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Tbuckets41
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:45 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
Hi all, I was just wondering if you like Midwest or Southern fishing better and why.
Personally I like Midwest fishing because of the scenery and this is where I grew up. Although the largemouth bass are a bit bigger down south, I like catching the smallies up here, I don't really know why. I also love catching Pike which I don't think they have down south but I am not sure because I have never tried in the south.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:57 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
I like them all, but for different reasons. Up north, you can eat some of what you catch in freshwater. I wouldn't eat a freshwater fish I caught in Fla., everything down here is so polluted it isn't funny. Moreover, most of the freshwater fishing I do in So. Fla. is in flood control canals, not natural lakes/rivers, which makes the pollution issue that much more prevalent. I also agree that the scenery is a lot prettier up north.

One cool thing though is the different species I can catch down here. For years people dumped their aquariums out in the canals; now the variety of fish makes it very fun to fish down here, although I am still unhappy that people continue to dump their aquariums. We have caught oscars, mayan cichlids, talapia, gars of all kinds, etc. along with the largemouths, sunnies, bluegills, etc. The state also introduced a species of peacock bass, which are from the Amazon (you might have seen them on fishing shows, the species introduced here isn't the one that gets real big, a 6 pounder here is a trophy, they get to about 10-11 lbs.), and are very colorful and fun to catch. So for that reason I like it.

Then again, you could drill a hole in the polar ice cap, give me a rod, tackle, bait and a fish house and I'd be happy there too.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:19 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
They have a species in N. Florida related to the Pike, forgive my spelling, but I think they are called Pickrel. I moved to Florida in 1982 from Duluth and it was the first fish i caught here. It looks just like a Northern but smaller.
You say the lakes are polluted in S. Florida and i agree. I think a lot has to do with the heavy population from Orlando south. Up here in N. Florida is some of the cleanest water in the United States. There are aquafers that extend for miles under the ground that feed into natural springs which find their way to the lakes. There is a spring close to Tallahassee called Wakulla, where Tarzan movies have been filmed, and at the deepest point with the aid of glass bottom boats, you can actually see 150 feet straight down. I've seen scuba divers at the bottom that looked like dots. A lot of the lakes here are the same, spring fed. The water is crystal clear. I went fishing on a lake here in Tallassee called Lake Hall. A friend and myself were fishing for small bass with ultra lights and small 4" plastic worms and 4lb. test line with no weight. We were about 20 yards for the edge of the weed line off shore and we'd cast just off the weeds so we wouldn't get hung up, and we'd just let the worm sink slowly. well lo and behold, my buddy hooked just under a 12 lb fat momma full of roe. It took us 20 minutes to get him up to the boat.
I'll never forget that time. I've caught plenty of bass here and they are extremely good eating.
Anyway, I thought i'd pass that little story along to you guys and even though i love fishing here, nothing replaces wading in small streams for the Brookies or getting into 'Eyes during feeding time. I love 'em both.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:37 AM 04/14/06 (CST)
Its actually pickerel, and yes I think they are related.

I could go on for hrs. about the pollution issue, but you hit one of the main reasons on the head. Since this forum is about Minn. fishing though I will save it for another place & time.

There is something to be said about being out in the wilderness where your fishing partner might be the only other person you see all day. My bro-in-law tells me all the time about how he goes to LOW and never sees anyone else on the lake, other than at the dock of the place he stays. That is something that makes fishing up north better for me. The fishing pressure in So. Fla. is so bad it is ridiculous, whether it is fresh or salt water. You'd think its a big ocean and there must be plenty of room for everyone, but just like a honey hole on a lake or river, when someone hears the fish are biting on the radio, or a flock of birds is concentrated over one bait pod and the fish ar biting, everybody runs to the spot and it gets hairy.

I will tell you that when there is an 60 lb. sailfish on the other end of your line jumping 10-15 times and stripping off 200 yds. of line in 30 seconds, it makes your heart pound. I have learned however that whether I am fighting one of thos sails or catching crappies and sunnies w/my stepson through the ice, the best part it that I am fishing, and that is really what matters most.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:27 PM 04/14/06 (CST)
Thanks guys... good posts. You learn something new every day...



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:19 PM 04/15/06 (CST)
Having gone to high school in St. Paul, then did my under grad work at UMD (Duluth), then moving to Albany Ga for a spell, I was very happy to get back to Minnesota. I get down south almost every winter. This is unless we go to Las Vegas.
The fishing is great just about everywhere. I love to fish around Ft. Meyers in the winter time. The Redfish have almost made me move there, but I sure would miss opening Bass on Lake Minnetonka. I feel no mater where you are it is the people that make the place not the fish. I love to meet and talk with the folks on the lake, at the ramps, in the shopes, where ever.
I love to see how, and with what, they catch, and what they like to eat.






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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:39 AM 04/18/06 (CST)
i currently live in southern florida and am planning a move to the cities in june. i have fished both places. much much more here in florida. besides the size of the fish here, the variety and choices of lakes in mn are what i am looking foward to. the fishing is sooo good right now here in fl. 20-30 bass in a 3 hr trip. with all fish over 2-3 lb's with an occasional 5 lber. the one thing i'll miss is loading the boat up and going out in january. i'm also looking foward to hooking up with a 5 lb smally.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:28 AM 04/18/06 (CST)
Hey geo,

Welcome to the forum!


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 07:29 AM 04/18/06 (CST)
Hey geo,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:55 AM 04/18/06 (CST)
When it comes to fishing,each and every fish is worth something in the fun catagory. A little 4 " sunny maybe is a dime lets say. A 12" sunny say $10.00 Well they all add up "money in the bank" that's why Rick & I say Ka ching every time we release one.
Last night was a good $200 night.We pounded the slab crappies.From 7 until 8:40 we drilled them by the doubles. Laughing and giggling like school girls.
If you size your equipment for the fish you're going after ,it makes all the difference in the world. I've caught 20 lb. northerns on U.L. rod and oh what a battle.
We fisherman all have the urge to feel the rush of the battle, our gear determines how the battle proceeds.



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