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Salty dog
08-30-2014, 12:09 PM,
Salty dog
Haven't hit salt water for a month of Sunday, so when I got the invite I jumped on it.

We were going after perch in the back bays, so was told all I needed was a UL rod and a M action for stripers.

Had a new UL rod that's never been used, so figured it's time to break it's cherry. Since a trophy perch is 13", I fish this rod the most.

It was a spectacular day....mild temps, light wind, beautiful

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It did not take long to get my 1st ever white perch from salt. Bait of choice was small spinners & thanks to one of the board members who sent me some.

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Then the fun started. The drag screamed ...then I screamed....then we see this big tail slap the water. Mind you, I'm using 4lb test mono on a hand built UL rod.

Turned out to be a 19" striper and my first keeper.

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Ended the day with a pizza and drove home to clean the fish. Filleted the fish last night. Was a little rusty, but after a couple , I finally got into the grove. Gutted six perch, scaled & cooked bachelor style on the grill & invited a buddy over - they are excellent. Fillets are in a wet rub & will go on the smoker later today with pear wood - should be good snak'n.

Oh, I've heard the stories, but can't believe I caught this too.

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08-30-2014, 05:42 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-30-2014, 05:42 PM by hookup.)
RE: Salty dog
Here's some fruit of our labor -- after filleting, cleaned out the guts and made a fish stock; bones, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, & fresh ground pepper.

Rest I marinated in a soy, teriaki, garlic, onion, pepper, brown sugar, ginger, & sesame seeds

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08-30-2014, 11:38 PM,
RE: Salty dog
Wonderful fishing pics and some great looking fillets!
09-01-2014, 11:18 AM,
RE: Salty dog
The smoked fish is awesome. Or I should say was ....

The fish stock will be used later to make some kind of fish soup.
09-01-2014, 09:28 PM,
RE: Salty dog
Fun fishing trip and tasty eats, don't get any better than that.
09-01-2014, 09:50 PM,
RE: Salty dog
Can't beat that! So what is that thing you caught??
09-02-2014, 10:25 AM,
RE: Salty dog
RonDon - a shoe
09-02-2014, 12:29 PM,
RE: Salty dog
>>>------------> Make It Count!!! <><
09-02-2014, 12:57 PM,
RE: Salty dog
Ha couldn't tell looking on my phone! Wondered what kind of creature that was.
09-02-2014, 01:26 PM,
RE: Salty dog
Quote:Wondered what kind of creature that was.

I'd guess an 11-D

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