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Old 12-16-2008, 10:00 AM   #11
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Brant Peacher (12/16/2008)Largest speck in length?? You will get more participation if it's by weight....
I agree with Mr. Peacher, it says more about a trout angler if they catch a big, fat, female trout than a long lanky one whos just dropped weight and will now eat anything that moves.


Maybe there could be a way to include BOTH in the competition.
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Brant Peacher (12/16/2008)Largest speck in length?? You will get more participation if it's by weight....
I agree with Mr. Peacher, it says more about a trout angler if they catch a big, fat, female trout than a long lanky one whos just dropped weight and will now eat anything that moves.
Problem is you can't prove weight by a picture...
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #13
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if i can ever get out i am down to play. same rules as the flounder contest?
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Brant Peacher (12/16/2008)Largest speck in length?? You will get more participation if it's by weight....
I agree with Mr. Peacher, it says more about a trout angler if they catch a big, fat, female trout than a long lanky one whos just dropped weight and will now eat anything that moves.
Problem is you can't prove weight by a picture...
Does this go by a picture or do you physically weigh it somewhere?
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this is how he did the last one https://pensacolafishingforum.com/fis...6643-18-1.aspx
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<P align=center>I think Mr Peacher is his dad!

I'll just remind everyone, that nearly all of the 5lb plus fish are 5-year oldfemales (about a pound a year), males rarely exceed 3-4 lbs or live past 5 years old.

I'm not passing judgement, just information for you to consider.

Spotted seatrout do move seasonally within a bay system, however. During the pre-spawning period of February to early April, speckled trout are scattered throughout the system. By spawning season, May to September, almost all the fish large enough to spawn are concentrated in the higher salinity waters of the lower bays. In October, with the onset of cool fronts, spotted seatrout retreat inland into lower salinity estuaries, where they typically remain well into January or February.

During spawning season, males form drumming
aggregations which can number in the hundreds or even thousands of fish. Within these aggregations, each male vibrates his air bladder, producing a croaking sound. When combined with the many other males' sounds, the result sounds like drumming or roaring. The sound attracts females ready to spawn. Both drumming aggregations and spawning take place in areas 6-165 deep with good tidal flow, such as passes and channels. Spawning begins at sunset and is usually over by midnight.

Speckled trout spawning activity depends on environmental factors such as currents, salinity and temperature. Most spawning activity seems to take place in salinities of 17-35 parts per thousand (ppt). Full strength seawater is 35 ppt. The two most important factors that determine when speckled trout spawn are water temperature and day length. Egg development begins to take place as days become longer in spring. Water temperatures of 68F seem to trigger spawning, which continues as water temperature increases. Peak spawning takes place between 77F and 86EF. The cycle of the moon also seems to affect spawning, with spawning peaks occurring
on or near the full moons of the spring and summer months. Females may spawn every 7 to 14 days during the April to September spawning period.

Young spotted seatrout grow rapidly, reaching
8 inches by their first birthday and over 12 inches by age 2. Spotted seatrout can live to over 12 years of age. Male trout grow slower and don't live as long as females. Males don't reach 14 inches long until 3 or 4 years old. Few males live over 5, so virtually all spotted seatrout 5 pounds and larger are females.

Spotted seatrout are
voracious predators, especially in the summer when high spawning activity creates tremendous metabolic demands. Fish under 12-14 inches eat a variety of foods, but more shrimp and other crustaceans than anything else. As they grow, they shift their food preference to fish, first to smaller fish such as silversides and anchovies, then later to larger prey fishes such as mullets, croakers and menhaden.

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Thats interesting; the way the letters get smaller and smaller as it goes down.

I've read many articles similar to that one. I've also read studies that havestated that male trout depending on region do grow to more than 6lbs. and live more than 5 years. This occurs mostly on the east coast in areas such as the indian and banana rivers. Although male trout on the gulf coast rarely exceed 2 lbs. or so, there are no barriers in biology and I'm sure there are some larger males.

But for the most part I agree that most trout over 3lbs. or so are going to be female. What I meant in my statement regarding fat females pertains more to those bigger healthier fish that generally are not nearly as aggressive and feed alot more discriminately. Its possible to stretch a fish to make that extra 1/2 inch needed to win and not get caught. However adding weights is just a little more conspicuous. Most professional tourneys go by weight and I feel that is the most accurate and just.
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tunapopper (12/16/2008)Thats interesting; the way the letters get smaller and smaller as it goes down.

I've read many articles similar to that one. I've also read studies that havestated that male trout depending on region do grow to more than 6lbs. and live more than 5 years. This occurs mostly on the east coast in areas such as the indian and banana rivers. Although male trout on the gulf coast rarely exceed 2 lbs. or so, there are no barriers in biology and I'm sure there are some larger males.

But for the most part I agree that most trout over 3lbs. or so are going to be female. What I meant in my statement regarding fat females pertains more to those bigger healthier fish that generally are not nearly as aggressive and feed alot more discriminately. Its possible to stretch a fish to make that extra 1/2 inch needed to win and not get caught. However adding weights is just a little more conspicuous. Most professional tourneys go by weight and I feel that is the most accurate and just.
Check out http://www.bountyfishing.com You can make pretty decent money in some online tourneys by just going off of length. And, you don't have to kill the fish. I wouldn't call what deadeye is talking about here a professional tourney by any means...just alittle competition among friends.
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tunapopper (12/16/2008)Thats interesting; the way the letters get smaller and smaller as it goes down.

I've read many articles similar to that one. I've also read studies that havestated that male trout depending on region do grow to more than 6lbs. and live more than 5 years. This occurs mostly on the east coast in areas such as the indian and banana rivers. Although male trout on the gulf coast rarely exceed 2 lbs. or so, there are no barriers in biology and I'm sure there are some larger males.

But for the most part I agree that most trout over 3lbs. or so are going to be female. What I meant in my statement regarding fat females pertains more to those bigger healthier fish that generally are not nearly as aggressive and feed alot more discriminately. Its possible to stretch a fish to make that extra 1/2 inch needed to win and not get caught. However adding weights is just a little more conspicuous. Most professional tourneys go by weight and I feel that is the most accurate and just.
Check out http://www.bountyfishing.com You can make pretty decent money in some online tourneys by just going off of length. And, you don't have to kill the fish. I wouldn't call what deadeye is talking about here a professional tourney by any means...just alittle competition among friends.
hall that is the coolest thing ever! i may get into some serous trouble with that site. looks like alot of fun. have you participated in thebountyfishing?
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hall that is the coolest thing ever! i may get into some serous trouble with that site. looks like alot of fun. have you participated in thebountyfishing?
No, they haven't had a type of tourney I would want to participate in since I found out about it. Some of our infamous charter captains on the PFF have participated and won.
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