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  1. Can you observers find out from DEC whether or not these captured dead fish are taken home for meals or something (fertilizer, cat food, donated...)? Or are they just completely wasted after data is taken? Of course if they are spoiled at all, no (except fertilizer). What do they do with them?
  2. So, I take it you have never cleaned, cooked and eaten bass.... Other than mounting a record fish, there really is no other reason, for most people, to keep (kill...) some bass. They are very good eating
  3. Bass (largemouth, smallies, spotteds and the other few species....micropterus) as everyone should know, is a freshwater sunfish family member. They are excellent eating. Out west in California you can go into Asian owned supermarkets and small markets where live, in the tank, 1/2lb. to 2lb largemouths go for $10 A POUND! Not so crazy to me....but that price is definitely!
  4. Just to split hairs...…. That carp with a few scales towards the tail is called a leather carp. Mirror carp have absolutely no scales. Like a bullhead. We used to catch all three (mirrors, leathers and common) plus big, all orange and all blue, goldfish carp when I was a kid. Heck, there were probably grass carp there too...never caught one though. On Long Island in Rockville Center....Smith Pond. Nice deal catching them on flies!
  5. panfisher

    SLR perch

    Got it.....cleaning the fish will tell. When we were kids on Long Island we'd catch spawning perch and when you gave them a mild squeeze the gametes would squirt out in a long stream with the male stuff flying out at least 9-10 feet! like a squirt gun filled with heavy cream! The fish were headed for the fryer so we'd have a little fun right after we caught them.
  6. panfisher

    SLR perch

    As usual my man....excellent! But how do you know they're post-spawn females? Both sexes are plump beforehand.
  7. Really good threads at this posting. Good day of fishing report with pics AND plenty of free safety and awareness education for ALL!
  8. They will be fine and delicious....enjoy!
  9. Take it from me. Having spent much of my younger adult life working in many different aspects of the food business, and having been catching, cleaning and cooking perch and other fish since childhood....they will be fine for eating. Enjoy!
  10. A quick check shows this birth defect is not that crazy unheard of with fish. See the you tube vid of the fish with two mouths and 4 eyes....only 6 seconds long but really neat!
  11. Nice to see pics of plenty of healthy and lamprey-free fish. Nice job!!
  12. Excellent evidence of what is going on with the smallmouth numbers. I myself believe (without any other hard evidence) this s the main issue. The bass are still here but the numbers are not. I know cormorants eat a lot of fish, but they are native and so are bass. And unguarded fry and eggs are easy pickings for gobies. And killing of helpless young is one of the easiest ways to cut back any life populations....unless said populations have a culture of guarding their youth as sunfish family members do. I vote for moving out the opening for black bass (largemouths too) for a few more weeks into summer to give those male guardians the time to do their thing without the added hassle of "parenting" for nothing. And no catch and release (obviously ). Thanks for the vid Kevin
  13. Absolutely fantastic story guys! Could not come up with a nicer deal. That musky might think otherwise , unless you released it.....Thank you for sharing the beauty of it all!
  14. I'll bet when it first hit and for a few seconds afterwards you thought you were into a musky...until......did it jump?
  15. Not a musky chaser....but I could be!. I know for a fact that are, or have been, some huge muskies in Waneta, Lamoka and the Mill Pond.
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