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6 years 10 months ago #32918 by newworld
yes mariae, i always liked that fish, wanted to bring some back but presently have no room (only brought back some spotted g. holbrooki), caught a bunch including some big males 8"+ next time though

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6 years 11 months ago #32834 by newworld

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt wrote: awesome! Those Tilapia Butt. look really nice! The salvini is amazing too! Did you catch any convicts or midas? What did you use as bait?




tube jigs caught sunfish and uropthalmus while nightcrawlers/bobber fishing caught just about everything else, i found the bobber /worm fishing the most entertaining since i haven't fished like that in a while...no convicts or midas

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6 years 11 months ago #32833 by mikeg2929
Maybe 5 or 6 years ago I went to Naples Florida for Spring Break. If it was a TV show, it would have been called "Lifestyles of the Rich and Old". We fished for gambusia, swords and mollies at the naples' zoo with the help of the zookeepers. Really fun.

Later in the week i drove over to Old World Exotic Fish. Basically - straight thru the everglades. You pass Native American outposts selling junk and I saw a few guys fishing. Parked the car, and rented a pole. In minuted we caught several peacock bass - 15" fish, a few bigger, a few smaller. When I caught one and moved to throw them back, the resident said "uh uh" that's dinner. A little different perspective.

While at Wooten's Alligator Farm, we saw TONS of marie and uropthalmus. The uros were dinner plate size - every bit of 12 inches and thick.

Any culvert in Homestead has various african mutt cichlids in it. When the cichlid ponds overflow, they fish are supposed to flow into catch basins to keep them from the wild. Good luck with that.

If you go down to Florida, and plan in advance, most of the smaller farms are more than happy to give you a tour. I have been to several dozen. Sometimes you find them just by driving around. Like any other farmer, most are proud of what they do and want to share it with you.

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6 years 11 months ago #32832 by Ctrl_Alt_Dlt

ScubaDiver wrote: As someone who grew up in south florida - where did you catch them - Everglades area or ?

I use to see oscars all over the place growing up as kid in Miami Beach. Greynolds parks in North Miami Beach specifically had huge oscars -

All the state parks were full of oscars -

The best were the tarpons that would in habit the ponds in the golf course. When ever we get massive rains the 5ft tarpon would be cruising down the greens. And we would be riding our bikes chasing them - simpler time back then.


Man...that sounds like a lot of fun!

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6 years 11 months ago #32831 by Ctrl_Alt_Dlt
awesome! Those Tilapia Butt. look really nice! The salvini is amazing too! Did you catch any convicts or midas? What did you use as bait?

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6 years 11 months ago #32830 by newworld
The one time I had an Oscar on was the tamiami canalon a tube jig the most common fish caught were by far were uropthalmus and t. Mariae, had a great time will visit again, in Miami I was mainly fishing the canals around the airport

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6 years 11 months ago #32829 by scubadiver
As someone who grew up in south florida - where did you catch them - Everglades area or ?

I use to see oscars all over the place growing up as kid in Miami Beach. Greynolds parks in North Miami Beach specifically had huge oscars -

All the state parks were full of oscars -

The best were the tarpons that would in habit the ponds in the golf course. When ever we get massive rains the 5ft tarpon would be cruising down the greens. And we would be riding our bikes chasing them - simpler time back then.

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6 years 11 months ago #32780 by newworld
Just got back from South Florida, mainly a fishing trip. I spent most of the time around Miami, Homestead, and Tamarac. I caught T. Mariae, T. Buttikoferi, P. Managuense, Salvini, Uros, Peacock Bass, Snakeheads, one BIG Plecostomus, and almost an Oscar, plus various natives. Brought back some G. Holbrooki with spotted males. There was also a Florida Snapper crossing the road that i relocated to water.
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