a weird fish???

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Johnny B, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Johnny B

    Johnny B New Member

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    So my buddies went boating today and he stoped at my work afterwards to show me a pic of what they found... I'm not sure what they call them but I think it was a shovelnose...It was long and had a bunch of fins and its eyes were on top of it's long paddle like nose...It definately wasn't a gar and this thing was about three feet long. It was still breathing but it was hit by a boat and the nose was broken on it. I looked up the species in the Illinois river but this thing wasn't one of them. Would any one have any idea what it was or have any pictures of them. I looked online but I'm not sure what they are called.:confused2:
     

  2. Johnny B

    Johnny B New Member

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    No the eyes were on it's on a long wide nose...It almost looked like a paddle. I'll try to post the pics of it tommorow if I can get them
     
  3. bownero

    bownero New Member

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  4. Johnny B

    Johnny B New Member

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    Yes I just got done researching and it is a Paddlefish. Them are crazy looking. Are them another kind of fish you have to snag to catch? I'm thinking twice about swimming in the river...:embarassed:
     
  5. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Yes Johnny!! Paddlefish have to be snagged in order to catch them!! As a matter of fact, I applied for a snagging permit to catch one of those beasts. If chosen, I will be fishing the Missouri River, close to the South Dakota border. I heard these fish taste awesome. Kind hard to believe they can get so big from just eating plant matter and plankton!!:eek:oooh: My friend invited me to try it this year, so I'm hoping I can get the permit!! Like $21!!
     
  6. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    Nothin to worry abou tthe eat only plankton...they are the only fish around here that absoultly wont bite you have to snag...all the carp and such bite around here...but no the sponnbill!
     
  7. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    Make the trip to yankton and fish right below gavins point dam...best spoonbill spot north of the ozarks!!!Did you apply for it in nebraska or SD...In iowa we just snag we dont need a license just a sport fishing license
     
  8. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    I applied for the license on the Nebraska side. Resident snagging permit.
     
  9. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

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    Spoonbill are awesome to eat !!! They are some of the best fish I have ever eaten !!!!!!!!!!:big_smile:
     
  10. oahegw

    oahegw Member

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    We call 'em paddlefish and I have taken a few here in So. Dakota behind the dam at Pierre, SD. They are snagged with a large rig of Treble hooks and a weight. OK to eat, but I prefer perch or walleye.
     
  11. Johnny B

    Johnny B New Member

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  12. river bum

    river bum New Member

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    one of my dads old friends brought some to us to eat he showed me a pic of one an i was kind iffy bout eating it but once i ate sum i was in love it was sum of the best eating fish iv ever had:big_smile: wish we had sum in the james
     
  13. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    nice fish, spoonble lololol:smile2::smile2::smile2::smile2: man there funny looking but id loikie to get one