Congrats to Ed McCoy and his client Antoine on a very special steelhead. A brute of a fish caught on the swing, 17 pounds of double strip Manistee River Steelhead.
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Its been a year of big water and big steelhead. This pic of the day symbolizes some of the size that we have been encountering. This year has been tough for me to judge the weight of some of these giants. As I’m not a fan of the boga grip to determine weight, for a variety of reasons. Even hanging the fish in the net and then weighting the net and fish doesn’t feel very accurate. I usually go be lenght of the fish to determine the weight. As from my previous experiences a 30 inch fish was about 10 pounds, and every inch after that added a pound. But this year the fish are dimensionally / proportionally different. Seeing girth’s on these fish that I have not seen before. They are “thick” as we call it.
As a few fish that we caught yesterday suggest. With length’s of 32 inches and girths of 17.5 inches. With the help of the a little math. We figured we had fish in the 14 pound range. Doing some research looks like there are App’s available http://www.fishweight.net , that you don’t even need a tape measure. I might spend the $5 and try this app, and do a product review. More to come later. In the mean time, I’m using this app currently to help do the math – also has a feature to choose your fish species. As weight has to be different based on species? I would think. But I’m trying to learn all this, as fish this year are special, and with the colder temps, we are staring to land a few more of the giants now.
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