Lately, I've been watching many bass fishing videos on YouTube. One thing I noticed was this. They go "Oh, it's huge", "It's a biggin", "It's a monster".... When I see those bass, many of them look like 3 to 5lbs. I guess it depends on where you fish, but I don't normally take a picture of fish under 8lbs. To me, 7 or 8+ lbs bass is big. What do you say? I'm sure for some people only 10+ lbs is big. FYI, in the last 30+ years, I've only fished in California and Mexico. So, bass are relatively big in those places.
This is "Show and Tell", so please post some pictures of big bass, and tell.
You can see some of big (to me) bass here.
http://www.tackletour.net/viewtopic.php ... 45#p711756
Ive only caught 1 bass that was 5# that was in 2017 so its huge
So to me an 18" 3pound bass is big and would be very happy catching that size
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Many (but luckily not all) YouTubers put on a silly show for good-but-not-great fish. Anybody who does the "OMG! It's a giant!" dance for a 3 pounder (in a warm water location) leaves my channel rotation immediately. (That means I never watch anybody in the Googan Squad )
But it depends a ton on the area and on the bass strain. LMB northern strain vs Florida Strain vs hybrids all makes a difference. Spots and Smallies only live half as long as LMB and only weigh half as much. People in cold water regions get smaller fish.
Around here in NorCal we have a lot of hybrids and decently warm weather, so (in my mind!) anything over 4-5lbs is a really good fish, 6 is great, 7-8 is really great/"big", and 9+ is a once-every-few-years occasion. People who target/hunt trophy fish will catch more giants. People with boats will catch more trophy fish than bank fisherman, I think (unless you go pond-hopping private ponds nobody ever fishes and find undiscovered giants, I guess).
My made up categories for largemouth bass size.
2-3 lbs = fun and exciting
4lbs = big
5lbs = giant
6+ = lose my mind
8+ = I dunno... Haven't done that yet.
My made up categories for smallmouthbass size.
2lbs = fun and exciting
3lbs = big
4lbs = giant and I lose my mind
5lbs = I dunno... haven't done that yet.
that's accurate up here (Canada) for Largies.
Smallies you add 1.5lbs to the above.
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Largemouth: I get pretty excited when they hit 18" or so. I don't come across a lot of big ones so, these stand out but, not jaw dropping. Up around 20" it's a great fish. I usually frog or punch for them at that size so, the fight is short lived. The surprise factor is also greater as the commotion of ripping it through vegetation hides the true size of the fish.
Smallies: I'd say 4lbs is a good fish. Gets me excited but, not crazy. My biggest smallie was a 6.2lb. Sadly, I was so focused on hitting 21" (Michigan Master Angler size), that I didn't even dwell on that fish, as it was 19.5". I would catch so many nice smallies and just focus on hitting 21" that I didn't even stop to appreciate how remarkable of a day I was having. I'd say my best 5 bass limit was about 26lb and I didn't even care. I learned a lot from that stretch to appreciate what the moment is about, not some benchmark of success I put on myself.
I would like to add that I just caught a #6.10 largemouth a few weeks ago. So I'm up to 3 bass over the 6# mark in the past 12 years or so. Largemouth consistently get bigger than smallies where i fish. My personal best smallie is #4.97 and I'm really happy with anything over 4#. Though I know there must be 6 pounders swimming around down there.SteveSchmelzle wrote: ↑Tue Nov 29, 2022 9:41 amthat's accurate up here (Canada) for Largies.
Smallies you add 1.5lbs to the above.
I have a dozen smallies over 6lbs.
A new Canadian record smallie was just set a few weeks back. 10.15lbs out of the Canadian side of Lake Erie (caught by an angler from Ohio - and no cheating on this fish, lol).
Smallies are growing massive up here. Largies are shrinking in size. (not really sure why, likely due to pressure).
You can't fishout the smallies up here as they swim in schools of hundreds often in deep water. Although the record smallies was caught in less than 20' of water.
(many of us felt it was going to get caught downrigging, as the smallies will often swim to where the bait is...even if it is deeper than 50').
I'm old and grumpy. I find the vast majority of fishing videos on YT unwatchable. If it's not the obnoxious music, it's the over the top hyperbole ... "Game changer !!!" "Monster!!!"
Everyone fancies themselves as having the whole marketing/branding/editing thing down but many just flat out suck at it. I have no desire or attention span to even try and wade through a sea of crap in search of the few gems that are in there.
The one exception that comes to mind were the old Tactical Bassin' series. Good info without all the fluff and gingerbread. I'm sure there's others but that's the one that comes to mind for me.