I‘m a liberal leaning outdoorsman attempting to open the minds of right wingers to the idea that libs fish too. Anglers come from all walks of life, left, right, and center. Not everyone who fishes for bass is a redneck fond of Nascar, country music, and religiosity. Expect posts about largemouth bass fishing, techniques, reviews of lures and other products, but not any condemnable conservative rants. I hope to inspire the online angler community to dial down rhetoric which will do more harm than good to our sport.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

• Bass Weight Calculation

If you don't have a scale and you catch a bass that you'd like to weigh, be sure to have a paper tape measure and a calculator handy. There are a few formulas out there people use and some web sites have designed web based calculators where you can just enter in the numbers and it'll calculate for you. I don't think many of us go out on the lake with calculators, although remember many cell phones now have that feature. You could always do it by hand or in your head if math is your thing like me.

If you don't have a paper tape measure, you can pick them up almost anywhere. You can find them in craft stores, some fishing departments, or medical book stores, whether it be a medical student book store or a nursing book store for example. Many times they sell a nice retractable kind in a compact round case (see photo).

Measure the length of the bass from nose/lower jaw with the mouth closed to the fork of the tail. Then measure the girth by wrapping the tape around the widest circumferential section of the body of the bass under the belly and over the back to where the tape meets. Using those two numbers, you can estimate the weight of your bass in pounds. You might also consider it a way to verify the weight a weigh scale gives you. There are charts out there giving weights based on length alone, but without girth measurements might leave you about a half a pound off.

Some formulas you may find online for bass
(length and girth should be measured in inches)

(length x length x girth) / 1200
(length x length x length) / 1600 (not taking girth into account)