In a given area for a given species, some biologist determines the prime breeding size. In this lake, and most of the area, for bass it falls between 13" & 15" Some lakes impose a "slot limit" to ensure a good breeding population. ie. In this lake you can keep a bass below 13" and above 15" Everything else goes back.
I'm actually not a big fan of eating bass. They taste mossy to me. I like Crappie, bluegill, catfish, walleye & such. I bass fish ocasionally for fun. Just like to try to hunt that wall hanger.
I'm gonna dip my worm :right: this coming Tuesday at a lake about 20 miles south of me. Three of us will be fishin off of a pontoon boat near one of the guys private dock. He's been feeding fish there for quite a while so I expect we'll see quite a few catfish or carp. Of course, if I'm lucky I'll catch and release, too.
Tonight I took off the two lb. monofiliment test line I'd been using for trout and put on eight pound test line. Now isn't that optomistic? :nod: