Big Stripers

 

Big Striped Bass even under ideal conditions need to grow more than a dozen years to exceed 50 lbs.

How old is that Striper?

What kind of feeling could be greater than catching a big Striped Bass that exceeds 50 lbs?
The answer might be to successfully release that fish if possible and Have a quality striped bass replica mount created.

Survival rate of release striped bass can be low. But for more than half of the year when the water temperature is less than 65 degrees, a healthy fish will almost always survive if handled correctly.

   The equipment, education & attitude of striper fishermen & women needs to improve, to
 allow stripers to grow to be 50 pounds and more. If you do not believe the normal size of your striper catch can degrade, ask striper fishermen from out of state why they have come to Arkansas to fish. The Striped Bass is by anyone's standards premium table fare & it is ok to harvest some.  My personal catch & release goals will be different than yours, because my passion requires multiple trips each week, all year long.
 
I keep fish (unless I believe the larger fish won't survive) less then 10 lbs. In warm water months releases are often unsuccessful.
 
The size seems to make no difference in the taste of Striped Bass so release the large fish to help maintain a population of Trophy Striped Bass for future generations.
 
As you can see by the table below the average 30 pounder is around 13 years old. Besides the smaller fish are easier to clean :)
So please help future generations. If you are going to put it on the wall. Consider a replica mount.  Release those big fish when possible.

 Do not catch more than your limit when you know your releases will be unsuccessful.

 Understand YOUR actions on the Striped Bass you catch today will affect tomorrow's numbers and size.

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  How old is that Striped Bass?

  Weight
Age

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
24
Length

12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
MAX

1.0
2.5
3.5
4.5
5.5
6.8
8.3
10.0
12.0
14.0
16.7
19.0
22.0
25.5
29.5
33.5
39.0
44.0
51.0
58.0
65.0
73.0
AVG

1.0
2.3
3.0
4.0
4.8
5.8
7.0
8.5
10.3
12.3
14.5
16.5
19.5
22.0
26.0
29.7
34.0
38.7
44.0
50.0
58.0
64.0
MIN

1.0
2.0
2.5
3.0
4.0
4.8
6.0
7.0
8.8
0.3
2.0
4.0
16.8
19.0
22.0
25.0
29.0
32.5
37.0
42.0
47.0
52.0

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