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#897438 - 09/03/08 08:22 PM Favorite Feeshy Species
gil1
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I'm noticing the hunting forum is getting worn out, and we're just wearing each other out over here in the pole flingin' forum. How 'bout we talk about something that can't get us into too much trouble?

I was thinking about what my favorite species is. I'm leaving saltwater out just because that opens it up to a whole net of fins.

Maybe it's crappie or walleye for the skillet. But I don't eat much fish or cast for the toothy critters often enough...

Maybe it's striper because they will flat rip your shoulder out of it's socket, especially on the fly....

Maybe it's catfish, but I'm a little askeered of 'em even though they batter up nice. Maybe Simms can unskeer me some day.

Maybe it's brook trout cause they're prettier 'n a speckled bird dawg...

Maybe it's largemouth because they've really got my number. After 42 years, my biggest is still only 3 1/2 pounds. But sometimes 2 1/2 lbs. is about all I can handle...

Or maybe the rainbows and browns should win because I fish for them the most. I've studied them for years and know more about them than any other fish. And yet I'm as confused as ever...

Of course, the noble carp would be the easy pick for this redneck. Sadly, that's how most people know me, as the fly flingin' carp guy. But they're just too ugly and slimy to put a twinkle in this eye. So ugly they have to spawn in muddy water...

The bluegill and its cousins, could there be a prettier family? Pound for pound, I'd put them up against a tiger shark or a pit bull. A Georgia giant on an Ugly Stick once sent me packin' for Tennessee! And tasty, too! Has another fish produced as many grins in this world?

Ah, but I think the hometown favorite, a magical warrior - style, grace, beauty, and brute power would have to be the beloved smallie. I dream of tail-dancing at daylight and dusk. A 5-pounder in heavy current, which I've been lucky enough to pull off a few times, will keep you awake at night just tasting that memory.

Yeah, I'm pretty fired up for the upcoming hunting season, but I'm not giving up the aquatic critters just yet. I think we're dern lucky to have an abundance of all these and more to choose from. What's your favorite and why?

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#897455 - 09/03/08 08:29 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: gil1]
Buckblaster
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Probably stripers. I love me some striper fisihn.
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#897484 - 09/03/08 08:41 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: Buckblaster]
birddoginQ
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oh the brown fish (Micropterus dolemieu). Oh how I love them. They know not the size of their heart only that they will fight their heart out. love em , love em, love em....especially from a beautiful mountain river.
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#897486 - 09/03/08 08:42 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: gil1]
moondawg
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Tough choice. There are several species that I haven't caught yet--striper, smallmouth bass, brook trout and brown trout. I look forward to the day I catch one of them.

I suppose my favorite fish would be a three way tie--largemouth bass for the fight, crappie for its table fare, and trout for being unique. But I can't leave out the catfish for its table fare and the scrappy bluegill for its fight.

I guess if I had to limit it to one or two, it'd be the largemouth bass or crappie, because that's ultimately what I'm fishing for when I go fishing.
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#897524 - 09/03/08 08:59 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: ]
Model70Man
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My favorite fish to catch is the Arctic Grayling.
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#897546 - 09/03/08 09:07 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: Model70Man]
scn
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Over the years mine would have been crappie closely followed by largemouth. Right now my flavor of the month is the brown/rainbow combo that keeps humbling me.
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#897615 - 09/03/08 09:37 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: ]
MFBAB
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Interesting question. I love to fish for just about anything that will bite but I think my favorites are Bream and Crappie, the best Crappie fishing in the world is less than an hour from my door.
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#897622 - 09/03/08 09:41 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: MFBAB]
muskyhunter
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the hornyhead minnow \:D
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#897903 - 09/03/08 11:48 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: muskyhunter]
garry
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walleye. not to good at catchin but i like tryin
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#897970 - 09/04/08 05:50 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: garry]
bowriter
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Smallmouth
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#898091 - 09/04/08 08:05 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: ]
4onaside
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Bluegills, because they are everywhere, are usually eager biters, fight like crazy on ultralight tackle, and provide fillets that are just about at the top of the heap. What more could you possibly ask? Everyman's fish.
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#898168 - 09/04/08 08:54 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: 4onaside]
Nimrod777
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I've carried trout hooks in my tackle box simply to be able to catch minnows on the ultralight if nothing else is biting, so I'm of the "whatever's on my line" school. But to be honest, the mighty catfish has had my attention for years now, and I hope to someday be able to tangle with one that might challenge an elementary-aged child for sheer mass.
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#898196 - 09/04/08 09:13 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: Nimrod777]
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Smallmouth
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#898284 - 09/04/08 10:17 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: CBU93]
JA1234
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LM all day, any day, bite good, or not. I love the feeling of the hard strike the most, but love watching my line run deep not feeling it strike too.
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#898293 - 09/04/08 10:28 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: JA1234]
smstone22
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black bass
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#898382 - 09/04/08 11:11 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: smstone22]
Football Hunter
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striped bass,you never know how big he might be,plus largemouth are fished to death on Old Hickory
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#898574 - 09/04/08 12:59 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: muskyhunter]
bob
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Tubbs just called and your all wrong.
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#898828 - 09/04/08 03:37 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: muskyhunter]
shopson
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Used to be bass but now walleyes are dominant for me.
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#898829 - 09/04/08 03:38 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: bob]
go_okfishin
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1.smallmouth. Especially creek/river smallies.
2. stripers
3. crappie
4. trout
5. everything else
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#898919 - 09/04/08 04:36 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: go_okfishin]
fishboy1
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Bowfin rock!
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#898981 - 09/04/08 05:40 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: bob]
bigluresonly
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 Originally Posted By: bob
Tubbs just called and your all wrong.


I just can't help myself, actually Tubbs did just call and he is on his way up!

As for me, its the all mighty cat. Fishin with stinky bait and just lettin it sit, lazy style with a cooler full of beer not knowing if that next one will be that 100 lb'er i dream of


Edited by bigluresonly (09/04/08 05:43 PM)

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#898991 - 09/04/08 06:05 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: gil1]
rsimms
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I agree with tribeless... my favorite is whichever fish happens to be on the end of my line at any given time. Of course, that is most often catfish. \:\)
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#898997 - 09/04/08 06:17 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: rsimms]
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I love the mighty Steelhead..nothing like them.. when first hooked the 150 yard line screaming run coming out of the water four- five times..Close second would be Walleye.. biggest i have caught so far has been a tad over 21 pounds.. but this coming spring will go after them again!!
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#899120 - 09/04/08 07:30 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: muskyhunter]
LA man
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i love catching fish of any kind
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#899441 - 09/04/08 09:21 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: muskyhunter]
easy45
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I love all of them, buts its largemouths
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#899844 - 09/05/08 05:59 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: easy45]
7mm08
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1. Redfish
2. Stripers
3. Speckled Sea Trout
4. Freshwater Trout
5. Bass. If I can wake up early enough for them and all on the FLY!


Edited by 7mm08 (09/05/08 06:00 AM)
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#900063 - 09/05/08 08:10 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: 7mm08]
spottedbass
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Spotted bass in the small stream current...
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#900170 - 09/05/08 08:55 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: spottedbass]
Pam
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Crappie fishing is my favorite. Also enjoy bream & catfishing.
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#901750 - 09/06/08 10:48 AM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: Pam]
Kimberman
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It doesnt matter if its out of a lake or stream, SMALLMOUTH!
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#901837 - 09/06/08 12:20 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: Kimberman]
DEER DAVID
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Crappie, catfish and bream.........
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#901841 - 09/06/08 12:23 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: DEER DAVID]
B.D.
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Trout and river smallies for me.

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#901907 - 09/06/08 01:35 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: gil1]
bonekelektr
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I love those big ol' brown fish..Especially 20lbers. that pay good.... ................CARP.................. \:D
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#902040 - 09/06/08 04:52 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: bonekelektr]
GRAMPS
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I enjoy fishing for any kind of fish, but my favorite would have to be stripers.
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#902054 - 09/06/08 05:06 PM Re: Favorite Feeshy Species [Re: GRAMPS]
tnjimbo
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\:D )CRAPPIE AND MORE CRAPPIE 7 DAYS A WEEK!!

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