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#847815 - 07/31/08 07:50 PM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: easy45]
Crosshairy
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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]
Tubakka
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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]
bowriter
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#848521 - 08/01/08 08:57 AM Re: Chain Pickerels [Re: bowriter]
JA1234
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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]
eddie c
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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]
downwind
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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]
pety221
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theres some in an around bennett lake an nickajack
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