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Pickeled Pickeral

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Went to little lake yesterday with a newbie, and put a hurt on the pickeral. In the first ten minutes we were there my buddy caught his biggest bass and pickeral ever. 26" pick 21" female bass. Ended up being the best day I've ever had on that lake of any season. Iced about 20 pickeral, 15 trophy bass, 10 dink bass, and 2 hog perch[ 9.5in. 12.5in.]. Lost and broke off about 15. Took 10 nice pickeral home for pickeling and the 2 perch for me. Also caught a 21" male bass, biggest male I've ever seen. He was all roughed up and missing an eye. I think my buddy is at Dicks right now buying an auger. He's hooked. Also every pickeral I brought home was packed with 3-5" crappie. I think these fish are a problem on this lake and hope people take out what they can. They are great pickeled, it takes care of all the bones. Pics and recipe later.

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just interested to find out where little lake is. I know they call cayuta lake little lake some times is this the same lake you fished?

Thanks Delbert

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FYI; there is a way to fillet pickerel & pike and you wind up w/ boneless fillets, perhaps you know the technique already. We did up a big pile of these breaded fillets last nite cajun style w/ "dirty rice" and it's ALL GONE!

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I have pickled fish before but im curious how you did it with the pickeral to disolve the bones??

chris

Makes two of us.

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1 qt white vinegar, 1.5 cup sugar, 1/3 cup salt, 2 tbs pickeling spice per qt. add garlic or horse raddish if you want. Add fillets and sweet onions in layers, and let sit one month. I remove all ribs also, but the pin bones dissolve in about three weeks.

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Where do you let it set for the month and how much fish do you put in the recipe. It sounds good hope to try .

thanks Delbert

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In the fridge, and as much as you can fit in a quart jar with one small sweet onion, then fill the rest with the brine and the spice. Killed um again tonight, pics and story tomorow.

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another great day on cayuta. Got another newbie his first hard water catches. The size wasn't as good as earlier this week, but the numbers were there, and I was in a sweatshirt all day. The perch were hitting well. I sent my buddy home with 10 pigs and after he left I caught the 2 in the pics. The big one is 14", biggest yet this year. About 15 bass, 20 pickeral, and a dozen big perch. Not bad, I think I'm finaly figuring this lake out, and helping out the crappies at the same time.

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Went out again sunday. In a word miserable. Did manage to ice 4 pickeral over 24", 3 small bass and a dink perch. I thought that the bite would be hot due to the front, but it was just the oppisite. Lots of flags, but when I went for the hook set they barely had the bait in there mouth. I watched my nieghbor get 3 hits in a row on a fathead on a tipup with a treble. It barely moved and on the third try he got it. It was a 26" pickeral. 30 mph winds, rain, 2-3" of water on the ice and lite biting fish. I love ice fishing!!!

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well you did better than me and my fishing buddy we got skunked the wind out there was so hard that it blew over the sleds . Glad you had some luck maybe will see ya out there some other time ,

Delbert

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we walked in from the north end out to about across for a big brown house on the weat bank and a large white house that sits back a ways off the east bank in the middle of the lake about 20feet deep.

Delbert :(

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Went out yesterday. 5-6" all over except the edges. Looks like the level came up about 9". The ice is clear and slick. Fishing was slow, but we managed a few pickeral and bass. I fell hard twice and on the way back in I was following my buddy and it started cracking so I moved off to the side and ended up taking a cold bath in about three feet of water. I had to stay in and pick out all of the poles from my shelter. Luckily we had sent the kid back early to warm up the car. So needles to say I'm pretty sore this morning.

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In the fridge, and as much as you can fit in a quart jar with one small sweet onion, then fill the rest with the brine and the spice. Killed um again tonight, pics and story tomorow.

Sounds delicious! Almost like ceviche - I'd probably add some cilantro and lemon juice to that recipe... :D

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sorry to here hope it was not to bad bet the water was more than just cold could have been worse glad it wasn't the ice should be better after the cold night tonight

Seeya on the ice Delbert

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