Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
DocEsox

Strongest Freshwater Fish...Part II

Recommended Posts

Didn't see this till now and the old thread is way long. It asked for strongest freshwater fish.....IMHO....credentials...currently I have caught 292 species of fish in my lifetime, roughly 80 or so of those would be freshwater. Everyone's opinions have been persuasive and I will agree that sunnies can kick butt for their size. Sturgeon have stamina and just large size. Salmon and steelhead can produce sizzling runs, as can large, native rainbows up here in Alaska. As my moniker suggests I have caught lots of pike and some large musky....neither of which are spectacular fighters but on the strike they could rip most other fishes heads off. Have caught hundreds of lake trout up to 30 lbs. and they aren't even on my radar for strongest....love all the charrs but they aren't even the best fighters in the salmonid family. And much as I enjoy the beautiful arctic grayling (here's a 19" from May this year):

KashGraylingwRod.jpg

Grayling are not considered anywhere near the top here in Alaska. This year I had the opportunity to compare smallies recently (out of Montreal, Quebec) with peacock bass (southern Florida). Some great fish of each species from Oct and Nov:

Smallie24.jpg

Smallie15.jpg

DoublePcks.jpg

Pck5.jpg

Agree with the tenacity and strength of the kings....had one in May which hit while I was fishing trout....was using a 5 wt flyrod with 10 lbs tippet....took me an hour or so to get her in:

Kashkinghoriz-1.jpg

A nice native Kenai River rainbow around 12 or so pounds:

Bow10.jpg

But IMHO none of these is even close to the raw fury of hooking a dime bright sockeye salmon. If these little turds grew to the size of chinook you would never even get a good look at them. I've had them run through my legs, smack the guy next to me in the head so hard it nearly put him down, jump up the bank several feet and then back into the water and they never quit.....ever. Quite tasty too. Silvers (Coho) are pretty good also but would rank behind reds and kings for me.

1. Sockeye (red) salmon

2. native Alaskan rainbow

3. Chinook (king) salmon

4. Peacock bass (put largemouth to shame)

5. Smallmouth

There you have it...my list of 5. Now when it comes to saltwater it is a whole different story....but we'll leave that for another thread.

Brian

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As in the other thread, I have to agree with sockeye (after noticing the "freshwater" that was not in the original post headline), thus eliminating tuna:) My only question is whether we should consider sockeye in the freshwater catagory, as they spend much of thier life in the salt, and we just happen to catch them mainly in freshwater. But boy, do they pull!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If we are going ounce for ounce, than the bluegill gets top spot, if they got to be 30 pounds you would need to be strapped into your seat to reel on in!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

King Salmon.....contest over.

A 20lb sturgeon or a 20lb flathead, nice fight, but it doesn't compare to 20lb. King.

Yes, the Sturg and Flattie will show some impressive strength in some current, but when a King rips off 485' in the time you can muster a holy #%$@!, you know who's King in this comp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

SMB hands down. If those guys got to 98lbs like Kings can you would need a conceal/carry permit to protect yourself. Holy cow, could you imagine a 20lb smallie? Honestly, it scares me just a bit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The king I have in my avitar(sp?) was the best fight I have ever had.

The thing about this one was it was caught on the kenai with the fast current working with it. It would turn against the current and burn off 100+ ft of line like nothing. It was awesome!! We ended up landing it about 500yds down river from where it was originally hooked. (45", 43lbs)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those peacock bass look they would be tasty, maybe because they look like a yellow perch. Picture a 30 lb. bluegill, I think that would win...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've also caught Peacock Bass in Hawaii and they fought way harder than any small mouth bass I have ever caught. Never fished for Salmon, but I hear they are quite the fight too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wetting a line for the 1st time today. Gonna hit it hard this weekend.
    • It’s amazing to me to look back already and realize 1.5 days around C season time  will be the story of my entire archery season this year.  Just too much other stuff going on AGAIN this spring to make an honest season out of it.   Full on fishing during any spare moments now.   Good luck out there!
    • Here are two more for you leech, but this time the holes were in some red pines up the Echo Trail.
    • No, no it looks like it was carved.  
    • I'm going to give it one last hoorah tomorrow morning. Going to be a quick effort before work but I've got a couple toms patterned pretty well. 
    • Have 2 pair of Costa sunglasses and cases for sale. Very good condition. $80 a pair FIRM!!! Only selling because I bought new prescription Costas. Live near Elk River. 
    • Cool, but that Goldeneye looks a little stuffed stiff. 
    • Here are a couple of pics of ducks nesting in tree cavities. We have a goldeneye and a hooded merganser. 
    • Spring is exploding right into summer across Wisconsin. You would never know that just three weeks ago the Northwoods was covered with ice and snow. Memorial Day weekend kicks of the unofficial start to summer and many of the reservable campsite at state parks and forests are booked. The best remaining camping opportunities can be found in the non-reservable campsites in northern state forests. The lower Wisconsin River continues to run high, but there were signs of sandbars beginning to emerge in some areas as water slowly drops.Universe in the Park astonomy program begins this weekend with program at Blue Mound and Kohler-Andrae state parks.Photo credit: UW-Madison Dept. of AstronomyFields and forests have greened up, and regular rains have kept fire danger low to moderate across most of the state with just a few areas still in high fire danger. Through the spring fire season 639 wildfires burned 1,800 acres; 53 structures were destroyed and another 441 were threatened, but saved.Wisconsin's northern zone musky season opens this Saturday and spring fish assessments are showing they won't be disappointed with what they find, with many fish over 40 inches netted and released. .