Dang turtles

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by bigfatcat, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. bigfatcat

    bigfatcat New Member

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    ok i gofishing for bluegill,sunfish,crappie,and bass with flies and they always get destroyed by them dang turtles then one swolled it whole. ive paid $18.00 for a pack of flies and they have all been eatean by a turtle and its got even wose this summer
     
  2. Sean

    Sean New Member

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    Catch the turtle and eat him? :D

    But yes, that is frustrating. :cursing: Hang in there.
     

  3. mudcat_xpress

    mudcat_xpress New Member

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    .22 MAGNUM ought to do the job
     
  4. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    i agree. shoot it or catch it. either way they are good eating. i havent caught any this year yet darn it.
     
  5. LilRyjoe04

    LilRyjoe04 New Member

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    Yah, hang in there buddy! We've had the same problem this year. It is sort of frustrating though. They like my chicken livers :eek: And they like me cut shad even more :mad:
     
  6. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    lol. i like them with a light breading and slow cooked with cream of mushroom soup. lmao. i need to set some jugs. last year we caught 6-7 big old 25-30#ers. good eating.
     
  7. Star1pup

    Star1pup New Member

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    Time to get out the turtle jugs and catch some good eating. I wouldn't shoot in the water with those houses in the background in your photo. It's not legal here in Ohio anyway.
     
  8. coalminer78

    coalminer78 New Member

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    What bait do use on jugs? I've always used hop net in farm ponds using carp the are are slice open.
     
  9. Star1pup

    Star1pup New Member

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    Any tough meat will work. I've used bluegill heads after cleaning a mess for supper. Tough, cheap beef works. If you hunt groundhogs and get one too old and tough for the stew, that's a good turtle bait. Also good bait if you trap for coon.

    The idea is to make the meat hard for the turtle to chew off the hook.
     
  10. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Turtles are and will continue to be a problem. I hate catching those things.
     
  11. zmany2k

    zmany2k New Member

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    i always kind of enjoyed catching the occasional turtle. especially the leatherbacks (a.k.a. softshell turtles, elephant turtles). they make for a pretty good frisbee after you get the hook out.

    y'all might enjoy killing and eating the turtles, but there's one that's becoming extinct in the south that's also getting somewhat popular up north. it's called an "Alligator snapper." so if you manage to catch one of those on your pole or your turtle trap, the game warden would appreciate it if you'd turn him over for relocation. i believe (but i'm not positive) that the thing that differs between a normal snapper and an alligator snapper are the spikes on the rear of the shell. be careful though because they can bite harder than a normal snapper.
     
  12. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    I just wanted to tell you all that here lately ole river scum has been a better turtle catcher then flatheads. The last 3 trips we went out on he has caught 3 very nice turtles. In the range of 20-30 #lbs. ;)
     
  13. armynavy

    armynavy New Member

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    The very best thing that catches turtles in iowa is rabbit liver, my friend butchered a bunch of rabbits and i had him keep the inards for me. Thought yep this is going to get me a big channel, nope 3 leatherbacks no channels. lol
     
  14. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    I have a buddy @ work that raises those furry creators. Just might have to try some of those inards. Surprisingly no cats from it. Oh river scum has the nack of catching turtles :rolleyes:
     
  15. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    ya. to tell them apart the shell is a dead give away. the snapper has a round shell with semi smooth plates. the alligator snapper will have elongated points ate the rear of shell and as the grow in size the plates on the top of shell will begin to raise and point as well. they also have a little thing on thier tougue that looks like a worm. they open thier mouths under water and wiggle it like a worm and when a minnow or other lil creature comes to eat the worm its usually a decapitation. i do not suggest looking for this feature though. ya might be eating with the other hand.
     
  16. flannelman

    flannelman New Member

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    i hate catchin turtles when fishin :cursing: i had hooked a huge snapper a few weeks back, im guessin over 20lbs, and it snapped my pole in half. that was a bad day of fishin right there. since i cant stand these turtles and will eat anything once, how do ya clean a turtle and get all the meat off?
     
  17. Marshallmth

    Marshallmth New Member

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    I love catching turtle! Specially when the fish arnt biting. I think it is amusing to make the snappers run in circles after bait, even after they just got poked by a hook no less than 30 seconds ago. LOL Stupid turtles(said with a voice like Patrick Star from spongbob).
     
  18. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Turtles used to drive me nuts at certatin lakes i would fish. Eat all my mackeral, try to steal bluegill off the stringer, chase my bobbers and get hooked off of my panfish bait. The funny thing is in my main cat area I fish, I hadn't ever seen one until this year suddenlly they started popping up.

    -Brian
     
  19. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Turtles can be a pain,they have a knack for stripping you bait and you don't even know they are there. :cursing:
     
  20. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Alligator snappers are protected here in Arkansas. If you catch one, either remove the hook (dangerous), or simply cut the line. Incidentally, snappers can and will strike just like a rattlesnake. They often draw their head most of the way before they strike, but they don't have to do that first. Their strike is as fast as a snake, and the neck is much longer than most people realize. I've seen a snapper come within a couple of inches of reaching a guy's hand where he was holding it up by the tail.