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Hopedale 5lb on top water

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Top water action is jot! Sexy dawn bone color and Sexy dawn silver blue....caught reds and specs today....only a few on a jerk bait.
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Nice ones man! What brand on lure was the Sexy dawn? How about a picture of the lure? Nothing like a topwater bite!!!!!!!!
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Those are nice fish. Congrats.
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Not one of those fish are 5lbs. Sorry.
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Thats for sure. A 5lb spec would curl up in that chest. Looks more like3.5 or so
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This one is 4.8. For reference.
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Bone color KVD
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KVD bone color and a white.silver.blue
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Nice fish! that appears larger than an 8 pound Bass I have on a wall....18.8 red for reference
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3.5, 5lbs who cares? With fishing, God allows some exaggeration. My wife still has no idea how big 10 inches really is!!!
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One neat rule of thumb for guestimating speck weights is to use the length-for instance,I caught solid 5 lb speck(weighed on digital scale-my personal best)and it was about 25 inches long and fat!Take the length and use the higher digit to relatively accurately estimate speck weights-27 inch speck should top out around 7 lbs,25 inch speck should top out around 5,etc,works very well try it and see.At a rodeo a few years ago,I was within 4 oz of guessing exact weights of at least 10 solid specks!!

Mandevillian
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The length-weight relationship is very solid. The biologists scatterplots I've seen are right on the curve. We had a chance to test it one day, too. Back in 2006, my wife and I fished Shell Beach by the pilings (when it was still saltwater and big trout were possible). We had been catching some drum and sheephead, and had another drag-pulling hookup. Though it was another of the same. Man, if I had known differently I may have been freaking out. At the side of the boat, it came up. The first way you know its a lunker trout is you see this foam of a huge shaking yellow mouth. My draw dropped. There is nothing subtle about it. I just scooped with the net before I had more time to think about it and we had her.

I took the following picture and measured its length (24 inches). We immediately went to Campo's scale....4.75 lbs, right what the length calculator suggested.

A school of 2-3.5 lb trout are large and chunky, and honestly doesn't happen often.Those are special trout too. Only 15% of trout reach this size. You catch a bunch of these, I salute you! But because these are a little unusual, these logs get exaggerated sometimes.

But the lunkers are rare. First, they are almost always females, which grow faster (males die around 3-5 lbs). Only 1% of all trout reach 27 inches due to high mortality.

A good scale is at this site: http://txmarspecies.tamug.edu/length-weight.cfm and a scatterplot of the curve is here: http://gcrl.usm.edu/public/fish/images/spotted.seatrout/weight.length.relationship.spotted.seatrout.jpg
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Dr.Spot,You are 'Spot On' with the length/weight issue and at first I thought it was bogus til I started catching plenty of Causeway specks(quite a number of years ago)that were solid 18-22 inch fish(I was releasing specks unless they exceeded 14 inches)and I have at least 3 extremely accurate digital scales and the 18 inch specks you can guess were 1.8 lbs and the 22's were right at 2.2 and dat sold me on dat formula🎣😜👍

Mandevillian
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Pointing at a 12 incher and the biggest was just shy of 23- this is a box of 9 2-3.5 pounders thanks for the weight method and stats.....I have a short video clip of me putting them all on the yard stick if that's needed for the fish police lol yall take care.
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Pointing at a 12 incher and the biggest was just shy of 23- this is a box of 9 2-3.5 pounders thanks for the weight method and stats.....I have a short video clip of me putting them all on the yard stick if that's needed for the fish police lol yall take care.
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@misfortune:
'It aint bragging if you can do it'. Had my share of skeptics as well thru the years, dont let it get to ya. If you ever need a first hand witness, I'm retired and available to go with you. ;-) .. Email me.
Mike J.
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Solid trout man, congrats
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