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BASS, WORTHLESS FISH???

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Just wondering what everyone thinks of bass. I mean besides having them fight like heck, does anyone really ever want to catch one. I hate the [PoorWordUsage] things. If I didn't need them to keep the panfish in check i'd leave them on the ice.

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I'm not as enamored with bass as many people are, but it is fun to catch them on a fly rod with a surface popper.

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Well.....Bass fishing consumes about 75% of my open water fishing. Many of us enjoy bass fishing for the sport and not for what the fish tastes like in a frying pan. You might be a minority on this one agronomist. crazy

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they taste better than northerns in alot of high water clarity large lakes. we eat em all the time. so nope; not worthless to me. keep a few 13-14" for the frying pan here and there.

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I guess you need to ask yourself what makes your time on the ice enjoyable.

You admitted yourself they fight like heck, so why wouldn't it be fun to catch them?

Sorry, but I find catching anything fun. I'm out there to spend time with friends and maybe catch a few fish here and there.

I've just never understood putting a negative stigma on any species of fish. Sure guys joke around, but when it comes right down to it, 99 out of 100 guys would have a blast pulling 17" bass through the ice all day. I guarantee it.

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no way. the fillets have a mud streak right through the middle, you must have never tasted a up north clear water northern, no comparison.

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Thats why I call em green carp. I don't mean anything negative. Carp are some of the funnest fish to ice. I had a 9 lber thru the ice last year and it was a blast but I was dissapointed because I thought it was a walleye. So I guess I do have a little negativity but only because I like to catch what I am fishing for. My first outing this year I caught a 23 inch LM bass and it was a blast especially since it was on light gear for sunfish. I slid her back in and it took a few minutes to slow my beating heart. Definitely a good time.

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there great,I keep some 12-13 inchers to eat this time of the year and in the summer make some money in some tournys so to me no thay are not worthless...

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I think bass are a lot of fun to go after in the summer. Watching the way bass hit a top water lure is something special. During winter though I get dissapointed if I pull up a bass simply because I'm hoping its a walleye or large crappie! Still catching bass in the winter is better than not catching anything.

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Just wondering what everyone thinks of bass. I mean besides having them fight like heck, does anyone really ever want to catch one. I hate the [PoorWordUsage] things. If I didn't need them to keep the panfish in check i'd leave them on the ice.

Dude, you need help.

Do you ever fish open water, or just the hard stuff? Do you ever fish for just fun, or you strictly a meat keeper?

Without bass, cities fisherman might just as well sell their boats. Sure, there are pan fish (mostly small), some pike, some skies, and limited 'eyes, but if you want some fun, consistent action, you can count on Mr. bass to provide. Just don't try eating one laugh

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You can't hardly eat them in Minnesota with all the special interest groups lobbying to get slot limits on them. I kill 'em and eat them when I can (it's not as good as catfish but it'll do), mostly out of spite.

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Oh here goes the bass bash again!!! I love catching them, a bass out of a clear cold northern lake is good eating, in fact I just did a batch of pickled bass and everyone that tried them raved about them. 3 Quart jars were gone in a flash. I am glad a lot of you wont eat them all the more for me. laugh

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Dude, you need help.

Do you ever fish open water, or just the hard stuff? Do you ever fish for just fun, or you strictly a meat keeper?

Without bass, cities fisherman might just as well sell their boats. Sure, there are pan fish (mostly small), some pike, some skies, and limited 'eyes, but if you want some fun, consistent action, you can count on Mr. bass to provide. Just don't try eating one laugh

Nope only ice here

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IF your theory of them being worthless beacuse they don't taste good, whats your stance on bonefish? tarpon? muskies?

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The people I give them to cant taste the difference between them and Eyes. They are a blast to catch!!! The part I enjoy most is showing the guys from the Bass federation the pics of them after I catch them and telling them how nummy they were.LOL

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Oh Largemouth bass! they are terrible! they have toxic purple meat, and they sting! just cut the line when I hook one, yes I do! smirk

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