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Old 05-15-2017, 07:17 AM
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Catch probably 1000's a year. Usually find them a PIA. However, last year when the big girls were up on a reef for spawning, I thought it would be a great opportunity to have an easy target fish for my 12 year old son could dial in his jigging ability a bit more.

So we put the trolling rods away and grabbed the jig rod, 1/4 oz jig heads and 1/3 crawler. Catching 5-10# sheephead until his arms were sore. I used a rubber net and never brought one in. He had a hoot and is asking when they will be on that reef again.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:32 AM
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Fillet and smoke them.

The fish are pretty tasty.

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Old 05-15-2017, 07:33 AM
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You can also grind up the fish fillets and make fish patties from them. Also very tasty.

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Old 05-15-2017, 08:39 AM
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You can also grind up the fish fillets and make fish patties from them. Also very tasty.



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Or you can catch a walleye and eat that.


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Old 05-15-2017, 10:01 AM
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Last year while fishing the Mississippi River my grandson hooked and landed a Drum that measured 34 inches. I thought "I wonder what the state record was?" I checked and the record in Iowa was 38 1/2 inches at 46 lbs. We had caught a lot of perch in years past but I guess I wasn't aware they got that big. I will tell you he was one fighting fool and the grandson had a heck of time landing him. Of the fish we have caught together and he has been fishing Canada with me for 10 years he still talks about that big drum.
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Old 05-15-2017, 11:08 AM
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Often, you can fillet walleye, northern, perch, sucker, drum and a few other species and bread and cook them all in the same oil and many folks have trouble tasting much difference from one bite to the next.

Be safe
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:59 PM
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Often, you can fillet walleye, northern, perch, sucker, drum and a few other species and bread and cook them all in the same oil and many folks have trouble tasting much difference from one bite to the next.

Be safe
I can definitely taste the difference between walleye, pike, and perch. Pike is actually my favorite of the three. Since I was usually targeting walleye when I caught drum, sheepshead, goats, croakers, etc., I have always tossed them back. Next time, I will keep a few and give them a try.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:11 PM
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When the walleye bite slowed in the summer on the Detroit River and Erie, I used to target them purposely for fun. They're a blast to catch and make a walleye's fight look like a minnow. No comparison in fight. They fight kind of like a smallie, but without the aerobatics and more powerful. I would just either anchor up or drift a double drop rig with half crawlers on the hooks and pound them one after another.
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Thats a Tennessee Redfish. Lol. We catch alot if them on Dale. Caught about a 20 pounder lastnight. They are fun for a minute anyway. Then it gets old.
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Drum are not the only species to let loose while in captivity. My son had a 27" walleye poop on him and in my boat.
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