Spoonbill Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by Don Wessling, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    Has anyone ever caught a Spoonbill cat, and if you did how did you catch it and where? I know they swim close to the surface with there oversized mouths open filtering plankton as there food sourse. I grew up along Carlyle Lake and heard of these fish being caught, but never knew any details until one day I was at a filling station in Carlyle when a guy pulls up to the pumps next to me with a jon boat full of Spoonbills that he said weighed about 60 lbs. each and looked to be 6 - 7 feet long. He said he caught them in Carlyle Lake over a lake that was submerged when Carlyle Lake filled. I think this was in the early 70's, since then I have heard of a few being caught, but it has been a long time since i've heard about them.
     
  2. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    Hey man, I'm pretty sure those aren't catfish. I think that they are going extinct. Here is some info on them. If anyone has any pictures of the fish they caught I'd also like to see them

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddlefish


    Tom
     

  3. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    Hard to catch them on a pole. Most people snag them. Hoopnetters do get them when they are running.
     
  4. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    There not catfish at all. But there not going extinct either. If you want to see spoonbill just come on down the Ohio River a little ways, you will see all of them you want too..lol
     
  5. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    I've caught a couple of them.
     

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  6. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Hey spoonfish

    Do yiou think you just got a couple of them over the years, Why I hear your the best spoonfishermen in the whole country, and that why you use punch bait for them, cause there crazy over that stuff, I hear from your buddys that you put that stuff on a number # 10 hook and let them swallow it ..LMAO
     
  7. Seth

    Seth Active Member

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    You must be talking about one of these things. :smile2: I caught 4 little bitty spoonbill while snagging at Chain of Rocks this spring on the Mississippi. I'd much rather snag those big asian carp than those mini spoons. Tablerock has plenty of big spooners for me to tangle with when I make it down there.
     

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  8. Klag

    Klag New Member

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    What does everyone do with those? They good eatin? I've never seen one before :)
     
  9. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    I take it that most of you fellers KNOW this Don Wessling person? :eek:oooh:
     
  10. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    :crazy: why no, what ever do you mean? :crazy: :smile2::smile2::eek:oooh:
     
  11. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Of course not do you ?
     
  12. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    Boy I'm sure glad you all steered me straight on spoonbills. I always assumed they were another cat cousin since most people refer to them as catfish. I still would like to bring one in some day and release it after a picture.
     
  13. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    March 15th thru April 30th is the season here Don. Be happy to have you aboard if you'd like to ride along.....
     
  14. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Hmmm, maybe I'll change my name....:big_smile:
     
  15. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I read in the paper a few weeks ago that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife would clean, package and return the fish to you in exchange for its roe. Seems paddlefish eggs make an excellent caviar, so the department figured this to be a good way to collect a large quantity of the eggs. This offer was available on selected bodies of water.
     
  16. DetectDave

    DetectDave New Member

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    My Arkansas buddy gets $69 a pound for spoonbill roe in season so I can see why the state wants to get them:)
     
  17. Klag

    Klag New Member

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    I live in Georgia, and we just don't have those around here. Are they good eating? Or are they a menace fish like the carp, hence the allowable snagging? They sure look cool!
     
  18. FREESPOOL

    FREESPOOL New Member

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    I accidentally snagged one a few years ago below carlyle dam. The meat is supposed to compare with swordfish. They don't have any bones in the meat. It's like a shark. You get big ole's slabs of really white meat off of them. And there is like one tendon that runs down them that pulls right out. So I hear anyways. :big_smile:
     
  19. illinois_angler

    illinois_angler Member

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    It's been a long time since I cleaned one. Make a cut in front of the tail all the way around until you feel a different texture. Kind of like pulling a cord out when you pull the tail.
     
  20. Billbo

    Billbo New Member

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    my dad say's they'er good eatin no bones.
    snageden mid 80's when i was little 75lbs was the bigest
    that i know he cought.