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#459263 11/18/16 08:33 PM
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Before this cold front comes through we needed to get out to the property and fish it hard. Only had 3 days and just made the goal to take as much fish out of 4 of our ponds as we could hook and line. Turned out to be a beautiful weekend with mild 70`s and mix of south/west winds. Totals for take were 38 LMB, 41 BG, 34 Black crappie, 3 flatheads, 6 CC, 19 albinos, and a total of 8 snapping turtles.


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Those albino CC are so hard to obtain (at least here) that I am committed to leaving all of mine (fourteen stocked) in the pond indefinitely.

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Now that is some awesome fishing! ......I love harvest time. That will be some fine eating! Well done man!


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Originally Posted By: John F
Those albino CC are so hard to obtain (at least here) that I am committed to leaving all of mine (fourteen stocked) in the pond indefinitely.


Yes we love our Albinos. We have just shy of 300 stocked. 3 years ago this time. They have some interesting growth rates I can spot some in the 3lb range and some are well into the 12-18lb range. We were harvesting mainly the big bulls with large heads since we think they are putting a hit on our HBG.

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Now that is some awesome fishing! ......I love harvest time. That will be some fine eating! Well done man!

We have plenty for a few fish dinners. Vacuum sealing and labeling is the key to keeping them straight in the freezer.


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Bass Pro might like one of those big albino CC to display in their big tank. How did you manage to obtain that many albino CC?

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That is just way cool Snakebite! Thanks for posting such great pictures.


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how about the snapping turtles, were they big? i have put 3 or 4 in my pond and a soft shell turtle. i rarely see them. i would love to have a few big ones in my pond. i know a man that has 2 that look like they would weigh 100lbs. too neat.


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laugh laugh

Many people think snapping turtles are the scourge of the pond! But the more enlightened pondmeisters that frequent PBF seem to be more tolerant. cool

Since I have a small seasonal stream right behind my main pond that leads to our major creek, the snapping turtles, at least one musk turtle and one huge softshell along with a variety of red ear sliders seem to come and go as they please. I might have several snapping turtles then none. I have had baby red ear sliders in the main pond, the sediment pond and forage ponds every year since they were built.

I don't know if you introduced them they would stay. They might if they like it there, but snappers have a propensity to roam.

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love the albino cats! nice size!


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Originally Posted By: John F
Bass Pro might like one of those big albino CC to display in their big tank. How did you manage to obtain that many albino CC?
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Bass Pro might like one of those big albino CC to display in their big tank. How did you manage to obtain that many albino CC?

I should contact our Pyramid Bass Pro to see if they would be interested. We obtained these from a local who raises Green Sunfish,Shiners, CC which he gets a good mix of albinos he picked out for us.
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how about the snapping turtles, were they big? i have put 3 or 4 in my pond and a soft shell turtle. i rarely see them. i would love to have a few big ones in my pond. i know a man that has 2 that look like they would weigh 100lbs. too neat.


I honestly don't mind snapping turtles, but they do rip into our netting cages and steal from our night time jugs. So I prefer not to have many if any in these ponds. On a plus I have a family member who knows how to harvest the meat and makes a really good white meat feast. Most of ours are in that 20-30lb range

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I have been so busy working that I haven't been able to wet a line in six weeks, but after seeing this I am going to take the time today. Thanks for sharing.

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I have been so busy working that I haven't been able to wet a line in six weeks, but after seeing this I am going to take the time today. Thanks for sharing.


Cray please do so. Also post some pictures of some of those monster CNBG if you catch any.


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I turned my 12 year old nephew lose in our pond and told him to catch all the fish he could. 3 hours and 29 fish later he caught us a fish fry. No albinos!


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Todd, it looks like he wore them out. I spot some nice HBG in there too.


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It makes a Monday work morning more tolerable to see great (and a great many) fish pictures. Thanks for posting!


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Those harvests look good. It is time to take a few as well.


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