Thursday, October 10, 2013

Now THAT'S A Minnow...!

I've been known to wet a hook a time or two using minnows as bait. but never anything like this!

Even though this is bait, I'd be happy to catch something this big in fresh water!

Six-Foot Predatory Minnow



Many children and even adult naturalists enjoy dipping for minnows in a streamside pool. Minnows are the epitome of the “tiddler” or small two-inch fish. But the largest North American minnow is a toothy predator, an endangered species, and quite enormous. The aptly named Colorado pike minnow is an aggressive fish-eater that has been recorded at a whopping 1.8 meters (6 ft) in length. Compared to the other minnow species, this gigantic fish with large jaws is a true big fish in a small pond. It can even weigh up to 35 kilograms (80 lbs). Pike minnows are an endangered species, facing serious threats from habitat damage and changes in water flow. As a result, a recovery program is now in place.

I have a feeling that Billy Bob could use a couple of these to use! If he couldn't catch anything, he could throw them on his grill for us all!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Fresh biscuits and honey sounds good!

12 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

I guess you use that for bait when you want to catch the REALLY big bass!

Mamahen said...

Wow...never would have believed that for a minnow! Biscuits n honey sounds wonderful....I have some fresh apple butter if anyone would like some.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Big bait means big catches, right? I have eaten the bait before, but that was shrimp on the coast!

Thanks for coming by this morning!

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Apple butter always good on biscuits!

Thanks for coming over today!

Chickenmom said...

Biscuits, honey and apple butter! We need a campfire to sit around and swap our fishing stories. Did I ever tell you the time I caught.....

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That would be alligator bait down south.

linda m said...

I wouldn't have believed the story if there wasn't a picture included. this is why I don't swim in anything but swimming pools. Wonder if the lakes here in WI have any of those minnows in them. Biscuits and honey sound good this morning as I am on my way to a 4 hour AARP driver safety class for seniors.

JO said...

I know lots of fishing people who would love to land one of those. Now that's a prize.

Fresh biscuits, honey and apple butter. Yes and a nice fresh ground pot of coffee coming your way.

Rob said...

I saw the word "Minnow" in the title & my first thought was to the 'SS Minnow' of 60's television fame... That was some fish in the photo! My minnows were more of the dip net little guys when I was a kid.
I had a biscuit yesterday, I thought of honey first thing when I saw it.

Dizzy-Dick said...

That minnow would sink Billy Bob's Bubba Boat. . .

chinasyndrome said...

Dang, Jim people think the 6 or so inch creek chubs i use for catfish bait are big.Now thats a minnow!
China
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thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I'm sort of glad we don't have that fish here :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.