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Not trying to measure schlongs, but post your BIGGEST striper ever here! There can be only one.
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David Powell
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Jamie Townsend
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Jamie Townsend » August 19th, 2014, 11:19 pm

That's a hell of a fish.

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Mike Ward
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Mike Ward » August 19th, 2014, 11:21 pm

Beautiful! Nothing else to say. :bow:
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Ezell Cox
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Ezell Cox » August 20th, 2014, 5:18 am

:bow:

Brian Story
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Brian Story » August 20th, 2014, 7:34 am

WOW!!!!

Congrats!

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Shawn McNew
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Shawn McNew » August 20th, 2014, 7:57 am

Man, I love the story and what a nice fish! Thats a majestic animal you caught.
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Arnie Davis » August 20th, 2014, 8:21 am

You have set the standard to be measured against - excellent :hellyea:

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Dustin Pate
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Dustin Pate » August 20th, 2014, 8:30 am

Mercy!!! That is a fish!!!

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will hackney
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by will hackney » August 20th, 2014, 8:36 am

Congrats dude, that is awesome!!!! :bow:

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John Mantovani
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by John Mantovani » August 20th, 2014, 8:53 am

Just another day on the river David?

Congrats!! Thanks for sharing; that is a beautiful fish! :hellyea:
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Dirk Dial
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Dirk Dial » August 20th, 2014, 10:33 am

Ginormous fish and great story... :salute: Congrats David, you da man. :clap:

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Jay Garrell
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Jay Garrell » August 20th, 2014, 10:39 am

Just another day in the life. Had to make sure you got the whole fish in this picture! :salute:
The tug is the drug!

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by John Yancey » August 20th, 2014, 10:47 am

That is awesome. Even more awesome it was caught in August! Great Job!

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Sean Reynolds » August 20th, 2014, 11:10 am

:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: Awesome Fish!! Great Pic and write up. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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MarcFloyd
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by MarcFloyd » August 20th, 2014, 2:17 pm

Excellent. You are a beast.

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Steve Hightower » August 20th, 2014, 2:40 pm

Im speechless. Mega congats!
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Just curious. ..what bait is 18 inches. Skipjack?
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Mike Werner
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Mike Werner » August 20th, 2014, 7:37 pm

Great going. Loved the story too!!

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Tim Edwards » August 20th, 2014, 9:12 pm

Very few people have the ability to catch a fish like that and even fewer would have kept it alive which is the most important part.THX for sharing your story!!

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by David Powell » August 21st, 2014, 11:34 am

Thanks for all the nice comments guys. I really appreciate them.

Steve the bait of choice was a monster croppie :bounce:

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Mike Ward » August 21st, 2014, 11:44 am

You should've taken a pic with that fish, flying the "bird" that you could add to your FB post :bounce:
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Bob Burnley
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Bob Burnley » August 21st, 2014, 4:58 pm

That is a beauty. Great thing that you turned her loose and she is still out there! Just frigging awesome! Congrats.

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by David Powell » August 22nd, 2014, 10:33 am

Turning that fish loose gives me hope on one day catching a 60+. That fish in its pre spawn prime could easily push over 60. Even then if it ever happens that fish would be released too. A fish like that deserves to die of old age in the cold mystical waters that it has survived in for so long.

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Jay Garrell » August 22nd, 2014, 10:49 am

How old is a fish that size?
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Rick Martin
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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Rick Martin » August 22nd, 2014, 12:28 pm

David Powell wrote:Turning that fish loose gives me hope on one day catching a pre spawn 60+. That fish in its pre spawn prime could easily push over 60. Even then if it ever happens that fish would be released to. A fish like that deserves to die of old age in the cold mystical waters that it as survived in for so long.
Well said David! I like how you think and congratulations on the catch and release. :salute:

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Re: 52 lbs

Post by Tony Hughes » August 29th, 2014, 6:34 pm

Jay Garrell wrote:How old is a fish that size?
Where he was fishing the fish have year round growth - so that fish likely could be anywhere from 15 to 20 years old. Growth rates are variable, depending on a combination of season, location, age, sex, and competition. Growth is more rapid during the second and third years of life, before striped bass reach sexual maturity, than during later years. After age four, growth may be 2.5 to 3 inches a year until age eight. Starting at age four, females grow faster than males. Growth occurs year round in cool water and in some locals stops altogether in the summer stress months. Maximum life expectancy is up to 30 years, and a fifty pound fish in freshwater is a true miracle.

Striped bass generally grow to lengths of up to 59 inches and weights of 55 to 77 pounds. The largest striped bass on record is a 125-pound female caught off North Carolina in 1891.

Tennessee/ Hiwasee lake in North Carolina or Arkansas will one day surpass the saltwater record given time.

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