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shortfatguy

Monster Gill!!

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I caught this gill while throwing a titanium spinner bait for pike. I did not measure it but it had to be close to 11" or better. The spinner bait is a full size bait not one of those mini deals and I have pretty good sized hands ( I am 6'5" ) any guess on the weight of this girl?

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WOW! thats a beauty!

i would gladly do the math to find the true length of her if you post up the length of that spinner bait head (need it to find the length)

easily over 1lb for sure!

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I dont have the bait with me at the moment but I will get it measured. That is the second fish I released during the fourth of july week that I should have mounted!!

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Very nice gill sfg! Spinners can be a great bait for big gills! Once they get big enough, they are like crappies and switch to nearly an all fish diet.

Here's a timely article from Matt Johnson about spinners. Matt passes on some good info to help catch some big gills, although I don't think he ever intended for anyone to get them on bass spinnerbaits!

Congrats on the great fish.

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Don't you have any walls at your house? Nice catch! Kudos on the release too. Not many that would. I'm not in the business of killing fish but make exceptions for the wall.

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I really should have probably mounted that one as well as the 31" walleye I released the same week. I would rather do a replica on them but didnt have a tape to measure girth etc. plus I didnt want to keep them out of the water too long screwing around measuring. What do the taxidermists need to do a replica?

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What do the taxidermists need to do a replica?

A picture and a length will do. The picture you have of that gill will give the taxidermist a very clear reference point for the paint job. Congrats on a monster gill!

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That is a PERFECT picture for re-creating your fishes original colors. It's always a good idea to take pics from several angles and try to avoid sun glare in the pics. Dandy gill shortfg!

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I just did a measurement and it looks to me to be just over 12 inches long. I use this photo to measure since the one above has the tail cut off. I measured the smaller blade on the spinner and it is 1.5 inches long. how much would that weigh?

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Its hard to say if that is accurate though, the tail of the gill is closer to the camera lens then the spinnerbait, that changes the perspective and makes it appear longer. I would have no Idea how to get a measurement for a pic, there has to be some formula for taking lens angle into account, but I am just a truck driver and can't help you there.

Dandy gill by the way, I caught one a few years back on a full size spinnerbait that didn't look much different than that, unfortunately I didn't get a measurement on that one either!

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A big congrats to you... that's a true 1-pound plus fish! You got yourself a real trophy there! Great work!

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Definitely nice fish, but how can you call yourself shortfatguy when you are 6'5", lol!!!!

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What a slob! Congrats on the trophy.

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Definitely nice fish, but how can you call yourself shortfatguy when you are 6'5", lol!!!!

Also, you don't look that fat. smile

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Just two cents, from a 30 yr taxidermist who also does repro's..

If the small blade is 1.5" and you don't take into consideration distortion from the photo angle, the fish would be approx. 11.25" (accounting for distortion would still be around 11") with an approx. girth of 10". That would put the fish around 1.35#.

That's one dandy gill in anyones book. Congrats!!!!!

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I have used the name shortfatguy for years as a screen name because all of the good names are taken so I tried to think of something noone would want and thats what I came up with

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