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8 minutes ago, Way north bass guy said:

There’s quite a few lakes like that around here too, mainly the smaller lakes that get more pressure. Lots of mid size to larger lakes don’t get near the pressure, and have more places for them to hide and get a chance to get larger. Also, most of the lakes around here have a pretty good variety and amount of forage for them as well. 

Yes, the larger systems here often have a higher percentage of sizable pike too. Most of those lakes have Cisco/tulibee as the main forage and they are loaded with calories.

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I can have a ton of fun in a system "infested" with smaller pike, it's just a matter of adjusting expectations, and going to the water prepared for what's in there.

Wire leaders are a given, lighter rods, and smaller baits/flies and I can have an absolute blast.

Give me choice between a 50 bluegill day, or a 50 hammer handle pike day, and I'll take the latter every time.  Aggressive eats, never say die fights...what's not to like?

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This guy was almost an 'other catch'.  Pulling a topwater in, saw some movement out of the corner of my eye.  Looked to see this owl swooping down, aiming right at my lure.  I started reeling in as fast as I could.. he gave up about 10 feet away from the kayak and perched on this branch, looking pretty angry at me.

 

 

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20 hours ago, Standard said:

This guy was almost an 'other catch'.  Pulling a topwater in, saw some movement out of the corner of my eye.  Looked to see this owl swooping down, aiming right at my lure.  I started reeling in as fast as I could.. he gave up about 10 feet away from the kayak and perched on this branch, looking pretty angry at me.

I have had songbirds go after smaller flies and streamers while I've been practice casting, and once had a bat grab my fly on the river, but never an owl.

Maybe I need larger flies.

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On 5/29/2023 at 6:16 PM, BrianMDTX said:

but they are excellent table fare!

Yellow perch out of cold/cool water are the best eating freshwater fish I've had.  Even better than a walleye IMO.  The filet is a little firmer.

 

They do have scales like iron though, so a very sharp knife is needed.  And of course, you need jumbos, not dinks.

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They DO have scales like iron! You need a few of the big ones with a humped back to make a good perch fry. 
 

Yellow perch and bluegills are my favorite freshwater eating fish. 

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59 minutes ago, BrianMDTX said:

You need a few of the big ones with a humped back to make a good perch fry. 

When they get that hump on the back/forehead then they are a big perch.

 

Years ago there was no daily bag limit on them here.  Then it went to 100.  Then it went to 50.  Now I think its 20.  People found out how tasty they were.

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23 hours ago, Further North said:

I have had songbirds go after smaller flies and streamers while I've been practice casting, and once had a bat grab my fly on the river, but never an owl.

Maybe I need larger flies.

 

Haven't had any birds come after flies yet.  So far it's just been that owl, and a few years ago had a heron try to snatch up a top water as well.

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Weird day yesterday. Went bass fishing in a local bayou and caughh two gar, one catfish and a truly prehistoric beast, a paddlefish (spoonbill) ?

 

They are filter feeders with huge mouths/gills that constantly strain water so they are only caught by snagging. That's what happened to this fellow, snagged in the dorsal fin by my Yo Zuri 3/8 oz. lipless crankbait. The trebles had already bent out on the gar but would not straighten out so the paddlefish, around four feet long, hauled me around for 15 or so minutes on my casting rod with 12# Sunline Sniper. Fortunately a passing boat helped me land it so I could try to remove my crankbait, which got lost in the shuffle anyway but the paddlefish seemed no worse for wear.

 

No decent pictures available so here's a link to a USFW shot so you can see what one looks like. https://www.fws.gov/media/american-paddlefish

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20 minutes ago, BayouSlide said:

paddlefish (spoonbill)

They are a strange fish, no doubt about it.  You probably won't see another one in person again.

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On 6/2/2023 at 8:16 AM, gimruis said:

They are a strange fish, no doubt about it.  You probably won't see another one in person again.

 

That's the truth. Those darn things can live as long as 30 years, truly prehistoric. Whis I could have gotten a picture of its gills gaping open...looked like the bucket on a steam shovel, flapping out what looked like twice the girth of the fish!

 

An aside. I wanted to replace that crankbait, a citrus shad, and the only 3/8 oz. I could find was Ebay for $12 bucks ?

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I discovered the joys of ultralight fishing last night. Caught about 10 little crappies and a dozen or so bluegill in 90 minutes on a little Creme tube. Its just automatic with that thing, every cast = bites 

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Doing a little pond fishing, got some beautifully colored pumpkinseeds on a grasshopper fly. They’re a blast on tiny poppers and dry flies. Couple nasty pickerel crashed the party as usual. 97DBAC6B-9641-4B71-9BE8-3082BA87F026.thumb.jpeg.7dca90ac52dffdc935bcb3e4db02c14b.jpegE9D23FA7-E417-4552-8B8E-315EB32F4CCA.thumb.jpeg.c2ea4583a2f465389e546d9fb28ee210.jpeg

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My first ever catfish of any true size. Thought I could thumb it like a bass until it clamped down and shredded my thumb. Luckily my buddy had gloves.image.jpeg.b9c85f6a29244c90195771676bbd7e6c.jpeg

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2 hours ago, Texas Flood said:

My first ever catfish of any true size. Thought I could thumb it like a bass until it clamped down and shredded my thumb. Luckily my buddy had gloves.image.jpeg.b9c85f6a29244c90195771676bbd7e6c.jpeg

Haha, those suckers are mean.   I carry a single glove in the boat specifically for those guys. 

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1 hour ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Haha, those suckers are mean.   I carry a single glove in the boat specifically for those guys. 

I now have a pair in my bag. I was just hoping a jig off the bottom at a farm pond too. I thought it was a good size bass at first until it clearly wasnt.

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