What to do if you think you may have caught a record breaker

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What to do if you think you may have caught a record breaker

Postby bobberwatcher » May Wed 20, 2020 11:15 am

Nothing recent but there's a fish that haunts me. A crappie. I knew when I caught it, it was a brute but it never occured to me that it could be a record breaker but the more I think about it, by crappie standards, that thing was HUGE. So that brings me to my question, what do you do in that case? Where would you take a fish to be measured, weighed and compared to previous record holders? Just curious- you never know when that info may come in handy.
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby joetrain » May Wed 20, 2020 11:40 am

Henry’s @31st and Canal.
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby bobberwatcher » May Wed 20, 2020 12:20 pm

And if you're not it the area? Can any local bait shop check it?
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby SmalliesNEyes » May Wed 20, 2020 1:40 pm

Any scale certified for legal trade can weigh a fish for a state record, and two witnesses have to be present at the weighing. So basically any grocery store or butcher scale, or any shipping scale like a UPS store or Kinkos, etc. Then you have to have a DNR officer come certify it while it is in tact. Don't think the DNR has to see the weight, just certify species and whatnot.
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby billebob5 » May Wed 20, 2020 2:21 pm

the record for IL crappie is 4 pounds. I'd literally crap myself if I even saw a crappie that big.
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby SmalliesNEyes » May Wed 20, 2020 4:39 pm

billebob5 wrote:the record for IL crappie is 4 pounds. I'd literally crap myself if I even saw a crappie that big.


We got my dad's legit 17 incher mounted for him some years back for Father's Day. That fish was probably 2.5lbs and was a behemoth. I don't even know if a 4lb crappie would look like a crappie. Lol.
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby Rambler » May Wed 20, 2020 4:51 pm

A 4 lb crappie? HOLY CRAAAAPie!! :D
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby Aux Pleins » May Wed 20, 2020 6:49 pm

Eat it or release it.. Happened to me, was I supposed to carry a 5ft long nose gar a half mile wade back to my car and toss it in the back seat?
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Re: What to do if you think you may have caught a record bre

Postby bobberwatcher » May Wed 20, 2020 9:34 pm

5 ft? Wow- I hope you at least got a pic of that thing
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