Post By: dizzel Posted: 4/27/2014 10:31:59 PMPoints: 23158
took a break from installing the new trolling motor and yard work this weekend and went to the lake for some silence, so the question goes on between fish and what species is pound for pound the best fighting in Colorado, using regular line and poles ( using 8 lb floro ) I managed to get into some smallies and some spotted bass and had a blast, these guys hit like mac trucks. I love catching bluegill on ultralight gear but these were the first fish of 2014 so its hard to compare from last year, these are the three species I target the most. the smallie was about 15 inches and the ol Kentucky was about 13 inches
IMO (which isn't all that great), there is no better pound for pound fighter in the state than the bluegill. It is tough to compare, since they don't reach much size, but I've caught a 1.5 pound gill in Texas and a 1.5 pound LMB, and there was NO comparison.
If gills got to be 5-7 pounds, you couldn't bring em in.
Carp would have to be a close second. Those buggers can flat-out LAY IT DOWN....
know there will be folks to disagree with this but both pike and trout give great fights. True if you hook into a 6 to 13 " stocker trout, it pretty much sucks. You get into the well fed over 15" trout, you know you got something. And pike on a float tube? Is craziness. It is a very unique sensation when you are on a tube and the pike sees you and decides to dive. And all you can do is hold the rod between your legs while the fish is running. The entire pole is under water save for your hands and part of the reel. And it's going underneath and behind, all the while you are trying to figure out how you can use your flippers and get him out in front of you. But you brought an ultra light that day and you don't have extra backbone to regain control.
thanks Opry I am from texas and I love catching bluegill, and I agree with you 100% for the gills ( fish Ray Roberts a lot ) but the way these guys fight is so much fun, I would have to put the wiper up against the carp,,,
the "wiper" is a hybrid cross between the White Bass and a Stripped Bass, since they don't actually reproduce they feed all the time, i have had poles lost to the lake gods because they hit so quick and hard, and i was caught off-guard.
Reply by: Mr.Pink Posted: 4/28/2014 4:49:40 AM Points: 427
Totally agree about gills. If they got 8lbs, I probably wouldn't fish for much else. Carp can put up a great fight, but I think that comes more from their mass than anything else so I'm not so sure they're top of the heap on a pound-for-pound basis. Definitely one of the most fun to catch though.
Reply by: Opry99er Posted: 4/28/2014 9:28:36 AM Points: 595
I caught quite a few carp last year, targeting them specifically. I gotta say, the larger ones I tangled with were simply epic fighters. One broke a brand new Eagle Claw down-eye baitholder in half, almost to the shore. That one would have gone 30+ inches and probably in the 20+ pound class.
Thing to contemplate when considering hardest fighting fish isn't JUST the "pulling" power... because that's just muscle. You have to consider attitude, tactics, athleticism, etc. There are more ways to get off a hook than just pulling.
Skipjacks, for their size, pull well, but what makes them great fighters is their willingness to go airborne. Flathead catfish use their shape to "suction" (for lack of a better term) to the bottom and dart for logs and other cover. I've noticed that carp will turn toward the shore for a brief moment, slack your line, and then rip back out, peeling drag. This has the effect of loosening the hook, if you're not 100% on your game and keep the pressure on during those kamikazee missions.
Anyway, not saying carp are the BEST pound for pound fighters, but they sure do put up an excellent fight!
Reply by: Catfish Johnson Posted: 4/28/2014 2:57:36 PM Points: 1681
I'm gonna have to throw my vote for catfish. In my experience steelies, salmon and carp are hard to beat in rivers but don't have the drag peeling stamina that even a small (8lb) catfish does in open water. Maybe a 25 pound gill would snap rods, but until I find one ill stick with the big kitties for exercising my drag.
great replies everyone, here in Colorado I would have to say the Wiper is #1 followed by the Bluegill #2 then the Small Mouth #3 Wiper when caught will die before being caught and "peel" the line off your reel in all directions, there have been many of reel and rod setups "pulled in" lakes and lost thanks to the mighty Wiper, the "bluegill" with the light line is IMO the most of the "summer fun".... If you hook into the bigger "bronzeback" on jigging tubes or the "wacky rigged drop shot " when they hit it feels like a MAC TRUCK...
Thanks to all that replied and good luck for 2014 and have fun!!
Reply by: Bobbys Posted: 4/29/2014 11:08:40 AM Points: 31
I agree with anglerwanabe although trout aren't the hardest fight, they can definitely fight. A 10" inch stocker trout almost always hits harder than a 10"lmb. On UL gear trout can be a blast, ESPECIALLY when you get into the trout over a pound or so