Blue Herring ?

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by JimmyJonny, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Bluebacks ?

    I was told thats what they were but now I have a pic to find out for sure. If not what is it ?


    Thanks -Jim-

    Thanks, I caught it in time to edit
     
  2. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Im guessing blueback herring is what your refering to they are my go to bait in this area for cats and stripers I wont go fishing without them:wink:
     

  3. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    How big are the one's used for bait ? This is about the average size I catch, about 3 or so inches.....Thankyou much -Jim
     
  4. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    The landlocked blue backs seem to run between 3 to 6 inches. But the bluebacks I used in Jersey during the spring striper runs up the coast averaged between 8 to 12 inches and were like money in the bank for stripers and catfish
     
  5. jtrew

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    Y'all gotta be doing something wrong. Wrong place, wrong time of year...something. On the Arkansas River, skippies tend to average about 12"-15" long, occasionally larger or smaller; on the Tennessee River, they run noticeably larger, averaging 15"-20", occasionally larger, even less often, smaller. I've seen times below Pickwick in the spring when you'd have to catch 15-20 large skipjack to catch one a little shorter than 12" to use for live bait. While they may not get that large where you are, I can't believe that they only get up to 3" long.
     
  6. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    I'm still getting different opinions to what the fish even is, I've also been told it was a type of shiner. As far as size, when I catch bream these little guys just happen to always be there so I catch them on the sabiki rig as well. No boat, no net =catch what ya can, LOL.
     
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  8. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I don't know the proper name for them but around here we call them bar minnows or river shiners. Thats not a skip.
     
  9. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Here's a pic of a blueback that I pulled off the internet. Hope this helps.
     

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  10. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Yea thats a good pic, thankyou. Are the skipjacks and bluebacks different then ?
     
  11. ratkinson

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    That looks like what I've heard called saw bellies around here.
     
  12. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    Jim, the blueback herring is the smaller brother of the skipjack; the skipjack can grow up to 16", and a bit larger in some places. We don't have any skipjacks closeby around here.
     
  13. ratkinson

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    They are in the same family as "saw bellies". Don't ask me where the name of the family came from, it just popped into my head. Amazing what's trapped in there.
     
  14. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    According to Fishbase, the scientific name for skipjack is alosa chrysochloris; the scientific name for blueback herring is alosa aestovalis.
     
  15. ratkinson

    ratkinson New Member

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    Yes that is true those are the genus and species.....the next level of classification is family.