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Old 04-05-2019, 12:06 AM   #1
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:18 AM   #2
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Killing bass 😳🤷🏻*♂️
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:20 AM   #3
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i eat them.. but selective on them.. when they are caught in grass they taste like your eating a lawn. Smaller bass are better I think also.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:12 AM   #4
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:26 AM   #5
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I love to eat bass. Especially when you pan sear or blacken them. Anything over 16 inches I turn back.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:51 AM   #6
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We eat them too when thinning our herd.

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Old 04-05-2019, 07:39 AM   #7
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I eat the small ones.
Throw the big crappie killers up on the bank
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:47 AM   #8
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:48 AM   #9
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We eat them! Have to cull a few every year in order to grow Big Bass!
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:54 AM   #10
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I eat em... pretty much tastes like any of fish when you fry em. They make a pretty good ceviche too
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:57 AM   #11
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Geez people that eat bass and kill snakes, what is with this world. JK JK, I fry up some bass too, not every time I catch em, but occasionally. They eat just fine!
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:58 AM   #12
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We thinned a pond and had a fish fry. It was my first time eating them and they are freakin awesome!!! These were all small ones!
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:27 AM   #13
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Agreed..... I think they're better than crappie personally.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:29 AM   #14
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Agreed..... I think they're better than crappie personally.
I just had some crappie last weekend and I agree with you, I love eating Bass.


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Old 04-05-2019, 08:33 AM   #15
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My favorite eating fish. We don't keep many but only the smaller ones. Never understood when folks say they don't taste good.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:40 AM   #16
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Have a family fish fry coming up. Need to do a little culling this weekend.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:46 AM   #17
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I need to find a pond that needs a good bass culling
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:32 AM   #18
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I gut em and scale, then stuff with jalapenos and tomatoes and onions. Then grill em.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:57 AM   #19
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Nothing wrong with eating bass. Smaller ones are delicious.


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Old 04-05-2019, 10:25 AM   #20
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We eat them too when thinning our herd.
Good job on the culling, you can see on some of these fish they are already suffering from a lack of forage fish. They are starting to thin out but the head never gets smaller. Bass are voracious eaters and need a lot of nutrients to grow.

I took part in a culling like that once and it was fun but sad. Having caught fish in that pond when healthy and sustained, and then catching huge headed 2.5# fish, that should have been 5-6# was sad.

The owner had set it up right and had a lot of forage and then just neglected it over a few years. He needed to catch and eat some over that time but never let anyone keep fish and it went downhill pretty fast.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:27 AM   #21
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Ya'll are making me hurt looking at all these fish in the coolers! Coolers are for saltwater and crappie fishermen!

In all seriousness, we'll keep a few from time to time and they eat just fine.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:27 AM   #22
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Good job on the culling, you can see on some of these fish they are already suffering from a lack of forage fish. They are starting to thin out but the head never gets smaller. Bass are voracious eaters and need a lot of nutrients to grow.

I took part in a culling like that once and it was fun but sad. Having caught fish in that pond when healthy and sustained, and then catching huge headed 2.5# fish, that should have been 5-6# was sad.

The owner had set it up right and had a lot of forage and then just neglected it over a few years. He needed to catch and eat some over that time but never let anyone keep fish and it went downhill pretty fast.
Yep this year we are going to cull about 350-400 fish.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:28 AM   #23
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We ate bass my hole life growing up. I loved catching them as a kid thinking I fed my family! When we got older we realized throwing the ones back over 2 lbs and eating the smaller ones was good for the pond. Eventually you couldnt catch one under 3-4 lbs. Went from catching 20-30 fish a day to 8-12 big ones. Theyd range on an average day from 3-8 lbs. Caught 1-3 lb crappie there also on occasion. Loved fishing that big pond. Right at 4 acres on my family farm. Beavers and Nutria tore the bank up and it busted. Drained nearly the hole lake killing everything. We killed all the rats we could but could never get them all out until the lake was lost. Its been a long numbers of years rebuilding it. Now its time to fish again. Catching lots of fish now!
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:19 AM   #24
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I'll eat small ones, especially spots.

I wish there was a way that TPWD would purchase these large QTY's of 1-2lb fish being culled from private waters and use them to stock public waters. The survival rate vs stocking fingerlings and fry would have to be much better.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:44 PM   #25
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Fry up the tails and fin's also they are great eating.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:48 PM   #26
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Good job on the culling, you can see on some of these fish they are already suffering from a lack of forage fish. They are starting to thin out but the head never gets smaller. Bass are voracious eaters and need a lot of nutrients to grow.

I took part in a culling like that once and it was fun but sad. Having caught fish in that pond when healthy and sustained, and then catching huge headed 2.5# fish, that should have been 5-6# was sad.

The owner had set it up right and had a lot of forage and then just neglected it over a few years. He needed to catch and eat some over that time but never let anyone keep fish and it went downhill pretty fast.
Help me out here guys. I’m new to tx fishing. Are y’all talking about fishing on private property vs public waters? When I look up txpwd Rey’s I see a 14” 5-fish limit on black bass. That doesn’t seem to be what’s in the cooler. Just curious. Heading to a private pond this weekend.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:52 PM   #27
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:03 PM   #28
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I love to eat bass!
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:06 PM   #29
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Goooood grief with the "keeping bass". They are in the perch family, are an abundant fish that are delicious in all sizes. Is a grouper too big at 200 pounds? Sorry for the rant but I live on Fork where you'd think these greenies are sacred.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:07 PM   #30
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Back when I started tournament fishing we would have a fish fry wither the catch of the day after weigh in. Then came catch and release.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:07 PM   #31
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:07 PM   #32
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Bass in an Ice Chest! Ohhh I cringed a little..
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:17 PM   #33
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I once dunked a 10 pounder in a turkey fryer�� It was delicious��
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:53 AM   #34
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #35
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Help me out here guys. I’m new to tx fishing. Are y’all talking about fishing on private property vs public waters? When I look up txpwd Rey’s I see a 14” 5-fish limit on black bass. That doesn’t seem to be what’s in the cooler. Just curious. Heading to a private pond this weekend.
Pretty sure it's a public vs private waters thing. Statewide limit of combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Guadalupe and spotted bass is 5 with minimum of 14" on public waters. Limits and I believe size doesn't apply on private water.

I ate my first bass in probably 30 years the other day. Decided to keep one with all the crappie we were catching. I'm a bass eater now! I'll be stocking the freezer this summer with largemouth. I caught so many last summer that I threw back because they've always been a fun sport thing for me. After a lengthy discussion with someone at work that said they eat almost as good as crappie, I decided to try one again. I admit I felt a little sad keeping the one I kept, but at the end of the day it is better for the small lake to cull the 10-15" fish and give the bigger bass more to eat. We caught plenty in the 4-8# range last summer.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:32 AM   #36
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Pretty sure it's a public vs private waters thing. Statewide limit of combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Guadalupe and spotted bass is 5 with minimum of 14" on public waters. Limits and I believe size doesn't apply on private water.

I ate my first bass in probably 30 years the other day. Decided to keep one with all the crappie we were catching. I'm a bass eater now! I'll be stocking the freezer this summer with largemouth. I caught so many last summer that I threw back because they've always been a fun sport thing for me. After a lengthy discussion with someone at work that said they eat almost as good as crappie, I decided to try one again. I admit I felt a little sad keeping the one I kept, but at the end of the day it is better for the small lake to cull the 10-15" fish and give the bigger bass more to eat. We caught plenty in the 4-8# range last summer.

Agree totally. Bass are excellent...equal to crappie IMO. We pan blackened those in the cooler with some lemon butter cream sauce....mercy.

Yep statewide bag/length limits only apply to public fisheries. We kept 96 bass that day and have taken out 213 bass in the last month. Still have more to go but its alot of fun doing it! The bad part is that there are alot of 1/2" bass fry already swimming around...so we will have to continue to pound these fish in the future years.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:42 AM   #37
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Agree totally. Bass are excellent...equal to crappie IMO. We pan blackened those in the cooler with some lemon butter cream sauce....mercy.

Yep statewide bag/length limits only apply to public fisheries. We kept 96 bass that day and have taken out 213 bass in the last month. Still have more to go but its alot of fun doing it! The bad part is that there are alot of 1/2" bass fry already swimming around...so we will have to continue to pound these fish in the future years.
Curious to try other cooking methods with them. Bass filet will hold together better than crappie for things like blackened, pan frying, etc...right?
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Curious to try other cooking methods with them. Bass filet will hold together better than crappie for things like blackened, pan frying, etc...right?
They hold up good enough but not like a redfish by any means. We cut the filets in half from the start and that helps with alot of the flaking off.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #39
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I hit a pond the other day that needs a good culling. The fish we caught were either 10-13 inches or 4 lbs +. I caught 35-40 dinks from 6:00 till dark. Gonna talk to the guy who owns it and may be frying ups some bass just like this in the near future.
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There's bound to be a few guys wearing some ridiculous looking jerseys staring at the green screen ready to faint right about now.
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I've got a friendly neighbor that allows my family to fish his 2 acre lake. There are large numbers of bass. I normally catch several 3-6lb fish in a single afternoon but the last two trips have given way to alot of hungry little buck bass. They just finished spawning here and their tails show the signs of bedded fish but are healing up nicely. The shear numbers of blowups from small fish and the actual number of 10-15" fish we caught were alarming for just a few hour trip. There is a healthy supply of panfish present to feed the big bass. I like to take my son out and nail the bigger bluegill and hybrid perch. I have caught some pushing 8-10 inches long. There are some bigger catfish in there as well.

Its not doomsday yet, but its getting time to thin the herd a little.
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Good deal y’all keep eating those bass .
Throw them nasty crappie back in the water for me !!!
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Agree totally. Bass are excellent...equal to crappie IMO. We pan blackened those in the cooler with some lemon butter cream sauce....mercy.

Yep statewide bag/length limits only apply to public fisheries. We kept 96 bass that day and have taken out 213 bass in the last month. Still have more to go but its alot of fun doing it! The bad part is that there are alot of 1/2" bass fry already swimming around...so we will have to continue to pound these fish in the future years.
Well leave a few for us!
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All you guys that need culling done...

I can run a Texas-rigged worm almost as good as I can run a fillet knife. Just saying.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:17 PM   #47
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I like a good stringer pic with a buncha bass hangin. Haven’t seen one in years. Anybody got one?
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:22 AM   #48
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Ditch pickles are pretty good as long as they ain't full of worms.
Green trash fish should all be eaten or made into fertilizer.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:32 AM   #49
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I know what you mean, lol. I am on a couple of FB pages and this came up last week regarding fish in coolers and fish on the table pics, meaning they are all getting released into Little Lake Crisco. These guys thought you took their first born. The groups are fishing but they only want to see CPR pictures. I mean they are straight bashing these guys for keeping their legal limits of fish, telling them that crappie or white bass eat better and leave the largemouth in the lake.

I have a real problem with that mentality, state regs are just that, for the taking of game and gamefish. It would be like me coming here and telling everyone that tags out with their 2-4 deer to leave them for me to enjoy. It's absurd.

So many people are now claiming that Toledo Bend is in suck bad shape and tough because the LA folks keep every bass they catch and the limit is 8 per day. They feel that Rayburn is heading the same way. It's all about fishing pressure. When these lakes get voted #1 in the country, it's a mecca and fisherman flock here to experience it. That has been going on for 30 years, it's nothing new.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:37 AM   #50
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I've got a friendly neighbor that allows my family to fish his 2 acre lake. There are large numbers of bass. I normally catch several 3-6lb fish in a single afternoon but the last two trips have given way to alot of hungry little buck bass. They just finished spawning here and their tails show the signs of bedded fish but are healing up nicely. The shear numbers of blowups from small fish and the actual number of 10-15" fish we caught were alarming for just a few hour trip. There is a healthy supply of panfish present to feed the big bass. I like to take my son out and nail the bigger bluegill and hybrid perch. I have caught some pushing 8-10 inches long. There are some bigger catfish in there as well.

Its not doomsday yet, but its getting time to thin the herd a little.
The general rule of thumb from my fisheries classes in grad school is to remove 25 pounds of largemouth/surface acre/year. So that two acre pound needs 50 pounds of bass culled every year. Size of the fish removed doesn’t really matter. Just fill a funny sack with the first 50 pounds you catch. That’s for maintenance level.
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