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I was under the impression there might be some remaining interest in seeing and posting fish photos. I was very impressed with LukeJ's fish. so hopefully he won't mind that I brought them over here so anyone can comment on them and post pics of their own if they wish. I do'n know what he used for bait but Trout love to eat their own and is the best bait I've personally found. (Rainbow semi-divers are great!) Also killer for large mouth bass, so I'm told.

The Bass in the retro pic were caught on a plastic/rubber worm  and a small split shot. The 80 lb catfish was caught on a trot line using cut bait in Elephant Butte (NM), Lake/Reservoir in late Feb of this year.

As far as I'm concerned, this thread is open for any topic, question, comment or photo post that is in keeping with forum standards.

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We almost always use Panther Martin spinners. 

It was a 'holographic' Panther Martin I was using that day.  The slime green roostertails work pretty good here too.  :thumbsupanim

Should I post my rifle here or there?  :41:

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By the way, nice catfish, BMc !!  :yesss:

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3 minutes ago, LukeJ said:

We almost always use Panther Martin spinners. 

It was a 'holographic' Panther Martin I was using that day.  The slime green roostertails work pretty good here too.  :thumbsupanim

Should I post my rifle here or there?  :41:

:4chsmu1:

Luke

Gotta love the Panther Martin. It is my old stand by for trout as well. I like the dark green with the yellow spots and a silver blade. It has been good for me. 

I also swear by a Rapala for just about every species. But I think my all time best fish catcher for sheer numbers is an all white model A Bomber catching white bass and walleye. If you can't catch one on a white bomber you may as well throw a net. 

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Yeah, the old Panther Martin has been a mainstay for many years. PS. if you used the Brownie minnow for bait, we won't tell anyone! 

And post your rifle anywhere you want . . .

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Love the model A Bombers ... Here are my favorite threesome that are in my box at all times.

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Back in the 50s Michigan passed a law that Brook trout had to be 8". At that time fishing articles recommended using #10 or smaller hooks. The undersized Brooks would swallow the hook, ended up killing them to get the hook out.

So, started using#4 gold Aberdeen wire hooks. From then on could unhook the small ones. Had one that me unhooked five times, it kept going back to the same spot. They must not have much feeling in their lips. 

They would not bite using a plain hook, it had to be gold, small cricket or piece of nightcrawler worked great.

Did the same fishing for panfish.

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Yeah, some areas have a barbedless hook law so that catch and release won't kill or tear 'em up. Good idea, obviously.

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23 minutes ago, Mike Furness said:

Love the model A Bombers ... Here are my favorite threesome that are in my box at all times.

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They'er the BOMB, Mike! Sorry, couldn't resist.

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I knew I would hook someone in on that! :inocent:

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Yep, I bit (finger in mouth imitating being hooked) Just trying to save some poor unsuspecting guppy from getting reeled in. :D

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The bombers are the bomb. I don't know how many I have found, painted white and replaced hooks on. Hundreds for sure. I even bought some decals for the eyes and do a sweet black spot with my airbrush.

I have got that "bomber painting" down to a science. I used to do a shad pattern but it took longer and did not seem to work as well. Now I just paint 'em white and put a spot on 'em. Best lure in the box.

When the white bass are hitting hard it is often difficult to get under the little ones to catch the nice ones near the bottom. I use a HUGE white bomber for deep sea fishing and cast way past the school. I jerk it down to the bottom quickly and get under the little ones. It works every time. The fish get much bigger and you rarely catch a tiny one.

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1 hour ago, BMc said:

Yeah, the old Panther Martin has been a mainstay for many years. PS. if you used the Brownie minnow for bait, we won't tell anyone! 

And post your rifle anywhere you want . . .

I posted the rifle in the other thread.  :arrowheadsmiley:

No, I really did throw it back.  We don't keep any of the fish we catch here.  Partly for the reason I stated earlier.  Preservation of the population.  The other reason is we are hiking for the better part of the day.  Fresh trout carried around all day doesn't turn out to be very fresh.  This place is a 'one or two cast per hole' kind of spot.  You sneak up, make a cast into the upper pool and once the lure is pulled into the lower pool.  BAM !!  Sometimes everything is biting, like the day of the three incher.  It's fun, but also sucks when you know there is a larger guy sitting deeper there, but all the little guys are so aggressive you're catching them instead.

I'm going back there next month so maybe I'll have another picture or two.  :thumbsupanim

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I posted the rifle in the other thread.  :arrowheadsmiley:

No, I really did throw it back.  We don't keep any of the fish we catch here.  Partly for the reason I stated earlier.  Preservation of the population.  The other reason is we are hiking for the better part of the day.  Fresh trout carried around all day doesn't turn out to be very fresh.  This place is a 'one or two cast per hole' kind of spot.  You sneak up, make a cast into the upper pool and once the lure is pulled into the lower pool.  BAM !!  Sometimes everything is biting, like the day of the three incher.  It's fun, but also sucks when you know there is a larger guy sitting deeper there, but all the little guys are so aggressive you're catching them instead.

I'm going back there next month so maybe I'll have another picture or two.  :thumbsupanim

Luke

Up in the Pecos Wilderness we would hike several miles and sneak up on a little rito like Apaches. If you made zero noise you could catch a trout on the first two casts if things went perfectly. Then you crawled away and went up a hundred yards and snuck up on the creek again.

It was work man! I wore out a set of knee pads crawling miles along the creeks. But you could catch those little wild trout like crazy. And about once a day you would nail a nice brown or cutthroat. 

We never kept any of those fish unless we ate them right there. Trout is not great eating IMHO unless they are flopping when they hit the fire. But they sure are fun to catch.

Do you fly fish Luke?

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I was just kidding you, of course. I get the fresh trout and the preservation part. Although I think I might be tempted to stash some cooking oil and a small skillet, or at least carry some peppered cornmeal rolled up in aluminum foil with me . . . just in case that old primeval food harvesting instinct kicks in. :brows:

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23 minutes ago, Bedrock Bob said:

We never kept any of those fish unless we ate them right there. Trout is not great eating IMHO unless they are flopping when they hit the fire. But they sure are fun to catch.

Do you fly fish Luke?

 

30 minutes ago, BMc said:

I was just kidding you, of course. I get the fresh trout and the preservation part. Although I think I might be tempted to stash some cooking oil and a small skillet, or at least carry some peppered cornmeal rolled up in aluminum foil with me . . . just in case that old primeval food harvesting instinct kicks in. :brows:

When I was younger, I had many experiences where I ate trout for breakfast within minutes of reeling them in.  Since then, other 'fresh trout' isn't as appealing.

I don't fly fish in the sense I use a fly rod and reel and wear waders.  I have caught fish on flies in the right circumstance though.  If I lived in a more northern, western state, then I would probably be more into fly fishing.

Here's a great book I got when I was a kid.

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Trout in the dead of winter or early Spring when the ice is coming off are great. Other than that, they get soft and really start to take on the taste of the weed growth from where we caught them. Even in our alpine lakes here that are 10,000 ft in elevation, the summer heat just makes them taste horrible. 

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Yup. Trout are not the best eating fish. Just pretty and spooky and picky.

I like walleye and catfish. Hard to beat deep fried crappie or lake perch too. I eat pounds of white bass every year but they are not my favorite fish. Hot out of the grease they are fine eating though.

My family has been fishing up and down the Rio Grande for about four generations now. Big cats and fish frys are a tradition. I guess you just get a taste for that type of fish. I know trout fishermen that wont touch a bass much less eat it. I have eaten carp tacos that were better than most trout.

..We would bake those brookies in foil with an orange slice. Straight out of the water still twitching. Just like flaky pink salmon as long as you cooked them quick. Trout are kinda only in the moment. You just can't take them home and expect them to be anywhere near what they were in the mountains. 

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On 9/14/2018 at 8:01 PM, BMc said:

I was under the impression there might be some remaining interest in seeing and posting fish photos. I was very impressed with LukeJ's fish. so hopefully he won't mind that I brought them over here so anyone can comment on them and post pics of their own if they wish. I do'n know what he used for bait but Trout love to eat their own and is the best bait I've personally found. (Rainbow semi-divers are great!) Also killer for large mouth bass, so I'm told.

The Bass in the retro pic were caught on a plastic/rubber worm  and a small split shot. The 80 lb catfish was caught on a trot line using cut bait in Elephant Butte (NM), Lake/Reservoir in late Feb of this year.

As far as I'm concerned, this thread is open for any topic, question, comment or photo post that is in keeping with forum standards.

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A little windy on the lake but the catfish are still biting at the old fishing hole . . .

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On 9/14/2018 at 8:01 PM, BMc said:

I was under the impression there might be some remaining interest in seeing and posting fish photos. I was very impressed with LukeJ's fish. so hopefully he won't mind that I brought them over here so anyone can comment on them and post pics of their own if they wish. I do'n know what he used for bait but Trout love to eat their own and is the best bait I've personally found. (Rainbow semi-divers are great!) Also killer for large mouth bass, so I'm told.

The Bass in the retro pic were caught on a plastic/rubber worm  and a small split shot. The 80 lb catfish was caught on a trot line using cut bait in Elephant Butte (NM), Lake/Reservoir in late Feb of this year.

As far as I'm concerned, this thread is open for any topic, question, comment or photo post that is in keeping with forum standards.

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This was the first big cat I can remember that tasted as good as any battered and deep fried fish nuggets I have ever had, anywhere! 

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On 9/15/2018 at 6:13 AM, Bedrock Bob said:

Yup. Trout are not the best eating fish. Just pretty and spooky and picky.

I like walleye and catfish. Hard to beat deep fried crappie or lake perch too. I eat pounds of white bass every year but they are not my favorite fish. Hot out of the grease they are fine eating though.

My family has been fishing up and down the Rio Grande for about four generations now. Big cats and fish frys are a tradition. I guess you just get a taste for that type of fish. I know trout fishermen that wont touch a bass much less eat it. I have eaten carp tacos that were better than most trout.

..We would bake those brookies in foil with an orange slice. Straight out of the water still twitching. Just like flaky pink salmon as long as you cooked them quick. Trout are kinda only in the moment. You just can't take them home and expect them to be anywhere near what they were in the mountains. 

"I have eaten carp tacos that were better than most trout"

No doubt. Although I do like cold water trout (Planter's peanuts are fine. Planter trout, not always so good) It's true, except for all the fine bones when fried, carp can be pretty decent fare. Back in the day when there was water in the drain ditches around Hatch, we caught up to 5 lb carp and yellow cats on hand lines after school using a hook, bobber and line, and a red worm or two.  My Dad loved to stuff the carp with cornbread dressing; season and wrap them in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven. The bones got steam baked until soft, and the meat/dressing combination came out very tasty, especially when cooked up with the wild asparagus that grew on the canal banks, along with a few slices of onion and jalapeno mixed in . . . good stuff!

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Mac,

I have been bowfishing for rough fish a lot lately. I have come across buffalo and freshwater drum as well as a truckload of yellow carp. The buffalo are beautiful fish and have excellent white meat. They are huge too. I have shot three this season that were real close to 10 lbs.

The "Y" bones in any of them can be filleted out. You can also score the fillet along each side and deep fry. The bones will crisp up. The Mexican way is to BBQ the fish whole on the grill and then break up the meat by hand, mix with chopped onion, chiles, spices and such and then rolled into flautas and fried. They are excellent.

My momma cans trout in a pressure cooker bones and all. Then she makes little pan fried fish patties with eggs, cracker crumbs and chopped stuff. Just like a crab cake only with fish. Darn good eating. I have done the same with salmon. I bet you could eat pounds of carp, buffalo and drum done like this.  

Last month I bow fished a couple days a week up at Lake Deming. Then I got a bit obsessed and went on a five day bowfishing binge. Some friends and family got together and had an intervention and made me promise to stop fishing for a few days. They think I have not gone since last Sunday but I have been hiding my old wet shoes and muddy socks behind a bush in the back yard and keeping the bow in the truck toolbox. I sneak off almost daily and head up toward Percha and impale carp.

I am ready to admit that I have a problem. I close my eyes and I see shadows moving under the glare. Sometimes as I am drifting off to sleep I suddenly jerk the bowstring. My entire existence reeks of fish and mud.

I figure I have arrowed a couple hundred fish this year so far. A couple catfish, a few buffalo, a few freshwater drum, a couple big smallmouth bass and a pickup truck level full of yellow carp. Most of the carp have been 3-4 pounders but a few have gone over 10 for sure. We get to having so much fun we really don't measure them or weigh them. Even though we always say we are going to.

I am cutting every one and freezing them for bait. Just the sides with the skin on it. I probably have 250 lbs of cut carp in the freezer. I actually feel bad about shooting so many and I can't justify just throwing them up on the bank. But I cant stop shooting them either. So I have lots and lots of cut bait in the freezer.

When I cut them it is really nice looking meat. Some of the yellow carp have red meat and don't look appetizing. But most of them have nice white (yes, white) fillets that smell great. And big thick slabs of meat too. The buffalo fish are not like carp at all in color or texture. The meat is flaky like catfish and not mushy at all. Not fishy either. I fried some in corn meal and flour and it was as good as it gets. And the "Y" bones just came right out of the flaky meat with your fingers as you ate it. The drum was more like striper than anything else. Big thick fish with a hump back. Just about like salt water drum. Nice fat fish that were all about 16" long.

My daughter in law is an expert shot with the bow. She went out and aced a carp within about ten minutes. It is pretty tricky to hit one but she got the hang of it right away. She is shooting a little bow that draws about 28 lbs. Here she is with her first yellow carp.

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My son connected with a buffalo fish and he thought he had a whale. It was not a huge buffalo but he had the presence of mind to snap a photo. The arrow is 36" long from point to nock so this fish is probably about 30" long. They really put on a show when that arrow goes through them.

He is shooting his new birthday present. A PSE Kingfisher 58" with a 45 lb. draw.

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Here is a freshwater drum. Cool fish no? I had not seen one until last year. Didn't know we had them here. Now they seem to be everywhere. They look like a bass swimming in the water but once they are hit you think you have a big gizzard shad or something. Then you see the goofy round tail and the puzzlement sets in. Silver, blue metallic and crazy strong for their size. You have to let them have the line and play themselves out or they will pull off the arrow every time.

Nice big fish and they are supposed to be good eating. The meat looks just like striper with a lot of red meat against the skin. But it smells good and feels firm. I have done some research and lots of people eat them. 

 

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Nice Pics Bob! And great head shot on the carp. Wow! No, I didn't know that about the Drum and Buffs. I thought they were mostly just trash fish, but back when I fished for carp, other varieties like Drum and Buffalo fish weren't on the local menu like they are now, until you got down on the lower Pecos around Carlsbad, then you got into the Cabrone Gar situation that screwed up our minnow seining big time! Those were usually fodder for single-six .22 LR, so we stuck to fishin' for cats, bass and crappie mostly. Some of the best tasting fish I remember as a kid were the large Bream sunfish we caught in the stock tanks on ranches out in the Uvas. They were about 10-12 inches wide and up to a pound or so in weight. Voracious top water feeders and would sometimes tail slap a bait as it hit the water, and knock it up in the air!  Big excitement for kids!

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Thanks for sharing, you guys have some beautiful fish over there, and sounds like they taste great too! Also got me inspired to get out and catch some. :thumbsupanim

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Yeah Bob, looks like a huge shad for sure. American Talapia? Think I'll stick to channel cats, can't go wrong! Man, have things changed since I bank fished the Rio from T or C  down to Radium Springs. Used to be some good deep holes that harbored big blues along that stretch. Not to mention the huge soft shell turtles. Breaded and deep fried . . . Yum!

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