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Posted: 31 May 2012 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]
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So a buddy caught a bowfin while catfishing the Illinois river yesterday and naturally the commonly heard phrase “You never know what you’ll catch on the river.” came up. I was just curious to see what other strange or unexpected catches some of you guys have had from the river?

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Posted: 31 May 2012 10:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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That would have to be eels for me..I HATE catching them, They are slimy and slither all around the bottom of the boat…I also had a buddy catch a huge koi fish once also:)

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Posted: 31 May 2012 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I catch eels every year in a feeder stream by my house.  I have also caught a goldfish and an albino catfish.

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Posted: 31 May 2012 12:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I remember the first time I caught an Asian Carp.  It was before all the publicity and I thought it was some radioactive “Simpson’s” fish or something.  I didn’t want to touch the thing. It was a heck of a fight tho.

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Posted: 31 May 2012 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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always be on the look out for the spiney tooth dork fish….

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Posted: 31 May 2012 01:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Had a very similar experience to MattS. Couldn’t believe what I was looking at, weird looking fish with a huge mouth and eyes towards the bottom side of the head strangest thing I had seen at that point. Nobody fishing the area could tell me what it was. Unfortanetly they have become all too common. For those who believe this fish only eats vegetation I am very good at snagging them in the mouth with twister tails, rattle traps, ect…

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Posted: 31 May 2012 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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WHITETAIL-You eat them eels or have you tried them? A good friend of mine that has passed used to set a lot of nets and go to the river alot and he would bring them back now and then and he would cook some up, along with the gar, carp, buffalo or whatever they would catch. Maybe because I was full of the other fish and the King of Beer but I didn’t think they tasted to bad.

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Posted: 31 May 2012 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I would have to say eels or mudpuppies are the strangest I have ever reeled in myself…No matter how prepared you are or what you have seen they always make you look twice once they are in the boat or on the bank…

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