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archer66
03-08-2012, 07:51 PM
Sorry if this is on here somewhere.....I can't find it if it is.

Anyone know what the story with this fish is??

jigflinger
03-08-2012, 08:00 PM
BOGUS! That fish has been caught in several states and gains weight each time it's posted. Fish was really caught in Illinois.

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archer66
03-08-2012, 08:04 PM
That's what I figured....it turned up on a Missouri Deer hunting forum....the guy that posted it there had seen it in several spots on the net with some crazy stories and wondered what the real story was.

Thanks.

catchncrisco
03-08-2012, 08:04 PM
Here ya go...this fish has really made the rounds Mike Zimmer’s 4-5 crappie (http://www.crappie.com/index.php/bigfish/mike_zimmers_4_5_crappie/)Mon, March 15, 2010http://heartland.ehclients.com/images/zimmer_crappie.jpg
Mike Zimmer of Waterloo caught this 4-pound, 5-ounce crappie out of Kinkaid Lake on a chilly March 15. The fish, believed to be a white crappie, is just two ounces short of the state record.
The Illinois record white crappie weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces and was caught by Kevin Dennis in a private pond in Morgan County on April 8, 1973.
“It was unbelievable,” Zimmer told Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat. “It’s probably like catching an 8- or 9-pound bass or a 70-pound flathead (catfish). Crappie fisherman know just how big something like this is.”
Zimmer said he was using a 12-foot crappie pole, a slip bobber and a Grizzly jig tipped with a minnow near some flooded trees in 2-10 feet of water.
The fish was 19 inches long and had a 16-inch girth and was one of 25 Zimmer caught that day. Kloeckner reported that Zimmer also had a 3-pounder and one that weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces.
http://heartland.ehclients.com/images/measuring_crappie.jpg
“It was huge, I’ll tell you that. I about fell over when I saw it,” said John Wanless of Frank’s Real Bait Shop in Gorham. “They weighed it at home and then what I heard they took it to (Bass Pro Shops) in St. Charles and had it weighed there, too.”
This is not the first big crappie out of Kinkaid. Wanless said Ron Kumke of Chester caught a 3-5 slab last year on March 10 and this year had fish of 3 pounds on March 10 and then a 3-8 slab on March 11.
“There’s numerous 3-pound plus fish coming out of Kinkaid,” Wanless said. “And most of them are coming from the upper end of the lake. But it’s muddy up there sometimes, so I don’t know how far up they are going.”
The Illinois record black crappie weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught by John Hampton in Rend Lake on May 15, 1976.
The record hybrid crappie was 4 pounds, 8.3 ounces and was caught by teenager Marcus Miller on May 14, 2008 out of a farm pond in Jefferson County.

archer66
03-08-2012, 08:16 PM
So....that's the real story?? NICE FISH!!

smcfrln
03-08-2012, 08:43 PM
That's what I figured....it turned up on a Missouri Deer hunting forum....the guy that posted it there had seen it in several spots on the net with some crazy stories and wondered what the real story was.

Thanks.
whats that missouri deer hunting forum called

hucklburry
03-08-2012, 08:49 PM
missouriwhitetails.com, pretty busy MOMO site really.

smcfrln
03-08-2012, 08:55 PM
thanks

Danny W
03-08-2012, 09:37 PM
That fish is a freakin mutant man.

Cane Pole
03-08-2012, 10:42 PM
The fish was originally caught by DeathBeforeDisco on 4# mono Trilene pale yellow line with the red #2 zapata cycle hook tied with dual loop cache.

mduncan62
03-08-2012, 10:55 PM
There's a replica of a crappie at BPS KC that is every bit that big. I look at that thing every time I go the to can at BPS. Rofl (it's right buy the cans)

deathb4disco
03-08-2012, 11:04 PM
The fish was originally caught by DeathBeforeDisco on 4# mono Trilene pale yellow line ...

I heard that was a good line for hauling in slabs. I wonder if it's the best line, though. :dono

Somebody should start a thread about "what's the best line for crappie". And I might just be the guy to do it.

catchncrisco
03-09-2012, 07:54 AM
What is the best line for crappie? ....ha (Lets see who bites here)....

TreednNC
03-09-2012, 09:43 AM
Is it me or does that look like a black crappie?

CrappiePappy
03-09-2012, 11:23 AM
Is it me or does that look like a black crappie?

I'm with you, Treed ... the coloration is definitely Black Crappie. But, best I can tell from the picture, it looks to have 6 dorsal spines, which would make it a White Crappie. The two factors combined lends me to think it's probably a hybrid cross. Not to mention that it looks similar to the current KY state record Crappie, Penny Hopper's 4lb 14oz fish (21.5" x 18"), which was also determined to be a hybrid (just with more White Crappie side banding).


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... cp :cool:

TreednNC
03-09-2012, 01:18 PM
I'm with you, Treed ... the coloration is definitely Black Crappie. But, best I can tell from the picture, it looks to have 6 dorsal spines, which would make it a White Crappie. The two factors combined lends me to think it's probably a hybrid cross. Not to mention that it looks similar to the current KY state record Crappie, Penny Hopper's 4lb 14oz fish (21.5" x 18"), which was also determined to be a hybrid (just with more White Crappie side banding).


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... cp :cool:

I'll buy that. That second photo you posted definitely shows the characteristic barring like a white would have. but with the darker, more mottled black crappie coloration.

Being a Fish and Wildlife Management degree holder, you'd think Id have spent the time to check the dorsal spines before posting, but I didnt lol

CrappiePappy
03-10-2012, 05:25 AM
Treed ... you can't really see the spines very well, on the pic of the guy holding up his fish. I counted 6 but there "could" be more. So, you're off the hook on that one Rofl

I liken this guy's fish picture being touted as being a record fish in many different lakes/states ... to the story about monster catfish around dams being repaired, and scaring the divers to the point where they won't go back down. That same story, in one form or another, seems to have happened in many different states/lakes. I heard it over 40yrs ago, about a local lake :Doh: and it still pops up & gets passed around as happening in various other places, every now & then.

... cp :cool: