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Hardest fighting freshwater fish?

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#16 flyty1

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:23 PM

I won't disagree with the sunfish as the hardest fighting pound for pound. However, the freshwater fish I have had the most fun taking on a fly is the american shad. The sea run fish in the spring are lots of fun to take on light fly tackle.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:24 PM

Flathead and carp both have lots of mass, neither has to fight much to tear up tackle. One or the other straightened my line so fast I barely felt it before the 8# tippet parted a couple months ago. I've had black bass (LM & SM) just go to the bottom and sulk.

I don't believe in oscar either, I never seen one. another myth! Pull a bluegill backwards? go on



#18 Mike West

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

Im not qualified either. I havent caught all these fish mentioned.. but yeah I lean towards the bluegill if they grew to 5 pounds you would have to use 20# test get them in.

But Wipers bet them. I use to have a honey hole for them and have caught hundreds and hundreds of them.

Most of the ones I caught where in the 4 to 7 pound range.
Caught them up to 12#s or so.

9 8wt rod 16# test tippet...Stand rod straight up and hold the line..Dont give them an inch..Rod is going to break...Point the rod straight at them and dont given them an inch... The line is going to break....these are the smaller ones....They dont call them Wipers for nothing.

They say if LM bass grew to 50 pounds humans couldnt go swimming in any lake that held them.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:49 PM

I haven't fished for them, but I'd be willing to bet the Nile perch are pretty high up on the list.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:33 PM

Niugini bass.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:50 PM

Wipers for sure (aka sunshine bass, white bass x striped bass hybrids. Sterile, occurring in places where theyre hatchery stocked) they are little tanks and will fight very hard until theyre just about dead.
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#22 JC Hoppaire

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:22 PM

Lefty Kreh claimed that the New Guinea Black Bass was the toughest fresh water fish he ever caught.

 

 



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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:05 AM

Out of all the fish I've caught, I'd go with peacock bass.



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Posted 13 August 2018 - 03:21 PM

Wipers

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 04:43 PM

Never been lucky enough to experience a sea run salmon but got to be strongest of the fish that live in fast current as opposed to any still water species. Those breamses ain't jumping waterfalls all day long....the fight is over pretty quick...
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Posted 13 August 2018 - 09:58 PM

Lefty Kreh claimed that the New Guinea Black Bass was the toughest fresh water fish he ever caught.
 

that second video is wild. Wish he'd have said which weight rod that was that he broke.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:58 PM

Was reading another thread and carp was mentioned as a hard fighter. They are, but the same size red fish makes them look like a *****, lets say wimp.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 04:58 PM

find you a 6 ounce redfish or bass or guinea bass or carp and try it for fight,  then get you a 40 pound bluegill and try it, I'm bettin on the 40# blugill outfighting all the 6 oz others. Carp I've caught did not fight much at all, they just swam off weighing enough to feel like a like fight.

Some SMB fight hard, jump and do cartwheels others (bigger ones usually) just go lay on the bottom. Each fish is different and today's catch is the greatest of all.



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Posted 18 August 2018 - 04:44 PM

Hi folks, new comer here, but I will add my comments if that is alright. 

 

I would say that the tackle would determine the answer to that question. 

If you catch a 5# bass on a tuna rod, not much there, but catch a 5# bass 

on a 2 weight, and you might get a big smile out of it. 

 

My self, I prefer blue gill on a 2 weight or a steelhead on an 8 weight. 



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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:39 PM

Welcome to the site 0/P.


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