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PEC54 07-10-2009 09:02 AM

Whats a cow?
At one time they were known as bull bass, and then they became cows. As far back as I can remember a striper did not gain bull or cow status until it was 40 lbs. A normal healthy striper at 40 lbs is 45 " or longer. I'm curious what is the general opinion of when does a stripah reach" COW BASS" status.

juro 07-10-2009 09:24 AM

Interesting discussion - some old school verses new school going on I think

IMHO when you catch a 40" bass from shore on a fly, it's a milestone. Maybe not a cow... but a heck of a catch especially in October when they look like cows in the belly and pull like sea monsters. My biggest from shore on fly was 46".

I don't know poundages because I don't kill and weigh this class of fish. Curious to hear what others have to say.

FredA 07-10-2009 10:24 AM

A cow is in the eye of the beholder.

I guess I think in terms of quality. I seem to have caught a lot of hot 25 to30" fish this year that I consider high quality. Another factor affecting quality (IMO) is where a fish is caught. A 20- 30# striper caught where it needs to run a 100 yards to get to water over 3 or 4 feet deep is a memorable fish.

PEC54 07-10-2009 10:28 AM

Totally agree a 40" fish on the fly or any gear is an accomplishment, your personal best of 46" in normal growth and weight conditions definitely put you over the 40lb mark. Old school had 16" at legal keeper status:Eyecrazy: wow it's amazing how hard they worked to maintian the species:roll:.But a 40" fish weighs in the 20's,there have been spring migration days on the canal when they were like catching schoolie rats,they fight longer and harder but they were hitting everything like a kamikaze schoolie. IMHO a milestone is something not easily or readily obtainable, hence the 40lb mark. I mostly aim my opinion from a shore catching basis,from a boat 40lbs is still a cow but it's more obtainable.

PEC54 07-10-2009 10:42 AM

No need to kill
Juro you don't have to kill em to weigh em, bogas or digital scales work on live fish to.:hihi: . Fred memorable fish don't have to be monsters, some of the most memorable fish to me were the 3 " sunfish I would catch at the age of 5 or younger with my dad offering encouragement ,and tutoring me on when to strike when they took the worm. But I'm looking for the general consensus of when a stripah reaches COW status.

Gseries69 07-10-2009 12:17 PM

I think it depends on where you fish as well. In Maine from shore a 40" fish is certainly a cow.

ssully 07-23-2009 11:23 AM

My sister in-law.

FredA 07-23-2009 11:40 AM


My sister in-law.
Reminds me, when I spent a couple of years in wisconsin in another life I had a girlfriend I refered to as my heifer. So if a cow is a 40# striper how big's a heifer..., a calf??

artsaw 07-23-2009 01:06 PM

Any fish that you catch on a fly weather on shore or a boat is respectable. A boat just gives you more access . Actually 90% of the time when you are fishing from a boat you can actually wade to shore

flydoc 07-23-2009 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by artsaw
Any fish that you catch on a fly weather on shore or a boat is respectable. A boat just gives you more access . Actually 90% of the time when you are fishing from a boat you can actually wade to shore

95% of the time, if you are as tall as Fred :devil:

striblue 07-23-2009 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by ssully
My sister in-law.

Attaboy Sully!!!!Good one! I understand the entire discussion!:chuckle:

ssully 07-25-2009 01:28 PM

sorry for the dupe post.

ssully 07-25-2009 01:31 PM

Started pig farming. Named the first two after the sisters in-law. Always get a laugh calling those swine in for their dinner. The bride doesn't find it as amusing though.

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