Dr Rick writes:


Dr Rick writes:

Hi Mike, nice web site! I am a fellow fisherman and live in Manhattan, I fish from shore in the Hudson and would like your professional opinion <if possible> from your experience, what would you guesstimate the weight of the 34 inch fish in the picture, I caught on Dec 21st. I know what all the charts say but I figure this one could be full of eggs and roe I assume and was also a female because of the heaviness and the fact that no sperm came out. I have a friend that insists it is 14 to 16 lbs, I personally think much more maybe 18 to 20? so I am seeking a professional outside opinion from someone who has caught alot of fish. Girth would be around 20" from what I can deduce from the picture. Seems unlike summer bass December females are fat and heavy?
I only expect a guesstimate based on like ones you have caught, if possible! Thanks Again, and Happy Holidays Dr Rick

Ask-MikeStriper Mike's Answer:

here is what I do....I feel the great striper is best described in a picture or  story............BY ITS LENGTH!!.  What sounds better......a 15 lb striper .....or a 34" striper??......and if you hopefully released it....the length can be documented quickly and the weight can be left to the PROFESSIONAL approximation of the angler.  Stripers don't REALLY fill out until they get over 36 "...but yours did appear fat and being the way I am.........I would say it weighed 18-20 lbs, if you released it.......if you kept it and ate it..which is fine.....id say 14 lbs.  Thanks so much for the letter.......Striper Mike