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#9606658 - 12/30/13 11:23 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: texcajun]
NTXFishing2002 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 4
Originally Posted By: texcajun
Don't be surprised when you catch the bass of a lifetime, only to find out it's a big ole Gaspergoo. They love crawfish!


I had to google what a Gaspergoo is, are they good eating? Are they like a Crappie? How do you hook a live crawfish? is it like a minnow you put the hook threw the side so it can still swim around? Do you just cast and reel it back in slowly or do you cast it out and let it crawl around on the bottom of the shallows?

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#9607440 - 12/31/13 10:31 AM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
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Registered: 02/17/13
Posts: 748
Loc: Lake Tawakoni/ wills point
You put the hook through their tail let them go to the bottom and slow reel them back in
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#9607556 - 12/31/13 11:28 AM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
scott01 Offline
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Registered: 06/07/02
Posts: 10658
Loc: Bedford
Make sure you don't just leave the live crawfish on the bottom without a slow retrieve. The will crawl under whatever they can find to avoid being eaten, lol.

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#9607702 - 12/31/13 12:29 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
1willis Offline
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Registered: 12/30/13
Posts: 18
i have a very off topic question regarding fishing the trinity river on beltline road. anyone know anything about that spot? there is a spot off of 45 east of Hutchins. Beltline (1382) crosses over the trinity. it has produced some good fish in its day. Im lookin to shoot some pigs out there, as it is INFESTED with them. Can anyone help me out on the subject of who owns this piece of land?
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#9607703 - 12/31/13 12:29 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
1willis Offline
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i have a very off topic question regarding fishing the trinity river on beltline road. anyone know anything about that spot? there is a spot off of 45 east of Hutchins. Beltline (1382) crosses over the trinity. it has produced some good fish in its day. Im lookin to shoot some pigs out there, as it is INFESTED with them. Can anyone help me out on the subject of who owns this piece of land?
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#9607974 - 12/31/13 02:11 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 565
Loc: Weatherford
I am on a bass lease in Whitesboro, Texas - just north of Ray Roberts. It's about an 80 acre private lake. The place was impounded about 50 years ago. We cull a lot of small fish out of it. The number one thing in their stomachs are crawfish, number two is perch. I got a friend who fishes it who cuts the first small fish up and investigates what they are eatin, then he matches it the rest of the day. Kind of like trout fisherman - they cary those rubber swabs that they stick in their throat and suck out the hatch that the trout are feeding on and then match the hatch as they say. The crawdads change in color throuhout the year depending on water temp and water clarity. You can go thru the lake pitching one color and not catch a thing. Make a suttle color change and then come back thru the same area and Bam! There are tons of crawfish in every lake. Go to Acadamey and buy you a crawfish trap. Take it to any lake, bait it out, come back a few days later and you'll see.
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#9608236 - 12/31/13 04:10 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
texcajun Offline
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Registered: 01/31/03
Posts: 3350
Loc: The Woodlands Texas
As fish go, they aren't the worst fish you'll ever eat, especially if cleaned properly. I have eaten them many times and enjoyed them. Like a lot of fish, trim away all the dark/red meat and what's left is pretty good. I'd still rather eat crappie, white bass or catfish though.

Originally Posted By: NTXFishing2002
Originally Posted By: texcajun
Don't be surprised when you catch the bass of a lifetime, only to find out it's a big ole Gaspergoo. They love crawfish!


I had to google what a Gaspergoo is, are they good eating? Are they like a Crappie? How do you hook a live crawfish? is it like a minnow you put the hook threw the side so it can still swim around? Do you just cast and reel it back in slowly or do you cast it out and let it crawl around on the bottom of the shallows?
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#9610172 - 01/01/14 08:17 AM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
JACKTHE Offline
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Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 691
Loc: Roanoke Texas
Hey NTXfishing, another good way to hook them is the plastic horn or widows peak between their eyes. its a little protrusion of shell that stickss out between their eyes. just stick a sharp wire hook underneath it and wiggle it through. This doesn't hurt them and you can fly line them all day if necessary. Like the guy said, throw them out and inch them along. Big bass love big dads. So does everyone else.
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#9615369 - 01/02/14 10:25 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
xxprotegexx Offline
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Registered: 11/01/11
Posts: 267
if I bought 5 pounds of live crawfish and release them around a moderate size pond, do you think they can establish themselves? Ive never seen any in my neighborhood pond(no rocks, no concrete, just vegetation along the banks) havent seen any mud huts either... so my guess is theres none here frown
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#9615439 - 01/02/14 10:45 PM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
ColoradoTransplant Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/08/13
Posts: 795
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
Originally Posted By: NTXFishing2002
Originally Posted By: texcajun
Don't be surprised when you catch the bass of a lifetime, only to find out it's a big ole Gaspergoo. They love crawfish!


I had to google what a Gaspergoo is, are they good eating? Are they like a Crappie? How do you hook a live crawfish? is it like a minnow you put the hook threw the side so it can still swim around? Do you just cast and reel it back in slowly or do you cast it out and let it crawl around on the bottom of the shallows?


A gaspergoo is closer to a carp or buffalo than it is a crappie or bass...lol

Those suckers STINK when you get their nasty ol' slime on your hands trying to get the hooks out of their nasty soft flesh sucker-like mouths

I wouldn't recommend eating em... there are plenty of other good fish to eat
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#9615963 - 01/03/14 08:40 AM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: NTXFishing2002]
(Bayou Burner) Cole K. Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/26/08
Posts: 2601
Loc: Lake Conroe
A Gaspergoo (Cajun for "Big Ugly")is NOT similar to a Carp or Buffalo. They are more closer relatives to it's Brackish/Salt water cousin the Redfish. It is a type of Drum Fish. The smaller ones are great table fare.

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#9615999 - 01/03/14 08:49 AM Re: Crawfish in Texas Lakes? [Re: xxprotegexx]
scott01 Offline
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Registered: 06/07/02
Posts: 10658
Loc: Bedford
Originally Posted By: xxprotegexx
if I bought 5 pounds of live crawfish and release them around a moderate size pond, do you think they can establish themselves? Ive never seen any in my neighborhood pond(no rocks, no concrete, just vegetation along the banks) havent seen any mud huts either... so my guess is theres none here frown


Crawfish love and thrive in vegetation. A crawfish (bait) trap is the best way to find out for sure but I would be really surprised if none were found. Growing up as a kid, every dirt creek or mudhole we came across always had crawfish. So long as the mudhole retained a little water of stayed damp, there were crawfish there.

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