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Black Killer Bugger Gallery

The Black Killer Bugger Gallery is a collection of the entry photos submitted in the TenkaraBum Challenge - What can you catch with a Black Killer Bugger?

I hope the gallery will help more fishermen realize that there are a lot of fish out there that they haven't even thought of catching, let alone caught or even tried to catch. They don't have to be wild brookies or wily browns to be challenging, and they don't have to be measured in pounds rather than inches to be fun. And very definitely, you don't have to travel to Iceland or Alaska to catch some challenging fish.

At this point, I have no idea what you can catch with a Black Killer Bugger - other than a very definite idea that you can catch a lot more kinds of fish than you would expect.

Update 8-18-17

The contest itself ended years ago, but that has not stopped anglers from using a Black Killer Bugger! I just received two photos that prompted me to reopen the gallery to catches of new species. If you catch a fish that is not yet on the list, please send in a photo. Contact me for the email address.

Latest Submissions

Not part of the contest

Giant Snakehead - Thamarat S
Peacock Bass - Thamarat S



Black entries were submitted
after the contest ended

Largemouth Bass
Peacock Bass
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
White Bass
Common Carp
Channel Catfish
Black Crappie
White Crappie
Jeweled Cichlid
Mayan Cichlid
Creek Chub
Tui Chub
Blacknose Dace
Freshwater Drum
Shortnose Gar
Banded Killifish
Eastern Mosquitofish
Western Mosquitofish
Sacramento Perch
White Perch
Yellow Perch
Chain Pickerel
Bleeding Shiner
Cardinal Shiner
Common Shiner
Duskystripe Shiner
Golden Shiner
Lahontan Redside Shiner
Sand Shiner
Satinfin Shiner
Striped Shiner
Red Shiner
Redfin Shiner
Wedgespot Shiner
Giant Snakehead
Northern Studfish
Bluegill Sunfish
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Sunfish
Longear Sunfish
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Spotted Sunfish
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Rainbow Trout
Tiger Trout

Black entries are for species
submitted after the contest

Alan Luecke - 23
Alan Deutsch - 22
Chris Stewart
- 21
Levi Cain - 16
Rob Smith
- 14
Rick Stig - 7
Jeff Roberts - 4
Vic V - 3
Steve - 3
Dennis - 3
Karl Lawson - 2
Thamarat S - 2
Joseph Egry - 1
Sean Rooney - 1
Farmer - 1
ERiK Ostrander - 1
Phil Jones - 1

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