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By Tom Baty
#2253226
I went out this past weekend and chased pickerel for the first time. I'd never fished for pickerel before, but ended up catching several in just a few hours. Lots of fun and definitely worth the cold hands if you're anywhere near East Texas. I used a gold Rapala jerkbait and several different flies. Fishing the lily pads was the ticket. I did a full write-up you can read at https://texas-wild.blogspot.com/ (can't figure out hyperlinking a text, sorry).

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By Tom Baty
#2253243
Cuervo Jones wrote:Never caught a pickerel. Why not post the full write up here?


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I'd typed up the other report first, then thought yall might enjoy seeing it but worried it might be a little long for this format. If yall don't mind longer posts I'd be glad to put them up in the future!
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By Cuervo Jones
#2253258
PLEASE feel free to post more than the 8-10 words that some folks think pass for a fishing report. This joint could use some spiffing up.


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By karstopo
#2253312
I've caught a few of those in Massachusetts, but can't remember getting any in Texas although I did fish Caddo once, way, way back when. Neat looking fish.

One thing you can do on a report is write one like you did in your blog and then copy and paste the text or body on a site like TKF. Reports can often quickly edited to make sense or fit a particular forum board Just an idea.
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By NativeSon
#2253325
Great report and way to think outside the box!
Did you have to use anything special for tippet/leader material, some fairly wicked looking teeth?
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By Tom Baty
#2253353
NativeSon wrote:Great report and way to think outside the box!
Did you have to use anything special for tippet/leader material, some fairly wicked looking teeth?


Nothing special, just some heavier fluorocarbon. I used 20# because that's what I had. Their teeth aren't very large, but there's a lot of them. I retied after each fish on the fly rod because the line was always nicked. My jerkbait was long enough that they typically didn't hit the line, only the lure, so I actually never retied it.
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By Tom Baty
#2253446
kickingback wrote:How do they taste? Looks like a gar.


You know, I thought about keeping some, but ended up turning them all back. I'd read they are real bony and I didn't catch any I thought would leave me with much meat.
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