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    Hi folks, well I caught my first king yesterday, on our own boat, drifting eggs above Big Eddy, across from RW's. What a rush! It wasn't big, but we caught it with our own stuff, on a light rod. Question:
    The fish measured 42" long and 23" in girth at it's widest point. How much do you guys figure that would weigh?
    When I took it back to Stewart's where we launched, the scale said 32 lbs., I'm new to king fishing but that fish felt heavier than 32 lbs. Maybe too much excitement!
    Thanks,
    Jim

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    For some reason fish always feel much heavier then they actually are. I have found my self several times looking for another scale because the one I just used cant possibly be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    The fish measured 42" long and 23" in girth at it's widest point. How much do you guys figure that would weigh?
    When I took it back to Stewart's where we launched, the scale said 32 lbs.
    The fNp formula for 42" x 23" predicts 30.0 pounds.

    This platinum buck caught a few weeks back measured 42" x 24".







    42" x 24".... 32 pounds DEAD AND BLED!





    Add the weight of at least a cup of blood spilled into the Kenai and you get a live weight of about 32.5 pounds.

    The fNp formula for 42 x 24 says 32.7 pounds.

    I'd say it's bang on!
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    Default general rule of thumb

    whatever weight you guess your fish.....subtract a minimum of 10 lbs

    Seems to be just about dead on right.

    So all you guys catching your 42lb'rs.... know they are really only 32

    myself included!

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    A standard and often used formula for Kenai Kings is as follows.

    Weight = (length x girth x girth)/740

    For your fish it works out to about 30 lbs.

    Here is a link to a website that talks about some adjustments for hen or buck.
    http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/ar...05_feature.htm

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    Ya know you could have released that fish and according to my formula on released fish it would have weighed in at just a hair under 50 pounds

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    Thanks for the reality check guys! It was great catching that fish! We've been really stocking up on reds at the moment, so my jets are cooled somewhat for kings, but will try lower river tuesday (almost said tomorrow; oops). Us 3 guys are all now using flyrods for reds; amazing the difference! What a kick!
    Thanks for the help on the king's weight,
    Jim

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