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#845920 - 07/30/08 07:48 PM Chain Pickerels
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are they in TN in numbers? Just curious. I know the state record is just over 7 pounds, but how often are they caught...


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#846439 - 07/31/08 07:15 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: JA1234]
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In TN I have no idea. It is my thinking that in most areas, they vary greatly from lake to lake. Some have lots, some have none. keep in mind they are also known as jackfish and in areas where they are called that, most folks don't know they are really chain pickers.
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#846594 - 07/31/08 08:23 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: bowriter]
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I can live with that, I was told the other day taht there are a bunch in KY lake. Yet I have only heard of one or two being caught in TN. They are a jacked up fish, they have ruined a bunch of farm ponds that I know of in PA.
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#846634 - 07/31/08 08:41 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: JA1234]
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 Originally Posted By: hookedup
I can live with that, I was told the other day taht there are a bunch in KY lake. Yet I have only heard of one or two being caught in TN. They are a jacked up fish, they have ruined a bunch of farm ponds that I know of in PA.


They got some jacked up teeth too!


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#846805 - 07/31/08 10:41 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Buckblaster]
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Caught one on Pickwick back where Yellow Creek meets at the mouth of the Tombigbee on a white crankbait about 3-4 weeks ago. I bet he was every bit of 5 lbs. Joker was almost 21 inches long.
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#846880 - 07/31/08 11:17 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: mossyhorns300]
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Isn't there someplace up Nawth where when the liquid all freezes they spear them things through the ice. What I always wondered was, Why? I aint into eating jackfish.

I bet Tubs could tell us.
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#846932 - 07/31/08 11:37 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
Isn't there someplace up Nawth where when the liquid all freezes they spear them things through the ice. What I always wondered was, Why? I aint into eating jackfish.

I bet Tubs could tell us.


\:D

Ive ate a Jack once. Came froma little different waters than most have described. Came out of a smaller swampy lake close to santee in SC.

Pretty good or atleast I thought. Not too bad.


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#846977 - 07/31/08 12:00 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Buckblaster]
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Yuz adrinkin wadn't yuz?
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#847301 - 07/31/08 02:51 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: bowriter]
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\:D \:D
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#847580 - 07/31/08 05:11 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Buckblaster]
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#847815 - 07/31/08 07:50 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: easy45]
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I've caught them in the Hatchie River oxbow lakes around Brownsville TN before.

In my experience, they like still backwaters. The few I caught were tossing bass lures around cypress knees.

I've never tried eating one, although I wouldn't be afraid to give it a shot if given the chance (we didn't have a means to clean the fish in a timely manner where we were, so they were all thrown back).
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#848469 - 08/01/08 08:31 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Crosshairy]
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Caught a lot of them up in New York back in the alkali lakes in the Adirondacks. Had one come steal the bait away from a huge tiger musky on Lake Canadarago, the current location of the tiger release world record. I'd say this one was knocking on the 50" door...but once again, a lake zebra mussels ruined by making the vis near 20 feet...those fish ain't coming shallow very often. I'd heard about Kentucky Lake too...there are some down in Florida. I imagine they taste just the same as equivalent sized pike and musky...seeing as how they are piscivorous. Beautiful fish and a fun fight on light tackle. "ruining' a pond is all a matter of perpsective...I'd rather catch these than a ton of stunted bass. If I want numbers big fish, I go to the lake...not a farm pond. I often wonderdd if the hybridization of a chain pickerel jack pike what have you and a musky would be tolerant of water temps as far south as Florida? What a fish...the marshallunge....50" inches of fury come crashing through the everglades to nail a topraider...man...I miss those fish. Sure I got real gators, but it just isn't the same...

Of course, there are those great aquifer rivers....muskies could do well in those....and brown trout right? Couldn't they?....sigh....

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#848510 - 08/01/08 08:52 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Tubakka]
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#848521 - 08/01/08 08:57 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: bowriter]
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The farm ponds I was referring to were stocked with yellow perch and doing wel...but either way I will pond fish any day of the week over a crowed lake or river...


BW you called it... \:D

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#848554 - 08/01/08 09:14 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: Crosshairy]
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
I've caught them in the Hatchie River oxbow lakes around Brownsville TN before.

In my experience, they like still backwaters. The few I caught were tossing bass lures around cypress knees.

I've never tried eating one, although I wouldn't be afraid to give it a shot if given the chance (we didn't have a means to clean the fish in a timely manner where we were, so they were all thrown back).


I've done the same in Hardeman Co. filleted up real nice.

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#848694 - 08/01/08 10:54 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: eddie c]
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I got into a lot of them a couple months ago in ky lake up in a creek, first I had ever caught. They were bitin everthing i threw out lizards, rattle traps, even spinnerbaits.
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#850646 - 08/02/08 10:34 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: downwind]
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theres some in an around bennett lake an nickajack
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