Discussion in 'Taking a Break From Flooring' started by lakebuilder, Jul 3, 2006.
Nice, do you have any Kentucky or Smallmouth in your area?
Hey stullis: I don't know them real well, but Brian, who does their tile work lives just a mile or so from me. And yes, those walleyes are great eating and fun to catch. My neighbor caught 13 last night, but released all as they were only 14 inches he says. I havent been out here on the lake for quite a spell. Too danged busy with the building, but last weekend we went out on a lake up by Itasca Park that we have another cabin at. caught a few walleyes and some rainbows also. Was sure hot as Hades though. 90 degrees and about that much humidity too! If you plan any trips up this way, I would sure take some time and get you into some pretty good fishing. take care.
The only time I'll eat bass is if they die in the livewell. I hate the thought of killing something needlessly. Not that they're bad eating, but when I'm in the mood for fish, there are alot of others I'd prefer. As for the 6 pounder, up this way, even the 4 1/2 pounder is good for bragging rights.
Crapie, Blue gills & sun Perch, along with a good Yellow cat, if I'm in fresh water.
Specled trout, hands down, for salt water! Although, the two flounder I gigged Sunday night around midnight, ate real good.
Sir, we have trout, and, fresh water shark, lots of them in our lakes,
How is it, that you know each others first names??
Danny-- I missed this the other day. No Kentucky, but we've got PLENTY of smallmouth!!
Floorguy-- I caught a BUNCH of them speckled trout when I was working down along the gulf coast. Alot of fun to catch and good eatin, too!! Never caught any flounder down there, but i've had a couple of fish fries with the ones I've caught up here, though!!
Selvalee-- I spent about a year down in SC when I was in the navy, and did alot of shore fishing on the Cooper River by Goose Creek, and up at the navy rec area in Monks Corner on Lake Maltrie. I never knew you folks had trout down there, and as for freshwater shark, I've never heard of any in North America!!
Nice Smallies Bill. BTW those are called Kentucky bass down south. I understand they have some fantastic fishing for them there on Dale Hollow Lake. Up here we have a few lakes where you have an honest chance at a 6 lb smallie. Then theres the occasional story of the 7's. My best has been 5.5 lb. They sure are a scrappy fish though. About as fun to catch as anything. But not too good in the fryin pan.
My understanding of Kentucky bass was that they looked like largemouth, but had the mouth size of a smallmouth-- also something about their tongue that makes them a species unto themselves. As for big smallies, my best is about 3 1/2 pounds, but when I first got up here, we fished a river tournament for our monthly club tourney, and one of the guys in the club knew of a hotspot about 3 miles above the rapids which were just above where we launched. So he SHOT THE RAPIDS ON PLANE!! For a CLUB tournament, where first place is only about 50 bucks!! He only came back with 4 fish, but won with just over 22 pounds. Guess he was right!! The biggest damn smallies I've ever seen in my life. As for 7's, no one's found em yet. I believe the state record is something like 6/11.
Bill you are right the Kentucky bass does not grow as large as the black bass. The Kentucky has a black spot on their tounge. The size of their mouth would be about the same as a black bass. The small mouth here are the same as the small mouth there. They are all great fun to catch and count as bass in our tournaments.
Bill and Tandy: I learned something new about bass from you and stand corrected. I had always thought they were the same species. I've personally seen 2 smallies here over 8 lbs. One was found floating dead and a taxidermist mounted it. The other was caught, weighed at 8lb 2 oz, and taken to another taxidermist to be mounted by a freind of mine. The scale at a bait shop wasnt recognized as official and he had no desire to put it in the record book or it possibly could have been a record for our state.
Same here. The only ones that DON'T count is when we're fishing tidal rivers, ya gotta throw the stripers back!! More than once I've tagged into a decent sized striper thinking I had lunker wrapped up!! Atleast I got a good fight out of em, anyway!!
That really sucks!! Oh well-- atleast he's got the experience of landing it!!
I have had my wee heart broken more than once when fishing a B.A.S.S. tourney and hooking a 10 pound striper while throwing topwater stuff right at daybreak.
Hey!!!! A kicker fish right off the bat!! Whoooeeee! "This is the money fish right here!", Chuck exclaimed to all of planet Earth.
The sight of that big white bastard when I got him pulled in made me feel like I got kicked in the crotch. It has happened a few times and it still feels the same every morning it happens.
Even worse is hooking some pig and getting broke off at the boat. I had a 12 pound largemouth on my line one morning and he broke me off back at the motor. I told my partner it was probably a striper. He said."Bull! I saw that fish roll over and it weren't silver. That was a big head and you just let him go!"
I still say it was a striper. It helps ease the pain.
Every time my friend and I talk about the afternoon I lost that fish, we get into a lighthearted argument. In my memory, it is still a striper. In his, however, that largemouth has grown to around 18 pounds. hoho
I'll bet it does! That SUCKS!! The time it happened to me was on day 2 of the Federation state fish-off. Lunker for the day before had only been 3 1/2 pounds, give or take, and first thing next morning, I was throwing a golden shiner spinnerbait. I threw out by this old wood train trestle, and all of the sudden it headed for the channel like a freight train! I figured FOR SURE I had lunker wrapped up, especially about 15 minutes later, when it got about 20 feet from the boat. I didn't get a good look at him, but it was enough to see that you could rent billboard space on the side of it. You wanna talk about an adrenaline rush!! I finally got it up to the side of the boat a couple of minutes later, and I saw them little black lines going down the side, and MAN did I get pissed!! Hell, I couldn't even take it home and eat it, even though it was legal size!! (about 6-7 pounds)
Chuck you are right about those early morning explosions. Makes the old heart thump to think about them. I remember one tournament my son and I were fishing. He was using a pop-R and I was trying to tie one on and I had to grab the net 4 times to land a six pounder for him. It was just one after another and then it was all over. We wound up with a little over 30 lbs and won the tournament and also had big bass. Great day. I think we should all fish more and work less.
I was fishing a fall tourney once, and the bass were pounding a wiggle wart crankbait like crazy. If you weren't holding on to the rod well, they would almost pull it out of your hands. I hooked one, and as soon as I did, I knew it was a lunker. After a five minute fight our so, I had it coming up to the boat. When it surfaced, I saw big ole whiskers. I foul hooked a dam flat head catfish in the side. The dam thing must of flashed the crankbait and hooked itself in the side.
There is nothing like a large head exploding on devil's horse in the morning.
I've caught a lot of catfish on a bronze plastic worm. Usually when fishing in stock ponds/tanks
Now, catfish is one I've never caught when I was fishing for bass!! I've caught brown trout, togue (lake trout), landlocked salmon, striper, white and yellow perch, but never catfish, and that's even when I was down south!
The craziest thing I ever caught was a snake on a plastic worm. Luckily we weren't flippin the bushes, or the snake would have been in the boat with us, after I set the hook. I bit the line off as soon as I saw it was a snake. I didn't want it near me, no matter what kind it was.
Have you ever been fishing at night, and had a beaver slaps its tail on the water to scare you off. I would about jump out the boat.