Anyone catch their own fish to eat?

David61

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Jul 27, 2019
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I have and will hunt, catch, clean, cook and eat most anything I can. I am a hunter gatherer omnivore raised in the woods on the gulf of Mexico. Deepsea to deepwood, barnyard to Whataburger just keep the Togo to yourself .
 

Wolfie2

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Feb 23, 2016
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South of Houston
I too have been hunting and fishing for most of my life (I will soon be 65). The wife is Filippino so She loves fish and loves to catch 'em. Funny story: our first fishing trip she was appalled @ the "meat wasted" when I filleted the fish. She suggested I wash the boat (we are on the Gulf coast) and she clean the fish.. Fine arrangement has lasted for 33 years. We only buy shrimps because of no net, but crabs and fish are mostly supplied by ourselves.
 

JoePa

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Apr 18, 2011
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Lehigh County Pa.
Just some thoughts - using Goldfish for bait is a bad idea - that's how you get unwanted fish in a lake. or river - probably illegal in most states - I been fishing all my life - mainly here in Pa. and in Ontario Canada - love fishing and love eating the fish I catch - as far as worms are concerned some lakes have certain fish that have worms in their flesh - these can be scraped off the flesh when you see them - just cook the fish so that any you don't see get killed - it is always a good idea to adequately cook any fish or meat to make sure you kill any parasites that might be in the flesh you eat - the smaller the fish the healthier it is because it didn't accumulate as much pollutants - by the way I'm 87 and a lot of water has passed under my boat over the years
 
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I thought yellow perch have worms or something....... :hmm and they are not good to eat. Could you explain? :)


It could be a waterway near you has an issue. Most states issue warnings for certain waterways if there is contamination.


Yellow perch is caught commercially on the Great Lakes.

Great fish. I like trout better, but admit that perch, walleye, crappie, young pike, burbot and the rest are considered better table fare.
 
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I love to fish. Mainly spinner and fly.

I Kayak fish a lot out of a Hobie. You can do it out of any kayak, but the pedal fins free up your hands to cast and troll and change bait in the move.

I like catching big fish, but find more enjoyment with tiny lures and flies in small mountain streams. My favorite has 4-10 inch Brooke Trout. Catch 20-40 in a few hours.

I haven’t ocean fished from a Hobie or other pedal kayak. But I do enjoy watching the videos online. A few guys were towed miles after hooking sharks.
 
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A complement to a backyard flock is a fish/swim pond if one has the room. A 1-4 acre pond is fairly easy to manage and provides food, recreation, beauty and other things I’m not thinking of. Smaller ponds become more difficult to manage due issues maintaining temp, stunted fish from overcrowding, inability to filter possible contamination properly.

But many folks manage small ponds without much difficulty. The climate dictates some of the potential problems.
 

B-Goock

Crowing
7 Years
Jun 8, 2013
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Somerset, Kentucky
I've been trying to figure a way to have a small pond on our property. Lots of limestone, sink holes, natural aqueducts in my area.
On catching my own fish to eat I rarely buy any fish. Occasionally I buy a salmon filet but why? I catch alot of trout, wiper, striper, bass, catfish & panfish.
Any trip or vacation I take usually has some fishing time involved.

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itsasmallfarm

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Oct 27, 2016
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we have a few dugouts on my grandparents land, (also borders a lake so there is that)

also have a two beaver ponds on are other land up north. always wanted to stock them with trout just its like 6 hours to get them to the ponds/dugouts either way.
 
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I've been trying to figure a way to have a small pond on our property. Lots of limestone, sink holes, natural aqueducts in my area.
On catching my own fish to eat I rarely buy any fish. Occasionally I buy a salmon filet but why? I catch alot of trout, wiper, striper, bass, catfish & panfish.
Any trip or vacation I take usually has some fishing time involved.

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Most states have a set of regulations for building ponds.

In my state is is the DNRC - Department is Natural Resources C? They publish - online now - a booklet to follow. It is usually tied into water rights due to things like taking too much from a well or diverting/damming creeks without flow studies and perc tests.
 

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