Re: Hopedale 5lb on top water
August 19 at 11:27pm
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