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Panfishing in Southeast Florida- Pics!

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So I decided to take my roommate's girlfriend's kid out fishing the other day. Once again I thought this was a trip made in vain, since he has ADHD, and is generally a pain in the butt. But I brought him anyway, and he was rewarded with the biggest Oscar I have ever seen:

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On a later trip, I managed to catch this one as well:

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Anyway, for those of you who don't live down here, I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the nonnative fish here in Palm Beach county.

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I'm jealous, you didn't take me to catch some of those when I was down there!  I see how MOM rates. :(

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 Those really are some nice pics. and Oscars. I guess their coloring and general shape, they remind me of Bream. With that size, do they fight like a Bream. They would be great on light tackle...

                                                 As Ever,

                                                  Skillet

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They fight wayyyyyyyyyyyy harder than any bream I have ever encountered.

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Sorry to burst your bubble but those are Mayan Chiclids.  We use the palm sized ones for big bass and ones a little bigger for tarpon.  I've had a 10lb+ bass eat one but didn't get a good hookset on it, but i have caught a 40lb tarpon on one.  They are fun to catch when youngsters have never fished before.  I once had one eat a large shinner and it weighed in just under 2lbs.

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Oh, ok. I thought oscar was the general term for those, kinda like bream for a lot of panfish. BM, do you know how big they get to? I've heard they make decent table fare as well.

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I caught this in a Fl lake I think its called a plecostimis .

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I foul hooked on of those in the tail in Lake Osborne. I didn't even want to touch it!

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I caught that one over near Tampa in a pond . I was fishing with bread trying to catch shiners for bass bait. And I dont recommend handling them either . They have sharp scales that can cut your skin. I havent seen them over here on the east coast of FL but over towards Tampa I found them in several lakes.

I had a question on the panfishing . I hear of yall catching blue tiliapia . What do you use to catch them on ? I could never get them to bite nothing.

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d**n what did u catch that pleco on BK?  I thought they only ate algae - one that size would sell for a bit in a fish store!

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I caught it off a tiny hook like maybe a size 16 and a doughball the size of a pea. I was fishing for shiners with a bait rod  when I caught it.  

There are 2 lakes I bass fished outside Tampa that are full of Placos. One place is called Medard Park its a good bass lake also . The other place is a small lake but has monster bass , Its Dover Park in the town of Dover FL

Both those places are over run with the plecos and tiliapia

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I caught this in a Fl lake I think its called a plecostimis .

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Hey, those are the fish that people buy to put in their fish tanks,  ;)

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I caught it off a tiny hook like maybe a size 16 and a doughball the size of a pea. I was fishing for shiners with a bait rod when I caught it.

There are 2 lakes I bass fished outside Tampa that are full of Placos. One place is called Medard Park its a good bass lake also . The other place is a small lake but has monster bass , Its Dover Park in the town of Dover FL

Both those places are over run with the plecos and tiliapia

Fishing in my backyard (Dover and Medard)!  Most lakes in the area that I fish are over run with plecos and tilapia!  The FWC introduced freshwater snook in Dover to help thin the tilapia population but I have never caught a snook out of the lake???

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d**n what did u catch that pleco on BK? I thought they only ate algae - one that size would sell for a bit in a fish store!

You guys could make good money selling those tropical fish! That is a big, healthy pleco!

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Hey gotta love it ,my biggest bass I have caught in FL came from Dover park it was over 10 pounds on a plastic worm , I was fishing by the base ball field side just down the lake about 100 feet from an areator they have in the lake. I caught several bass out of there on shiners over 5 lbs, It holds some big bass for a small lake. And its catch and release as well ,

You ever heard of anyone catching a snook in there? I fished it several times with shiners and never caught one

sorry to get off topic guys

here are a couple average  Dover Pond bass and the one in my avatar is also

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Sorry to burst your bubble but those are Mayan Chiclids. We use the palm sized ones for big bass and ones a little bigger for tarpon. I've had a 10lb+ bass eat one but didn't get a good hookset on it, but i have caught a 40lb tarpon on one. They are fun to catch when youngsters have never fished before. I once had one eat a large shinner and it weighed in just under 2lbs.

hey mekanik those chiclids work really well for snook, especially at a lock where fresh water runs into the intercoastal. in lake worth, you can't keep a chiclid in the water longer than 5 minutes before an oversized snook blast the noise out of it. i catch those chiclids all the time and give them to the ladies who work in my school cafeteria, they love 'em. try using a 3 inch split back rapala in trout color on ultraa light tackle. it is a blast! a great way to get a kid hooked on fishing.

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