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The Big and Ugly

This group is for all the members that enjoy an occasional bend of your rod from Carp, Catfish, Redhorse Suckers, Quillbacks, Gar, Bowfin and other undesireables........Our hearts are with the beloved Bluegill but we don't shy away from a big battle!

Location: Anywhere they grow......
Members: 30
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2016

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BOWFIN LOVERS 7 Replies

Since it must be Bowfin Monday, I just thought I'd offer this to any of our BBG members who have ever caught or photographed the powerful bowfin. Southern boys and mid-westerners alike, show us your…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by John Sheehan May 25, 2016.

Blue Cats from the James and Potomac 2 Replies

I am hoping to try for some blues on the tidal Potomac this Monday...Hope to tangle with some of the big cats, like these from previous trips...…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by Slip Sinker Nov 15, 2014.

Channel Cats in Ponds 6 Replies

We have had a very good week with pond cats, and largemouths, locally. Pond catties are available to us in about 8 different small bodies of water, both public and private. We have been getting them…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by Tony Livingston Oct 17, 2013.

Well, well, well...look what the fly drug in! 5 Replies

Fishing slow and deep for a big gill and connected with Mr. Whiskers.Continue

Started by Rex Robinson. Last reply by Ray Ditzenberger Feb 13, 2013.

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Comment by John Sheehan on September 23, 2016 at 4:11pm

Always a good fight on an UL rod

Comment by John Sheehan on May 20, 2016 at 12:21pm

Yes I know now Jeffrey .

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on May 20, 2016 at 11:23am

Nice John......they can be a violent event to get tom the boat..................

Comment by John Sheehan on May 20, 2016 at 10:03am

21,1/2" Bowfin took a 16th oz. Leech style grub in 15'.Lucky to keep him  from breaking off on 4lb. test.

Comment by John Sheehan on December 5, 2015 at 7:39am

Thanks Allen ,I got learn more ways of cooking .The wife is my tutor .

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 4, 2015 at 8:42pm

I usually either get a store-bought cornmeal breading mix, or I Blacken the fillets.  On occasion, I have made a batch of Gumbo and stirred diced raw catfish at the end of cooking, and poached the catfish for about 5 minutes.

Comment by John Sheehan on December 4, 2015 at 9:19am

That's how I did it on a 14" Bullhead Allen  I've only done it once . Thanks for the extra tips. How do you cook them Allen ?  I gotta find some BIG Rivers to fish . 

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 4, 2015 at 9:12am

Catching those was a technique that you probably would never use.  I was using my surf rod, casting a 5 oz bank sinker up into the outlet for some hydroelectric turbines at a dam.  Hook on a dropper loop above the sinker.  Make a 120 yard throw, close the reel and retrieve the slack once the weight splashed-down.  With the current, the weight will NOT hold.  You'll feel it drag and bounce along the bottom.  I would reel in as it was moving, and when my line left the outlet, reel in and recast.  If you let it drift/drag to far, it would snag.  All the while, wait for a tug-tug on the line.  Most times the fish hooked themselves, as I was using circle hooks.

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 4, 2015 at 9:05am

John, I fillet my catfish with a regular fillet knife first.  THEN I skin the fillets.  Much easier than dealing with a pair of "skinning pliers".  I will keep my cats on a stringer like this when I'm bank-fishing, then put them in a cooler when I get to my vehicle.  From there, it's a run to the closest gas station for a bag of ice (for the pic here, about a mile), take the fish off the stringer, use a fillet knife to cut the blood vessels going to/from the gills, then put them back into the cooler and cover with ice.  When I get home, I'll let the fish stay in the cooler for a few hours to get good and cold.  When I go to clean them, they'll be dead, cold, and stiff.  I can still bend them around a bit, if their bodies were flexed when they died.

I've found that this is the easiest way for me to clean the fish.

Comment by John Sheehan on December 4, 2015 at 7:50am

Nice stringer of fish  Allen! I never caught either species . I like to hear your description of how to catch , clean and cook these fish .I'd like to apply the clean and cook tactics to Bullheads and Channel cats I get around here .

 

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