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March 26, 2009

What Do You Call a Big Fish?

By Kirk Deeter

The question can be taken two ways.  On the one hand, I'm wondering how big a fish has to be before you call it big?  For me, the magic number for trout has always been 20-inches. 

By any definition, this brown trout caught by Anne Hamner on the Rio Irigoyen in Argentina is mucho trucha...  a lot 'o trout.  It weighed 24 pounds.  She released it.

 

Here's the question that's more fun.  What do you call that big daddy when you catch him?  I'm a little weary on the pork product descriptions... e.g. a "pig," a "hawg," a "slab."

I like some reptile references... a "toad," a "gator" among them.  Beast works.  Behemoth is better.  Monster... eh.  

Trophy? Too sterile.  Wallhanger.  Too deer hunting.

I need a word, and I promise that if you give me a really good moniker for a gigantic fish, I will steal it, and write it in the magazine story I'm working on now (without crediting you).  At least I'm telling you up-front... and I will let you know which story and what issue it's running in.  It's the least I could do for an assist from my fishing pals.

Deeter

 

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We do this all the time, making up names for fish we catch....all large fish are "Frankenfish"

However, one can break it down even further:

Large female fish- Sweaty Betty
Large male fish- Bunyan

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from Fishing Jones wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Jabba

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

SHE LET IT GO!!!! that would feed me for a whole week.

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from Brennen James Harper wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my dad and i call small fish mineys big fish

look at my profile and rate me

and look at my age

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from boomer1 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i call big fish dinner just kiding icall them midknight snacks

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from agingery wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

My personal favorite is where Mark Zona called a large catfish a "Sea Donkey" on his show Saturday morning.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

That's a "hoss"!

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from idahooutdoors wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

A "slabsided monster"

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from MLH wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

"Toad" gets used a lot. I've heard, "Too big for the pot!" Also "Hulk" - big shouldered.

My favorite is "Bruiser" - gets a laugh locally because of old Dick the Bruiser (the ex-wrestler) parodies on local radio. Got to do it in the right voice, though.

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from cTXn wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

A "Wallop", a "gargantuan", a "beefeater", and my favorite a "fishamongus"- the species can actually replace fish like, "brownamongus" or "stripeamongus", works best with one syllable words.

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from karmano wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

My brother and I came up with a scale of names to rate fish from extremely small to extremely large a long time ago and have been using it ever since. Here it is smallest to largest.
1. What the f$%@ (as in you didn't even know you had a fish on until you cast again)
2. Dink
3. Squeezer
4. Regliar (as in regular ala my little cousin who couldn't quite say it right)
5. Big Boy
6. Donkey
7. Boheme (as in behemoth)
I always felt like there was one missing between Big Boy and Donkey, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know. This worked well for us, but I'm pretty sure my brother had the classifications mixed up because he always caught donkeys. I guess that's what I get for fishing with men.

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Freak Nasty. (stolen from MW)
log
tuna kahuna
What the F--- is that!
moby dick
linebacker
And last but not least, "Big Momma"

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Bruiser. My personal fav.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

When I fish with my daughter Tessa, she calls them, Mack Daddy ...the biggest of all fishes!

When I fish with my buddies, I call the biggest fish, the Jerk Master!

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from MB915 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I tend to go with Gigantosaurus. Its a combination of Gigantic and the suffix that is used in relation to most dinosaurs, mix them together and thats what you get. That fish above would definitely fit the category of Gigantosaurus, I mean it even sort of looks like some sort of prehistoric fish.

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from shane wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I call big muskie puppy pounders, and big pike duckling destroyers. I've heard plenty of stories of muskies eating pets, and I've personally witnessed a pike gobble a duckling, right out of a row of them following momma.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Historical precedent is important. For many centuries on the west coast (the best coast) of British Columbia, BIG salmon are Tyee. Seems to apply to fish over 30lbs.

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from Fishy wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I used to use all the normal names, you know Bertha big sucker and all that. The first time a fish made such an impression that I coined a nick name was a large King Salmon in a Great Lakes tributary. That King (and all the others after him that weekend), left me shaking my head in awe of their power and saying one thing "this thing was like fighting a Bulldozer!". Any fish since then that can match the size and underwater pulling power of those Kings is called some derivative of Bulldozer such as "Dozer","Caterpillar" or "CAT". Hey, I work with machinery, it makes sense to me! (hope their is no copyright infringement)

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from Wags wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Well, let's see....

Oprah or Rosie (as in O'Donnel). This is for a species where the females get the largest (like bass)

As a lifelong Red's fan, Big Klu (Ted Kluzweski) or a Dunner (Adam Dunn) for the big buck fish.

I would like to be able to say I call big fish "typical" or "average", but that would be akin to calling me "talented" or "honest".

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from Woodstock wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Godzilla.

But I've already used it in print.

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from -Bob wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We tend to dub them "The Queen Mother", even though "The Queen Mother of all Bluegills" is a wee bit contradictory...

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from scooby wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my dad always called them "Moby Trout"

I always thought "Jeez I... Holy... Didja see... WHOO!" works pretty well

of course, we call the ones we don't land "logs"

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from kirkdeeter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Wags, you're onto something there with "Rosie"... because that reminds me of one of my favorite AC/DC songs... you crank in that big fish and just say "Damn, Thats's a Whole Lotta Rosie..." Hmmmmmmmm.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Well it depends on the species of the fish we are trying to describe. Down here in Alabama we have some interesting terms for large fish of varying species, but many can't be repeated on here. Big speckled trout are called gators as most people know, and big reds are called bulls (so are big male bream). And one of the guys I know that is pretty red(redneck that is) would just say "that's a big @$$ sob aint it?"

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I'm good with:
What the F--- is that!
Tim's mother
Bruiser
Beast
F---ing huge!
Monster
and
Pounder

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from RichardF wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Typically I refer to them as the one that just got away... I am not that lucky

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Don't put to much thought into it, Alex.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

He's a Tub.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Big female is a Cadillac Sow as in a big Red Snapper.

How 'bout that's a Clawhawkus (pronounced claw haw cuss) trout, bass, etc.

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from Evan V wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We called the 20 inch stocker I caught last year "spanky."
Dunno why.

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

How about Moby Dick? I tend to call anything big I get my hands on Big Dog or just a Load, but those are probably to generic.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Hey Alabama hunter, why the uhh... hate?

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from Brian Robinson wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Sham WOW

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Me and my friends use the term "Boss" for a big fish.

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from Neffer wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I've got a dry, sarcastic sense of humor so I tend to call little fish big fish names (6"er = monster, hog, ) and big fish little names (20"er = lil' smokie, baby, lil' guy).

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from huskerguy wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

King
Big mamba jamba

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from Woodstock wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Here's one you haven't heard:

"Whoa - that's a nice Mild Cure!"

An old-time phrase from Southeast Alaska trollers. Refers to the biggest and best of the chinook salmon that were reserved by processors for light brining in barrels. I've never heard anybody under 70 years old use it, but each time I hear it, it always brings a smile.

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Sperm whale...at least then men with impotence won't feel bad, haha.

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Tackle Buster
Rod Bender
Tank
Dream Maker
Beast

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from andymontana wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Al Maguire used to rate players as Aircraft Carriers and Battleships, Battle Cruisers. If you think about it, fish kind of line up like battle groups in the river. You know the Carrier is surrounded by destroyers, destroyer escorts, etc. And after all the ships are involved in another kind of water sport. So I try to land my fly on one of them "bird farms" as we used to call them in the Navy.

One other possibility, I didn't see anyone use "Moose" that always worked for the biggest guy in school; should do ok for fish too.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Biggest "fish" I know in water, and perhaps years to come ...Michael Phelps!

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from curmudgeon wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Freak. The King. HRH. Shaqdaddy. McMansion. Roid Rage. LeBron Jr. BOTB. Huge-a-pottamus.Huge-a-saurus.

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from timromano wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

alex,

You just earned yourself a couple of months in the penalty box for #2 on your list.

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from flyfishergirl wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

One my my clients coined "Brutus" two seasons ago.

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from Evan V wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I'd call this a sporty coupe fish.
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff111/Panfisha/P3270194.jpg
Also if anyone remembers from a while back the old rod-in-mouth discussion. :)

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I had my boys out tonight and put on a good old fashion butt kicking with the crappie. Finished it off with a 3 lb largemouth on the last cast. So for tonight the big one was called, "winner winner chicken dinner!"

Word to the wise, never challange an old man with live bait.

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from fflutterffly wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Troutasaurus (Brownasaurus, Bowasaurus, Cutasaurus,steelasaurus) Troutzilla (Brownzilla, Bowzilla, Cutzilla, Steelzilla) You get the point! It's just damn BIG

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from JTC wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Free Willy.

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

a bigun

Nate

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

pronounced bih-gun

Nate

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I do recall in my younger years when we had one on saying,"That's a Biggee!"

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from peter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

well i call a smallmouths= a splasher, i call bass big blubber, and trout a giant corneater

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

It's not too original, but we call it a "Lunker" or a "Really Nice One", as in "That's a really Nice one"

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from muskiemaster wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

for what i think is a guy fish i usually call them heifers
female i call them sheilas (little australian there)

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

When I caught my first big steelhead he was a "Hoss". The next biggest fish was my big fish, and he didn't deserve a nickname for being such a memorable catch.

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from LIFishFinder wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

You only need to call it a "Buick" eg: It was bigger than grandpa's Buick!

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from riverrunner wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Fishapotamus

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from snowninja wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Mephisto. It was the name of the demon in the Faust legend. Literal translation means "Not a lover of light". As in, a monster fish that hangs out in the deep dark crevices of the abyss, and only comes out every once in a while. But when he does, watch out.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Mr. Big Stuff

"Bigger than a Buick," I just heard that in a movie this week,for the first time.

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from fawnBleat wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

either a slob or a slab it depends on the fish

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

My vote goes to Wags for "Rosie". That is hilarious.

"Blaming guns for Columbine is like blaming spoons for Rosie O'Donnell being fat!"

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from frontboards_to_... wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

The RANCORRRRRR (from star wars, google it)

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from csuj89 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Chasing big cats we always called them stick-breakers, or catapotomus.

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from bowhunter352 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

I fish alot of tournaments around FL, and one of our buddies that fishes the same tournys with us says all the time... We ask him how big the 'one that got away' or how big is your limit,[5 fish limit] and he will reply with...

oh, it was a 6,7,8,9 pounder ... maybe 10!

lmao, so now everytime I'm fishing with him and I got a fish on, I'll say dang! its a 7,8,9,10,11 pounder! [like really fast!]

I don't know, it just sounds hilarious if you heard the story. Sorry just a story not really a name for a big fish.

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from wwm90 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Herkimer

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from fishrmn100 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

I've caught a lot of salmon the size of that trout and some much larger, but when I hook one, I always say "Come to papa, big boy."

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from shinehead wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

"Dagwood," as in the big-shouldered sandwiches favored by the comic strip character. Shortens nicely to "Dag," like "Holy crap, that's a real Dag!"

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

beastly

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

beastly

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Panfish are slabs, or porkchops. Bass are pigs. Northerns are gators, or logs. Waleyes are Walters. Who would have thought that you could catch a gator on a porkchop.

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from HillbillyDeluxe wrote 5 years 1 week ago

How about the "Mother-In-Law" of course mother can be substituted with sister if that fits the bill better.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Hubagigant.

I usually call my fish big when I catch a 12 inch or better rainbow.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

The Hoss Boss!

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from Ed J wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

How bout 'Big Kahuna'

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from nako1 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

hogalope

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Bruiser. My personal fav.

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from MB915 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I tend to go with Gigantosaurus. Its a combination of Gigantic and the suffix that is used in relation to most dinosaurs, mix them together and thats what you get. That fish above would definitely fit the category of Gigantosaurus, I mean it even sort of looks like some sort of prehistoric fish.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We do this all the time, making up names for fish we catch....all large fish are "Frankenfish"

However, one can break it down even further:

Large female fish- Sweaty Betty
Large male fish- Bunyan

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from Fishing Jones wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Jabba

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from boomer1 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i call big fish dinner just kiding icall them midknight snacks

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from agingery wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

My personal favorite is where Mark Zona called a large catfish a "Sea Donkey" on his show Saturday morning.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

That's a "hoss"!

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from idahooutdoors wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

A "slabsided monster"

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from MLH wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

"Toad" gets used a lot. I've heard, "Too big for the pot!" Also "Hulk" - big shouldered.

My favorite is "Bruiser" - gets a laugh locally because of old Dick the Bruiser (the ex-wrestler) parodies on local radio. Got to do it in the right voice, though.

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from cTXn wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

A "Wallop", a "gargantuan", a "beefeater", and my favorite a "fishamongus"- the species can actually replace fish like, "brownamongus" or "stripeamongus", works best with one syllable words.

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from karmano wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

My brother and I came up with a scale of names to rate fish from extremely small to extremely large a long time ago and have been using it ever since. Here it is smallest to largest.
1. What the f$%@ (as in you didn't even know you had a fish on until you cast again)
2. Dink
3. Squeezer
4. Regliar (as in regular ala my little cousin who couldn't quite say it right)
5. Big Boy
6. Donkey
7. Boheme (as in behemoth)
I always felt like there was one missing between Big Boy and Donkey, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know. This worked well for us, but I'm pretty sure my brother had the classifications mixed up because he always caught donkeys. I guess that's what I get for fishing with men.

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Freak Nasty. (stolen from MW)
log
tuna kahuna
What the F--- is that!
moby dick
linebacker
And last but not least, "Big Momma"

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

When I fish with my daughter Tessa, she calls them, Mack Daddy ...the biggest of all fishes!

When I fish with my buddies, I call the biggest fish, the Jerk Master!

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from shane wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I call big muskie puppy pounders, and big pike duckling destroyers. I've heard plenty of stories of muskies eating pets, and I've personally witnessed a pike gobble a duckling, right out of a row of them following momma.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Brian W. Thair wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Historical precedent is important. For many centuries on the west coast (the best coast) of British Columbia, BIG salmon are Tyee. Seems to apply to fish over 30lbs.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Fishy wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I used to use all the normal names, you know Bertha big sucker and all that. The first time a fish made such an impression that I coined a nick name was a large King Salmon in a Great Lakes tributary. That King (and all the others after him that weekend), left me shaking my head in awe of their power and saying one thing "this thing was like fighting a Bulldozer!". Any fish since then that can match the size and underwater pulling power of those Kings is called some derivative of Bulldozer such as "Dozer","Caterpillar" or "CAT". Hey, I work with machinery, it makes sense to me! (hope their is no copyright infringement)

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from Wags wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Well, let's see....

Oprah or Rosie (as in O'Donnel). This is for a species where the females get the largest (like bass)

As a lifelong Red's fan, Big Klu (Ted Kluzweski) or a Dunner (Adam Dunn) for the big buck fish.

I would like to be able to say I call big fish "typical" or "average", but that would be akin to calling me "talented" or "honest".

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from Woodstock wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Godzilla.

But I've already used it in print.

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from -Bob wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We tend to dub them "The Queen Mother", even though "The Queen Mother of all Bluegills" is a wee bit contradictory...

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from scooby wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my dad always called them "Moby Trout"

I always thought "Jeez I... Holy... Didja see... WHOO!" works pretty well

of course, we call the ones we don't land "logs"

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from kirkdeeter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Wags, you're onto something there with "Rosie"... because that reminds me of one of my favorite AC/DC songs... you crank in that big fish and just say "Damn, Thats's a Whole Lotta Rosie..." Hmmmmmmmm.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I'm good with:
What the F--- is that!
Tim's mother
Bruiser
Beast
F---ing huge!
Monster
and
Pounder

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from timromano wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

alex,

You just earned yourself a couple of months in the penalty box for #2 on your list.

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from wwm90 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Herkimer

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

SHE LET IT GO!!!! that would feed me for a whole week.

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from Brennen James Harper wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my dad and i call small fish mineys big fish

look at my profile and rate me

and look at my age

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from RichardF wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Typically I refer to them as the one that just got away... I am not that lucky

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

He's a Tub.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Big female is a Cadillac Sow as in a big Red Snapper.

How 'bout that's a Clawhawkus (pronounced claw haw cuss) trout, bass, etc.

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from Evan V wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

We called the 20 inch stocker I caught last year "spanky."
Dunno why.

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

How about Moby Dick? I tend to call anything big I get my hands on Big Dog or just a Load, but those are probably to generic.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Hey Alabama hunter, why the uhh... hate?

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from Brian Robinson wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Sham WOW

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Me and my friends use the term "Boss" for a big fish.

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from Neffer wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I've got a dry, sarcastic sense of humor so I tend to call little fish big fish names (6"er = monster, hog, ) and big fish little names (20"er = lil' smokie, baby, lil' guy).

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from huskerguy wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

King
Big mamba jamba

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from Woodstock wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Here's one you haven't heard:

"Whoa - that's a nice Mild Cure!"

An old-time phrase from Southeast Alaska trollers. Refers to the biggest and best of the chinook salmon that were reserved by processors for light brining in barrels. I've never heard anybody under 70 years old use it, but each time I hear it, it always brings a smile.

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Sperm whale...at least then men with impotence won't feel bad, haha.

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Tackle Buster
Rod Bender
Tank
Dream Maker
Beast

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from andymontana wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Al Maguire used to rate players as Aircraft Carriers and Battleships, Battle Cruisers. If you think about it, fish kind of line up like battle groups in the river. You know the Carrier is surrounded by destroyers, destroyer escorts, etc. And after all the ships are involved in another kind of water sport. So I try to land my fly on one of them "bird farms" as we used to call them in the Navy.

One other possibility, I didn't see anyone use "Moose" that always worked for the biggest guy in school; should do ok for fish too.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Biggest "fish" I know in water, and perhaps years to come ...Michael Phelps!

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from curmudgeon wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Freak. The King. HRH. Shaqdaddy. McMansion. Roid Rage. LeBron Jr. BOTB. Huge-a-pottamus.Huge-a-saurus.

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from flyfishergirl wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

One my my clients coined "Brutus" two seasons ago.

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from Evan V wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I'd call this a sporty coupe fish.
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff111/Panfisha/P3270194.jpg
Also if anyone remembers from a while back the old rod-in-mouth discussion. :)

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I had my boys out tonight and put on a good old fashion butt kicking with the crappie. Finished it off with a 3 lb largemouth on the last cast. So for tonight the big one was called, "winner winner chicken dinner!"

Word to the wise, never challange an old man with live bait.

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from fflutterffly wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Troutasaurus (Brownasaurus, Bowasaurus, Cutasaurus,steelasaurus) Troutzilla (Brownzilla, Bowzilla, Cutzilla, Steelzilla) You get the point! It's just damn BIG

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from JTC wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Free Willy.

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

a bigun

Nate

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

pronounced bih-gun

Nate

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I do recall in my younger years when we had one on saying,"That's a Biggee!"

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from peter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

well i call a smallmouths= a splasher, i call bass big blubber, and trout a giant corneater

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

It's not too original, but we call it a "Lunker" or a "Really Nice One", as in "That's a really Nice one"

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from muskiemaster wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

for what i think is a guy fish i usually call them heifers
female i call them sheilas (little australian there)

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

When I caught my first big steelhead he was a "Hoss". The next biggest fish was my big fish, and he didn't deserve a nickname for being such a memorable catch.

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from LIFishFinder wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

You only need to call it a "Buick" eg: It was bigger than grandpa's Buick!

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from riverrunner wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Fishapotamus

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from snowninja wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Mephisto. It was the name of the demon in the Faust legend. Literal translation means "Not a lover of light". As in, a monster fish that hangs out in the deep dark crevices of the abyss, and only comes out every once in a while. But when he does, watch out.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Mr. Big Stuff

"Bigger than a Buick," I just heard that in a movie this week,for the first time.

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from fawnBleat wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

either a slob or a slab it depends on the fish

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

My vote goes to Wags for "Rosie". That is hilarious.

"Blaming guns for Columbine is like blaming spoons for Rosie O'Donnell being fat!"

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from frontboards_to_... wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

The RANCORRRRRR (from star wars, google it)

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from csuj89 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Chasing big cats we always called them stick-breakers, or catapotomus.

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from bowhunter352 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

I fish alot of tournaments around FL, and one of our buddies that fishes the same tournys with us says all the time... We ask him how big the 'one that got away' or how big is your limit,[5 fish limit] and he will reply with...

oh, it was a 6,7,8,9 pounder ... maybe 10!

lmao, so now everytime I'm fishing with him and I got a fish on, I'll say dang! its a 7,8,9,10,11 pounder! [like really fast!]

I don't know, it just sounds hilarious if you heard the story. Sorry just a story not really a name for a big fish.

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from fishrmn100 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

I've caught a lot of salmon the size of that trout and some much larger, but when I hook one, I always say "Come to papa, big boy."

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from shinehead wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

"Dagwood," as in the big-shouldered sandwiches favored by the comic strip character. Shortens nicely to "Dag," like "Holy crap, that's a real Dag!"

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

beastly

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

beastly

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Panfish are slabs, or porkchops. Bass are pigs. Northerns are gators, or logs. Waleyes are Walters. Who would have thought that you could catch a gator on a porkchop.

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from HillbillyDeluxe wrote 5 years 1 week ago

How about the "Mother-In-Law" of course mother can be substituted with sister if that fits the bill better.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Hubagigant.

I usually call my fish big when I catch a 12 inch or better rainbow.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

The Hoss Boss!

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from Ed J wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

How bout 'Big Kahuna'

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Well it depends on the species of the fish we are trying to describe. Down here in Alabama we have some interesting terms for large fish of varying species, but many can't be repeated on here. Big speckled trout are called gators as most people know, and big reds are called bulls (so are big male bream). And one of the guys I know that is pretty red(redneck that is) would just say "that's a big @$$ sob aint it?"

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from nako1 wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

hogalope

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Don't put to much thought into it, Alex.

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