2019 Great catches!

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2019 Great catches!
<p>Let's see everyones favorite few catches from the past year!&nbsp; A little story to go along with them is great too.&nbsp; We will put together a collage of everyone's fish and put it on the Front Page.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are a few of my favorites from 2019:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Took a trip up along Lake Superior's shore all the way to Canada, and along the way I encountered a beautiful longnose sucker.&nbsp; It had been 12 years since I last caught one, so I was very happy to register one for the Species Contest!</p> <p><a href="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/FB_IMG_1560828727162_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/FB_IMG_1560828727162_0.jpg" style="height:600px; width:284px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/20190617_213623.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="longnose sucker moxostoma moxostoma" src="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/20190617_213623.jpg" style="height:315px; width:666px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I had an awesome day targeting black redhorse in June landing 3, including this large&nbsp;female.</p> <p><a href="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/2019-brh-33-666px.jpg"><img alt="black redhorse fishing" src="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/2019-brh-33-666px.jpg" style="height:347px; width:600px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then while at our Missouri Boothell Bash in August, after I almost died from heat exhaustion I did manage to catch a few cool lifelist additions.&nbsp; My favorite part of the trip was wading a small cool creek and flycasting to longear sunfish and Ozark bass.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/2019-mo-ozark-1-smaller.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/2019-mo-ozark-1-smaller.jpg" style="height:500px; width:401px" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/68722282_10219377315520193_7921765705127559168_n_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://roughfish.com/sites/default/files/68722282_10219377315520193_7921765705127559168_n_0.jpg" style="height:413px; width:500px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2019 I didn't spend as much time on the water as I needed to.&nbsp; Had a lot of good days, some unsuccessful ones, but overall nothing that remarkable.&nbsp; 2020 is going to be great!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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There's something that's just

There's something that's just so cool about Longnose Suckers, and a trip along the shores of Lake Superior must be one of the best ways to catch them!

One of my favourite fish of 2019 has to be the Atlantic Sturgeon I caught in September with my girlfriend in New Brunswick. We knew the chances of catching one would be slim but still made our attempt while hoping for some bonus lifers as bycatch. Turns out, it was the very first fish I hooked after switching spots a couple times!

Finally catching my first Redfin Pickerel with a new friend in CT was also definitely a highlight for me. It's not the rarest fish out there, but it took me so long to finally find some, and many failed attempts. It's the fish that initially got me into species fishing and is definitely my most rewarding catch of 2019.

I have some big plans for 2020 and can't wait to see what the new year brings. Wishing everyone here on Roughfish a great end-of-holiday season!

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Here's a chain pickerel from Lake Champlain. 

Nice flathead 

Nice lake sturgeon

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A mottled sculpin. 

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I didn't fish much and most the year was garbage for conditions but I did have some good fishing. Before the snowapocalypse  made ice fishing functionally impossible I got in quite a bit of ice fishing, mostly for Sturgeon.  Managed a fair number of fish pushing close to but not quite crossing 60" - the heaviest was probably this extra girthy one:


In LA was able to fish saltwater for the first time ever, my first ever saltwater fish was this Red Drum

I also managed to find a couple Alligator Gar, while not large - catching these (and doing it unguided) was a major fishing life goal of mine.  Definitely my number 1 favorite catch from the year

Lake Kantelljuhwhar
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colourful Brown invasive species Newfoundland

ate it - it was delicious



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2019 was definitely a great

2019 was definitely a great year for me. I caught more quality fish than I can keep track of, but I do have a few favorites.


One of my largest Silver Redhorse ever, sight-fished from a Great Lakes trib.


My lifer Longnose Gar. Caught under a float on a night crawler of all things, as we’d run out of Chubs for bait. Credit to Dunfee for being my netman and making sure I didn’t set the hook before any less than five minutes had passed haha.


My lifer Grass Pickerel. Caught about two feet out from shore in a dense bed of vegetation. It took at least three minutes of jigging a 1” plastic right off the nose of this fish before it got pissed off and decided to eat. My friend Nick M showed me the ropes as far as catching Grassies goes. I know he’s on the site but I can’t remember what his username is.


My PB/second ever Fallfish. I saw it holding a few yards out from shore in a shallow river. Took one cast to it with a float rig, and it immediately rose to intercept my bait! The sun lit it up perfectly, just an all around fantastic encounter.

kernel j
New Year, More New Angles.

For me, 2019 was mostly about figuring them on the fly.  Same fish an waters, no new species or even bigger specimens, but simply about how.

Been exploring fakes awhile for the Goldens and can’t get them to eat anything even remotely reasonable in terms of standard nymphs.  Really stupid lookin’ shit works though, typically with the newer materials like Squirmy Wormies and some old, but rarely used notions involving dyed (or undyed) chamois cloth from Walmart.  Reckon it’s the dull, soft looking surface when underwater that gets the nod.  Stretch it in the imagination and we could say wet leather (especially when roughed with sandpaper) is kinda reminiscent of rockworm pupa, cranefly larvae, or any other benthic algae covered critter that redhorse eat.  Whatever the reason, it works.

Absorbent too, which is never a bad attribute when working a chum field of strawberry flavored corn for carp and channel cats. 

Makes for some crazy looking flies, but once imbued with some juice from the crushed corn and swelled in the water, they look impressively like the real chum on the bottom.  Essentially, fake strawberry corn kernels that I can double haul all day and it won’t fly off. 

Had a banner year on creek Smallmouth and the local pits/ponds yielded plenty of sizable Largemouth to my efforts on the fly, but it was the developing strategy and techniques for flyrod Redhorse in the creeks that really made the year what it was.  Can't say numbers were anything like bait presentations deliver, it's quite a discount in sucker catchrates when there's no real worm involved.  However, I can (after a few years now) set out to get 'em on the fly and not get skunked.  2020 is going to be a furtherance and refinement of tackle and techniques for the preceeding examples.  

Different angle of pursuit on the same fish make it like a whole new sport species for me and I'm really diggin' it.  Built some cool new flyrods for use with non-traditional flyline concepts more conducive to stealth in the sucker pursuit.  These fish are far more demanding than trout or stream bass in that area of presenation when it comes to artificials, but proving more consistently catchable than I previously thought.

Happy New Year!

Dan Morey
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Another good year on my kayak, the S.S. Applebutter. Still look foolish sometimes, but improving with each trip. Venturing onto the big water more...Lake Erie beat me up pretty good this season, but I'm still afloat!

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I caught 29 new species this year, my favorites are below (Longnose Gar, Lake Sturgeon, River Redhorse, and Bonefish)


Mike B
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Mediocre year

Can't say fishing was great this year. First year in many that I couldn't break the 46-inch mark with northern pike. Not many exceptional or unusual specimens in general. Started out fantastic. Very first fish of the open water season was this amazing bull Arctic grayling.19.5 inches -- my biggest in years. Caught on my birthday -- while keiryu fishing. Did a lot of keiryu fishing this year, whch probably explains some of the personal lameness,One neat catch this summer was this greater redhorse on my keiryu rod while visiting in Ontario. I just had a 10-pound carp break me off like it was nothing at all, so I was surprised to have subdued this one. 6X tippet -- about 3.5 pound test.I liked the look of this long lake whitefish -- 22 inches. Went after the whitefish hard with the keiryu this year with varyng success but this was a good one.

Of course, I still got into some decent pike and inconnu. Can't complain about that!

mike b

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2019 was decent!

Started out in the Rocky Mountains just west of the continental divide where I got this lifer Northern Pikeminnow on my Centerpin!

Got this beefy grass carp at the Missouri Roundup!

I'm sure I've got more; will try to track them down!


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Here's cool little carp with

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor, water and natureHere's cool little carp with awesome coloration.