I don't mean to call people liars...but. I have been fishing for stripers every year for the last 10 years. I have caught probably about 20 to 30 fish on average per year. That comes out to somewhere between 200 and 300 fish. In all that time I've had 5 fish over 20 pounds and none over 30. Most have been in the 8 to 12 pound range these are the 27 to 33 inch variety. Now I realize that I don't often utilize two of the most proven methods for big bass--trolling wire line with shads or spoons and liveling adult bunker. But I troll stretches and catch fish, I use clams and catch fish, and I chunk bunker and catch fish. What's my point? Are people overestimating the size of the fish they are catching? Have I just been unlucky? Should I call my 18 pound bass 24? For example here is a report from another website. I am not calling this guy a liar but its reports like this that make me shake my head.
This guy beat my personal best 6 times in one afternoon and talks about it in a matter of fact way. What do you guys think?Angler Name : mark crescenzo
E-Mail : [email protected]
Date Fished: 6/21/05
Location: near manasquan inlet
Fishing Method: live lining/chunking
Specie: Striped Bass
Size: up to 36 pounds
Bait or Lure: live bunker & heads
Water Depth: 22'
Water Temp.: 63
Information : Did an after work thing after hearing about a good bite in manasquan. Wind had kicked up and was southeast but the bunker were there. Dropped a live one and we had a fish on in less than 3 min. Action stayed steady til dark, chunks and heads worked as well. Total catch 7 fish, six over thirty pounds and a few dropped. It was a good two hours of fishing. All fish were aggressive and waffled the baits hard.