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Old 03-02-2012, 11:08 PM
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Got a tilapia today. Caught on a small jig. Very difficult to get to bite.

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I've eaten Tilapia many times, served many different ways, but this the first I've seen what one actually looks like!

Congrats on the nice catch!
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I've eaten Tilapia many times, served many different ways, but this the first I've seen what one actually looks like!

Congrats on the nice catch!
Rick: Same deal here, I've eaten Tilapia many times, but had no idea what they look like.

Monello: Congrats, that is a great looking fish!
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Been a while since I've seen a tilapia since they aren't exactly abundant in Buffalo, but they are basically ubiquitous in golf course lakes in FL. Go after them just after spawning time by stripping streamers near their beds, and they'll give you those get-the-heck-out-of-here pike-style attack strikes. Probably going to have to take a shot at them when I'm back in Florida.
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Default Re: Florida Blue Tilapia

Like others have said, I have only seen fillets. Cool looking fish.
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i lived in central fl for a long time. we used to catch then a lot when they were bedding. all the lakes in downtown orlando are full of them.
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Default Re: Florida Blue Tilapia

So that's what a tilapia looks like....

Nice fish! Looks like a big old bluegill. I am in Orlando quite often and have seen a couple of ponds that looked promising - especially around the convention center. I may actually have to fish them now!
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First time I caught one I at first glance thought it was a blue gill and that I had a world record. The larger ones will put up a good fight. I am told they are vegetarian (all or mostly) and that is one reason they are not caught more often. They would be good sport if there was a fly that could routinely take them. If anyone catches them with consistency- tell how you are doing it. Thanks.
P.S. The super market talapia taste pretty good but some of the Florida talapia are not quite as good- still- it would be great sport to be able to consistently take them. A wildlife officer told me they had a 10 pounder jump into the boat at night on Lake George.
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Some small nymphs are rumored to catch tilapia. What is interesting about them is prior to the spawn you can see dozens of them in small lakes but once the spawn is over you don't even know they are in the lake.

I don't eat tilapia. Foreign raised tilapia have an unusual diet. Many fish operations raise them on chicken manure. No joke.

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wow!
cool looking fish for sure, i was never sure what they looked like. interesting stuff on the farmed ones.


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