Do you love big bluegill?
While it may be true that I no longer fish for anything other than Bluegill and their cousins, I am surprised that no one else has added a Paddlefish to their bucket. I used to think I would enjoy snagging one.
I have never caught a Paddlefish on purpose, but have hung several by chance. Mostly on spinning or bait casting gear.. but once while I was Sand Bass fishing in Keystone Lake I stuck one with a Deep Clouser Minnow. Got it to the boat twice... I got a little cocky (and impatient, I was young then) and pulled just that smidgen too hard and popped the tippet. It was pinned to the spoon close enough to the mouth to be a legit catch but it was not to be. It was in the forty inch range.
yea we have a ton of silvers here , you will be going along then the next thing these dang fish start jumping all over and scare the crap out of ya
Growing up on the Mississippi River, I have caught longnose gar, dog fish, quill back buffalo, common buffalo, carp, red horse, moon eyes, skip jacks, and paddlefish. I would like to catch a silver carp, and a snakehead. I have eaten all the above except for a skip jack, dog fish and moon eyes.
Vince- Aren't Skipjacks a hoot to catch?! Super jumpy... a shad with teeth!
Spoonbill - actually land one!
I have inadvertently snagged several Spoonbill. Haven't landed any of them. The latest one, this past Spring, I should have landed, as I was using my surf rod. Only problem, is that it turned broadside to the current and took off. I got it stopped, and it promptly wrapped my line around a rock. I had to break off. Bummer.
I am on the hunt for some carp and then some gar on the fly. There just are not any of either in the small warmwater creeks that I have been fishing. My life is finally starting to settle back down and I will spread out my fishing waters with the used fishing yak I bought last spring.
I would also like to get into some drum, suckers, and other rough fish. I catch and release so I just want a bend in the rod. I have a line on some stripers if I can get up to the area one of these days. The fella told me I needed a 9wt and I had better get control early or they would line me since they are in some current. I am looking forward to the challenge.
great topic dave.... the ones i havnt caught but would like to is snake head oscar and tilapia. hopefully this winter these guys will keep me busy when i go down to florida..
charles i got friends and relatives on the space coast and port charlotte... but would like to find a place close to the peacock bass action.