One of my goals this year, since becoming a rough-fisherman was to start catching suckers. With the help of my new fish friend Tim, I got good advice on gear and tactics, and once it warmed up I set out to a local pond that I knew had suckers in it. I had thought, based on posts from other fishermen, that this pond held white suckers, which I thought were a reasonable (and most abundant) sucker species to target in my area. In previous visits to this pond targeting "game fish", I had seen suckers swimming around, but was unable to catch them.
I got to the spot on a nice warm day, hoping the activity in the pond was starting to warm up too. After 4 hours of fishing without a bite and slowly losing hope to land my first ever sucker, the bite turned on. I saw fish of all species (Largemouth, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and an unknown sucker) prowling the banks for their next meal. I regained hope, and re-baited my hooks. I dragged my wacky-rigged worm along the bottom and got my first two bites and small largemouth and a nice 8 inch yellow perch, but my third bite would be the one that I remember! A rocket took my hook and faught like hell, pulling drag on my light-weight setup. This had to be a sucker, I had heard they are good fighter. I pulled it in, hoping to quickly ID my first white sucker, take photos and release it, when I noticed he was speckled from head to fin with gorgeous black spots at the base of each scale. A spotted sucker, truly a great surprise!
Not bad a bad first sucker to cross off the list!