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« Reply #40 on: June 26, 2017, 07:57:47 am »
Caveman, good for you taking time to fish with your daughter, from the smile on her face she seems to love it.  When I was youngun, many moons ago, my dad was in the Navy, stationed in Key West, FL.  I fondly remember going on diving excursions with my family and his diving buddies.  They would sometimes spear some massive jewfish.  Most were larger than me (at the time).  Jewfish must be a heck challenge on hook and line.
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« Reply #41 on: June 26, 2017, 08:28:57 am »
James, I have not made it down to the Keys for several years but the fishing down there is incredible.  Some of my students were catching some big Jew Fish a few years ago using 300 lb mono and an incredibly stout rod with a 9/0 reel.  The way the old timers would catch them was to tie a 1/4" rope to a dock pile and have an inner tube tied between the dock and the hook to serve as a shock absorber to wear the fish down and prevent the 1/4" line from breaking.  They would land them by hand.  Several of these guys worked for the rail road and would catch them off of the rail road trestle at Boca Grande. 

My oldest daughter got one that was about 200 lbs to the boat on 20 lb spinning tackle one night several years ago when I took her, my other daughters and her friend fishing near Egmont Key in Tampa Bay.  That was a lucky catch for sure.

All three girls like to fish but I still try to limit their trips to a few hours and provide action.  I think they all prefer catching to fishing.

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« Reply #42 on: June 26, 2017, 08:59:18 pm »
   I finally got the boat out this afternoon and Sampson and I went to the local lake for about 4 hours. I had planned to put out some bushhooks but after my wife explained our schedule for the next few days I decided to wait till later in the week or maybe just next week. The granddaughters were upset they could not go today because they are on another trip. They may be able to go at the end of the week.

  I caught about 70-80 little bream, mostly green sunfish. I caught most on a 10' crappie pole with a #10 cricket hook and about a half inch piece of nightcrawler for bait. I tried a fly rod with about a #10 cork popper and that worked good too. I guess I caught 20-25 on it then decided to try for some eating size bluegills and I did pick up enough bluegills and even some decent redbellies (Red-ear sunfish) for a good feed for me and the wife. I kept out a dozen and left all the rest tied out in a 5 gallon live bucket I drilled full of 1/4" holes. The ones that survive will go on catfish hooks later this week.
 

 
Probably nothing over half a pound but these are probably my favorite eating fish.
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« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2017, 09:28:59 am »
Been working on the crappie on Lake O Pines.  Fishing brush piles we and put out over the last 7 years.  1/8 oz. jigs with trailer and nibbler tight line.

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« Reply #44 on: June 27, 2017, 01:17:53 pm »
I finally got out on a mid sized lake on the weekend. The weather turned quite warm, fishing was slow but we caught a few pan size rainbows. And a good sunburn. ;D Leech pattern trolled just below the surface was the most consistent, I went deeper and got a few bumps. Just getting out was reward enough.
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« Reply #45 on: June 27, 2017, 04:26:28 pm »
Got a good Wahoo and Grouper





 

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« Reply #46 on: June 27, 2017, 11:15:49 pm »
You did not catch either of those in Wisconsin.  Good fish.
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« Reply #47 on: June 28, 2017, 01:13:47 pm »
 :D
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« Reply #48 on: June 30, 2017, 11:55:10 am »
   I went to our local COE Bluestone Lake yesterday to catch bait and put out catfish lines  (Limblines/Bushhooks). Had to tow a family back to the landing when their big motor quit on them. They probably would have made it back on their trolling motor but I did not want to take a chance of women and small children being stranded out there. Then went and put out about 45-50 lines baited with live bream. Checked my lines on the way home and replaced 8-10 baits and had a 22 lb flathead and a 4 lb channel cat on the lines.

   My son and his 2 youngest (9 & 5 y/o) daughters came over this morning to check them with me. We had 10 fish that weighed 45 lbs. Biggest was an 8 lb flathead. Then we let the girls fish for tonight's bait and we had a blast with them. Molly, the 5 y/o caught the most I guess. She'd snatch them out and hit me in the head and get tangled in all our lines and get her float tangled on her 10' crappie pole. When it did she'd yell "Tangle Emergency" and Sean or I would fix it for her. They both

   had a good time.

   We are in the middle of a may fly hatch and there are billions of them on all the bushes there. As we checked the lines they'd swarm all over the place and Abbie, the 9 y/o, would have a screaming fit. Molly was sitting next to her as calm as could be with dozens of May flies all over her. We caught plenty of bait for tonight and it started to sprinkle so we used that as an excuse to leave although the girls figured fishing in the rain would be fine.

   I guess we finished cleaning and filleting today's catch by about 11:00. Have a heaping 5 gallon bucket full which will be about 56 lbs as they pretty consistently yield about 80% of their live weight from my experience.

   I'll bait up tonight and take up my lines tomorrow so they won't interfere with weekend lake users.
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« Reply #49 on: June 30, 2017, 03:38:15 pm »
Went out fishing again on Thursday (yesterday).  The pattern has been catch a small fish and then bigger and bigger.  First fish was this 18.5" trout that my buddy, Wayne caught:

 
The fish took one look at the next and made a long strong run for it!  Then next, and final, 2 he caught were smaller and small.  Pretty slow day.
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« Reply #50 on: July 01, 2017, 12:30:38 pm »
   I went out and took up my lines this morning. Will not put any more out till after 4th of July as too much traffic on the lake next few days. Young friend from my son's church wanted to see how to put out limblines so he met me at the landing at 0630. We had 7 fish on the lines that probably weighed a 45 lbs total. Biggest was a 19 lb 6 oz flathead. Young fellow took off one 5 lb channel cat then reached with the same hand to untie the hook and the fish flopped free back in to the lake. I guess I forgot to tell him we were not practicing Catch and Release fishing on this trip. I brought back 2 channel cats about 8 lbs total to give to an old neighbor. Adam took the others, including the big flathead, back with him and was happy to get them. While I was cleaning the 2 I brought home my neighbor's younger brother stopped by to watch and talk and I gave them to him. He and the 3rd brother will have a good feed on them. I had 3 on the lines last night weighed about 10 lbs total so I will take him a mess from them. Anyway, was a good fast trip with about 120 lbs of catfish in 36 hours plus a wonderful couple of hours with my son and 2 of my granddaughters.
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« Reply #51 on: July 06, 2017, 11:33:44 pm »
Being able to share the food seems to be as enjoyable as the fishing !   

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« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2017, 12:25:39 pm »
Kiko,

   I give away a lot more fish than I keep. I used to fish and give them away to people on the bank or at the boat landing, sometimes out on the lake, if they would take them. When catfishing I usually bring them home, clean/fillet them then give them to old neighbors who can't fish or to various churches in the community to have fish fries.

   I can remember many times being at the boat landing at the end of the day when fishing had been poor and seeing several boats come in and offer their catch to somebody loading up their boat or fishing on the bank. Many times people were too proud or embarrassed to admit they had not caught enough for a feed but none of us had enough fish for one person or family to really justify cleaning them but by the time we consolidated our catch one person went home with a very nice mess of fish and 3-4 others went home happy they did not have to clean anything.

   I remember several years ago I had gotten to the end of my planned fishing route and a man and his young son were drifting along not having much luck and I offered him my catch. I had 30-35 decent crappie and he was thrilled. I guess it was his weekend for custody of his son and they were camping there at the park beside the lake had planned a fish fry but did not have enough fish for a feed till I asked them. We were both happy with the results.
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« Reply #53 on: July 09, 2017, 09:38:00 pm »
 

  

 

Went over the 4th weekend. Got our limit of snapper every day. Caught Mahi-Mahi most days and got a nice 61" wahoo as well. Caught cobia every day. The dock shot posted here was typical of every day. Going back again this weekend if weather cooperates

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« Reply #54 on: July 10, 2017, 01:33:02 pm »
   I went and caught bait and put out about 50 lines about dark. Had 8 catfish that weighed 39 lbs. Looks like they dressed out a little over 23 lbs which is lower return percent than I have sometimes gotten in the past.

   Bait was easier to catch this morning and I have plenty to bait up tonight. Easy to catch on hook and line and fly rod works well too.

 

 
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« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2017, 03:38:01 pm »
You just made me think about the times many years ago that I would fish a small lake that was fed by the Mississippi River.  I would use fly rods with popping bugs.  It didn't take long to catch over 100 sunfish/bluegills and at times I would have 2 or 3 bugs at the end of the line.  Also caught quite a few gar doing it.  Sometimes when I just wanted to have fun and catch gar I would tie on a strip of red nylon cloth.  It was a lot cheaper than popping bugs and their teeth were made for holding onto the cloth.  I'll be taking a couple of grandkids fishing this Wednesday morning.  I'm sure we'll get into some mud fish.  Nasty mean and nasty teeth.
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« Reply #56 on: July 10, 2017, 04:07:08 pm »
SDan,

   I can remember fishing for gars at the eddies where the oxbow lakes met the main river channel. You'd see them feeding on the surface and could put a piece of cut bait or live bream under a float about a foot deep and catch them. They were hard to hook with their hard bony mouth full of needle sharp teeth then a friend showed me how to take a big eyed catfish hook and tie a heavy nylon cord about 18-24 inches long in the middle and unravel it. The gar would grab the bait and get his teeth hung in the fine fibers. The hook would often be completely outside his mouth and they had lots of fight since they weren't really hooked. We often shot them with a .22 rifle  or pistol. I used to keep a Saturday night special full of rat shot in the tackle box for snakes and gars. I caught one nearly 4' long on a trotline in Albany Ga and my son wanted to take it back to show his buddy next door. He did then I had to dig a deep ditch in the garden to get rid of it. At least I had a good crop of tomatoes that year.

    I assume when you mention mud fish you are talking about what we used to call cotton fish or grinnell. I think Cajuns call them cypress bass. Bowfin is likely the proper name. We caught a few in N. Fla and lots on the Suannee River in Dixie County. I never really wanted to catch one and split open their bellies and threw them back.

   My old mentor said a bunch of people seined an old pond and caught a big one. There was a preacher in the bunch who wanted it so they made sure it was in his share. He said he cooked it and chewed a while and finally said " I always wondered how Jesus fed the multitude with 2 small fish and now I know."
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« Reply #57 on: July 11, 2017, 12:31:02 pm »
   Baited up last night and caught one 3 lb channel cat I gave to a family on a pontoon boat because I inconvenienced them by baiting up next to them. i checked first and they said okay but still glad for them to have the fish. Somebody set lines in between mine which I thought was awful inconsiderate but when I ran my lines this morning I did have several fish between his lines and I saw one of his lines had a fish but did not touch it and apparently he did not bother mine.

   We had 6 fish (3 channel cats and 3 flatheads) that weighed 36 lbs. Biggest was an 11 lb flathead.  My wife went with me and after checking lines we got out or little poles and caught about 80 or so little bream for bait for tonight. This was her first fishing trip of the year and she seemed to generally enjoy it especially since I bait her hook and take off her fish. She is definitely spoiled.
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« Reply #58 on: July 11, 2017, 02:41:46 pm »
Yes, I think the proper name is Bowfin.  Funny you mentioned Grinnell.  I caught one of those (or at least that's what someone told it was) many years ago in SE Missouri.  I went to pull it out of the water and it seemed like it had really bad breath.  I figured if it was that stinky that it probably tasted bad.  It was released very quickly.  Funny story about the preacher.  I have to get out an dig some worms for tomorrow.  Hope the kids get into some big ones. 
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« Reply #59 on: July 11, 2017, 04:09:58 pm »
Dan,

   I have a couple hundred nightcrawlers in a bucket of sawdust and horse manure on the front porch. We never had them where I grew up but found they are plentiful here. I learned the trick to catch them is use a dim light so you don't spook them then instead of grabbing for them (One end is always securely anchored in their burrow and they can slurp back in quicker than a hungry hobo eating a plate of spaghetti) and you can't usually see which end is in the hole, pin him in the middle then get a better hold and keep steady pressure till he gives up and comes out. Pull too fast and you will break him in two.

   I'm thinking about cutting a bunch up in to 1" pieces and sun drying/dehydrating them. I use a short piece on a #10 cricket hook threaded on there to catch my bait. We also catch a few nice bluegills doing this. If the dehydrated worms work I can keep them sealed in a jar for future use.

   I never knew mudfish had bad breath but I know they have a mouth full of teeth. They seem to tolerate low oxygen water better than most game fish. I had an uncle said he heard of people catching and grinding them up to make fish patties and such. I never ate one. Like a possum - times ain't got that hard yet.
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