Re: NANFA-- fish sizes questioned

Rose Lawn Museum (
Thu, 15 Aug 2002 14:25:49 -0400

It's a good question, Ray. Game fishes are obviously well documented
because of the fierce competitive factor in holding a record breaker. I too
am curious how the bio-guys establish maximums for non-game fishes, though.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

>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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