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This fellow took a fly, any armchair Biologist out there know what it is?????
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We have a national championships in Elkhart, IN where these fish are caught. This year the contest is on a river though so shiners (golden shiners, roach) won't play a key role in the top weights. Near Chicago we have regional competitions and this fish is a fish that can offer you some real good weight to go along with the bluegills.
Yes- I would like to form a national competition circuit for catch-and-release bluegill and shiner / multi-species fishing.
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You fish some in Oklahoma right? Do you know where I could catch some of these guys?
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Sounds like we need a competition in the U.S.A. like the have across the pond. Looks like Eric the Mountian man has this contest won!!
Jen got it right an over grown minnow.
Thanks for the input on this one!!!!!
John it is now tagged now that I know what it is!!!!!
Shiners - they call em 'roach' I believe, in the UK. A similar fish is the 'rudd,' which has been imported here in limited numbers. Lets see what I can pull from the 'ol memory about such fish.
Shiners, roach, rudd..., whatever you call them, they are members of a divers family of fishes called 'Cyrinidae'. Some other well known fish found among this group are the common goldfish and the carp. In the UK, all of these are known as "coarse fish. "
This name, 'coarse fish', is used to distinguish them from the more "noble" European fishes - trout, salmon and char.
The English (and other Europeans) make a big deal out of catching the many different 'coarse fish', with the roach/shiner group referred to by their own name, 'silver fish.'
They have contests over there to catch these 'coarse' fish, called matches, where the idea is to catch the greatest total weight in a given time to win. Carp is King, in fact, for these guys because they grow to such massive proportions. However, a match can be won or lost, for the difference in weight of one roach (shiner)!
When it's over, they turn them all loose for another day.
And I do believe they are related to minnows
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