Baby skips

Discussion in 'KENTUCKY RIVERS TALK' started by bnt55, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    I have been catching baby skipjacks in my net this past week, they are all about 5-6" long and starting to get plump (about 1" thick). I was wondering if I should keep a bunch of these guys to freeze up for later? Didnt know if small ones are as good as the big ones.

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    keep all of them you can!! that is the perfect size as far as im concerned .. cut the tail off so they bleed and hook them through the eyes!!
     

  3. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    I agree I would keep them too!!
     
  4. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

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    I love using the baby ones !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Or, you can run the hook completely through the eyes, then hook the shad about 3/4 of the way back to where you cut off the tail. I love to get them just a little bit bigger than that and cut them in half just in front of the anal fin, barely cutting into the body cavity; I discard the tail part.
     
  7. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    We take what we can catch around here:eek:oooh::tounge_out: small is better than not at all!!!:tounge_out:
     
  8. lance

    lance New Member

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    They are plump? Could they be baby Asian Carp ? At any rate KEEP EM' !:wink:
     
  9. dieselcat

    dieselcat New Member

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    I caught a bunch of baby asian carp while back about 5-8in and they worked good live or dead
     
  10. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I've never seen baby asian carp, but if the eye position is similar to that of a large one, it should be pretty easy to tell the difference between them and a skipjack, what with the eyes on the carp setting so low in the head. Almost looks like the carp is upside down, at first glance.
     
  11. tswebb71

    tswebb71 New Member

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    Actually, I have been catching a bunch of baby skippy's. They seem to be running good. They are pretty easy to distinguish from baby asian carp. However, baby asian carp are much more difficult to distinguish from shad. The easiest way I can tell is the black "freckle" shad have on their side.
     
  12. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    These are definately baby skips, they look like tarpon. As far as asian carp go havent really been seeing many, all the shad I am catching have the thread on the dorsal fin. I am heading out today to catch a bunch for the vaccum packer/freezer, hopefully the cats like skip popsicles.

    Bill
     
  13. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Keep them, that size is the hardest to catch!
     
  14. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    That's just the size I like on all bait and if you freeze them I still like to hook them in the eyes if there is current. Makes them look like they are swimming.:wink: