This past weekend I lucked into a 17" crappie. This "toad" is easily the biggest crappie I ever caught, and I have never seen one this big either alive or mounted. Was just wondering how this would rank for some of you who have mounted a number of big crappies.
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Makes a big difference where you are from. Here in MO that would be a pretty good one. Most of the crappies I mount are between 14"-18".
I mounted a white crappie in 1959 that was caught by a Mr. Frank Tobergate from a farm pond on the Ohio River Flood plain in Boone County, Ky. The fish was around twenty inches in length and weighed five pounds and one ounce on the scale at the local meat market.
Another gentleman was rumored to have caught a crappie from the same pond at a later date which weighed 5 lbs 13 ounces. A photo was run in the Cincinati Post, KY edition, of the 5 lb 13 ounce fish. The fish in the photo was larger than the one I mounted. I don't know why the fish wasn't entered in the books. A three pound crappie is from 17 to eighteen or so inches in length, dependent on where it was caught. Your's is a nice fish, but it would hit the frying pan at Weiss Lake, or a number of other southern crappie hotspots.
The indiana state record is four lbs 9 ounces, Illinois's is 4 lbs 6 ounces and Ohio's is 3 pounds nine ounces. The Ohio fish was 18 1/2 inches in length. Regardless, your fish is a decent crappie.
'59 was still a couple of years before my folks got too drunk and ended up with me! You appear much younger in your picture located up on the Texas Registry of wife beaters website (lol)! BTW, what's up with that no sympathy comment on a previous post? You obviously have NOT met my wife - lol!
Great size fish and those are the ones that get mounted. But that's the size I get here.
it was on sunday morn when i was about to pull i nthe polls and call it a day but i felt a sudden tug and boom i realized i had a hudge as* fish i t tok me 43 minutes bu t when i got it , weighed in at 17 1/2 lbs and 53 in in lenght