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    Fishing

    This is a grown up thing, right? I don't consider it sports enough to put it in the sports forum.

    I'm hitting up Lake Erie this afternoon to see if the perch are biting.

    Few weeks ago we did alright (50 limit per person).

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    I love the fishing.

    I sure wouldn't want to filet all those little perches, though. I rarely keep fish, not because I'm a Catch and Release nut, I just don't like cleaning them.

    Haven't been out very much this summer because of health bullshit, but I love fishing farm ponds and streams.

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    Yeah, it took a bit of time for little chicken nugget sized pieces. I think we ended up with about 3.5 lbs of edible fishy.

    But it's worth it when you slather it in a fish crisp mixture and deep fry the shit out of it.

    This is what's gonna happen today:

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    Perch is tasty, just a lot of work to process.

    My dads side of the family all live on a big lake in central MO(and my dad has a lakehouse down there) We do mostly bass/crappie fishing. I prefer the taste of crappie, it is just about my favorite fish to eat, but bass are a lot more fun to catch, they put up a lot more fight. But we definitely don't turn away any perch or bluegill that we catch in the process.

    They do have a large 5-ish acre pond on their land as well that is stocked with bass and catfish. Catfishing is a somewhat boring endeavor though, but it's great for sitting around camping/drinking and catching a fish or 2 per hour while you wait. Those things are a hell of a fight to bring in, but I don't particularly like eating them, the smaller fish are a lot better, IMHO. I just don't like the extra fishy-flavor of catfish, those bottom-dweller fish tend to end up tasting denser/murkier or something, it's hard to describe.
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    I need a recommendation for pier fishing in SoCal.

    I have a lot of time off and want to go throw a line off the docks and pull some fish up.

    I guess I need advice on pole, lures, live bait, hooks, etc..
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    Do you need a permit to do that in California? That's the one thing that keeps me from traveling with my fishing pole, I don't know what the laws & regulations are in each state. I don't need some crappy $250 fine for throwing my line in a random lake in another state.

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    I think I do and I think it is fairly cheap.
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    Went out for about 3 hours on lake erie. Launched from Pt Bruce.

    Check the 15 incher bottom left.


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    Perch are the candy of fresh water fish, fuck they are good.

    I lost all my fishing equipment in my car fire....still trying to get the insurance company to replace it.

    Growing up, my family owned a bait shot and we were fairly well known in the Mid Michigan area. All I did growing up was fishing or we would go up into the U.P. to dip our own minnows for the shop. I remember waking up in the morning to my dad getting home when it was time for me to get ready for school to find a bath tub full of fish on ice that he was going to clean when he got up from sleeping and resting from fishing all night. lol

    Fishing is the biz man.
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    For my bachelor party we rented a big charter boat on Lake Ontario and fished Salmon all morning while drinking heavily and eating breakfast foodstuffs. It was a great wholesome bachelor party...

    ...until we went to the casino and strip clubs later that day. Possibly still smelling like fish.

    ITS A CELEBRATION, BITCHES.

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    I caught a yellow perch the other day for the first time and found cleaning it a total bitch. What's the recommended procedure for that? I tried scaling it and then fileting it but the friggin scales were hard as shit to scrape off.

    Pic: Staying at Flathead Lake for the summer and am catching the shit out of these northern pikeminnows. Good, flaky, white meat, but tons of tiny pin bones.

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    Is that a rattletrap lure?

    I can say I've never even heard of a pikeminnow before. Do they fight?

    And 'Bisi, that's a nice BIG perch.

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    We use pike minnows as bait for other larger fish generally. That seems larger than what I know a Pike Minnow to be though so maybe it's a regional thing.
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    I grew up fishing for bass and catfish, but in college, I learned to fly fish and my interests turned to trout.

    Now, I really don't care about trout fishing, but I still use the fly fishing rig for largemouth and smallmouth. The limber action of the rod produces fewer big fish (for me, anyway), but I love the action and fight, especially with the smallies. And bluegill are fun as hell with a flyrod.

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    Ya they put up a helluva fight, it's fun. According to Wiki they can get up to 24" and 8 lbs. There's a bounty program in parts of the Columbia River for em because apparently they are voracious predators on salmon smelt, anywhere from $4-$8 per fish caught over 9". One guy last year made $54k catching them over summer. Was thinking about making a weekend of it sometime soon.

    http://www.pikeminnow.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by suineg View Post
    I need a recommendation for pier fishing in SoCal.

    I have a lot of time off and want to go throw a line off the docks and pull some fish up.

    I guess I need advice on pole, lures, live bait, hooks, etc..
    I'm on the east coast but I'd imagine you'd need a license. Can always ask the local tackle shop. Id buy a cheap surf/reel combo to start. Shakespeare makes a few decent ones for under 60 and normally come with 20lb test. Should be fine but again, I don't live there so not sure what's in season. If it were me and I had to start somewhere I would start with that combo and a 2oz dipsie with probably a 2/0 hook and some squid.

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    Pretty sure most people know the pikeminnow as squawfish. I grew up with a lot of fishermen type and have never heard of eating them.

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    I partially paid my way thru college fishing bass tournaments. In East Texas it's a huge business and at the time I lived less than an hour or two from some of the best lakes in the country. I lived right on Sam Ruburn, a short time from Toledo, Fork, Murval (the previous TX record holder before Fork), Caddo etc...My roomate was more serious than i was and I eventually got burned out on it. 20 years later and he still fishes competitively. A few spring semesters I had class on Monday, Tuesday, and finished up at noon on Wed. so I had lots of time to pre-fish the tournaments. Over the 5 years I fished competively getting my BS and MS I cleared about $10k a year after exenses which wasn't bad considering the Sons of the Republic (of TX) paid my tuition and I lived rent free. My room mate taught me a lot about bass fishing and he loved it that I could use the company credit card to fill the boat and truck up each outing.

    Now I mainly just fish saltwater here along the coast in Louisiana, much less competitive and more relaxing.

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    Lake Erie was flat tonight. Caught three nice sized walleye and some silver bass using leadcore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Convo View Post
    I'm on the east coast but I'd imagine you'd need a license. Can always ask the local tackle shop. Id buy a cheap surf/reel combo to start. Shakespeare makes a few decent ones for under 60 and normally come with 20lb test. Should be fine but again, I don't live there so not sure what's in season. If it were me and I had to start somewhere I would start with that combo and a 2oz dipsie with probably a 2/0 hook and some squid.
    Thanks for all the advice. I think the license for a year here is like $35 and might be cheaper for veterans.
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    np man.

    How is the small mouth fishing on Lake Erie, Bisi? I've always wanted to fish that lake. one year! Canada has some amazing fishing, well compared to Philly and the sounding areas heh. I used to hit Chaffee's locks up in Ontario every year. Amazing Large and small mouth fishing. Plus good pike. I fished the fuck out of senko's up there. Best plastic ever created.
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    I've never actually targeted small mouth in Erie. We catch them every now and then but not in any large amounts. We're usually after perch, walleye, and rainbows. Is Chaffee's up by Kingston?

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    Yep! Great area. Food and fishing is off the hook.
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    Leftover pictures from Monday night.

    We ran the downrigger balls at about 55' and the leadcore at 5-6 colours.


    I've rarely been out on Lake Erie when it's been this calm. Downside: fucking bugs. LOOK AT THEM.


    My fishing mate is out of town for the next two weeks

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    Sadly I realise almost all of my fishing pictures predate the proliferatino of the digital camera. That's sad. I've got album after album of salmon I caught in AK, Halibut I caught in AK, largemouth up to 10lbs and various other fish, but none of them digital. I really don't know if I have caught a fish this century and I used to fish a LOT, like several days a week for about 9 months out of the year.

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    Snuck out of work early and hit L Erie for a few hours today. Was fairly slow at first but we ended up with a few walleye and a rainbow.

    We were running two dipsy divers and two leadcore. Our leadcore lines seem to be the most effective.



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    Went fishing a couple weeks ago in LA. We went after trout in the morning (speckled and white) which was fun, but fuckin tiring. We went out later that night about 20 miles from camp to a wellhead, slayed bull reds and jonnie black all night, killer time.

    Unfortunately for us, the dumbass guide followed a broken GPS for about 60 miles east of camp. Needless to say, we were all tired as shit, so we didnt take the time to snap a bunch of pics.

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    Soon. Fishing trip soon.

    Anyone have a recommendation for machetes?

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    Turkish battleax > machete!

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    Whenever I go fishin I spend about 5 minutes actually fishin and just get drunk.

    God save me if civilization collapses, because my skill with catching fish sure as shit won't.

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    I have space at the back end of my property to make a pond, and I have access to the serious land-moving machinery needed to make it happen. I am considering making a pond big enough to stock, so that we can regularly eat pan-fish caught within walking distance, but it will take a few years to establish. You guys think it's worth it? Being able to walk for ten minutes with the kids to catch what we choose to stock for dinner?

    I think that's a yes. Starting this fall.
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    How big of a pond?

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    If I had $1 for every pond owner or potential pond owner who says "but it's deep" which is the standing joke for biologist as if that fixes everything lol. Pond managment isn't as easy as dig a hole and stock it. Depending on where you live it can be a lot of work.

    It doesn't have to be a lot of work but it's more than a one time dump to stock for the most part.

    Also depending on where you live you'll get undeseriable species no matter what. People always claim the eggs came in on a birds leg lol, another famous joke biologist make fun of for people saying that. Fish are looking for a reason to die. At least in East, TX which is known for great fisheries you get the least little bit of water draining into a pond you'll get overflow from somewhere and that's where the undesierable species come from, even if it seems really unlikely.
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    I think I'd probably dedicate a full acre to the pond with a maximum depth of maybe 10 feet. I have a natural spot for it, and I think it's entirely feasible. There's an abandoned well on my property that still produces excellent water, and I could run that to fill it, though I think if I go deep and broad enough, there's going to be natural filling. The soil here is sandy, so I don't think it would be muddy.
    There's a dude up the street that has about a quarter acre pond, and he had no trouble getting surface plants to grow in it, and he has a few fish in it. He said it wasn't hard to do, and mostly happened naturally once he dug the hole. He said the biggest issue is what to do with the fill you remove. I have a contractor friend that will take all of it. It's suitable for grading yards if you add topsoil at the finishing level, and I have a huge area it can sit for a while as he gradually uses it up.

    I just need to do more reading, I think.
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    Most people here use packing mud if they have sandy soils to keep from losing the water. You don't even have to take it out of the bag, just place it on the bottom and let the pond fill up and the bag gets soaked and becomes an effective water barrier.

    Which area of the country? I can recommend some reading that applies to all of TX, it's broken into east TX where it rains 65" a year to stock ponds in west, TX where it might rain 6" with a variety of soils (which is the key) across all of them. Billy Higginbotham - when I googled him just now realised he has left TXPWD and gone to work as a professor of fisheries/wildlife management at Texas A&M. I feel old considering we went to school together.

    He has an hour long video of a presentation on small pond management for fishing. He really knows his stuff. I wish I had a picture of him falling into a stream with a honda generator on his back that was running while running a shocker for a fish survey. Best day ever to be the tally bitch.

    I have a pond on my property. The biggest issue I have had may not apply to you. Because I'm right in the main part of the Central Flyway Mergansers have been my biggest issue since when they migrate they hammer the small fish population. Duck season helps and have a red card collection permit helps but that's not available to most people.

    Farm Pond Management: Managing Ponds For Better Fishing - YouTube
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    Nice, that's all good information.

    I'm near the southern tip of Lake Michigan. We're sandy here because it used to be dune all the way out here. I may need to mud pack the bottom, but I haven't done the research yet. I'm getting excited about the project, though, and may start on it this fall. I may even get to use the heavy equipment myself. Should be a riot.
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    It's nice when you get bored to walk out and catch a few fish. I have some catfish also so I feed them dog food which my nieces and nephews enjoy watching them all surface to get a bite. Most hardware stores or feed stores here sell pelletized food for catfish or whatever else you can throw out every so often if you don't have a food chain. Some people have automatic feeders out over the pond and feed them multiple times a day.

    It's just now starting to come back after I lost part of the dam to a pipeline expansion a few years ago.

    Maybe if I get motivated I'll scan some pictures of fish I have caught. I used to be quite the bass fisherman living on the best bass fishing lakes in the country. I also have some pics of halibut and salmon from my AK trips. Some redfish and speckled trout pics from the coast as well. I'm old and all my fish pictures were before the advent of digital cameras so I would have to scan them in.
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    The old to lazy to scan fish story.

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    Yup. I'll see what I can do. I just put a bunch in frames to hang at the office. Maybe I'll just take a pic of the framed pictures, that's more along the lines of how much effort I'm willing to put in.

    Took one. Gotta blue out the name of my dad on a business card in the frame.

    Just noticed I have what appears to be a smushed bug on the lens of my camera on the phone.
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    Fish in the middle, one of ducks, one of Canada geese (peanut field in the panhandle of TX), one of deer management class in Uvalde Texas, one of a bridge I designed and drew that goes across Bayou Lafourche (Louisiana). It's counterbalanced about 1/3 of the way and it rotates on a giant turntable so they can get the shrimp boats out before a Hurricane. Upper right is ducks with new boat motor Warren Coco gave me - owner and founder of go-devil boat motors. I keep it around since a friend took it and it was his first day duck hunting, he's no longer with us. Sadly I don't have the one I took of him, I gave it to him and he kept it.

    Two bass together are 7 and 8 pounds. Caught with back to back cast on Rayburn (Texas) while being back ended in the boat while partner cleared the trolling motor. Good day of fishing.

    I've got a ton of fishing pics I'll get together when I get some time at home. My friend who taught me how to bass fish said take pictures of every bass over 5 pounds. When you get old you'll have a shitload of pics to look at.

    Lucky LSU shirt, still wear it fishing 20 years later.

    Apparently I have multiple spots on my camera lens. I guess I need to clean it.

    All pictures are 20 years old give or take.

    My lucky LSU shirt. Still wear it fishing almost 20 years later.
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    Lurk, I'd seriously consider the idea that you might be making less a pond more a large mosquito pit.

    I mean, it's an idea and all. And sure... making a pond earns man points. But I'd like actually talk to people and stuff.

    Not to mention I'll be amazed if you don't require MULTIPLE permits to do it.

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    It'd be at the back of my property, so not so close to my house. I had already thought of the mosquito thing, and talked to someone nearby with a pond who said as soon as they got the pond adequately stocked, the mosquitoes pretty much got eaten by the things living in the pond.

    Also, as far as permits go, it's not visible from any public place, and all I'm doing is digging a hole. They can go stuff themselves. I haven't pulled any permits for anything I've done to this house, inside or out. If I get caught, by this point, I'll pay the fine and count myself lucky I haven't had to go through all the red tape up to that point.

    Actually, I just looked it up. If I call it an excavation pond I don't need a permit. There are ways around it.
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    Standing water with fish in it really shouldn't have a mosquito problem.

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    Know what time it is?

    It's a quarter till pond.

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    This thread name sucks. My eyesight is bad and I keep reading fisting. I think, "FINALLY a grown up discussion on fisting." But nope. Just more piscary nonsense.
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    You could start that thread, Hoss. Be the grown up, here. Educate us all in a responsible way about shoving your entire hand up a vagina.
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    I wish I liked eating fish because fishing sound fun. I have a small boat for lakes. I like camping near rivers. Heck, I have a creek running through my property with trout in it, but I hate fish. I can't stand the smell so much it gives me lockjaw and I wanna puke. My wife had Talapia for dinner, I ate pizza.

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    Oh yeah, I guess you could do it in a vagina too.

    Sorry don't mean to derail a grown up thread.

    I agree with Lurker except my reaction isn't that bad. I eat fish sometimes, just not enough for it to be worthwhile to go fishing as much as I'd like to. I'm morally opposed to catch and release.
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    I fish tropical waters out of Hong Kong. Landed a decent sized Floral Croaker and Painted Sweetlip (shown scaled and about to be filleted) last weekend.

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    Pan fried the sweetlip with salt, pepper, rosemary, lemon, served with bearnaise sauce.

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    8 lb walleye out of Lake Erie today.

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    Why? Clover is like Grass++

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    No shit, I have come pretty close to fencing the back yard and getting a goat. I might still.

    But I think I'd have to make a little goat-house for him too. And I'd probably have to shovel goat shit twice a week. And I'd probably have to set something up so that he's got fresh water. And really, I know they graze, but I doubt that a half acre would support a goat so I'd have to feed him I bet.

    But coming home and yelling, "HI GOAT". That might be pretty cool.

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    And I'd have to find the proper type of vet. I bet that goats get all sorts of weird ass diseases if you don't care for them.

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    You guys have me thinking with this stocked pond talk. I have a small reservoir that would be fun to have fish in. I think an attempt was made to stock it with trout probably 25 years ago but they did not survive the winter. It is maybe 5 acres and probably 8 or 9 feet deep in the middle. It seems like the only stocking that gets done around here is trout but it might be fun to have bass or something, but I don't know if they could survive the winter. This is Montana so it will freeze very hard. Maybe I would have to get an aerator? It is spring fed in addition to spring runoff so it usually stays fairly full. Here's a couple pictures of it.


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    That is just beautiful! Yeah, get fish in there. You might start with just pan fish and see if you can get them established. Trout would be mighty cool, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    You guys have me thinking with this stocked pond talk. I have a small reservoir that would be fun to have fish in. I think an attempt was made to stock it with trout probably 25 years ago but they did not survive the winter. It is maybe 5 acres and probably 8 or 9 feet deep in the middle. It seems like the only stocking that gets done around here is trout but it might be fun to have bass or something, but I don't know if they could survive the winter. This is Montana so it will freeze very hard. Maybe I would have to get an aerator? It is spring fed in addition to spring runoff so it usually stays fairly full. Here's a couple pictures of it.

    Yeah, Unless you have something to prevent 80% of it freezing solid then I may not stock it...I guess it depends on how much of it is more than 6 feet deep. Trout are a pretty good cold water fish so I would imagine you would have the same issue with anything you put in there.
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    Fished up a mess of channel and blue cats on the Mississippi the other day, only got a pic of the first caught because I never caught a blue before.

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    Nice. You eat them?
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    Yeah, I froze the fillets from the channels whole and the blues were smaller and all had monster stomachs full of fat and eggs so the meat off them wasn't much, so I cut them into nuggets.
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    I'm pretty sure the ice doesn't get anywhere near 6 feet thick. There is a similar sized reservoir in the neighborhood that is stocked with trout but they have a windmill driven aerator that keeps a hole in the ice on all but the coldest days. I imagine something like that would be pretty spendy though.

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    It's not about the ice getting 6 feet thick, it's allowing for the ice to get two feet thick and ensuring there's enough oxygenated water beneath. That 4 foot buffer would allow for that. Obviously your hands are tied as you can't control the depth of it unless you wanted to dredge.

    And yeah, those set ups are pretty pricey...but it would solve your issue.
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    A windmill does sound pretty spendy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    I'm pretty sure the ice doesn't get anywhere near 6 feet thick. There is a similar sized reservoir in the neighborhood that is stocked with trout but they have a windmill driven aerator that keeps a hole in the ice on all but the coldest days. I imagine something like that would be pretty spendy though.

    $3335 for a 33' double bellow compressor
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    Edit: I just read the double bellow compressors are rated for up to 4 acre ponds. Still, not as pricey as I thought they'd be.

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    I actually have a windmill about 100 yards from the pond that's used to pump water. I wonder if it could be hooked up to an air pump as well. Unfortunately it's not on the deep end of the reservoir.


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    If you have continually circulating water pouring in, that might keep an opening in the ice all winter, which would fix the oxygenation issue.
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    You're pretty fuckin good at guessing pond areas.

    Maybe cut a big hole off to the side like 20 feet deep, put your aerator in there and then cut a path into the pond. I don't think 8 ft would get it with 5 ft frost depth... trout require the high end of dissolved oxygen i think.

    You could probably have all the carp you want thought!

    Would be sweet to have my own trout pond, you got me day dreaming.
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    How did you find the spot? Was one of those pictures GPS tagged or something?

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    I put 180 Blugill fillets in my freezer today.

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    Damn. Impressive, both in the catch, and the cleaning.
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    I put 180 Blugill fillets in my freezer today.

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    You keep the skin on? I'm curious, do you eat the skin?

    When we keep bluegill, we basically just carve out the sweetmeat and toss the rest. Maybe a tad more than that, but not much.

    Also, those look like perch here in Missouri. Bluegills are more colorful here.

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    Damn. Impressive, both in the catch, and the cleaning.
    Thanks!

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    You keep the skin on? I'm curious, do you eat the skin?

    When we keep bluegill, we basically just carve out the sweetmeat and toss the rest. Maybe a tad more than that, but not much.

    Also, those look like perch here in Missouri. Bluegills are more colorful here.

    Gills here are more blue in the jaw, like it looks like a marker was taken to them, it's crazy. (I'll take some pictures next time I'm out) This was a combination of Sunnies and Gills really...a few Pumpkinseeds in there too. The difference in overall color probably has something to do with the colder waters up here I would imagine.

    As for the skin, after spending all that time cleaning them, I kept the skin on them and when i thaw them for cooking I'll skin them. Usually I would do that before freezing but this is the result of limiting out 3 times during the day so it would been too much to do just by myself in one sitting.

    If I really feel like putting in the work I'll scale them and leave the skin on before I freeze them. The skin actually adds some nice flavor to them but that's a crap ton of scaling you gotta do.
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    That is a lot of filleting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    That is a lot of filleting.
    Haha, yeah but it all ends up being worth it. I love me some pan fish.

    A lot of them were marked up in their tails and their assholes and a good deal of them were males, so they probably just got done making their beds and were waiting for the females to come in and lay their eggs. I was hooking them literally before my bobber came back up above the water when casting them out. Super aggressive...I may end up going back out tomorrow.
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    Yeah, I can understand leaving the skin on, just for the sheer amount of filleting you did. Great catch though. I love it when bluegills go nuts like that.

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    I think most people eat the skin of scaly fish. I remember when someone showed my dad how to skin a bass instead of scaling it. He loved it at first because he hates scaling so much, but only did a couple of times then went back to the old way.
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    Yeah, the skin can really add some good flavor...scaling is just such a pain in the ass on large catches that....meh. lol
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    Also, here's a question. Are there a lot of people here that eat Smelt? When I lived in Michigan we would dip these by the 55 gallon trash cans full and to this day when I think of fish sticks, I think of Smelt. Anyway, when I moved to MN people thought I was weird as hell when I cooked up a batch at a fish fry.

    "Smelt are used as bait, you can't eat bait fish!"

    I told them if I ever saw any of them using Smelt as bait I would slap them.
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    Not many places in the world you can enjoy salmon spawning naturally at 5000 feet in elevation. I figured if there was a thread for these this is it.

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    Man, you get your pan hot as a mother with some oil, and you get that skin nice and crispy while you cook the meat. That texture adds something magical to fish. I leave the skin on whenever possible. Good for the grill, too.
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    You don't vacuum pack your fish? I am probably going to have to replace my Foodsaver model with something more commercial like soon. I am still eating last year Halibut and Salmon, trying to finish cleaning last years freezer, before I really start stacking it full of Salmon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spanner View Post
    You don't vacuum pack your fish? I am probably going to have to replace my Foodsaver model with something more commercial like soon. I am still eating last year Halibut and Salmon, trying to finish cleaning last years freezer, before I really start stacking it full of Salmon.
    I don't know what model you're using now, but I bought a Gamesaver type Foodsaver not realizing there was a difference, but it is more commercial than the ubiquitous models you see at Walmart or Target. The heat weld is wide, the vacuum is quicker and it doesn't waste as much material each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spanner View Post
    You don't vacuum pack your fish? I am probably going to have to replace my Foodsaver model with something more commercial like soon. I am still eating last year Halibut and Salmon, trying to finish cleaning last years freezer, before I really start stacking it full of Salmon.
    Nope, old fashioned here. Toss fillets in a baggie, put in some water and into the freezer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarrant View Post
    Nope, old fashioned here. Toss fillets in a baggie, put in some water and into the freezer.
    What does the water do, protect it from freezer burn? I can't remember the last time I fished up enough to eat, much less with surplus to freeze.
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    Yes. Also it helps keep it's texture after thawing. How, I don't know.
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