


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Dang, that's a great LMB!! Thanks for the update.


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Uh oh, did you forget to measure the moth gape for Bill Cody?

Nice fish! I'm glad your holding her nicer. smile


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Tuna!!!!


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Wow she's a hog! If I caught one that size she'd be measure and lots of pics, then she'd be sent over to Cecil to get me a replica made. That big ole girl needs to have a replica up on a wall somewhere!!


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thanks guys. i'll keep y'all posted. funny thing is, i got a couple of smaller fish coming up behind this one that i'm even more excited about. but if this fish survives, at her current rate of growth she will be a teen fish in about 3 years. i might get a replica made then. but a lot can happen in 3 years and the pond has taught me more than once not to count trophy bass until you're holding them.

if there is such a thing as an "easy part" to growing big bass, it's getting them up to the 4-6 pound class. after that, you are in a battle with father time and mother nature. not all of the fish in the pond can become trophies. and not all the ones that can will. i just try to identify the ones that have a good shot, dedicate my efforts towards them, and get the others out of the way.

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Hope you make it with her to the "teens". Great looking fish.

I'll be happy if I can even get to the "easy part" with a number of fish in the 4-6# range. Mine have only been in the pond a year this November and the biggest ones are about 14". So got a ways to go.

Posts like yours give me encouragement and keep my interest level up. Thanks.


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happy Easter Pond Boss friends!!!

5 1/2 mo. later she is still barely over 22". but she has ballooned to 10 lbs. 1 oz. and still no gape measure. doh! sorry. no signs of spawning yet, so perhaps a few oz. of that is roe. still, a remarkable specimen.

keep growing baby. i have a real good feelin' about you..........




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She is a sweetheart bass. Some day she is going to quit biting your offerings unless she has a special longing for the tender touch of your hand. Cody note: use you cleaver mind; next time you catch her break a stick, twig, or weed stem as wide as her mouth so it just fits across the gape.

You are making Dwight very jealous by showing a 10 lb bass since he is trying to grow Darlene to 10 pounds of fighting machine in WI.

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who's Dwight? if he has the skill to grow even an 8 or 9 in WI, i need to be learning from this man. a 10 would be quite the feat. are there pics of Darlene? i would be quite curious to get measurements, weights, etc. for comparison.

thanks Bill. and i will try to remember to measure gape next time i promise.


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