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How old do Bass get?

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How old do Bass get?

According to Dr Keith Jones who wrote the book “Knowing Bass – The scientific approach to catching more Bass” the oldest bass is one of 23 to 24 years old caught in New York!

I bought the book on Kalahari and it’s a pretty interesting book on bass... pretty in-depth and scientific.
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That will be interesting to know. In SA waters I suspect that they will only reach 5 or 6 years. Considering the rate that they are being "hooked & cooked" they don't have a rat's chance in our waters! :blue-evil:

If it wasn't for their "alien species" status, I'm sure we could get a sponsored tag & release research project going! I tried to get a tag & release kit before but they're damn expensive!
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Rob, Check my mail. They recon in the US, LM can reach up to 10 years and the lenght will be 50 cm +/- ?

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robfisher Wrote:How old do Bass get?... the oldest bass is one of 23 to 24 years old caught in New York!

:blue-shock: :blue-shock: :blue-shock: Geez that is old! With a dog you times it by 7 what would be the ratio for fish? :blue-rolleyes:
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I have also heard of them only reaching 10-12 years? But if you think of the 25 pounder they caught then you might say a couple more years is possible...

Sounds like a lekker book rob, must try check it out sometime :blue-smile:
Sometimes the fishing is so bad not even the liars catch anything!!!!
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PDV Wrote:Rob, Check my mail. They recon in the US, LM can reach up to 10 years and the lenght will be 50 cm +/- ?

:blue-rolleyes:

Thanks PDV… I’ll check mail as soon as the load shedding in Kloof (where my mail server is) is over!
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bassmaster Wrote:I have also heard of them only reaching 10-12 years? But if you think of the 25 pounder they caught then you might say a couple more years is possible...

Sounds like a lekker book rob, must try check it out sometime :blue-smile:

I definatley recommend - a good read
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Andy de Jager came second in the Amatola 2010 Classic @ Wriggleswade with a fish of 3.540kg.
This fish was aged @ 16yrs by icthiologists from Rhodes University.
For interest sake, the winning fish of 4.380kg caught by Dave Thompson was aged @ 10-12 yrs (wasn't clear)!
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the average is up to 16 years
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riprap Wrote:Andy de Jager came second in the Amatola 2010 Classic @ Wriggleswade with a fish of 3.540kg.
This fish was aged @ 16yrs by icthiologists from Rhodes University.
For interest sake, the winning fish of 4.380kg caught by Dave Thompson was aged @ 10-12 yrs (wasn't clear)!
Hi riprap
The growth rate has obviously got to do with the weather conditions, availability of food, the environment in general and so on. But since these two fish came out of the same dam and basically lived at the same time, don't you think that they spent most of their time in different areas of the dam where food was maybe easier to come by for the 4.38kg fish than for the 3.54kg fish?
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riprap Wrote:Andy de Jager came second in the Amatola 2010 Classic @ Wriggleswade with a fish of 3.540kg.
This fish was aged @ 16yrs by icthiologists from Rhodes University.
For interest sake, the winning fish of 4.380kg caught by Dave Thompson was aged @ 10-12 yrs (wasn't clear)!
Hi riprap
The growth rate has obviously got to do with the weather conditions, availability of food, the environment in general and so on. But since these two fish came out of the same dam and basically lived at the same time, don't you think that they spent most of their time in different areas of the dam where food was maybe easier to come by for the 4.38kg fish than for the 3.54kg fish?
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or is it just because of different genes? :blue-question:
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What wasn't done (unfortunately) was a DNA test to establish wether Florida or Northern strain as Wriggleswade has both and combo's.

for interest sakes, as a youngster I once picked up a fish in a farm dam that appeared to have died of old age - if it was from the original stocking, this Northern strain Largie would have been 20 yrs old! It was at least 3.5 kg's + and as long and thin as a Japanese commuter train.

In the states, the oldest fish on record (with proof) was a Northern of mid 20 something yrs.
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