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What size are ‘schoolie bass’

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Bluefish become snappers, cocktails, Taylor’s, bluefish, then gorillas.

  Stripers go from mini or micro, to schoolie, to keeper, and ultimately to slob or cow. At what length is a bass no longer a schoolie? I put the cutoff around 24”. 

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Micro/Mini - 10" or less (about)

Rats - 11"-17" (about)

Schoolies - 18"-23"

Slots - 24"-27"

Keepers - 28"-42"

Overs - 43"+

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3 hours ago, VanStaalSteve said:

12 pounds or less. A 28" bass is a schoolie

Yeah I always followed this too. Rats, schoolies, teens, 20s, cows

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There is definitely some overlap in the way I describe them, I generally talk about them in a grouping.

 

10 lbs and under: schoolies (micros/rats for really small fish).

 

8 (roughly keeper sized)-15: decent fish

 

12-30: good fish

 

25-40: big fish

 

40+: giants

 

In a give day If most fish are around 15-20 lbs but one 30 sneaks in those are good fish.  If 25ish is the low end and you get into a bunch of 30s that’s when I would talk about big fish.  Of course these aren’t hard rules.  If I’m catching mostly rats (roughly sub 24”) during the summer and a 10 lb fish sneaks in I might pad my stats and call her a good fish.

 

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