What Fish Did you Catch and How?

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  1. Usingmyrights

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    No photos really. I threw most of them back, but here's today's catch. All but two were with mud minnows on a jig head. The other two were on a pearl white gulp shrimp. 3 flounder (2 small legal size), 1 slightly underslot redfish, 2 hardhat cats and 2 gafftopsail cats (I debated on keeping those). Not what I was after, but at least I've got some in the cooler.
     
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    960E2C3C-A611-4B0A-A277-49345877E8E7.jpeg E4FB0D79-27D2-462D-A9C8-FBAEB5CAD2F7.jpeg I’ll The local river was stocked yesterday. I almost didn't go, because it's been so damn pressured, but somehow there weren't that many people there. For once this year, it didn't rain like mad after they stocked. I am finally able to read the stream and see where the seams and pools are.

    After trying my luck with some spinners, I threw in some power bait. Not my favorite method, but the object is to catch fish any way you can.

    So method: power bait tied with a uni knot, small split shot about 12 inches above. Some casting at 45 degrees and drifting downstream, but mostly just throwing in the pools and letting it sit. All in all caught 5 today, landed 4. Far better than I thought I'd do, as I only had an hour or so after work before the sun was about to set.

    I'm not sure... but I'm thinking one of these is a brown? I wanted to C and R, but they all swallowed the hooks. I'll eat 'em!
     
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    Just a quick update with some photos. Unfortunately, the large pan makes them look small. They were roughly 13" and 14" whole.
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    Spinner bait worked just fine today. Even the tree branches liked them. These guys were hanging out in pools near the shade . Calm water near riffles.
     
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    Got "stuck in traffic" on the way home..

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    Self tied flies on the Bad Axe tenkara rod.
     
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    Caught about 30 of these guys today on a kreelex fly. 0514191322_HDR.jpg
     
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    20190515_132150_Film3.jpg lil lunchtime trout fishing.
    12pm on a sunny day. Hooked 3 really nice fish. Only landed one rainbow. Gold Phoebe with a yellow perch finish. Hefty fight. Quite the jumper!
     
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    Among others; commuter fish..

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    First perch of the year;
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    Bad Axe and a oatmeal wool killerbug.
     
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    I don’t have pictures today, but I caught about a 2 1/2 pound rainbow and at a nearby spot, a smaller rainbow. I’m getting better with my filet skills...
     
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    The past few weeks I've caught two halibut, one in the 15lb range and the other in the 43lb range, and about 6 skates. All from the beach
     
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    Stopped by The Roanoke River on the way to work today. Armed with my TFO 8’ 2wt, broke away from my normal startup with a dual nymphing set up and tied on a Sulfur Nymph . Manage to get 15-20 takes managed to bring 5 to hand and was only able to snap two pictures. 1 bluegill, and 4 Rainbows Ann fat and health.
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    I can't imagine fighting a halibut from the beach!!

    Did u keep the skates?
     
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    They stocked craig creek again...
     
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    Ya, it’s only a short distance the other direction, I need to go that way , but stopping on the way to work is so convenient.
     
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    I'll be in the 'burg for about 10 days in Mid june. I will be down to see if there are any hold over trout, now that the water is down. Last summer was pretty good to me. For some reason, there's low pressure on this creek.
     
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    Three wild browns;
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    Pretty little guys on @Hunt4lyf's Bad Axe with a self tied wet;

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    Send me a pm when you are. If work schedule allows or over the weekend we should hit some water together.
     
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    I'm a teacher so after this friday I am free as a bird. I will be off work and in the area from the 13th to the 22nd of June for sure. I just can't be gone for an entire day because I have to make sure my dad is okay, but he lives like 15 minutes away from the creek.
     
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    I didnt keep any from the last trip but I will keep the next one just to taste it and experiment.

    Fighting the skate is more exciting than the halibut. The skates feel the hook and head for deep water at about 200MPH so you better have a good, heavy rig with lots of line. When they get into shallow water they will lay flat on the bottom and you cant budge them, just have to wait till they let go and try to drag them in. I tried to kick one over with my foot and his suction was so tight I couldn't move him.
     
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    Went out for round two and caught three wild brookies;

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    Too bad the rainbow river was flooded or I'd have went for the trifecta hat trick.
     
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    Two equally delicious fish! If you ice the skate wings over night they firm up nice.

    Classic French dish is lightly pan fried skate with a brown butter sauce.
     
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    Thought I posted this yesterday but I can't see it!

    First two fish we caught here in our new home state. Went out the next day and caught two more almost identical fish. Northern pike and yellow perch.
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    Took a trip out today and caught 2 brookies and one small bow. They'll be in the pan tonight with some butter, flour, old bay and lemon juice.
     
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    2 browns 3 bows today.
    Caught browns on spinner and bows on power bait.
     
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    Ohhh man. Yellow perch. Cornmeal. Fried up. Quick hushpuppies. Good gravy!

    I wonder how bone in pike steaks would be? Scaled. Then cross cut. Grilled or roasted in a foil pouch on some coals with lots of veggys. When they're done you can probably stab the spine with your knife tip and remove all the bones in one swoop
     
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    I don't think I've ever had perch...just bluegill, crappie, and bass, but mostly trout/char and salmon/steelhead...and catfish.

    Pike are different in that they have "Y Bones." You can filet them out if you are good, but I've never effectively filleted anything. Consequently, we are pickling the pike. But we were planning on baking the perch...I've done steelhead with onions and celery in the cavity and they were outstanding.

    Also, I am learning to fillet. I think it will be a lot easier if I don't fish until late and then try to learn something new when I'm tired.
     
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    Stopped at Green Hill Park on the Roanoke River on the way to work hooked up with 6 or 7 but landed this one. Orvis Clearwater 4wt on a Sulphur Nymph. The bottom of my net is 16” so judging by the amount of bend in this Bookie I’m going to say 17-18”
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    15 inch rainbow trout caught on a beadhead nymph.

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    Just got home from windy and chilly lake Erie trip. It has been a rather odd spring- got 1 day of a three day trip of solid fishing action- put in some hours in the wind and it was enjoyable.
    Thanks!

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    Those aren't fish I recognize...
     
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    freshwater drum aka sheepshead....
     
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    Girth = weight

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    almost bigger than the net...

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    0521191229a.jpg Round Goby- invasive- guessing this was male displaying mating colors- he was a deep cobalt blue color....
     
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    Let your state wildlife guys know where you caught it and where...I'm sure they'd love to see the pic as well.
     
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    oh- they are well aware- they came over in balast water along with zebra mussels years ago....curse and a blessing.....
     
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    you see...the smallmouth bass, walleye and everything else eat the gobies-and the sheepshead eat the zebra mussels....

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    1 medium smallie....

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    Another plopper fish this morning. Just over 3lbs. switched to a chatterbait and had no luck. I just can't seem to catch on them. 20190523_061435.jpg
     
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    I got out for a few hours today. I fished a local lake that opened last weekend. I caught a nice rainbow after only a few casts using flies from the Traveling Fly Box provided by @Flyfisher05221970. It was a nice fish just under 18 inches. I was using a 6'6" 4wt fiberglass rod with a sink tip line and an olive wooly bugger.

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    As often happens when you catch a fish right off the bat I went for a long stretch without catching anything. I went through a variety of flies from the Traveling Fly Box and my own boxes before finally catching another fish. A size 8 Whistle Pig with a very slow retrieve did the trick. This 17" rainbow was the first fish after the dry spell.

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    I caught a few more and then I hooked a very nice fish. I tried to put too much pressure on it and it straightened the hook. Here's the hook it straightened compared to a normal Whistle Pig.

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    This lake holds some nice fish. I decided to run back to my vehicle and change out rods in case another big fish cooperated. I've caught some big fish on a 4wt but I wanted something a little heavier so I could throw bigger flies.

    I rigged up my 7'6" 5/6wt fiberglass rod with a clear, full sink lake line. Since the Whistle Pig seemed to be working I tied on a size 4.

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    The fish seemed to like it! It didn't take long to hook this one.

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    The smallest fish of the day was a 16" rainbow which I didn't take a picture of. Unfortunately it was hooked deep and bleeding from the gills. The only other people that I saw there today were keeping what they caught. Since this fish would probably die I gave it to them. All the other fish I caught were released.

    I caught quite a few more that I didn't take pics of. I never did tie into another big one like the one that straightened the hook. Here are some of the best fish of the day.

    This fish had beautiful coloring.

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    Quite a contrast from the one above but also beautiful coloring.

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    This male had the most pronounced kype jaw of all the fish I caught today.

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    I finished out the day with this rainbow.

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    Thanks for coming along!
     
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    Thanks @pab1 ...I don't get out as much as I would like to and I really enjoy this thread- that is a fairly stout hook that got straitened in your pic above- must have been a real pig of a trout.

    I was using size 2 Gamakatsu octopus hooks on 14lb Sufix green mono with a 6'6" Abu Med. casting rod- 2pc. Lews 7:1 baitcaster. I find it to be kind of a balancing act with the hooks- I think the largest one I caught was about 12 lbs- and I put a lot of pressure on those small hooks- they are fairly heavy gauge and short- I use dead bait- cast it out and let it tumble in the current- I think the smaller hooks let them take the bait without feeling the hook so much.
     
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