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Gold Fish in local pond

Post By: rljb1      Posted: 4/14/2011 10:12:14 AM     Points: 6037    
How to catch a Gold Fish

There were several recents threads about Gold Fish (I have the links below), so when I saw this one at the pond in the park near my house, I thought that I would post the photos.

I think that this is the same one I saw last spring. It was in the same area about this time of year. I did not see it during the summer or fall.

I would like to catch this one and get it out of the pond. Any suggestions for catching it.

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 Reply by: Got Ice?      Posted: 4/14/2011 10:15:37 AM     Points: 395
why.... I bet he is way more happy in that pond than in a fish bowl.....and I doubt he is causing any major ecological disasters....I looked at the other thread and I would love to catch a big ol gold fish like that one. That would be awesome!
 Reply by: RonnyCast      Posted: 4/14/2011 10:23:33 AM     Points: 2306
Take some plain white bread and make some little dough balls. I caught goldfish that way when I was a kid.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 4/14/2011 10:24:58 AM     Points: 3316
Those guys have been in there for years. I first noticed them in 2001.
If you are really interested in catching all 24 or so, email me.

I'll give you the secret to catching them.

 Reply by: rljb1      Posted: 4/14/2011 10:57:24 AM     Points: 6037
Got Ice?--You are probably right--he likes it much better than the fishbowl.

RonnyCast--Thanks for the tip.

FishSeal--I didn't realize that there were so many - I will email.
 Reply by: ObsessedFisherman      Posted: 4/14/2011 11:32:27 AM     Points: 2883
let em be what are going to do with em put them on shore to die??
 Reply by: rljb1      Posted: 4/14/2011 1:13:25 PM     Points: 6037
ObsessedFisherman - I would not throw it on the shore to die.

But, you do raise a good point--what to do with a Gold Fish if you catch and keep it.

My first thought is to "can" it. As a kid, when our family went fishing, if we caught a carp my mom would pressure can it. She had a great recipe, and we liked it better than tuna from the store. However, I don't think she would appreciate it if I FEDEXed her a Gold Fish for canning.

I don't have pressure caning equipment, and my wife says "ALL fish preparations are my responsibility" - so I would probably try smoking it--or maybe jerky (that could be a good reason to pull the dehydrator out of mothballs).
 Reply by: Copeman23      Posted: 4/14/2011 1:54:01 PM     Points: 258
I caught one last year at simpson ponds but he was super aggresive and hit a lipless crank.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/14/2011 2:10:05 PM     Points: 6191
If you catch a goldfish, kill it. They actually are ecological disasters and their release is due to the irresponsibility of others. Goldfish are essentially carp except worse in every way. They are dumber, they don't fight, they lay more eggs, they specifically target fish eggs (whereas carp are generalists and don't really target any food item at any one time), they muddy the water more, and they create more waste.

They are in every way a trash fish and need to be removed from wherever they are. Of course, if it's 24 fish in a 100 acre lake, I don't think it's a huge deal. I would still kill them though. However, in shallow, neighborhood ponds they can decimate sportfish populations. I've seen it happen.

If you have a fish, or any other pet, that isn't "happy" in it's too-small enclosure, either give it away or euthanize it. NEVER release pets into the wild!
 Reply by: MLP5420      Posted: 4/14/2011 3:26:15 PM     Points: 515
Here's the secret..a treble hook and weight. I hate seeing goldfish in ponds. I saw some in thomas and that was a bummer. Don't kno if snagging goldfish is illegal since their illegally put in in the first place but imo it would help more than hurt.
 Reply by: ObsessedFisherman      Posted: 4/14/2011 4:01:38 PM     Points: 2883
alright i guess the cats and birds will eat em....kill the gold fish......bounty up
 Reply by: rljb1      Posted: 4/14/2011 4:46:13 PM     Points: 6037
Copeman23 - interesting - on a lipless crankbait - I'll bet that was a surprise.
 Reply by: SnipeHuntin      Posted: 4/14/2011 5:50:49 PM     Points: 6832
I would be pissed if I pulled a Goldfish in while Bass fishing! I say get rid of it!
 Reply by: Copeman23      Posted: 4/14/2011 6:21:20 PM     Points: 258
rljb1- yep i was shocked when he came in. Wish i knew back then to kill it... like a dummy i just put it back in. If i see it again this year i will know better.
 Reply by: pike king      Posted: 4/14/2011 7:23:09 PM     Points: 143
my dad caught a big one at pikeview using biscuit dough
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 4/14/2011 8:55:19 PM     Points: 2755
all you have to do is throw a rock!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 4/15/2011 9:40:48 AM     Points: 3316
Guys, keep in mind, goldfish and carp are different species.
Many times, we see a carp, call it a goldfish, but they are actually Koi. The is a pond in Fort Collins that used to have a 24 to 28" koi. Koi are carp, same species, just bred to produce color (and sold for thousands of dollars). However, every now and then, a "natural born" koi is produced.

This is a goldfish in this case. They can only get 5 feet long and live about 80 years, but the carp can attain a length of 8 feet and live for 100+ years.
It's in the minnow family, so no teeth in the "jaw structures."

Main difference, goldfish have no barbels, carp do. I'm hoping to catch a "koi" one of these days.

 Reply by: SurfaceIron      Posted: 4/15/2011 11:11:35 AM     Points: 384
You reminded me that I caught a big one on a piece of bologna in about 1963 at a Los Angeles area park. I'll add it to my list of species.
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 4/15/2011 2:11:52 PM     Points: 62
I'd like to make a note:

Please don't release aquarium fish into natrural habitats because they will not be preyed on by other game fish. It's obvious if a bass sees an orange fish that they won't take it. Of course they might or might not make it in lake conditions, but they can cause harm. One time I saw someone release their betta in this pond. It discusseded me and the thought of it is already gross. Give your fish away to someone who is willing to take care of it.
 Reply by: MLP5420      Posted: 4/15/2011 2:24:43 PM     Points: 515
bass might not but I've seen ppl using those cheap gold fish and killing it at boyd with the whitebass near the inlet. They could of been rosey reds tho.

If I was a fish and saw something bright and struggling to swim, id investigate and probably naturally swipe at it.... maybe that's why albino animals don't live long in the wild.

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