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    With the introduction of electronics that help folks seek out the really big crappie, has it changed the definition of a "slab" in your part of the world ?
    "regular" joe folks here call about anything in the 12 inch long and up range a "slab" at most spots I frequent.
    And in some cases it isn't just about the length of the fish in my opinion. H managed to ketch a blackie the other day that was a bit over 14 inches long , but it had shoulders and girth and was extra heavy . It was for sure a "slab" in these parts , but in other parts of the world maybe not so much.
    So let's hear what is considered a "slab" in your areas, and yes I know it is highly variable and some places grow really huge fish, but other places not so much. In some spots I visit a "slab" might be a 12 inch fish and other places it might be a 15 inch fish.
    Please keep it friendly ya"ll , not every spot is a Grenada , just saying
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    I call all Crappie slabs cause my grandpa did.
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    I think you are on to it with the shoulders. I have caught some paper thin fish and also some sure enough thick ones. Have caught a few 10 inch fish that would not fit down into the checker. Those little chunks deserved the title Slab for sure. Caught some 14 inch fish that you could x-ray with a flashlight
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    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    I think you are on to it with the shoulders. I have caught some paper thin fish and also some sure enough thick ones. Have caught a few 10 inch fish that would not fit down into the checker. Those little chunks deserved the title Slab for sure. Caught some 14 inch fish that you could x-ray with a flashlight
    we got a spot just east of Dallas with black crappie that are like you said , a 10 incher won't fit in the checker either
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    DSJ said it well. There are a couple lakes that seem to produce some really chunky thick fish compared to the others. Football shaped slabs for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDave336 View Post
    DSJ said it well. There are a couple lakes that seem to produce some really chunky thick fish compared to the others. Football shaped slabs for sure.
    sometimes it makes me think it might be genetic and not all just food related ,the jury is still out for me on that part .
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    Depends on the lake (to me) .... and whether or not I'm straight up about it, trash talking, or being facetious.

    But, yeah .... overall I'd put the minimum boundary at 12 inches for the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    Depends on the lake (to me) .... and whether or not I'm straight up about it, trash talking, or being facetious.

    But, yeah .... overall I'd put the minimum boundary at 12 inches for the title.
    no doubt , my slab is bigger than your slab
    and yes 12 seems to be the cut off for me most of the time in our area too ....
    toads need to be 14 ish ...
    and whale fish have to meet or exceed 15 inches here ....
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    I think it depends on the body of water you're fishing. A slab in one lake isn't necessarily a slab in another.

    For me, it's a crappie that you can't reach around with one hand. Most of them are 13"+.

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    For me the list is as follows.

    10 inch or less non-keeper (throwback)
    11-12 inches eater
    13 inches solid fish
    14-15 inches Slab
    16 inches Trophy fish (worth mounting)
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