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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:21 PM 07/15/10 (CST)
Well it's been awhile since I've given a report, mainly because its been awhile since I've been out fishing.

I spent tonight fishing a stretch of pool 2 from shore. We went down at the Crosby Park off of Shepard Road. Never really fished the stretch before so wasn't expecting much, we just wanted to get out and relax with a beer and maybe catch a fish if we were lucky.

We ended up fishing from 7:45pm-9:30pm and in that time we caught 3 small channel cats, biggest was probably 2 pounds, 1 walleye that was about 16" or so and also one turtle. I've snagged turtles before but never had one actually take the minnow and get hooked in the mouth.

It was a pretty decent evening considering our low expectations. We got a chance to relax, emptied a few beer cans and also found something willing to bend the fishing pole.

When we left at 9:30 the fishing seemed to be picking up actually but the park closes at 10pm and they were driving around checking to see who was still there so we thought we should get going. I hate when the rules interfere with a good bite.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:05 AM 07/16/10 (CST)
Thanks for the report, nofish!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:05 AM 07/19/10 (CST)
Question for ya on the turtle--were you able to get the hook out? I'm assuming it wasn't a snapper. I have caught them before, down here in Fla. they can be very aggressive, and always had a difficult time getting the hook out. The good thing is they won't suffocate out of the water, so you can take your time, but I've had to give up a couple of times and hate doing that. Just curious, glad you found some action.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:09 AM 07/19/10 (CST)
It was not a snapper, from what I can find on the web it looks like it was probably a false map turtle (maybe 10-12 inches from head to back of shell).

I was able to get the hook out of its mouth. It was hooked toward the front of the mouth so I just took my pliers and grabbed the hook and popped it out like you would if it was a fish. Its mouth was pretty hard so it wasn't super easy but only took a minute or two.

The hardest part was that the turtle kept pulling its head back into the shell.

Most important part is to keep your fingers away from the mouth. Also I would try to avoid handling them if possible. I've done some research on turtles in the past and some can carry some nasty bacteria that you probably don't want to pick up. Usually you just need to wash your hands after handling them and your safe but if you're out fishing soap and water isn't always handy so you don't want to handle them and then accidentally touch your mouth or eyes.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:18 PM 07/19/10 (CST)
Gotcha. The one I remember the hook was in the side of the mouth and it was a small hook so I couldn't reach it well, so after trying for 5 minutes or so I cut the line as close to the eye of the hook as I could. I was not thrilled but I wasn't losing a finger either. That turtle also kept pulling its head back as far as it could.

I have seen the bacteria warning also, although the 2 or 3 times I have touched them nothing has happened yet (knock on wood). They supposedly have salmonella so that's why you need to wash you hands after coming in contact. Just one more thing out there to worry about . . .
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:20 PM 07/19/10 (CST)
Normally the bacteria isn't much to worry about if you can just wash up after handling them. Its just something to keep in mind if you are somewhere where you can't easily wash up.

The smaller hook I'm sure would have made it much more difficult. Fortunately the hook I was using was long enough to leave something to grab on to.


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