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June 6th, 2011 10:37 AM
So how many of my fellow DC'ers are fisherman? The weather finally decided to allow me out on Saturday and I did pretty well for the first trip of the year. I managed to land a 3lb Bass on one of my homemade lures, a couple small Northern Pike, and a 32" Northern Pike, which is my biggest yet.
If anyone here has ever handled a Pike or Musky, you know about their teeth. I caught it on light tackle without a steel leader, and I was fishing from a canoe with my Dad. Not exactly ideal conditions! We wound up getting it in the bottom of the boat right as the line snapped, and it took a nice chunk out of my hand, but we got him! He weighed just under 10lbs, which is about 4x my biggest, so I decided to have him mounted. He's in my freezer right now waiting to go to the taxidermist.
All in all a good trip, and we're hoping to get out again this week. With the lake being two and a half hours away though, we need to make it a two or three day trip.
Here's a picture of the day's catch:
Anybody else got some good fish stories they'd like to share?
June 6th, 2011 10:46 AM
Congrats! I love fishing. I have been out a bunch this year, I love bass fishing, but I will fish for whatever is biting. We had a fish fry for Easter and the day before, my wife, friend and I caught 29 catfish. I had 18 lbs. of filets. It was perfect, we had a 2 lbs. left over.
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June 6th, 2011 10:55 AM
I love to fish.I have persued many species in the past.I now fish mostly for large catfish.I enjoy being outdoors by the water even if the fish are not biting.
June 6th, 2011 11:26 AM
I fish all year round. Though I am not much of a bass guy. I fish in several catfish tourneys through the year as well as recreational fishing for crappie and whatever else is biting. So far my biggest freshwater fish is a 73 pound blue catfish caught at Santee Cooper with a guide. We, a life long friend and I, use a guide once a year for a trip down to Santee and we have always used the same guide. I have/would/will recommend him to anyone, Captain Darryl Smith. (Mods please let me know if adverting for him was wrong I will remove his name)
June 6th, 2011 11:41 AM
I'm not much of a Bass guy either. Not really anywhere around me that holds the big ones. The 3 lb'er I caught Saturday is a rarity around here. I've always been fascinated by Pike, though. Ever since I was 13 and caught a little 10" Pike while I was perch fishing. I had a nice lake pretty close to home that produced good sized ones, but I could never land any of them. They would bury themselves in the weeds and there was no getting them out. That lake winter killed last year, though, so I didn't get a chance to fish much last year. I found this lake late last fall and only got one trip before it froze over, but I did catch a few small Pike while I was there. I figured it was worth another shot this year, since I could always catch a boatload of Perch if the Pike weren't biting. Boy was I surprised when I hooked into that thing. I was about 5 minutes from calling it quits, and I wasn't even trying for Pike. I was tossing a small Shad Rap without a leader, hoping to hook some nice Perch. I was SO afraid he was going to snap the line. lol.
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June 6th, 2011 01:03 PM
You know...I used to like, no love fishing. Problem is, for me it's now a love/hate relationship. It's gotten to be so prohibitively expensive to go fishing anymore(licenses, fees, etc...) that it just takes the fun out of it. Why in the sam h.e.doublehockeystick I have to spend $40+ to go fishing I have no idea(besides the state over-employing and telling us to bend over). At this rate I'm better off going to the most expensive local grocer and buying my fish.
So let's see...here in VA for freshwater I need a state license. That's $18. Then I'm pretty much surrounded by stocked trout waters so that's another $18 on top of the state 18. Then if I want to fish within the boundary of a national forest that's another $4 and another $16 if it's a state forest. So basically unless I find a local farmer with a privately stocked pond I'm bending over, grabbing my ankles and kissing my wallet goodbye.
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June 6th, 2011 01:09 PM
I'm a fisherman. I occasionally fish the local bayous for Bream and bass with light 3 weight fly rod from my little micro skiff - great fun!!
The most fun however is fishing the Louisiana Marsh for Redfish and Speckle Sea Trout. Mostly use light weight spinning gear.
Excuse the crappy cell phone picture.
June 6th, 2011 03:52 PM
I love to fish, one of my other obsessions!
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June 6th, 2011 04:06 PM
The wife and I have a slide in truck camper and an 18' Bass Tracker jet drive boat, we love to camp & fish. We use to go to Kentucky/Barkley lakes, with an "Outback" camping permit you can camp anywhere you want in "The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area" and there are areas where old roads go into the lakes and there are semi-established camping areas. Nothing better than spending a long weekend camping/fishing.
A couple weeks ago we went to a state park at a lake while the crappie were on the bed, they were hitting about anything you threw, lost count of the total catch, it was one time when it really was "Catching" and not "Fishing".
In fact, there is a small state DNR stocked lake a couple miles from me and I think I will go check it out this afternoon, think I will take the boat and use the trolling motor (electric motors only) to check it out.
June 6th, 2011 06:35 PM
In the summer, I love getting a line wet, but to be honest, this is the first year of my life I haven't picked up my rod and reel. I've been on a bowfishing kick. Got so hooked on it I'm doing tournaments. Love shooting some gar, carp, and tilapia. Nothin like it in the world! Hopefully I get some bass fishing done this year too though. I just can't set down the bow.
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June 6th, 2011 07:30 PM
I fish but wouldn't presume to call myself a fisherman. The way I feel about it is if the fish want me out there they had best be biting.
So how many of my fellow DC'ers are fisherman?
June 6th, 2011 08:31 PM
Well, we got the RV set up today and plan on hitting the lake probably Wednesday or Thursday. Tomorrow I'll be paddlefishing, which is a whole nother ball game.
F350, I need a bass boat! lol. Paddling that canoe around is starting to get old. Hopefully we can get the Bayliner fixed soon (needs a new prop) and then we can take it out to Fort Peck.
June 7th, 2011 02:32 AM
I'm really into fly fishing. Mostly hiking in for native trout. This brown was caught on a rod I built, with a fly I tied, on a leader I tied. I made the fishing lanyard too. If I could figure out how to make fly lines and reels I might try. Just got a kayak to chase bream, crappie, and bass on the local lakes with a fly rod.
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June 7th, 2011 04:26 AM
My current thing is spear fishing, either with a 3 prong, or a spear gun. It is a bit more challenging than the line and reel set up IMO. But soon I will be back to doing things the good old fashioned way. I'm not good enough at either to call myself a fisherman, but I tend to have a lot of fun doing it.
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June 7th, 2011 07:18 AM
I'm not much of a fisher, but I'll go out on occasions. Bow fishing looks like fun. IF I had time for another hobby, I'd consider it.
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