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Old 06-17-2004, 01:51 PM
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Striped Bass Size/Wt. Charts

Howdy,
Several years ago I got this chart. I am told it is July weigths of stripers caught off of New England. I have used it for years, and given away a few of them to friends on the Cape. It is pretty accurate. It tends to be slightly "heavy" for May-June fish and slightly "light " for Sept-Oct fish.
Anyways, it beats killing them and putting them on a scale!
Good fishing.
DK


Striped Bass Size/Wt.
18 2.75 #
19 3.25 #
20 3.75 #
21 4.25 #
22 5.00 #
23 5.50 #
24 6.00 #
25 6.50 #
26 7/8 #
27 8/9 #
28 10 #
29 11.25#
30 12.5 #
31 13/14#
32 14/15#
33 16.25#
34 17.5 #
3519 #
36 20.5#
37 22.5#
38 24.5 #
39 26.5 #
40 28.5 #
4130.5 #
4232.5 #
43 34.5 #
44 37 #
45 40/42 #
46 42/44 #
47 44/46 #
48 48/50 #
49 50/52 #
50... 52/54 #
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Old 06-18-2004, 06:18 AM
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Excellent chart Rooster - any idea who the source is? I would like to put this chart on my site and give credit where credit is due.

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Howdy,
Several years ago I got this chart. I am told it is July weigths of stripers caught off of New England. I have used it for years, and given away a few of them to friends on the Cape. It is pretty accurate. It tends to be slightly "heavy" for May-June fish and slightly "light " for Sept-Oct fish.
Anyways, it beats killing them and putting them on a scale!
Good fishing.
DK

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Old 06-18-2004, 08:25 AM
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Juro,

I made up a similar chart based on a length/weight equation that was shown in the Mass 2000 Striped Bass Report.

Here is the chart:



And here is the link to the source PDF file:

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/publi...000%20tr-4.pdf

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Old 06-18-2004, 08:49 AM
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Nice graphic! But according to Rooster, my 44" bass was 5 pounds heavier

Just kidding, I appreciate the info.

I have some info from MA commercial data I will have a look at to see how these numbers line up.
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Old 06-18-2004, 09:01 AM
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Seems like these formulas are based on the girth measuring out at 55% of the length. I rather use length (in.) times girth (in.) squared/800 for weight in lbs.
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:17 PM
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Juro, et al,
The first time I saw one was back about 1991, a friend of mine from Chesapeake Bay had them. I saw them a couple years ago at the Crossrip Fly Shop on Nantucket, also and think the #s were the same. I believe the National Marine Fisheries has something to do with them, but really can't say.
I do know that the #s are pretty accurtate because I have weighted several fish over the years and compared them to the chart.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.
Wish I was up there with you guys to measure a few this weekend!
All the best.
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Just one comment, for years I sold fish commercialy, with a 34" limit. These are fish caught in July and Augest. Many were just legal. I never saw one that went over 15# and many were as light as 13#.
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Old 06-20-2004, 05:59 PM
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Hey Steve,
Who knows maybe the chart was made with well fed fish! Hard to say.
Good to hit the beaches with you last week.
Also, I tried to find those fly wallets, finsport?, but they weren't on bears den website.
Any ideas?
Good luck on Martha's Vineyard.
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I agree the chart puts fish a little on the heavy side. I remember seeing something similar to this with 2 curve, this may be the higher curve.
Rooster,
Give Scott at the Bear's Den a call I'm sure he could hook you up.

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Hey Steve,
Who knows maybe the chart was made with well fed fish! Hard to say.
Good to hit the beaches with you last week.
Also, I tried to find those fly wallets, finsport?, but they weren't on bears den website.
Any ideas?
Good luck on Martha's Vineyard.
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Old 06-20-2004, 09:15 PM
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The length to weight chart seems a bit off (on the heavy side). However it could be as a result of how the fish were measured. Stripers used to be measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail. So a 44" striper that was caught in 1960 would be 46 or 47" if caught today. If the nose to fork measurement was used the chart would appear to be more accurate.

Of course as fish get longer there can be more of a variance in their weight depending on their overall girth. One night last fall I caught two stripers that were exactly the same length (46" I think). One was normally proportioned and weighed 33 pounds. The second was abnormally heavy from its tail to shoulders. It weighed 45 pounds. Viva la differance!
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I too think the chart leans towards the heavy side. Based on boga grip weights, I seem to find that the typical 28 inch fish is about 8 lbs. That's a fish that's neither fat nor skinny, but shows "generic" striper proportions. The graph seems a little closer to what I've experienced.
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