Here's a fish story (but true_...when I was in college, I caught a blugill in an old, WV farm pond. It was so large that it did not even look real. I was going to mount it, but was broke, so the farmer's wife decided to eat it. Before cleaning it, I asked her to take a picture. To demonstrate how big the fish was, I fanned out my hand as big as possible, laid it across the side, and the fish was significantly larger than the span of my hand. In other words, based on my 9" span, the dimension from belly to back was easily 10". This did not include the fin.
Does anyone know how to guess how long this fish might have been? It was spring and fatter than a hog. I want to get a replica made, but I am interested in some sort of formula to estimate length. Not sure if the aspect ratio of a bluegill is predictable - like the length equals height or some other crazy formula. In my case...the "height" was 10",,,what can I multiply this number by to get the length.
I would love some advice.