Whopper Posted July 22, 2011 Report Share Posted July 22, 2011 (edited) Alright here's the deal. Years ago when I belonged to a local bass club and fished tourneys the only fish I ever worried about was fish that were right at the minimum limit and would make sure before I walked them to the scales they were within the rules. Last week while on a week long fishing trip with my son the place we stayed at had four cabins full of different anglers that I knew, we were asked after the first day if we would be interested in a friendly tourney amongst ourselves each day for the rest of the week, the ante was a dollar a day per angler and two dollars for big fish of the week. Longest bass each day won the daily pot and big bass for the week got a sweet payout. On day two I caught a 19" plus largemouth that both me and my son measured twice before putting in my livewell. Rules of the the tourney were you had to bring back your biggest fish to the dock for another angler from another boat to witness, this was the only thing that I didn't like going in because of the heat we were fishing in, but it turned out to be OK because out of all the fish brought in only one didn't survive and it made it's way to the cleaning table. Back to my 19" fish, to keep it alive I had to run my livewell for a good part of the day and kept a couple frozen bottled waters in with the fish, got back to the dock, grab a witness and was shocked at what I was seeing, even with a good tail pinch I could only get 17 and 7/8's out of her, I felt like a complete idiot because I told the witness it was a 19 incher Back in the day I only ever worried about a 1/4 inch but this fish over a six hour period lost well over an inch to a inch and a quarter Have any of you guys ever encountered this before? My son and I did pretty decent in the tourney, each of us won big fish on different days and we tied each other one day, so out of five days were were top dogs for three daily's, and just missed big fish of the week. And just for the record I took a pretty good ribbing over my false measurement but the fish did stand for big fish that day Edited July 22, 2011 by Whopper Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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