Hooks, Line types &, best terminal tackle practices.
The best knot to join 2 different size lines, a Shock Leader and Braid to Monofilament.
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|This nifty calculator is pretty accurate but keep in mind that not all fish have the same “body mass.” (Saltwater Striped Bass Length - Age - Weight Chart is located HERE and includes a download link for the data in a Microsoft Excel file.)|
Fish Weight Calculator
Measuring the Length of a Fish
The common way to measure is from tip of mouth to the fork of the tail fin using a tape measure, is actually NOT CORRECT for most fish but “safe.” The problem here is that some states apply the “fork” rule and others use the more universally accepted method in the diagram. Best advice is to check the regulations in the state where you are fishing and verify that the regulations apply to your target fish .
Avoid the biggest error, do not use a tape measure pulled over the body of the fish, it will increase the measurement since the tape has to bend over the rounded body mass of the fish. Place the tape measure on the ground or a hard surface and then place the fish on top of it. The measurement is from the closed mouth to pinched tail fin, not the “fork.” Frankly if you have to pinch the tail fin in order to meet the minimum legal length you are better off releasing the fish to grow another inch and avoid any questioning by others and especially Fish and Game Officers!
Commercial fish measuring sticks are available (see below) but it's simple to make one out of two pieces of wood.
Any angler of any age can apply for an IGFA Catch Certificate to commemorate a special catch. This is a great way to keep a young or old angler “hooked” on fishing. IGFA Application
International Game Fish Association
IGFA International Angling RulesThe diagram below details only one small part of the Leaders section of the IGFA International Angling Rules as they apply to Rigs. To review all the rules go to this page on the official IGFA website and download the complete document (Adobe PDF).
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