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Greatest Gamefish

Greatest Gamefish

Question: What is the most popular of all gamefish? Vote in the comments section for the chance to win free fishing gear.
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from Travis Dirtymon... wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Catfish!!

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from rhtate wrote 3 years 5 days ago

The greatest game fish...There are so many things one must take into account when determining this winner. Just as determining the greatest athlete, we have to look at the individual, as well as the individual contributions made to the sport. To me personally, the Large Mouth Bass would be my number one pick, simply because it is a fish beloved by 6 year olds in the family pond behind the house, but as widespread as a 22 pound, 5 oz monster found in Lake Biwa, Japan. Whether you live in the rolling foothills of Georgia or the majestic mountains of California, you know what it’s like to set the hook (and even miss) on this beast. And every angler at one time or another has included this formidable predator in a "tall (fish)tale" of his own. All the contenders are very well deserving, but I tip my hat, to the Large Mouth Bass.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 6 days ago

STAYING with the northern pike as the best!! That said, when I was working at a sporting goods store, I was told a SIMPLE recipe that would work for just about ANY fish that’s edible-get some pancake mix, and for the liquid go ½ & ½ with 7-up and beer. Dip in the fillets, deep fry, and watch your fingers when ya set ‘em on the table!!

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Rainbow trout

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from gerald hardy wrote 3 years 1 week ago

although I dont think its the most popular fish,It is definitely the best all round fighting fish you can ever battle, the great atlantic salmon. Fished across canada, none can match the stamia and strength of the atlantic! not bad on the table either.

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from RonCooley wrote 3 years 1 week ago

This is a hard question! I love catching pike, smallmouths & walleye although I'll pass on largemouth unless there is no other tire to drag out of the lake as they don't fight long enough or hard enough for my taste. Muskies are great, but a large one is so rare they hardly qualify. Greater Amberjack may put up the hardest fight of anything I've caught but they are virtually inedible. Steelhead are a challenge, but they taste strong, nowhere as good as dolphin or walleye & their fight doesn't compare.

For sheer fun, nothing I've found from the arctic to the Caribbean beats a school of smallmouths & light spinning tackle. Best eating goes to walleye with dolphin, northern pike, grouper right behind. When I combine fun with taste, dolphin & northern pike come up tied for first.

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 1 week ago

So what is it then? 40 years ago my dad and I used to go pickerel fishing at Lake Erie now I still do with my son but now it is the Walleye capital of the world. Did the walleye run off all the pickerel(just kidding). fixin's ask any canadian indian guide and its 1/2 flour And 1/2 corn meal cooked in only Land O' Lakes lard in a iron skillet over an open camp fire!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

And his favorite fish was the angel fish and it never made our list! However, top species in Mark Twain Lake are walleyes and crappies. Interesting!

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I apologize to OL's faithful readers for the diversion!!!! I sometimes forget that brevity is a virtue held in high regard by editors. Having said that... you gotta admit that it's cool that Mark Twain wrote about the term "lagniappe!"

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

You must be exhausted Mr. Amos---you are the unofficial winner of the-longest-post-ever in the history of Outdoor Life.com!!!! A very, very long spool of fishing line is headed your way--just as soon as we catch our breaths (or wake up). Consider it as a lagniappe from OL to you. As far as some of the other posts? All somewhat valid but I'm not sure that perch and crappies are really gamefish. I see them more as panfish.

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

From Wikipedia - A lagniappe (pronounced /LAN-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." The word is chiefly used in the Gulf Coast of the United States, especially Louisiana.

Perhaps Mark Twain’s definition would be apropos in a discussion about water and fish…. Mark Twain called “lagniappe” "a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get":
"We picked up one excellent word — a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word — "lagniappe." They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish — so they said. We discovered it at the head of a column of odds and ends in the Picayune, the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth. It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a "baker's dozen." It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. The custom originated in the Spanish quarter of the city. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop — or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know — he finishes the operation by saying — "Give me something for lagniappe." The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor — I don't know what he gives the governor; support, likely. When you are invited to drink, and this does occur now and then in New Orleans — and you say, "What, again? — no, I've had enough;" the other party says, "But just this one time more — this is for lagniappe." When the beau perceives that he is stacking his compliments a trifle too high, and sees by the young lady's countenance that the edifice would have been better with the top compliment left off, he puts his "I beg pardon — no harm intended," into the briefer form of "Oh, that's for lagniappe.""

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from That_Copy_Guy wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Walleye

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from crosbychief wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I love 'em all....and have yet to tckle any salt water species yet...love finding, fishing for, catching, netting, filleting and eating walleyes...in the way of a correction, a couple of comments indicated that some folks think walleye, pike and muskie are closely related. Not true- pike, muskie and pickerel are all members of the genus Esox, but walleyes are members of the perch family.

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from smithdocs wrote 3 years 1 week ago

While walleye are certainly delicious and easily de-boned, the only "game" in them is the thrill of landing a fish when you thought you had only hooked an old boot! Even tastier (and scrappier) are crappie. Salmonids rule as the fighters and Kokanee in the 3 to 5 pound class are my favorite jumpers.

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Mr. Amos?
No argument with your choices---as misguided as they may be. BUT did you just use 'lagniappe' in conversation? Wow! What the he'll does it even mean?

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from Borowicz wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Bass! Nothing like the fight and the beauty of a big bass blasting the surface!

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from jcbeto wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Muskie!!!!! By far the fish of a thousand casts

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Gerry, my brother.... I won't deny any of the dolphin's virtue, and agree with the lack of swordfish opportunities.... BUT, from a saltwater perspective, when people have equal access to tuna and dolphin in good quantities (i.e. Venice, LA), what do they fish for? They go for TUNA, and dolphin are lagniappe, as are wahoo, etc. So my saltwater vote goes to tuna. As for freshwater, factoring in all of the factors you mentioned - access, palatability, and fight.... I'm changing my vote to.... the lowly CATFISH - channel, blue or flathead.

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from floridahunter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I vote Bowfin (Mudfish) They fight like a dump truck and nobody eats them so they will always be around! Also they grow fairly large and will destroy spinnerbaits

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from Mike wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Stream trout. To catch them consistently on the fly one also must learn about the phases and sex life of their primary foods.

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from NJ219bands wrote 3 years 1 week ago

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from sbemke wrote 3 years 1 week ago

MUSKIE! I once heard someone say, "most people forget the first bass they ever catch, no one ever forgets their first muskie". So true. They look mean, and the they hit your lure like a F-15 on steroids, and fight like a pitbull. Did I mention they grow over 50" long. What a truly awesome and unique fish.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 1 week ago

So MANY choices, so LITTLE time!! I'm partial to perch and walleyes for flavor, although one of the BEST fish dinners I've enjoyed in a LONG time was a baked northern!! I think, pound for pound, the northern should be the winner-what other fish has SUCH a 'tude? If notherns were a saltwater fish, barracudas would run right back to Mama, with sharks trying to beat them home!!

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from purplehead wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My vote goes to the lowly freshwater perch. Once you find a school of them out in a lake, you can hammer them one after another. They hit quick and light, so you have to be alert every minute for the sneakiest little strike or you bait is gone before you know it. And they are most delicious.

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from smouth wrote 3 years 1 week ago

smallmouth...best fighting..best scenery...best topwater

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from mlmorse63 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Hard to argue with Marc Amos, but it should be stated whether we are voting on the best TASTING game fish or best overall combining all aspects of an individual species. Hard to imagine a more savvy quarry than the native brown trout I fished for as a youth in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My best friend and I would belly crawl to the edge of the creek and ever so lightly flip #18 to #22 hares ear and peacock hurl nymphs at dawn to fool the wary browns in Rapid Creek. A 22" fish I caught at 16 is still the largest brown of my life (on the hares ear). Oh such memories! But taste, hard to beat crappie, walleye, and perch. One thing we can all agree on, fishing is a fantastic sport that has enriched the lives of countless people over the years. Take time to take a kid fishing and pass on this heritage. It is time well spent!

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from Heath Lawrence wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I'm pretty sure Bass are the most popular game fish, because they are very fun to catch, very delicious, and they are in pretty much every state. On the other hand most people can't afford to go deep sea fishing for dolphin and red fish, and who wants to mess with walleyes sharp teeth.

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from bpolavin wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I grew up a bass fishing and could easy make an arguement that it is far and away the best sportfish due to the fight and expansive territory. However, I have since been dolfin fishing several times and considering the fight from a huge bull or rapid fire hookups when you get into a school I have been converted.

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Thanks for your OPINION mr. Amos--it's duly noted. Though there can be no argument with your conclusion, there can be much with your other points. How about an overall choice? Sport, fighting ability, palatability, depth of resource etc. Swords? Of course--not many around though. Largemouths? Awful to eat. Crappies? Great eating but not a gamefish. C'mon Amos--get with the program will ya?

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from rose0660 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Esox all the way, out of them, i would have to go with the walleye, nothing like pulling up a 30 incher from 20 feet down...through the ice.

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from KodaBear wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My vote goes for best game fish are healthy Rainbows about 3 to 5 pounds, and Smallmouths about the same size. I have not ocean fished, so I probably missing some fun, but these are my votes. I like Pike fishing, but on light tackle I more fun with the bows and smally's.

Best tasting - Walleye, Perch, Crappie, and other pan fish.

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Best gamefish on the planet???? You've got to define the qualities of "the best gamefish" a little better, my bro!!!

Best fighting saltwater fish - swordfish - they don't quit!!!

Best tasting saltwater fish - tuna or swordfish

Best inshore gamefish - redfish

Best fighting freshwater fish - Largemouth bass, although I must confess I've never pursued any of the northern species.

Best tasting freshwater fish - crappie, hands down.

Best freshwater fish to entertain kids, adults, and facilitate the drinking of cold beverages and a fish fry - the veritable bream!!!

Best freshwater crustacean to entertain kids, adults and facilitate the drinking of cold beverages and a boil - the mud bug

But the BEST gamefish in the world, in my humble opinion...... Is the fish that you can fish for today, with a friend or two, enjoying the great times that such opportunities create.

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from rocco89815 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Them big Idaho chinook have my vote. Nothing like getting the perfect drift, trying to tap your corkie off of a "snag" and then watching 200 yards of line scream off downriver before it dawns on you that you've hooked a fish.

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I'm a pike man. nothing like northern, musky and walleye in the great north woods. Air and water so clean and clear. Yuo just can't get closer to heaven that that!

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I'm a pike man. nothing like northern, musky and walleye in the great north woods. Air and water so clean and clear. Yuo just can't get closer to heaven that that!

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Best gamefish on the planet???? You've got to define the qualities of "the best gamefish" a little better, my bro!!!

Best fighting saltwater fish - swordfish - they don't quit!!!

Best tasting saltwater fish - tuna or swordfish

Best inshore gamefish - redfish

Best fighting freshwater fish - Largemouth bass, although I must confess I've never pursued any of the northern species.

Best tasting freshwater fish - crappie, hands down.

Best freshwater fish to entertain kids, adults, and facilitate the drinking of cold beverages and a fish fry - the veritable bream!!!

Best freshwater crustacean to entertain kids, adults and facilitate the drinking of cold beverages and a boil - the mud bug

But the BEST gamefish in the world, in my humble opinion...... Is the fish that you can fish for today, with a friend or two, enjoying the great times that such opportunities create.

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from rocco89815 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Them big Idaho chinook have my vote. Nothing like getting the perfect drift, trying to tap your corkie off of a "snag" and then watching 200 yards of line scream off downriver before it dawns on you that you've hooked a fish.

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from rhtate wrote 3 years 5 days ago

The greatest game fish...There are so many things one must take into account when determining this winner. Just as determining the greatest athlete, we have to look at the individual, as well as the individual contributions made to the sport. To me personally, the Large Mouth Bass would be my number one pick, simply because it is a fish beloved by 6 year olds in the family pond behind the house, but as widespread as a 22 pound, 5 oz monster found in Lake Biwa, Japan. Whether you live in the rolling foothills of Georgia or the majestic mountains of California, you know what it’s like to set the hook (and even miss) on this beast. And every angler at one time or another has included this formidable predator in a "tall (fish)tale" of his own. All the contenders are very well deserving, but I tip my hat, to the Large Mouth Bass.

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from KodaBear wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My vote goes for best game fish are healthy Rainbows about 3 to 5 pounds, and Smallmouths about the same size. I have not ocean fished, so I probably missing some fun, but these are my votes. I like Pike fishing, but on light tackle I more fun with the bows and smally's.

Best tasting - Walleye, Perch, Crappie, and other pan fish.

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from rose0660 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Esox all the way, out of them, i would have to go with the walleye, nothing like pulling up a 30 incher from 20 feet down...through the ice.

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Thanks for your OPINION mr. Amos--it's duly noted. Though there can be no argument with your conclusion, there can be much with your other points. How about an overall choice? Sport, fighting ability, palatability, depth of resource etc. Swords? Of course--not many around though. Largemouths? Awful to eat. Crappies? Great eating but not a gamefish. C'mon Amos--get with the program will ya?

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from bpolavin wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I grew up a bass fishing and could easy make an arguement that it is far and away the best sportfish due to the fight and expansive territory. However, I have since been dolfin fishing several times and considering the fight from a huge bull or rapid fire hookups when you get into a school I have been converted.

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from Heath Lawrence wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I'm pretty sure Bass are the most popular game fish, because they are very fun to catch, very delicious, and they are in pretty much every state. On the other hand most people can't afford to go deep sea fishing for dolphin and red fish, and who wants to mess with walleyes sharp teeth.

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from mlmorse63 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Hard to argue with Marc Amos, but it should be stated whether we are voting on the best TASTING game fish or best overall combining all aspects of an individual species. Hard to imagine a more savvy quarry than the native brown trout I fished for as a youth in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My best friend and I would belly crawl to the edge of the creek and ever so lightly flip #18 to #22 hares ear and peacock hurl nymphs at dawn to fool the wary browns in Rapid Creek. A 22" fish I caught at 16 is still the largest brown of my life (on the hares ear). Oh such memories! But taste, hard to beat crappie, walleye, and perch. One thing we can all agree on, fishing is a fantastic sport that has enriched the lives of countless people over the years. Take time to take a kid fishing and pass on this heritage. It is time well spent!

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from smouth wrote 3 years 1 week ago

smallmouth...best fighting..best scenery...best topwater

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from purplehead wrote 3 years 1 week ago

My vote goes to the lowly freshwater perch. Once you find a school of them out in a lake, you can hammer them one after another. They hit quick and light, so you have to be alert every minute for the sneakiest little strike or you bait is gone before you know it. And they are most delicious.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 1 week ago

So MANY choices, so LITTLE time!! I'm partial to perch and walleyes for flavor, although one of the BEST fish dinners I've enjoyed in a LONG time was a baked northern!! I think, pound for pound, the northern should be the winner-what other fish has SUCH a 'tude? If notherns were a saltwater fish, barracudas would run right back to Mama, with sharks trying to beat them home!!

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from sbemke wrote 3 years 1 week ago

MUSKIE! I once heard someone say, "most people forget the first bass they ever catch, no one ever forgets their first muskie". So true. They look mean, and the they hit your lure like a F-15 on steroids, and fight like a pitbull. Did I mention they grow over 50" long. What a truly awesome and unique fish.

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from Mike wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Stream trout. To catch them consistently on the fly one also must learn about the phases and sex life of their primary foods.

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from floridahunter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I vote Bowfin (Mudfish) They fight like a dump truck and nobody eats them so they will always be around! Also they grow fairly large and will destroy spinnerbaits

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Gerry, my brother.... I won't deny any of the dolphin's virtue, and agree with the lack of swordfish opportunities.... BUT, from a saltwater perspective, when people have equal access to tuna and dolphin in good quantities (i.e. Venice, LA), what do they fish for? They go for TUNA, and dolphin are lagniappe, as are wahoo, etc. So my saltwater vote goes to tuna. As for freshwater, factoring in all of the factors you mentioned - access, palatability, and fight.... I'm changing my vote to.... the lowly CATFISH - channel, blue or flathead.

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from jcbeto wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Muskie!!!!! By far the fish of a thousand casts

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from Borowicz wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Bass! Nothing like the fight and the beauty of a big bass blasting the surface!

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Mr. Amos?
No argument with your choices---as misguided as they may be. BUT did you just use 'lagniappe' in conversation? Wow! What the he'll does it even mean?

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from smithdocs wrote 3 years 1 week ago

While walleye are certainly delicious and easily de-boned, the only "game" in them is the thrill of landing a fish when you thought you had only hooked an old boot! Even tastier (and scrappier) are crappie. Salmonids rule as the fighters and Kokanee in the 3 to 5 pound class are my favorite jumpers.

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from crosbychief wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I love 'em all....and have yet to tckle any salt water species yet...love finding, fishing for, catching, netting, filleting and eating walleyes...in the way of a correction, a couple of comments indicated that some folks think walleye, pike and muskie are closely related. Not true- pike, muskie and pickerel are all members of the genus Esox, but walleyes are members of the perch family.

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from That_Copy_Guy wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Walleye

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

From Wikipedia - A lagniappe (pronounced /LAN-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." The word is chiefly used in the Gulf Coast of the United States, especially Louisiana.

Perhaps Mark Twain’s definition would be apropos in a discussion about water and fish…. Mark Twain called “lagniappe” "a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get":
"We picked up one excellent word — a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word — "lagniappe." They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish — so they said. We discovered it at the head of a column of odds and ends in the Picayune, the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth. It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a "baker's dozen." It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. The custom originated in the Spanish quarter of the city. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop — or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know — he finishes the operation by saying — "Give me something for lagniappe." The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor — I don't know what he gives the governor; support, likely. When you are invited to drink, and this does occur now and then in New Orleans — and you say, "What, again? — no, I've had enough;" the other party says, "But just this one time more — this is for lagniappe." When the beau perceives that he is stacking his compliments a trifle too high, and sees by the young lady's countenance that the edifice would have been better with the top compliment left off, he puts his "I beg pardon — no harm intended," into the briefer form of "Oh, that's for lagniappe.""

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

You must be exhausted Mr. Amos---you are the unofficial winner of the-longest-post-ever in the history of Outdoor Life.com!!!! A very, very long spool of fishing line is headed your way--just as soon as we catch our breaths (or wake up). Consider it as a lagniappe from OL to you. As far as some of the other posts? All somewhat valid but I'm not sure that perch and crappies are really gamefish. I see them more as panfish.

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from Marc Amos wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I apologize to OL's faithful readers for the diversion!!!! I sometimes forget that brevity is a virtue held in high regard by editors. Having said that... you gotta admit that it's cool that Mark Twain wrote about the term "lagniappe!"

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from GerryBethge wrote 3 years 1 week ago

And his favorite fish was the angel fish and it never made our list! However, top species in Mark Twain Lake are walleyes and crappies. Interesting!

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from trapper vic wrote 3 years 1 week ago

So what is it then? 40 years ago my dad and I used to go pickerel fishing at Lake Erie now I still do with my son but now it is the Walleye capital of the world. Did the walleye run off all the pickerel(just kidding). fixin's ask any canadian indian guide and its 1/2 flour And 1/2 corn meal cooked in only Land O' Lakes lard in a iron skillet over an open camp fire!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from RonCooley wrote 3 years 1 week ago

This is a hard question! I love catching pike, smallmouths & walleye although I'll pass on largemouth unless there is no other tire to drag out of the lake as they don't fight long enough or hard enough for my taste. Muskies are great, but a large one is so rare they hardly qualify. Greater Amberjack may put up the hardest fight of anything I've caught but they are virtually inedible. Steelhead are a challenge, but they taste strong, nowhere as good as dolphin or walleye & their fight doesn't compare.

For sheer fun, nothing I've found from the arctic to the Caribbean beats a school of smallmouths & light spinning tackle. Best eating goes to walleye with dolphin, northern pike, grouper right behind. When I combine fun with taste, dolphin & northern pike come up tied for first.

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from gerald hardy wrote 3 years 1 week ago

although I dont think its the most popular fish,It is definitely the best all round fighting fish you can ever battle, the great atlantic salmon. Fished across canada, none can match the stamia and strength of the atlantic! not bad on the table either.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Rainbow trout

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from Montanagyrene wrote 3 years 6 days ago

STAYING with the northern pike as the best!! That said, when I was working at a sporting goods store, I was told a SIMPLE recipe that would work for just about ANY fish that’s edible-get some pancake mix, and for the liquid go ½ & ½ with 7-up and beer. Dip in the fillets, deep fry, and watch your fingers when ya set ‘em on the table!!

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from Travis Dirtymon... wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Catfish!!

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from NJ219bands wrote 3 years 1 week ago

CARP

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