View Full Version : How big is a 43" salmon?

07-25-2005, 03:09 PM
A couple of years ago i caught a 43" salmon out of Fot Bragg. It was a fat ocean salmon and it burried the scale at 45 lbs. We didnt have a bigger scale. Can anyone give me an idea on how much this fish weighed?

07-25-2005, 04:47 PM
big....about 55 pounds im guessing

07-25-2005, 05:10 PM
4' halibat was 30lb, hooked almost chest high salmon, 45lb 12" tail.
Think your scale was broke. Bet 35lbs

07-25-2005, 06:50 PM
this one is 41" and it only tipped the scale at about 32lbs
Im guessing it was light boned...lol
girth is the ticket to wieght.. ;) :D


07-26-2005, 09:01 AM
Salmon do more getting fatter than they do getting longer, so the length of your fish could have weights all over the board.

07-26-2005, 12:51 PM
My biggest ocean salmon weighed 33 pounds on a certified scale and was exactly 39 inches long.....You can probably get a rough Idea by figuring out how much mine weighed per inch and than apply that to your 45 inch fish? I don't have a calculator right now....anyhow that one heck of a big salmon you caught!!!!!!

07-26-2005, 03:06 PM
Two years ago caught a 45" salmon out of fort bragg and he weighed in at exactly 40.0 lbs great fight though. Not sure what yours weighed in at but probably around the forty pound class.

07-26-2005, 09:01 PM
Ive read this thread for a few days now and im not going to say how big a 43" salmon is but I will think it. :P

07-27-2005, 07:51 AM
I havent seen a salmon that big this season. Hopefully they are on their way in. This salmon season has been rough between weather and water temps. If the salmon season doesnt get any better, i am holding out that the tuna will be on fire this year!!

07-27-2005, 10:24 AM
My largest was 52" and it weighed 42 pounds.


07-27-2005, 07:39 PM
:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
now thats a fish....

I gotta break 40 this year.... ::)

07-27-2005, 10:20 PM
A 43 inch Salmon that tipped the scale at 45lbs sounds a little unproportional (it must of been really big around the waste lol...). Without even looking at it, it's even more difficult to say. Do you have a picture? If you look at salmon posted on this board for example you never see a case where the lbs out weigh the inches. If I had to guess I'd say 38-40. Nevertheless that is a huge salmon that anyone would be proud to sport! Also, what month was it? The later in the year it is in the ocean the fatter they'll be. You'll usually see the largest salmon of the season in September. For example, a 60 lber was caught out of Monterey on a rockcod trip the towards the end of the season a few years bakck ( not caught by me, someone in a seperate group). Wern't even fishing for Salmon. That thing hit a huge rockcod jig on the way down. Petri Heil! (Good luck fishing!).

07-28-2005, 01:23 PM
Thank you everyone. And yes this fish was caught at the end of the season and was very very fat. I caught it when i dropped a whole herring to the bottom for lings. I reeled the herring a few feet off the bottom when the fish hit it.