Let's Talk Fishing!

  
By:  Trout Giggles  •  2 months ago  •  66 comments


Let's Talk Fishing!
Trout tremble at the sound of my name....

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Actually, no they don't. They giggle at the sound of my name, hence my user name.



Our annual trout fishing trip is coming up and my one fishing pole is about 20 years old. Mr Giggles said I needed a new one. My friend Jay said I should get 2. I'm taking her advice. So tonight I'm going to get 2 new fishing poles. These are probably the only thing I will not buy on line because I need to test the weight and feel of it in my hand. Mr G says I should get an ultra lite, too. I probably will. I just hope they have my colors.

So! Do you fish? If so, what do you like to fish for? Where do you like to fish?

Let's discuss something pleasant on a Friday because a bad day fishing is always better than a political debate even if you're winning.

I like trout fishing but I also enjoy fishing for blue gill. Here in the South they call them bream. They're pretty tasty if you just fillet them and thrown them in an iron skillet with just a little oil or butter. I've also been deep sea fishing but mostly I chummed for sharks. Did catch an 11 pound cod once off the shore of Seward, Alaska.

One Rule only....ABSOLUTELY NO POLITICS! 

I expect there will be off-topic conversations and I have no problem with that. Just have some fun.


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Trout Giggles
1  author  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

Gonna get them trout this time, dammit!

 
 
 
bccrane
1.1  bccrane  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    2 months ago

 fishing poles. 

As my FIL says RODS not poles, poles are for dancers.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  bccrane @1.1    2 months ago

Noted. I will try to remember that. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  bccrane @1.1    2 months ago

I used to call them poles also and it drove my husband nuts.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    2 months ago

lake or stream fishing?

if I'm fishing to eat, I like fishing for brookies in the mountains. I'm mostly catch and release now, except when I'm fishing with my BIL. he's a fishing guide on the gulf coast, so there's never a shortage of fresh redfish, speckled trout, drum, or flounder. most of his clients are on vacation and aren't interested in packing their catch home with them.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 months ago

I'll do either. We went to a cabin on a lake with some friends of ours in July and I was catching bream left and right. Jay wanted me to the casino with her and I said, no way!

We've gone fishing for cats down in SE Arkansas but I don't really care for catfish. Where I come from catfish are used for bait.

Mr Giggles told me about this great trout stream he found off of I-70 somewhere not too far from Blackhawk.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.1    2 months ago

you need to get far off the beaten path to fish anywhere up there now or else you're catching stocked trout.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.3  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.2.2    2 months ago

I don't have any problems catching stocked trout. If it weren't for them we would starve on Saturday night when we have our fish fry.

A few years ago we were fishing on our favorite trout river and a stock truck came down and dumped a whole buncha fish into the river. There's a trout hatchery across the road from the camp site. I caught the first fish after he left and that was all I caught.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.2.4  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 months ago
lake or stream fishing?

We did lots of reservoir/lake fishing...Rio Grande, Road Canyon, little no name lakes on the other side of the Divide.  My father and I also had some favorite spots along the RG River.  The most productive spots were about 3 miles east of the RG Reservoir.  I wish I had a buck for every time I had to climb a tree to get my line (or my father's) untangled from close-proximity pine branches.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.5  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.2.4    2 months ago
I wish I had a buck for every time I had to climb a tree to get my line (or my father's) untangled from close-proximity pine branches.

My nemesis is algae and rocks

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.2.6  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.5    2 months ago
My nemesis is algae and rocks

Bullies, both. They will interfere with productive fishing every chance they get.

 
 
 
Dulay
1.2.7  Dulay  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.5    2 months ago

Lilly pads and milfoil! 

Caused me to study the art of weed less rigs.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2.8  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.2.4    2 months ago

lake fishing puts me to sleep. something has to be moving. the water, the boat, or the lure.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
2  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    2 months ago

I love fishing, but can't be on a boat just sitting and rocking. The last time I went fishing, it was with my dad about 16 years ago. We went out on Lake Erie for perch fishing. I provided chum... a lot over the mere 45 minutes we were out there. I kept having to hand my dad my glasses so I didn't lose them in the water. We bought fishing licenses for MI and Canada, because at that time, one did not require a passport or special license to cross the border from MI to Canada. We caught 21 perch and a sheep head that stole my bait [I left him for the seagulls], mine was the biggest of the day. My dad started to feel really bad because I was sick the whole time so he took me back home and went back out alone. In the end... we caught more perch in the 45 minutes I was puking off the side of the boat than he did in the following 6 hours alone. I told him it was because I was chumming the water.

I always wanted to go salmon fishing, because I really enjoy the fight, but I don't want to chance being sick the whole time. Dramamine is NOT an option because even the "non-drowsy" version makes me pass out for the entire day; so, why bother? 

I could always go fishing along the Detroit River, but most of the time it's "junk" fish and considering it's "downriver" from US Steel, AK Steel, concrete suppliers, salt mines, DTE plant in River Rouge, metal recycling, BASF, etc... you get the point, it's probably not the safest fish to eat. When I was pregnant with my son, I craved fish and my doctor told me that whatever I do, under NO circumstance should I eat fish from the river or our surrounding lakes, especially while pregnant. His concern was heavy metals.

I love cod, salmon, perch, walleye, and a lot of seafood. I had Mako shark once; blackened style and it was delicious.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @2    2 months ago

I don't do boats, either. I like to fish from the bank, that way I have control of my beer and my smokes.

I went salmon fishing once with Mr G before we got married (? can't remember) but anyway it was for silver salmon on the Delta River (?can't remember that, either) in Alaska. I remember the name of the place it was called Delta Junction. Anyway, it was cold, the water was cold, and he was yelling at me for snagging them and not hooking them. I got pissed, threw down my ROD (h/t to bccrane) and walked back to the bar that was uphill from the river. I caught something that day...a good buzz.

In my defense I wasn't very experienced at fishing at the time and he has gotten a lot mellower with me when we're fishing. I don't snag the fish anymore. But I would like to go salmon fishing again some time

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
2.1.1  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    2 months ago
I don't do boats, either. I like to fish from the bank, that way I have control of my beer and my smokes.

I wish there were banks or docks I could fish from that didn't have garbage fish. If I went to the UP, I could and would fish in Lake Superior though. Maybe even northern Lake Michigan, but not Huron or Erie. And unfortunately [or fortunately depending on what angle you view it from], I live very close to Lake Erie, the Detroit River, and the Trenton Channel.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @2.1.1    2 months ago

Arkansas has great fishing streams because we don't have a lot of industry or mining. There's more problems with hog and chicken farms polluting the streams but ADEQ keeps an eagle on them.

We also have some really nice lakes. One of these days I want to go fishing for striped bass

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.2    2 months ago

I know a lake in the southwest where the record striped bass is 48 pounds. the average is 7 pounds. the schools boil on the surface at dawn and dusk. throw anything silver with hooks into it and it's fish on.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.4  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @2.1.3    2 months ago

I've fished Lake Mead for striped bass many times. Look for the seagulls circling and you know that the stripers are driving the shad to the surface. You're right anything silver with catch them.

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @2.1.4    2 months ago

no flying rats in the middle of this particular lake.

 
 
 
Dulay
3  Dulay    2 months ago

I love to fish too. When I lived in CA, I went trout fishing at least 2x a month, most of the time at Del Valle Reservoir. We fished the Tuolumne River outside of Yosemite for brown trout once a year. We would go camping all over CA to fish for strippers, bull head and blue gill. I even tried for sturgeon in San Francisco Bay a couple of times. 

Here in IN, we hit the small lakes in the county for pan fish and the creek that comes off of Lake Michigan for salmon. I've caught some rock perch from the lighthouse peer on Lake Michigan over the years too. 

I still have the very first rod that I ever bought and I'll never give it up. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Dulay @3    2 months ago

Fishing is fun and relaxing!

 
 
 
devangelical
3.2  devangelical  replied to  Dulay @3    2 months ago

I still have the zebco reel I got for my birthday at age 10.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @3.2    2 months ago

I think the first fishing rod somebody bought me was a Zebco. My second was an Abu Garcia. My superintendent at the time coveted it. I brought it the office with me after my boyfriend at the time took me shopping for lunch.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
4  Just Jim NC TttH    2 months ago

Will never forget my first Northern Pike I caught on a Red/White spoon. It was 30" long and the first time I had ever used anything other than red worms or night crawlers or crickets. My brother and I were in my grandparents 12' aluminum boat with a 10 horse Chrysler outboard at their small lake in central lower Michigan. Other than that, it was always perch, large mouth, and blue gill. Had to eat that thing and man do they have a lot of hair fine bones but I learned very early how to eat fish without fileting them. Chop the heads, gut 'em, scale 'em and fry them up. Not a spec of the meat survived or was wasted leaving it behind because of fileting after the meal was finished.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1  Ender  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    2 months ago

Those flat bottomed aluminum boats, around here they call them a skiff.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
4.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ender @4.1    2 months ago

Theirs actually had a vee "hull" in the front. I know what you mean though about the skiff. Never used one of those. At least the vee cut the choppy water............if there was a lot of skiers out but their end of the lake was rather shallow in comparison to the larger part of the lake. We did venture to the other end on occasion..........because we weren't supposed to LOL

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     2 months ago

I love fishing, just love it. I've got more money invested in fishing equipment than I do in cars. 

I've been a tournament bass fisherman for years and have also fished in some walleye tournaments. 

I've caught some fish so big that the photos of them weight 10 lbs. True story.

12 lb largemouth, Clear Lake CA.

512

10 lb 10 oz largemouth Castaic Lake CA

512

10lb 2 oz Clear Lake CA.

512

 
 
 
Dulay
5.1  Dulay  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Camped and fished @ Clear Lake State Park. LOVE that area. Sucks when the lake is choppy though...

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Dulay @5.1    2 months ago

The bottom photo is off Indian Island near an abandoned dock. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Those are really nice fish, Kavika. I caught a white bass at Lake Merrisach down in SE Arkansas. I think I have a photo.

256

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2    2 months ago

Is that the same one you posted some time back that the fish was a lot closer to the camera making it look bigger than it was? I had to chuckle at that "admission".

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2    2 months ago

Are you sure that's a white bass, Trout? It's looks really big to be a white bass. The state record in Arkansas for white bass is a bit over 5 lbs. It looks more like a striped bass or a hybrid stripper.

 
 
 
GregTx
5.2.3  GregTx  replied to  Kavika @5.2.2    2 months ago

Kinda looks like a catfish to me but I'm on my phone so...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.4  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.2.2    2 months ago
It looks more like a striped bass or a hybrid stripper.

Ok then! It's a striper!

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2.5  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.4    2 months ago

How much did it weight?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.6  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.2.5    2 months ago

It was a whopper! Weighed a whole 1/2 pound (I'm probably exaggerating that, too)

 
 
 
Kavika
5.2.7  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.6    2 months ago

LOL, it looks huge in the photo. If it was 1/2 lb it was probably a white bass. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.8  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.2.7    2 months ago

My sister managed to capture it just right to make it look huge. I asked my friend what it was and he said it was a white bass

 
 
 
GregTx
5.2.9  GregTx  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.8    2 months ago

I think your friend might have been fooling with you. That looks like a baby channel cat or bait stealers as I call them.

 
 
 
Dulay
5.2.10  Dulay  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2    2 months ago

Now you're just showing off GF. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.11  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  GregTx @5.2.9    2 months ago

My friend is an expert fisherman on that lake we were fishing at. He knows his fish

 
 
 
GregTx
5.2.12  GregTx  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.11    2 months ago

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound like I was casting shade on your friend. I was just going by the deep forked tail, pelvic fin and flathead in the photo. Apologies.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5.3  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Show-off.  Are you sure Wiki didn't catch those big boys?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @5.3    2 months ago

Dammit, ya got me. LOL

 
 
 
devangelical
5.3.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @5.3.1    2 months ago

where do you put the treble hooks on him?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.3.3  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @5.3.2    2 months ago

512

 
 
 
devangelical
5.3.4  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @5.3.3    2 months ago

my mistake. with the size of those fish, I thought he was the bait.

 
 
 
MUVA
5.3.5  MUVA  replied to  Kavika @5.3.3    2 months ago

Is that a tx2000 quick fire 2 reel?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.3.6  Kavika   replied to  MUVA @5.3.5    2 months ago

Shimano 1000 Stella FJ 

 
 
 
MUVA
5.3.7  MUVA  replied to  Kavika @5.3.6    2 months ago

I'm still using my late 80's ugly stick graphite with my mid 90's tx 1000 quick fire reel 6 lb test for trout which I'm going to go do around five.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.3.8  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5.3.3    2 months ago

That is just too damn cute!

 
 
 
Ender
6  Ender    2 months ago

I am a fisher of men...er, wait.

I always said pole too.

Ok, this isn't sounding very good...

I can run a trout line!

 
 
 
Kavika
6.1  Kavika   replied to  Ender @6    2 months ago
I can run a trout line!

Hmmmm, that's interesting. Have you ever tried running trotline?jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ender
6.1.1  Ender  replied to  Kavika @6.1    2 months ago

Can you tell I don't fish much?

Maybe I said it in an accent...Haha

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1.1    2 months ago

I noticed that Southerners talk funny...(you know I luv ya)

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
6.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ender @6    2 months ago

We had 10 foot cane poles initially and finally at age 12 my dad bought us matching Zebco 202 and rods. 

 
 
 
Ender
6.2.1  Ender  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @6.2    2 months ago

Yeah, they have done that around here. Get a nice piece of bamboo.

Fishing around here is kinda a pain. Unless one goes upriver it's all saltwater. Catch a lot of catfish. Nasty buggers, their dorsal fin is like a knife. Have to use a tool to flip them off the line.

One time we were fishing off a bridge and my brother got pissed off at one. Decided to stomp on it. Big mistake. It cut right through his shoe and sliced his foot open. He flung it off his foot and it hit my cousin's leg and sliced his leg.

I have never done it but the best is taking a charter out to the oil rigs.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.2.2  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.2.1    2 months ago

Jay's husband was telling us how to take a catfish off a hook because of that dorsal fin.

I like saltwater fish more than I like fresh water fish.

 
 
 
Account Deleted
7  Account Deleted    2 months ago

I went to a medium ritzy liberal arts college so the only thing I know about fishing is this:

Lie thou there:   for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling

I have never personally tickled a trout's belly but I'm sure it is more pleasant for the trout than getting a fishhook up the snout.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
7.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Account Deleted @7    2 months ago

Never had one up the snout but have gotten one in the thumb so yeah belly tickles are way more pleasant

 
 
 
MUVA
8  MUVA    2 months ago

256 Caught Tuesday puppy drum.” That’s my friend Cory. 

 
 
 
Kavika
9  Kavika     2 months ago

512

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
9.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @9    2 months ago

That was me Friday evening. I got 2 ultralites with 4 pound tests. We got one of the strung on Saturday

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Ah, memories. alhough I always loved fishing, I've not been fishing for more than a decade, and the only time I ever fished in China was at a stocked pond beside a fish restaurant and I didn't catch a thing.  However, I once went deep sea fishing off the Kona coast and caught a Mahi Mahi that our hotel barbecued for us for dinner - and it was DEELISHUS.  Mostly during my lifetime I still-fished for Bass.  By the way, the only time I released was when the fish was undersized, otherwise I filleted them and fried them.  Here I am with my Bass catch when I was a teenager - caught while on a fishing launch in Lake Erie. Note that I'm not holding the fish way in front of me like everyone else does to make them look bigger. 

800

And here I am many years later with all the essentials on the dock of my lakeside home - rod, reel, line, worms and Heinekins. 

800

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
10.1  author  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    2 months ago

That's a nice stringer of fish. I like the way you fish, beer in one hand and rod in the other. I usually have a smoke dangling from lips

 
 
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