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You guys are darn LUCKY in Florida


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#1 TIER

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 12:50 PM

Grouper, Blacktip, tuna, Mahi-Mahi, flounder, tarpon, swordfish, bass, sunfish, crappie, trout, bonefish, snapper. You guys are lucky. All of the saltwater Florida fishermen (and woman) Plz show me you pics. 



#2 mikechell

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:39 PM

I don't do salt water, so all my pictures are fresh water.
Red Eared Sunfish
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Coppernosed Bluegill
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Bluegill
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Coppernosed Bluegill
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Two Channel Catfish
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St. Johns River 8-17-13 1.JPG
 
Baby 'gator.  Caught on a soft plastic "stick bait" skimmed across the surface.
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Blue Tilpia
4 pound 7 ounce tilapia 2-25-17.jpg

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:44 PM

Okay Mike, what's that ugly thing in the last picture? NO NO, I mean the fish. Is that a Cichlid (sp). If so I thought they were more gill size and didn't realize they got that size.



#4 TIER

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 03:46 PM

I was wondering that same thing, vicrider. almost as much as I wonder what fish I caught in picture five of the post "CRAZY FISHING TRIP!" (does anyone even care about my Fishing reports?) BTW You guys have catfish, too? WHAT? That is the fish at the top of my bucket list.



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:10 PM

The last one is a Blue Tilapia being held by the handsomest 60 year old in Florida.  Yes, I mean me.  They're an invasive species here, and usually only caught by bet or by accident.  That one was by accident.  If I could find a fly that ALWAYS caught their interest, I'd be tying them up.  Tilapia fight like 'gills, and at 3 or 4 pounds, like that one, they're beast !!!

 

Yeah, we have catfish.  They're not usually caught on a fly, either, but they WILL attack prey.  I've never caught any of the bruisers known to exist here, though.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 08:24 PM

2nd one from top is strange looking, all of them look like aliens to me.but the 1st one.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:59 AM

I went back and labeled the pictures.

 

Here's some more:

Another Tilapia.

3p 4o tilapia 5-11-13.jpg

 

Bowfin.

St. Johns 5-24-14 2.jpg

 

Largemouth Bass.

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Warmouth (I think ... we called them "goggle eyes" back in Indiana)

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Manatee ... not caught, just checking me out!

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#8 The Mad Duck

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:51 AM

Thats a very large Warmouth


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:28 AM

Never seen black bluegill and the catfish are blacker than I'm used to, only the warmouth, lmb and red ear look familiar and the red ear again is darker than I've ever seen.



#10 mikechell

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:33 PM

Almost all the fish I catch are from water that's as dark as a good cup of coffee.  Darker water, darker marks on the fish.

 

Small Flat Head Catfish, I believe.

St. Johns River-Lemon Bluff 04 site.jpg
 
We don't JUST have 'gators here ... a couple of the Rattlers I've encountered
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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:39 PM

WELL AT LEAST YOU HAVE CATFISH AND BASS!



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:12 PM

WELL AT LEAST YOU HAVE CATFISH AND BASS!

And three kinds of rattle snakes, two kinds of copperheads and cottonmouths. More stinging and biting insects than I can count. And birds that catch bigger fish than I do some days. Every place has some drawbacks. Many people here dream of fishing in Alaska. Mark posted many spectacular looking fish that he's caught there. I was astonished at the variety. Every place has its good things.

I fish for what is near me and try to learn more about them on each outing. I wouldn't know lingcod from a  cod from a salmon because I have never had the privilege to catch either. 

you folks in alaska are living the dream



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:32 PM

No Pike, Muskellunge, fresh water Trout or Salmon of any species or Halibut.  Actually, all the "cold water" fish are non-existent here, since our water temps get too high in the Summer.

Trust me, there's no place I'd rather be, though.

 

Tjm ... you can't talk about stinging/biting insects.  Alaska has more than we do, they come out in larger numbers than we get AND, because their "season" is so short, they're ravenous.  It's been said, people have gone mad trying to get away from Great White country black flies and/or mosquitoes.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:44 PM

I've never  been there Mike so I can think they have it made and they live paradise. wink.png

Do they have the red wasps and bald face hornets that can kill people? I've been in shock a few times from wasp stings. I have endured black flies in the north east and they can't compare with horse flies for pain or open bleeding wound.  

 

>I do have streams so clear that you can count rocks in 5' of water, until we get a couple inches rain and have flash floods.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:01 PM

Mabey It's because I live in AK, and I'm kind of sick of it here. Florida Is at the top of my list right now. I don't care about the insects because, as said before, Ak Has WAY more insects. If Mark Knapp visited the lodge more, he would probably agree with me. And It get WAY worst the video  mike showed us. One time when I was younger we were at Donally lake, and there were mosquitos EVERYWHERE. We were filling up out pack rafts, and pretty soon both of our pack rafts had at least 20 bugs flying around in them. And with every slap, we killed 3 of them at a time. Also, In CAP (Air Force auxiliary), Mosquitoes made it IMPOSSIBLE to stand at attention for inspections. Florida is cool because I have never seen a snake before, nor have I seen a gator. And In Alaska we have angry moose and unfriendly bears. But the main reason for Florida is the salt (I know you don't do saltwater, Mike). GOLIATH GROUPER AND TUNA, BABY! YEAH! Alaska's fun for a little while, but then it gets boring. Florida, Montana, and Colorado are the places I'm going to be!





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