A note on how snappers eat gills

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by Larry Beever, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    Hi all, I"ve caught a lot of snappers this year
    and I usually keep them in clean trash cans with
    about a foot of water for several days to soak em
    out.I change the water everyday. Most of them were
    20# or more.I 've fed them whole blue gills that
    averaged about 6-7 inches. I watched them closely
    while they ate and noticed that they would bite
    onto the fish but not try to swallow the whole thing. Instead they would use their claws to pull
    off a bite sized chunk.I thought this was interesting because I remembered catching two of them by the foot and I'm guessing that they hooked
    themselves by eating this way. I was also using
    gills for bait. So now I'm wondering how many times
    a turtle has moved my bait around while eating this way causing me to pull too soon. From now on
    I'll use bite sized chunks like the head of a gill
    so that way when he pulls I'll be pretty sure the
    hooks in his mouth too. I hope this wiil increase
    your odds too!
     
  2. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Now that's a neat observation,........I'll remember that cause I've caught um in the foot also.........
     

  3. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I actually catch softshell and snappers in the foot often... Interesting....
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    me too, and too often after a bite i will reel in a 'gill with no head or bitten in half. i knew it had to be turtles but now i know how they do it, thanks!
     
  5. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    I like your message at the bottom of your avatar by Ol' Abe. Nice turtle by the way.