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Catch of the day

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by WarrenB, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Couldn't find a thread to post fishing pics, if there is one please feel free to move this.

    Caught this nice carp Friday, just a piece of bread pinched on the hook so it floats on the surface and crept around with polarised glasses on watching the water, great to target a specific fish and actually catch it!!
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    Last edited: May 9, 2015
  2. larrybard

    larrybard Founding Member

    Wow. Any idea of the weight? Was this catch and release?
     
  3. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    16lb/7.25kg, nearly all my fishing is catch and release, would have had a few more but we had thunder storms on and off so we were sitting in the van while the lightning was doing it's thing, carbon rods and lightning don't mix:D
     
  4. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

  5. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  6. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Man warren that is a fat ole boy there. Thought you had a coelacahth there for a minute! We have lots of carp in our Mississippi River where we are but most locals don't eat them unless they are smoked. The fish market will buy them though.

    I belong to a paddling forum as well and many of the UK members tell tales of their run in's with the angling community. Here there is enough river for everyone it seems.
     
  7. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    That is not actually that big believe it or not, this is a really bad pic of my biggest carp, caught it quite a while ago before the grey beard hair kicked in:D
    31lb 4oz which is somewhere just over 14kg I think
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  8. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    I call them Bluegill. Some folks call them Brim. Depends what part of the country you are from I guess. In the North they are bluegill in the south brim.
    or simply panfish, or sunfish.

    The get a decent size but mostly all you'll catch are the smaller ones. But you'll go through about 10 worms before you snag one.
    The good keepers are the size of your hand or bigger.
     
  9. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    I have days when the fish snag the bait without getting hooked, sometimes when using worms cutting them in half or even smaller helps as the fish have less to grab for and have to get closer to the hook which usually means more hooked fish for me, depends on the fish and fishing style as well I guess.
     
  10. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    That's true. A big issue with these little guys is using a small enough hook. I lost a few worms until I finally swapped out the hook for a smaller one. Started catching them at that point. That particular day I was looking for a small one to use as bait.
    Large bass like to come to the shallows to feed on them.
     
  11. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Hooks are another good point(no pun intended), I usually go for the smallest I can for the type of fish I am after and go from there, line is also a bit factor here, again the lightest and thinnest line I can get away with helps. Guess it must be similar over there with different baits, but the fish over here love worms, maggots, corn, bread, spam, prawn, tinned cat food, trying something different can get a few more bites on heavily fished waters here. Sometimes when I go it looks more like I am camping with all the gear I take:D
    But for a fun day out in the summer it's just a rod and a couple of loaves of unsliced crusty bread, just tear a bit off and pinch it on the hook and wait for the fish to grab it.
     
  12. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Sounds exactly the same. Fish are fish. Most are scavengers or opportunistic predators.
    All those baits are used here as well. Pretty much anything you can get on a hook.

    My large tackle box weighs about 30lbs.
     
  13. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    When I go for carp I usually have a barrow filled up with all the gear, usually 2 of us go and we cook there as it's normally a 12 hour or more stay on a lake, so we have a gas stove and a few pots etc, sometimes it seems a bit much but we enjoy the socialising as much as the fishing
     
  14. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    That's like me. Sure I would love to catch something, but I'm just as happy throwing a line and hanging out.
     
  15. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  16. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    The only time I've caught fish that were more than 10 pounds was in the ocean. I have run my canoe over carp that must have rivaled the first one warren as they have come near upsetting my canoe.

    One of my fondest fishing memories was during a vacation in Oregon. My wife and I camped in a pine forrest that had been closed to the public for the previous two years and was just opened for camping. the pine forest made a sound absorbing carpet lending a surreal quality to its quietness. we camped next to a fast moving cold stream it was October I think. chilly.
    woke up and put a salmon egg on the tiniest of hooks. threw it in the stream and let it flow with the current. within a couple seconds the trout struck and snapped the 2 pound test line like a bow string. Got two small trout. Still had a pile of burning embers from the camp fire. caught cleaned and cooked right on the coals in less than 10 minutes. It remains the best trout ever.
     
  17. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    That sounds like a perfect trip, would love to spend a few weeks your side of the pond one day just enjoying the amazing scenery
     
  18. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    How about a really old (40 years) catch of the day? Here's my mom, holding a 25 lb barracuda. We were out fishing when we got into a school of small mackerel. My mom hooked one, and all of a sudden it zoomed under the boat. Next thing we know, this barracuda is flopping around inside the boat and my mom has half a mackerel on her line. My sister and I were hanging off the end of the boat, wondering if we were better off in the water, and my dad started beating on the barracuda with a billy club while my mom was kicking it. The billy club broke and dad finished the fish off with a beer bottle. We were really lucky--it never opened its mouth. We found out later that it had almost cleared the width of the boat (it had an 8' beam), and hit the back of one of the seats, splintering the 1/2" plywood under the cushion. My mom looked in its mouth and touched one of the teeth when it was dead--split her finger like a razor blade.

    Our biggest fish ever---and it jumped in the boat!

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  19. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Wow that's a serious fish and great story:)
     
  20. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Had a good day fishing today

    10lb first cast
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    12lb caught on a floating dog biscuit
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    And a really nice 22lb caught on the surface with a dog biscuit again
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    Great days fishing!!
     

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