Am I the only one who likes little fish?

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by wylie catter, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    I don't know how to set up a poll so I'm doing it this way. I seems like everybody on here is only interested in 20+lb fish. Personally I love catching 3 - 6 lbers. They tastes better in my opinion, and I love eating them. I also like having fish fries and letting other people enjoy the fruits of my hobby. I'm not knocking catching big fish, don't take it that way. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who actually goes out fishing with intentions of catching 5 lbers. From what I've read on here I bet there's at least a few more guys like me. I mostly fish Wylie and Monticello. Both GREAT lakes for 5 lb fish.
     
  2. jbarnes17

    jbarnes17 New Member

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    Terry I am with you. I like eating smaller cats because I also think they have a better taste to them. However, I do like my flatheads to be in the 10 to 20# range. I don't fillet my flatheads I skin them whole and then cut them up.
     

  3. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    I also like cathcing the small ones also.
     
  4. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    I kinda get used to the small ones ,because thats what my boys & I usually hook into.:006::0010::0010:
     
  5. Love Them Cats

    Love Them Cats New Member

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    Same here, we usually catch then in the 2 - 5 pound range?
    I'd like to catch bigger one's, but it just don't happen.

    If they are good frying size, I'll keep them.

    Ken
     
  6. bubbasmouse

    bubbasmouse New Member

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    If I take my wife with me thats what we go after. She likes the 5lb range for cleaning to put in freezer and she likes to be getting bites no matter what size.
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Now don't get me wrong here but, if I want fish for supper, I will fish for smaller fish(3 to7lbs) just for that reason. But, most of the fishing that I do is for larger ones. Those are all released (10lbs and over) to fight another day!!!
     
  8. RIVER-RAT

    RIVER-RAT New Member

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    You may find this hard to believe but, I have never kept and cleaned a catfish. I have always practiced catch and release. The only catfish I have ever eaten has been from a restaraunt. I've never kept a catfish I've caught for food. I guess that's why I always go for the hogs, they are just so much fun to catch!
     
  9. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    It's not often that a client specifies small fish for his trip... most everyone has caught or is able to catch small catfish. 98% of my clients wants to catch a trophy catfish.

    Since all fish over 10 pounds is released, they all know what to expect on the water... there are always small fish (2-10 pounders) so there's no problem if the people want to keep a few to eat... but all want to feel the power of a trophy fish fighting for it's life on the end of the line.

    All clients are satisfied with the elation of catching, battling, and sometimes landing a true trophy catfish (often their personal best) and then releasing the beast alive after pictures and celebration.
     
  10. jimbow3

    jimbow3 New Member

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    I like the smaller ones also I think they taste better and some of the small ones put up a pretty good fight.
     
  11. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Terry, once every week I go out and fish for small blues (2 to 6 pounds) for my family to have catfish for supper that week. I use smaller baits and fish areas that have small fish. You have two fishermen on Lake Wylie who come to LKN to catch them some small blues for tablefare. Yes, we like you target them when we want something for dinner.
     
  12. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Terry, I love to fish for fish that size, especially when there is a good bite on. Big fish are great and I love to catch them, but I will take a trip with 25-30 of those 5-6 pound fish any day!!
     
  13. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

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    The only place that I try for the big ones are on the Mississippi River and I have not been out there this year. I have been lake fishing for catfish to eat.
     
  14. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

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    I have to agree with WylieCat. I love to catch big fish, but would rather catch little fish all day, than wait for that one big one to come. To me it doesnt have to be a certin fish, anything that bends my rods, and gives a bit of a fight is fun to me. I mostly release all the fish that I catch, so I cant tell you anything about the difference in taste between the bigones and small ones.
     
  15. Big Cat Hunter

    Big Cat Hunter Member

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    :roll_eyes: The smaller fish do taste a lot better than the bigger ones. Another thing is you do catch more of them. Great Job!!!!
     
  16. catch & release

    catch & release New Member

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    I'm guilty, I get very little enjoyment from catching small fish. I've targeted nothing but big blues for about 20 years now. I think alot of that comes from growing up with a pole in my hand on the lake shores....all I did was fish and as a child was limited to shore fishing, dock fishing or messing around on still water with a 12 foot jon boat, unless one of the grownups would let me tag along out on the big water. I don't know how many 1000's of "little" fish I caught, but I'm pretty sure that's what turns me off with little fish now. Usually if start catching a bunch of little ones I'll move to another spot. I'm thrilled to hear alot of y'all like to target little ones, that leaves more big ones for me!
     
  17. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Like the small ones and there is always the potential to catch the big one while fishing. Thats what it is all about.
     
  18. porboy

    porboy New Member

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    I always turn loose anything over 5 or 6 lbs and keep some for the table. Enjoy catching some of the big ones but let them go to fight for another day.
    Bill
     
  19. BILLYP

    BILLYP New Member

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    I don't care if it is 1 lb or 100lber a fish is on and Im loving it.
    Oh yeah i release everything wife can't stand the smell of fish