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Never eaten tilapia before but apparently have been living in tilapia capital for awhile lol. My dad ate some from walmart  and is down in Az for the winter, and was like dude we gottta cstch some of these. Well today caught 20 between 1.5lbs and 3.7lbs. What a riot! We eat gills alot and these are a very close second for flavor. Man the filets on these are huge! 

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What are you catching them on? I'd love to pitch finesse jigs for those bad boys. 

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The ones I've caught fight like crazy too. Didn't eat any of mine but I know they're supposed to be good eating. 

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38 minutes ago, CroakHunter said:

What are you catching them on? I'd love to pitch finesse jigs for those bad boys. 

Bread balls works, also i have caught my biggest one on a football jig on a ved once. 4 25lbr. That 4lbr was an accident lol. These were on purpose. Csbt believe i been here 4 years and never csught em. Fight super hard too.

17 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

The ones I've caught fight like crazy too. Didn't eat any of mine but I know they're supposed to be good eating. 

They do fight hard!

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We had them in my home lake growing up in central Fla. Every now and then we'd foul hook one, I was taught they were a trash fish throw em back. Those are some healthy tilapia, strong fish.

 

Ironically immigrant workers came in and started cast netting everywhere targeting tilapia (Nile perch) and almost destroyed bass fishing because they were keeping every fish they caught. DNR cracked down. 

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1 hour ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

We had them in my home lake growing up in central Fla. Every now and then we'd foul hook one, I was taught they were a trash fish throw em back. Those are some healthy tilapia, strong fish.

 

Ironically immigrant workers came in and started cast netting everywhere targeting tilapia (Nile perch) and almost destroyed bass fishing because they were keeping every fish they caught. DNR cracked down. 

Well they are delicious lol.Especially when my dad frys em up.  Shoulda tried one. They sell em in every grocery store too. 

1 hour ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

We had them in my home lake growing up in central Fla. Every now and then we'd foul hook one, I was taught they were a trash fish throw em back. Those are some healthy tilapia, strong fish.

 

Ironically immigrant workers came in and started cast netting everywhere targeting tilapia (Nile perch) and almost destroyed bass fishing because they were keeping every fish they caught. DNR cracked down. 

We got that problem down here in Az with netters. This same lakes before they were bought out were being overtaken by netters. 25-30 bass 5-8lbrs. Every trip was sickening. And thats no exaggeration if u have seen my previous posts with pics those lakes are a freak bass factory. 

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Oh yeah I eat tilapia now just didn't know as a kid 😂

 

Sounds like you understand the damage castnetters can do. Completely ruin a lake in just a few months. 

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22 minutes ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

Oh yeah I eat tilapia now just didn't know as a kid 😂

 

Sounds like you understand the damage castnetters can do. Completely ruin a lake in just a few months. 

Haha gotcha! Ya def do. We hate em out here. Thank God the guy bought the lakes out and now dont have all the issues. 

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Nice tilapias they are a fun fish to catch.

23 hours ago, brgbassmaster said:

Bread balls works, also i have caught my biggest one on a football jig on a ved once. 4 25lbr. That 4lbr was an accident lol. These were on purpose. Csbt believe i been here 4 years and never csught em. Fight super hard too.

They do fight hard!

I catch tilapias on bread as well. Corn works well if you want to give it a try one day. Tilapias are pound for pound stronger than a equal sized bass and they are eager biters which is great when you just want to have a easy day of catching fish.

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17 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Nice tilapias they are a fun fish to catch.

I catch tilapias on bread as well. Corn works well if you want to give it a try one day. Tilapias are pound for pound stronger than a equal sized bass and they are eager biters which is great when you just want to have a easy day of catching fish.

Nice have to try the corn! Thanks. And i agree those things fight. 

17 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Nice tilapias they are a fun fish to catch.

I catch tilapias on bread as well. Corn works well if you want to give it a try one day. Tilapias are pound for pound stronger than a equal sized bass and they are eager biters which is great when you just want to have a easy day of catching fish.

U do the corn under a bobber? 

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12 minutes ago, brgbassmaster said:

Nice have to try the corn! Thanks. And i agree those things fight. 

U do the corn under a bobber? 

You are welcome. Corn is good bait for many cichlid species and barely anyone uses corn unless they are fishing for carp. I throw out the corn with a size 4 hook without a bobber. I can see why the bass you catch are so thick and healthy they are most likely eating lots of baby tilapia.

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1 hour ago, soflabasser said:

You are welcome. Corn is good bait for many cichlid species and barely anyone uses corn unless they are fishing for carp. I throw out the corn with a size 4 hook without a bobber. I can see why the bass you catch are so thick and healthy they are most likely eating lots of baby tilapia.

Yup. I was curious to why the bass are all hogs and super freaky fat. And i researched tilpaia and it said bass eating tilapia all the time is the equivalent of us eating bacon cheese burgers. There are tons of small ones lin8ng the banks when its warmer. 

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2 hours ago, brgbassmaster said:

Yup. I was curious to why the bass are all hogs and super freaky fat. And i researched tilpaia and it said bass eating tilapia all the time is the equivalent of us eating bacon cheese burgers. There are tons of small ones lin8ng the banks when its warmer. 

Yes bass grow quickly on tilapia. I fish a couple places in South Florida where there are lots of bass that are thick all the way down to the tail. Those places are loaded with spotted tilapia, blue tilapia, mayan cichlid, and other exotics. Yesterday I caught a 23.75 incher and last month I caught a 25 incher with 18 inch girth. Fishing these places has spoiled me when it comes to bass fishing and the best part is that I catch these fish 12 months a year without leaving my state and have no need to hire a guide to put me on the fish.

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1 hour ago, soflabasser said:

Yes bass grow quickly on tilapia. I fish a couple places in South Florida where there are lots of bass that are thick all the way down to the tail. Those places are loaded with spotted tilapia, blue tilapia, mayan cichlid, and other exotics. Yesterday I caught a 23.75 incher and last month I caught a 25 incher with 18 inch girth. Fishing these places has spoiled me when it comes to bass fishing and the best part is that I catch these fish 12 months a year without leaving my state and have no need to hire a guide to put me on the fish.

Haha thats like my gravel pit out here. Literally sounds like the same style of fish. I have caught an 18" 5.97lbr lol. Fattest blimp ever. 

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5 minutes ago, brgbassmaster said:

Haha thats like my gravel pit out here. Literally sounds like the same style of fish. I have caught an 18" 5.97lbr lol. Fattest blimp ever. 

Thats impressive that a 18 inch bass weighs almost 6 pounds. Must of been thicker than it was long! The typical 6 pounders I catch average in the 22-23 inch range, never seen one 6 pounds and under 20 inches length. The bass down here start getting very thick once they pass 25 inches and by then they start looking like a decent sized grouper.

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thats really cool. I've caught then in Florida before, super fun. Wish I had them up north 

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In Ohio Tilapia is the most common white fish served in restaurants and sold at stores. Usually when I see signage advertising "White Fish" it is Tilapia or a mixture of Tilapia and Cod. Super cheap to buy and eat to.

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On 1/9/2019 at 10:59 AM, Chance_Taker4 said:

In Ohio Tilapia is the most common white fish served in restaurants and sold at stores. Usually when I see signage advertising "White Fish" it is Tilapia or a mixture of Tilapia and Cod. Super cheap to buy and eat to.

Super fun to catch!

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