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Offline grouch

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Re: I found this big fellow today...
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2017, 08:31:11 am »
Doesn't look prehistoric enough for a baby snapping turtle, to me.
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Re: I found this big fellow today...
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2017, 08:33:45 am »
   They are amazing animals even though they are often a pain. They will catch young  ducks and other waterbirds I have been told at times. They "fish" by laying in the water with their mouth open and have a little device on their tongue that wiggles and looks like a worm or grub as a lure. The fish sees it and swims right in, turtle snaps and sushi for dinner. I have caught big alligator snappers who were filled with big river mussels they had eaten. apparently just crush up shells and all. They can travel long distances overland so they inhabit even remote ponds and such.

   You have to be careful with any of them but I am told the common smaller (Smooth shelled version) is actually more aggressive than the alligator (Larger, 3 ridges on top of shell) version. From the ones I have handled that seems the case. I hooked 2-3 this year on catfish lines (Bushhooks/limblines) using live bream for bait. I don't think I ever got a hoof free from one and ended up just cutting the hook off and releasing them.
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Re: I found this big fellow today...
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2017, 12:06:45 pm »
I came across (I'm guessing here) about a 25ish pounder a few years ago walking up a dirt road, at least a mile away from any water source, like Toddspoint stated I threw it in a stock tank to clean it out.  I ran out of time so it was let go to live another year, we were in the middle of harvest then but really did want to try turtle.  Oh, and yes they can jump, a lot further and faster than you'd think  :D.

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Re: I found this big fellow today...
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2017, 12:38:42 pm »
   ... said the man with 4 fingers and a nub. :D
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Re: I found this big fellow today...
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2017, 09:07:28 am »
 :D :D :D Nope still got em all  ;D