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I just read a thread where it was stated that great fisherman never talk in Inches but in Pounds. OR that they never talk at all or something like that.

Anyway, All I carry is this retractable tape thing that I got at Surfland for like 2 bucks and I would rather carry that than a Boga. Those Bogas weigh me down.

I release most all of my fish so measuring them makes more sense to me than guessing the weight (even though at the Topsfield Fair I could always win at that "Guess the weight of the lady game" but alas women are not fish)

Is there some way I can convert inches to pounds accurately without having to carry a chart and do the whole girth x length x Pie formula so I can tell my friends what I caught in Pounds so I don't sound like a goog?

Oh yeah, I suck at Math too.

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i carry a boga when i'm not wetsuiting. for big fish, just take the length and girth with your tape and calculate with the formula when you get home! i have the boga solely for weighing fish, but it's too heavy to drag around when i'm swimming to rocks, plus, with their cost i dont want to see how they hold up to being submurged for long periods of time.

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MDM, I'm surprised that you still even measure your fish, given your accomplishments as a surfcaster.

 

A "good fish" is a good fish regardless of actual length and weight. smile.gif

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I hear ya, but to me as long as I am out fishing and catching and releasing I dont care what the length or weight but anyway there is a chart here on sol

http://www.stripersonline.com/Pages/weight_length/ what you can do is put some notes formulas and the equivelant weights in to your cell phone if you carry one otherwise I dunno, what about one of those cheap small spring scales but then agian they will rust out, maybe look on the web for a small digital scale but you will have to keep it water proof.

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View PostIs there some way I can convert inches to pounds accurately without having to ...do the whole girth x length x Pie formula...?

 

No.

 

Weight is far more a function of girth than length - a 28" bass can weight 6 pounds or 10 pounds depending on how fat it is - so you can't accurately judge its weight by measuring its length. What you can do, however, is get a good feel for what constitutes a thin fish or a fat fish and make an informed estimate of your fish's weight taking its length into account - even a mediocre guess by someone with a good feel for weight is going to be more accurate than the best inches to pounds conversion, IMO.

 

By the way, my cousin in law caught a 32" bass last week when out with a few of our friends - every last person on the boat said it was between 20 and 30 pounds.

 

I'd be willing to bet that less than 1 in 50 fishermen will call a 12 pound bass 12 pounds.

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By the way, my cousin in law caught a 32" bass last week when out with a few of our friends - every last person on the boat said it was between 20 and 30 pounds.

 

 

I'd be willing to bet that less than 1 in 50 fishermen will call a 12 pound bass 12 pounds.

 

cwm27.gif I'm an optimist, I'd like to think that at least 24 would think a twelve pound fish is fourteen pounds and only 25 would think its twenty pounds or better.

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plus, its extra tough because a 15lb fish feels like 25 lb dead weights. Its hard to compare unless you know exactly what a 10, 20, and 30lb fish feels like.

 

I cant compare it to a 10lb baby like my neice, or a 20lb dumbell or something cause you dont hold it the same, it doesn't hang the same.....both could be 20lbs, but its dang hard to tell.

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View PostI hear ya, but to me as long as I am out fishing and catching and releasing I dont care what the length or weight

 

clapping.gif (though I understand in the beginning wanting to know, just hope that phase isn't excessivesmile.gif )

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I will fill sandbags in 1/2 lb increments. Mark them with a Sharpie. Close my eyes and, like Kane studying the lost are of Kung Fu, Train myself to accurately boast about my catch in pounds and not inches. This I will do.

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View PostAgreed highfive.gif

 

 

^^^ Judging by your picture in your signature, i'd assume your not neccesarily a "light-weight" fishermanbiggrin.gif (not refering to personal weight, rather think of a hiker who buys 2lb sleeping tents, 1lb hiking boots, a 2.5lb backback, etc.) lol

 

 

some people like to be very lightweight and mobile, right?

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View Post^^^ Judging by your picture in your signature, i'd assume your not neccesarily a "light-weight" fishermanbiggrin.gif (not refering to personal weight, rather think of a hiker who buys 2lb sleeping tents, 1lb hiking boots, a 2.5lb backback, etc.) lol

 

 

some people like to be very lightweight and mobile, right?

 

 

What is that in the picture anyway? lol

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