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by Peter
(Lowcountry, South Carolina)

Well since it was a nice day I decided to go out to the pond and do a little fishing. Well the bream were not biting nor were the catfish but in the shallows I saw these guys all over. Anyway I broke out my smallest pole (elcheapo from E-Bay see photo), put on a snelled tanago hook. and got my photo tank ready (btw it came from here as did the hooks). Anyway I cut a tiny bit of worm using my surgical scissors and proceeded to use tweezers to thread it on the hook.

So once baited up I simply dropped the bait tight lining it (using a no4 splitshot as weight) and these guys were all over it. I actually hooked 9 of them but only took a picture of 1 on my hand and the 5 in the tank (which got transferred to my aquarium inside for a while). Of course I had many drop off as they just had the worm and not the hook.

All in all it was a fun time fishing where having the ability to do something "outside the box" from normal fishing made the difference. BTW I am not big on identifying fish, I am not after a "life list", and by no means am I a purist at anything. I simply enjoy fishing and have decided that instead of complicated tackle I am going more simplistic and intend on being able to fish a mud puddle for tadpoles for fun (if they will bite)

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Jan 27, 2015
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by: Jeff K

This looks like what we called a Killi or Killifish. I grew up along the New Jersey coast and would catch them in minnow traps in fresh water streams then use them for Fluke (summer Flounder) bait. Have seem them twice that size on occasion.

Jan 27, 2015
by: Peter

These guys are everywhere around here and do not get bigger than shown here. Of course in any population you do have "giants" occasionally but this shows what you find on average. Personally I just like the fact they are tiny and found active in the shallows usually all year long.

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