NANFA-- fish sizes questioned

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:48:36 -0500

> I'm not surprised. Peterson's sets the length of F. stellifer at 4 3/4",
> but several of us in the TV gang have seen them larger than that.

Here are some more fish I noticed that seem to be "mislabeled" in regards to
size :
central mudminnow at 5 1/2 inches. I have seen them much larger, as have
f. chrysotus at 3 inches. I had one last year nearly four inches
bantam sunfish at 3 inches we caught several on hook and line in Reelfoot
lake that were around four inches, I had one get that big in a small pond
and I seen a couple at the Aquarium of America in Norleans that had to be
four inches at least

To be fair, other than the bantams, these are rare occurences. To me it
seems that they go with ultimate max size with some of the fish, and others
more of an average big size. Like how many Largemouth bass ever reach 38
inches, or orange spotted sunfish reach six? I caught an orange spotted
once that was nearly five inches, but it looked like seven being so much
larger than normal ( just to let you know I am not exaggerating on some of
the other fish- I know how fish when a bit bigger than normal all of a
sudden look huge) These have to be "ultra maximums". Where as most of the
largest shortnose gar are around the 33 inch length as they note. But there
could be a place out there with them much bigger than that on average?

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