Skipjack vs Goldeye Identification

Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by Mr.T, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    For my own reference as much as anything, I'd did some poking around on the web to find photos of a Skipjack Herring and a Goldeye. They're very similar in appearance and, I'm betting, frequently identified incorrectly.

    Skipjack Herring: http://www.tnfish.org/PhotoGalleryF...WRA/pages/SkipjackHerringLoudounNegus_jpg.htm
    also
    http://www.gen.umn.edu/research/fish/fishes/skipjack_herring.html

    Goldeye:
    http://www.gen.umn.edu/research/fish/fishes/goldeye.html
    and
    http://www.combat-fishing.com/goldeyeIDwebread.jpg

    I've caught Goldeye on the Missouri River but have never seen a Skipjack.
     
  2. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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  3. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Guess I won't be wasting my time searching for skips this summer. Are goldeye caught in the same manner as skips? Seems thay they would be.
     
  4. Willy

    Willy New Member

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    Lip a skipjack and then lip a goldeye and you will be able to tell them apart. Goldeyes have teeth and skips dont. No brainer:roll_eyes:
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Marty thanks for the web sites and the info. Good to know. :lol: :big_smile:
     
  6. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    I've netted up both around KC but Goldeye are much more common then Skips around Here
     
  7. turtle1173

    turtle1173 New Member

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    Down here in SE Missouri on the Mississippi river, we definitely see more skips than goldeye. I have noticed that when catching shad, I'm much more likely to net a goldeye than a skipjack. I've also caught the goldeye off the ends of dikes with crappie jigs while fishing for skips. However, skips are more numerous or at least caught by me more often, LOL.

    In my opinion, the head of the goldeye is great but the body is a lot "mushier" than a skipjack. Overall, I would rather have a skip. This is especially pronounced when freezing bait. Skips hold up much better.
     
  8. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    Awesome info brothers. Really appreciate it

    Dru:cool2:
     
  9. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Now if I could just catch a bunch of em, I'd be all set for some big cats to come to dinner!!:big_smile: :big_smile:
     
  10. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Isn't goldeneye also called "toothed herring"?
     
  11. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    I went to chain of rocks yesterday to catch skipjacks, and had no luck
    so i threw my cast net and got about 15 nine inch shad. Im going out saturday but dont know any good spot since the waters up so high.
    I have a boat but my truck is down:sad2: that sucks right about now.
    if you guys know anywhere let your brother know
     
  12. onlyriverfish

    onlyriverfish Member

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  13. jeffjbeard

    jeffjbeard New Member

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    A Lady on the dock at the truman dam caught a goldeye around 14 in long yesturday