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When you really want to keep a lunker.

Post By: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/4/2022 10:16:38 AM     Points: 177    
I have the gift of cooking and my buddies are clamoring for my smoked trout dip. Typically I catch and release but I always harvest a couple fatties for Thanksgiving appetizer.

My go-to rig in the fall is the bubble-fly set up with 6# fluorocarbon. I just use the 6# flouro from the reel as a 7-8 ft leader behind a swivel jammed into the large end of the bubble. It casts a country mile when half full of water but instead of my usual bugger or leech pattern I dangle a large snell hook with live grasshopper. I put the hook through the head and run it all the way through the tail--carefully pulling the head about a tenth of an inch beyond the eye of the hook. It keeps the hopper stretched out and natural looking for many casts. Works better when you submerge the hopper and squeeze the air out of the body. It just hangs down in the depths. Go where you know monsters live and be ready with a lightly set drag.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 10/5/2022 8:08:22 AM     Points: 1181
I am OK with keeping fish for personal consumption. I don't feed the neighborhood to be popular, I lost that battle a long time ago. I tend to release the larger fish while encouraging others to do that so that we might enjoy catching larger fish. Smaller fish that have not recently spawned taste better and may be more nutritious since fish don't eat while spawning and a lot of their nutrients are used up. But hold your fingers! That is just me. BTW Wipers don't taste good.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 10/5/2022 9:39:10 AM     Points: 7644
Nparker, wipers are delicious but require a little more prep. Fillet them, skin them, and then remove the red meat on the outside of the fillet. Next soak them in buttermilk overnight, then cook them as you like. I like them deep fried in beer batter.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/5/2022 6:10:29 PM     Points: 34
And people say they learn nothing from this site. I have never caught a wiper and understand why people donít keep them ( sterile donít reproduce) but Iíd eat one. Selective harvest is a beautiful thing. Donít keep Ďem all but just because itís not a walleye doesnít mean you canít eat em.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/6/2022 8:50:52 AM     Points: 2778
I've had success on big cats at night with a similar rig. Got me craving some trout dip & chasing grasshoppers.
Several variations of the dip recipe have been posted here over the years.
Here's one:

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I do like some jalapeno, or Colorado hatch chilis in mine.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/7/2022 12:24:25 AM     Points: 177
Thats a good recipe for sure. I posted a couple around 3 years ago. Too dumb on these interwebs to find them.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/11/2022 8:31:43 PM     Points: 177
I think I figured out how to run a less responsive post. Talk about keeping big fish or disapprove of convex lenses/stiff arms.
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