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#10959427 - 07/06/15 11:27 AM Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard.
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Three-toed amphiuma ( basically a huge salamander )

Click on pic above to start the video. I have been fishing Hubbard and Lavon for a very long time and I've never seen these. My buddy Cody sent me this. He said there were thousands of them swimming all around below 78 in the river. The one in his fish tank is 18 inches long.

The link below says they r mainly in east Texas. -and, you need a hunting license to collect them.

http://www.herpsoftexas.org/category/taxon/caudata/amphiumidae/amphiuma

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#10959451 - 07/06/15 11:41 AM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Neat! I've never seen one.

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#10959519 - 07/06/15 12:17 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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I seen these before at ceder creek lake i coght one in my trap at that time didnt know what it was i called tpaw
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#10959534 - 07/06/15 12:22 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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That's a water dog. They're in most of our rivers and lakes and lots of them.

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#10959536 - 07/06/15 12:23 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Bass love them too. . .

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#10959583 - 07/06/15 12:40 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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It's not a waterdog. It's a three toed salamander or three toed Amphiuma. Water dogs get about 8-13 inches on average. These r huge. Read the link.

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#10959646 - 07/06/15 01:06 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Water dogs turn into an actual air breathing salamander , 3 toed salamanders are basically eels of sort, they stay in water, verses a water dog who stays in water than loses his gills and swim tail and becomes a land salamander like what a tad pole of frog does, water dogs are basically baby land salamanders
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#10960653 - 07/06/15 09:36 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Here's another article by University of Mich. If I read the article correctly,fish do not eat'em.Only a few snakes consider them dinner.
Plus they bite,oh well that's why a carry a Machete on my boat.
They bite too

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#10960706 - 07/06/15 10:06 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Per TP&W: "legal to collect w/a license".....why???


Edited by 361V (07/06/15 10:08 PM)
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#10960777 - 07/06/15 10:44 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
David Rush Online   content
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Guess I've been mistakenly calling them waterdogs, but that's the same thing I've seen along the Trinty all my life. My daughter caught one recently. I'll see if I can get some pics.

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#10960810 - 07/06/15 11:12 PM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: lakewood]
T54 Offline
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Originally Posted By: lakewood
If I read the article correctly,fish do not eat'em.


I read it and yes, it doesn't indicate fish as a main predator, but you put one of those things in front of a hungry bass or catfish and it is going to take a bite.

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#10961128 - 07/07/15 08:32 AM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: lakewood]
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Originally Posted By: lakewood
Here's another article by University of Mich. If I read the article correctly,fish do not eat'em.Only a few snakes consider them dinner.
Plus they bite,oh well that's why a carry a Machete on my boat.
They bite too


Fish don't eat'em. Lol more bait for me! thumb
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#10961212 - 07/07/15 09:09 AM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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looks like a tasty little bait to me!

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#10961556 - 07/07/15 11:31 AM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Loc: Straight outa Johnson county.....
unless those things are toxic somehow... then I guarantee bass would MUNCH that thing
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#10961571 - 07/07/15 11:38 AM Re: Might need to use bigger baits at Hubbard. [Re: TarponFly]
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Spotted this while jogging the trail across the 66 bridge yesterday

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