Reply by: Danny Posted: 5/20/2008 4:27:58 PM Points: 1238
You know fishing is fun, some people take home their legal catch and some release it. Don't rain on your fellow fishermans parade, congradulate don't playa hate,lol.Try not to be such a miopic ball buster. Nice fish guys !
Like brookieflyfisher said, "nice fish." Congratulations! They're called the fish of 10,000 casts for a reason. Three pretty good ones in a weekend is impressive!
Just an FYI for Danny and anyone else: Muskies in Colorado and everywhere are generally caught and released, even if it would be legal to keep 'em, because they're relatively rare (especially the bigger ones), they're full of bones, and not considered a good eating fish (again, especially the bigger ones). No one's hating here. Peace brother. I hope there's a big tiger for you to catch too! They're amazing fish.
Amazing!! 3 in one day! Tiger Muskie can't reproduce, so when they are gone, they are gone. Same with wiper. I know a lot of people are catch and release only, I can't say that I totally agree, but the fish that can't reproduce, I think should be put back. I guess I might have to think about taking a trophy if it was big, but then again I can't really see paying 10 dollars an inch to hang something on the wall.
I actually have the opposite opinion to Chadrok. Since Wiper and Tiger Muskie can't reproduce, I don't think it matters if they are kept. The DOW accounts for a certain amount of take each year and will most likely replenish the fish that have been taken. The fish that can reproduce, however, are not replenished (such as LM bass) and by keeping alot of these fish can wipe out the fishery.
Regarding eating, I agree that Tiger Muskie are probably not good eating, just like northern pike and that keeping a Tiger Muskie is probably a waste unless you do enjoy their taste. Wiper on the other hand -- eat away, their great!
I'm with Chadrok on this one... fish that can't reproduce should be put back. The more people take these highly sought after fish, the more the DOW has to spend to get the fish to replenish the populations, and pay people to go out to the lakes and restock these fish. Now, where else could that money go...possibly to getting the southern mountain lakes better prepared for the boat inspections so that the lakes would have opened on time! or maybe even getting ahead of the zebra mussels!!
I hate when forum posts turn into a battle of keep the fish or don't, and it wasn't my intention to start or stir up a battle. I am always amazed when talking to people, that they had no idea that tigers and wiper don't reproduce. That was the only point of my post. I think the reason that these two fish were even introduced into colorado waters, was to provide angles with an oportunity to catch some really huge fish. That can only happen with these fish, if they are caught and released. The only thing tigers had going for them is that they were hard to catch, but it seems like everyone but me is starting to get the hang of it.
Why do you view it as a battle? I view it as a discussion, and I think that's what forums are for.
Regarding the reason DOW planted Wipers and Tigers -- I don't think it was just to allow anglers to catch a large fish. I think it was planted to control unwanted species without worrying about them taking over the lake (because they can't reproduce). The DOW could have easily planted a northern pike or a striped bass to allow anglers the opportunity to catch a large fish, but those species would no doubt take over a lake.
Did anybody happen to ask what these tigers were caught on? If this fish was 38" it should be up to the person that caught it as it would be over the 36" sate reg. I would hope that it would be mounted but agian that is up to him! I think tigermuskies only live for about nine years or so don't they? Either way as a fisherman who has known and seen tigermuskies since 1986 and have yet to catch one (hooked one @ Daigre last summer) great job! I hope to get one for me and my son this year.
Reply by: deadbolt Posted: 5/21/2008 8:42:46 AM Points: 76
JUST SO YOU ALL KNOW I ALWAYS CATCH AND RELEASE,I HAVE WANTED TO CATCH A TIGER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER,AND THE FACT I COUGHT THREE IN ONE DAY WAS THE BEST THING EVER.I COUGHT ALL THREE USEING A BLUE AND SILVER 4 INCH SPOON,AND FOR ALL YOU HATERS LOOK AT THE FORUM RULE #2,YES THIS FISH WILL BE ON THE WALL,THIS WEEKEND WE WILL BE AT ELEVIN MILE SO ANY OF YOU POSITIVE FISHERMEN WOULD LIKE TO MEET 4 STORIES WE WILL BE IN A CAMO COLORED JEEP,I HOPE TO CATCH A PIKE,I ALSO COUGHT A 5 POUND TROUT AT PINEWOOD AND YES I DID PUT HIM BACK!!!!!!!!!GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND THANX FOR THE FEED BACK
just so everyone knows, wiper are not sterile - they can and sometimes do reproduce, although generally not in Colorado lakes. And, for those of you that suggest that muskies or northern pike don't taste good . . . Have you ever eaten them? They are bony and ticklish to clean, but they are both white fleshed, flaky and DELICIOUS. And if it is legal and you want to kill a fish to eat it, go ahead and do it. And, don't apologize. Just my two cents! Dawg
Pike is a very good tasting fish! I like it better than Rainbow. Hopefully one of these days I can try eating a Muskie. The other post I started "Do you eat Carp?" really shows that taste is different for everyone!