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You'll find bigger. Here's one I caught in 2017 23 in by 18 and 1/2 inch measured with a Tailor's tape. Still swimming. A lot of nice bass in Pueblo.


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The big girls appetite for big crappie got the best of her. See the fillet knife, was she fresh enough to salvage the meat?
 

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I don't usually target them, Hobie, I doubt I'll find one that big. Yours is close to state record isn't it? Nice one!

Ghostman, I did take the fillets off, the fish was still fresh enough, it appeared to have died about a day ago and the water has been cool this year. I'm on the fence about eating a bass that age though. What do you think?
 

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I've eaten smallies that size from private water and they were delicious! If you think you got to her in time give it a try... better than her going to waste.
 

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A few tips... remove any dark red meat (bloodline)... cut fillets into strips that are no more than 3/4" - 1" thick... soak overnite in milk to remove any gamey flavor... bread and deep fry @ 350* until strips float.
 

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That thing looks nasty! Wouldn't feed that thing to my dogs.
 
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