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Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station #14051576 07/04/21 02:12 AM
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Tilapia are in full spawning mode and a friend invited me to catch a few to remove some invasive species. We filled a 120 quart cooler in about 3 hours of fishing. Fish were caught with a rod and reel, fly rod, and with a bow and arrow. There was no cleaning station at the lake, so I set up a temporary one in the driveway. Three more hours and all the fillets were vacuum sealed and in the freezer. roflmao

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Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Osbornfishing] #14051591 07/04/21 02:38 AM
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I would go help a buddy clear them out but have desire to eat any of them. cheers


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Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Osbornfishing] #14051667 07/04/21 04:09 AM
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Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: BigDozer66] #14051946 07/04/21 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BigDozer66
I would go help a buddy clear them out but have desire to eat any of them. cheers


I like mild fish, so the white meat tilapia are one of my favorite freshwater fish to.eat. Which in nice since you have to keep them.

Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: banker-always fishing] #14051953 07/04/21 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by banker-always fishing
That is one heck of a haul! thumb


Thanks Chuck. It was a really fun day. As you well know, some days are a bust, but days like this keep you going back for more. hooked

Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Osbornfishing] #14054567 07/07/21 01:04 PM
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Wild caught Tilapia from clean water are delicious, Farm raised in mud and poo are disgusting .

What did you use to catch them on rod and reel ?

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Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Mo] #14055045 07/07/21 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Mo
Wild caught Tilapia from clean water are delicious, Farm raised in mud and poo are disgusting .

What did you use to catch them on rod and reel ?

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It is a big secret, so don’t tell anybody. After years of trial and error, I use a 1 1/2 oz Kastmaster type silver spoon and replace the hook with a very big 3/0 treble hook. I slow retrieve the spoon over the tilapia beds. They will attack the spoon to get it away from the bed. If you feel a bump, then give it a big bass hook-set. I also catch bass, drum, and catfish on the spoon. You need to have an open area since trees, rocks, etc., will hang the spoon every time. An earthworm under a float will also work.

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I watched some guys on Gibbons Creek catch them using spoons with a piece of raw broccoli on the hook.

Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Osbornfishing] #14055069 07/07/21 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
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Wild caught Tilapia from clean water are delicious, Farm raised in mud and poo are disgusting .

What did you use to catch them on rod and reel ?

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It is a big secret, so don’t tell anybody. After years of trial and error, I use a 1 1/2 oz Kastmaster type silver spoon and replace the hook with a very big 3/0 treble hook. I slow retrieve the spoon over the tilapia beds. They will attack the spoon to get it away from the bed. If you feel a bump, then give it a big bass hook-set. I also catch bass, drum, and catfish on the spoon. You need to have an open area since trees, rocks, etc., will hang the spoon every time. An earthworm under a float will also work.

Thanks for that information. There is a power plant really close to me that has them in it and the water is crystal clear. The lake had a really bad die off due to the freezing weather. There were lots that survived so I will rig up and to give them a try.

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Wild caught Tilapia from clean water are delicious, Farm raised in mud and poo are disgusting .

What did you use to catch them on rod and reel ?

Mo


It is a big secret, so don’t tell anybody. After years of trial and error, I use a 1 1/2 oz Kastmaster type silver spoon and replace the hook with a very big 3/0 treble hook. I slow retrieve the spoon over the tilapia beds. They will attack the spoon to get it away from the bed. If you feel a bump, then give it a big bass hook-set. I also catch bass, drum, and catfish on the spoon. You need to have an open area since trees, rocks, etc., will hang the spoon every time. An earthworm under a float will also work.

Thanks for that information. There is a power plant really close to me that has them in it and the water is crystal clear. The lake had a really bad die off due to the freezing weather. There were lots that survived so I will rig up and to give them a try.


Try and find an area where the beds are very close together and vary the speed till you start getting hits. I am not sure how it will work if it is crystal clear, but it will be interesting to find out. Good luck and let us know how you do.

Re: Igloo Full of Tilapia and Temporary Cleaning Station [Re: Osbornfishing] #14060086 07/13/21 03:10 AM
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