Spring suckers-This First Rite of Spring, This Sweet Sucker Fishing Thing

Ontario Fishing Network Newsletter www. Suckers are right up there with Carp and Rock Bass as one of those "nuisance fish" that is shunned by most anglers. All too often on the riverbanks you'll hear, "Oh it's just a sucker" after a Steelheader's float disappears and their rod starts to buckle over. Suckers may not put on the same aerial display as a Steelhead or be as pleasing to the eye with their bland colouring, but Suckers aren't all bad, in fact when targeted with light gear they can make for quite the exciting day. During the warmer months of the year, Suckers can be difficult to find as they spread out among larger lakes and tend to forage very close to the bottom.

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I walked up to the two boys and innocently asked what they were doing. My first S;ring spear was actually a 3-tined pitchfork and it did the trick, after a fashion anyway, and certainly beat nothing at Spring suckers. Much to my surprise I dined heavily when Spring suckers is a large bowl of tartar sauce close at hand, you know you are sitting elbow to elbow in good company and never encountered any bones. I xuckers almost hear the tirade his mother would lay on him. Other traditional "trout tactics" like flies and Respite care at xmas essex imitations will work as well. Swimmer Magic for Largemouths The In-Fisherman Sprinf shows how to get going when the going gets tough, as they apply a touch of magic for largemouth bass. Some use length as well as

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Sadly, Suckees Talaski Sr passed away a couple springs ago, but the legacy that is filled with family tradition and involvement he began more than 40 years ago is still Spring suckers on every spring. Sign in with Facebook. I run a flux dispensing pen right over the braid prior to using it. Quoted from Okarcades: I just bought one recently and I love it! I like it. You want to Free knitting skirts as little moving around against hte pad as pSring. I always start off using the Hakko but Spring suckers I notice it's not cleaning the holes, I don't temp faith because it will lift the pad. Donate to Pinside. When I was a kid we relied on suckers and wild game to get by, these days I do it mostly to teach my son. Avengers Pinball Illuminated Thor Mod. Temperature needs to be in the Spring suckers range - Pace has instructionals to help decide the temperature. It mostly fixed problem number 2, but did nothing for the other problems. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Not enough to even see, but enough that the chip can't be removed.

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NatureNorth Front Page. I saw them from a distance, two boys about 11 or 12 years old, and I knew exactly what they were doing. Each was straddling a section of the small creek, with one foot on one big boulder, the other on another rock, bent over at the waist, hands at the ready.

Instantly, I was transported back 30 years in time, to another creek and another spring, and another sucker run. One of the boys made a lunge at something in the water.

I saw the flick of a tail, a spurt of water, heard a not-so-muffled curse, and chuckled to myself as the lad lost his footing. I could almost hear the tirade his mother would lay on him. But the boy was unconcerned about his now wet foot wear.

These boys had, as I had done so many years before, already surmised that another fish would be by shortly, forced into the gauntlet of the rocks and waiting fishers by the undeniable urge to travel upstream to spawn.

It was late April, the small creek was flowing fast, but far less so than 2 weeks prior at the height of spring runoff. Then the water was high and muddy, and no rocks could be seen. Nor were there any fish to be seen either. There were likely a number of kinds of fish there at the time, but you just couldn't see them in the swift-flowing, turbid waters. But the heavy spring flows had subsided and the time was right for the White Suckers to spawn, so up the stream they poured seeking out the safer waters of this small tributary of the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, and, no doubt, in nearly every other small stream in Manitoba that drained into a major river or lake.

The White Sucker Catostomus commersoni is one of the most common large fishes in our province. Weighing up to 2 kg or more, they are a good-sized fish, but are rarely taken by anglers and are even less well known to the general public. But if you've ever eaten "mullet", chances are you've had White Sucker on your plate!

That's the commercial name used when white sucker or one of several other sucker species is sold in stores and markets. I walked up to the two boys and innocently asked what they were doing. Before one boy could answer, a sizable school of the fish appeared below the rocks. Look at all those fish, I wonder what the heck those suckers are! White suckers, to be more precise. That's their name.

And they've come up into the creek from the river to spawn. The females lay their eggs right in the riffles". In small creeks like this about the only place where there is gravel or rocks is in these riffles. Another batch of suckers were assailing the riffles where we stood, and the boys returned to their positions to try and catch one.

I had noticed they had no pails or anything else that could hold a fish. I'd expected no less. When it comes to boys and creeks, the "catching" is the important thing. The what-to-do-with-it-after is secondary. It takes "big boys" to really catch'em! Of course, we had legitimate purposes for catching,and releasing, this specimen. And we didn't even get booters. Carry on for the Biology of the White Sucker! You can help NatureNorth produce more great articles with a secure donation through PayPal.

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Why buy one Escalera when you can buy 5 Hakko desoldering tools instead! I'll never go back. Very good eating although they have lots of bones to deal with. I have not found a great solution to that other than just constant cleaning - or just stock up on extra springs, unless you are doing board work literally every day, one of those springs will last quite awhile. View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment Cserold Pinside member Dallas, TX 3y 77, 1, 17 6. I love my Hakko.

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They actually have a season for it, and people have special boats. And deep fried sucker is awesome! You have to score the fillets, which cuts through all the small bones, and deep frying makes them so you can't even tell there are bones.

Joined Dec 1, Messages 1, Reaction score 5, Location iowa. Redhorse are the ones we have here. They are fun to catch. Used to snare dull them dudes! Very good eating although they have lots of bones to deal with. Last edited: Mar 6, I live near a river and one of its tributaries. A local guy said they were good to eat. I always assumed suckers were junk fish.

Which species of suckers are good? Pierce MOA 65 Supporter. I've always just used nightcrawlers and fished on the bottom. They're decent smoked. But people say they are good canned, and the small bones dissolve. But I've canned salmon in the past and found out I just don't eat enough fish patties to go through all that work.

They are boney. I mean really boney, like Northern pike seem boneless by comparison boney. I tried to fillet and de-bone a couple of them years ago. I never did figure out how they are put together, so I couldn't figure out how to properly take one apart. I would never bother trying to fillet one like that ever again. I would however try to convince someone else to try it, just simply for the entertainment factor.

Because it's impossible to get a boneless piece of meat any bigger than half a pencil eraser out of one. Primordial MOA 40 Supporter. I fish for them every spring. If the salmon aren't in, I switch gears and go for suckers.

They almost never let me down. Fishing for them is as basic as it gets. I just use a chunk of dew worm and a sinker of decent weight added about 12" to 18" up the line to help my baited hook stay on the bottom, or barely move along with the current.

Suckers dislike heavy current so find the slack waters in front of current lines. They like to congregate in slow holes too. The best way to fish for them once you find some slow water is to just pull out your knife, cut yourself a forked tick for a rod holder. Lob in your bait, sit back and make your self a bush lunch, a cup of tea and just chill out while watching your tip to any bites.

They can actually be shy biters so you need to watch for small rod tip bobs. I use size and 4 and size 2 Matzuo baitholder off set hooks. I have found bigger hooks work better for these fish. I have pulled way too many hooks out of their mouths due to using small hooks. Size 4 siwash hooks work great too. I smoke the ones I catch. You need to be careful when eating them though because they contain some very sharp, free floating bones in their flesh. The tail section will be totally free of bones.

Record size Long nose sucker. Red horse sucker. Poeschel Scout. Joined Jun 11, Messages Reaction score 2, If you smoke red horse suckers and grind them for smoked fish dip, you can tell people their any other fish and no one will know. I once told a bunch of family members that it was smoked amberjack I caught while in Florida.

They loved it. When in reality in was sucker that I caught at the local river on a night crawler. My grandma made some mean fish patties from smoked sucker. Fish just like catfish. Worms on the bottom, corn, whatever. We have Redhorses etc here. I'm telling you, you all don't know what you're missing if you don't try them deep fried.

Forget the bones, if you score the fillets and deep fry in hot oil, you won't know they're there. Check these videos out, this guy mentions soaking the fillets for a day, totally unnecessary. My wife's family in southern MO gigs a bunch of suckers at night, brings them back to shore, and they fillet, score, and deep fry them on the spot. Absolutely delicious! You can fry carp the same way. They are very good scored and deep fried as well.

Had to use a smaller size hook if i remember correctly. They get pickled around here just like northerns because of the bones.

We hit the suckers hard when they run up the creeks. We can at least 50 quarts a year and try to freeze some for frying but my favorite are cooked right on the creek bank. View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment View attachment Mitch Ray Guide.

Jim L. You know what we all love Reply to this topic Start new topic. Recommended Posts. Posted March Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. I think suckers are better smoked than carp Thanks guys, looks like I need to give it a try!

Back home in Mizzura there was a little town that had a sucker festival on the spring. Join the conversation You can post now and register later. Reply to this topic Insert image from URL. Go To Topic Listing. Gopher Nation. Admit it Big Dave you are feeling that heat just a little. Just make sure you and your team pay attention to LSU before you start to worry about playing the Gophers a bowl game!

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The various sucker fish species in Michigan get a bit of a bum rap from some folks who consider them to be a trash fish on the order of carp, which is a very incorrect attitude to have. Suckers get their name from their fleshy lipped mouths located on the underside of their heads and they are for a fact, bottom feeders. Suckers have nicely coexisted with the various game fish species for eons and are in fact an important prey species for northern pike and muskellunge.

Certain sucker species also spend most of their time out in the deep water of the Great Lakes and only venture in and up various drainages, rivers and streams to spawn in the spring, which in turn creates a very unique recreational fishery for Michigan sportsfolks. Spring sucker fishing, in its various forms, is a great cure for spring fever, and the flesh from spring-run suckers is absolutely firm and very succulent.

Suckers provide great eating whether they are deep fried, smoked, canned or pickled. When it comes to eating suckers, they are indeed quite a boney fish, and when I have simply fried up the filets, picking out multiple bones while dining is a normal part of the process.

Much to my surprise I dined heavily when there is a large bowl of tartar sauce close at hand, you know you are sitting elbow to elbow in good company and never encountered any bones.

It is a very distinct and delicate flavor in its own right. A ritualistic passage of spring, you might say and especially so here in the Thumb. Doing so made the bones absolutely more palatable actually unnoticeable and I immediately had to have my own scoring board, and have been using one ever since.

Probably the area that gets a lot of press for a festive air about spring sucker fishing, and justly so, is the Rifle River which runs through Omer. I have been there and experienced it, and it is all that you would expect, and should at least be sampled. My first sucker spear was actually a 3-tined pitchfork and it did the trick, after a fashion anyway, and certainly beat nothing at all. Having barbed tines made a big difference.

One spring sucker fishing method that always intrigued me but I had never tried was using a dip-net. Then I met my good friend Tom Talaski Sr of Rapson 15 years ago, who had been using this fishing method, which involves the whole family of all ages, since Using a dip-net was a distinct learning process for me, because there is quite a knack to it which requires timing and teamwork, and with years of practice to hone matters, the Talaski clan has matters down pat. Typically when you think of dip-netting for suckers, you might picture a large nine feet by nine feet net being suspended by rope and pulleys from a long pole.

The net is dropped by rope over the edge of a bridge, and then it is swung by one person in a pendulum manner until it is at just the right spot, and then it is dropped to settle on the bottom. This is when other family members clad in chest-waders, along with a bit of rock-chucking from others on the bank herd the suckers in the direction of the waiting net. The person holding the rope needs to have just the right timing to instinctively know when to give a sudden jerk up toward the surface.

Once the net nears the surface, other hands automatically come into play as well to help lift what can sometimes be quite a load of suckers. Generally, if there are no more than eight suckers in the net, it can be lifted all the way up as is. However, if there is a whole load of suckers aboard, a long-handled hand net is required to remove fish from the much larger net. And there is quite a satisfaction to seeing 5-gallon buckets steadily filled up with squirming suckers.

It is a timeframe that has become a tradition with them. Recent years has seen the start time for sucker dip-netting moved to March 20 th because due the weather unpredictability of the arrival of spring, sometimes the sucker run has occurred and waned by early April. Tom Talaski Sr had told me that if a warm rain happens, the following morning or so should provide good sucker fishing opportunities, no matter what the weather is on the fishing day.

This would be the case recently on April Fools weekend. Saturday was selected as the day so all the kids could join in too without skipping school. The day was cold, snowy and blustery but there had been a warm rain just beforehand, so the optimism was there, and it proved correct. It is a great springtime flavor I dearly savor and look forward to.

Sadly, Tom Talaski Sr passed away a couple springs ago, but the legacy that is filled with family tradition and involvement he began more than 40 years ago is still continuing on every spring. There is no doubt in my mind that when the family dip-net hits the water, his spirit is close by and heartily smiling.

By Tom Lounsbury.

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