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Trophy defined #13848373 01/16/21 01:53 PM
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I am now geared up for my new venture into the sunfish fishery. Just curious what you guys consider a trophy size (length) for the various sunfish. I am looking forward to the warmer water this spring. Thanks for any input.

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Any sunfish that goes more than 11 inches is a trophy in my book. Others may have a different standard but that is where I place the definition. Where I do most of my serious gill fishing on Lake Athens I can get 9 and 10 inch fish pretty easily. But at 11 inches they start to get real scarce. My personal best on that lake was about 12 1/2. I'm pretty sure I have broke the lake record there at least 5 time but I like to turn the bigger ones loose as soon as I land them and haven't bothered trying to register one.


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Re: Trophy defined [Re: Curt0407] #13848518 01/16/21 03:40 PM
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Texas Parks & Wildlife has a list of fish on their web site. (Elite Angler) section rules. The list also is the same list for the minimum length for a catch & release record. For sunfish it is 10 inches. Rio's are 9 inches. I go by that list. woot



Side Note: Also a Trophy Fish is what ever an angler considers a trophy in his own personal view. coolio

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Any fish is a trophy fish in my book! Have fun Sir and look forward to seeing some of reports and catches.

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Laker, I totally agree with your definition based on the way an angler feels about his or her catch.

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I go by the Texas Parks & Wildlife standard for trophy fish. As stated above they have a list in the Elite Angler Rules on the minimum length of a fish to qualify for both a Big Fish Award and a Catch & Release Water Body Record. Five Big Fish Awards from five different species will get you the Elite Angler Award. This is for both fresh water and salt water. When I say trophy fish in my post they are sunfish 10" or better. They are also Rios 9" or better. cheers



Side Note: Like has already been stated by Curtis (Laker One) A trophy fish is what ever an angler wants it to be . thumb


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