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Old 12-04-2011, 07:02 PM
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I was out at the local pond today just tossing around a chenille spider and ended up catching an 8" Shiner , I've been fishin as long as I can remember and I've never caught one of these, has anyone else caught one before?
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Hi,

Sounds like escaped bait that lived well.
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Could be wrong but understand fishing for minnows is an accomplished sport in England.

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Carp are minnows, yes? milt.
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Was it a big Golden Shiner by any chance? I used to fish for them and have caught them to about a foot long. What's really funny about them is they seem to get to about half of that and their head either stops growing or at least seriously slows down. They end up as this big shiner with a tiny head on the front end. Here is a fairly big Golden Shiner.
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Default Re: Shiners?

We catch them a lot on Missouri trout streams. There are a whole bunch of shiner species, but the species most often caught by MO trout fishermen are bleeding shiners and the closely related duskystripe shiner, and striped shiners. The bleeding shiners don't get over about 4 inches long, but the striped shiners get to about 7 or 8 inches. I once had a big brown trout attack a bleeding shiner that had just taken a size 16 nymph, but I jerked the minnow out of its mouth trying to set the hook.
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Don't try to set the hook Al, let him swallow the shiner and then reel him in slow. Keep a real low profile, lay right down at shore if you must when you bring him in. The whole idea is 'don't scare the trout' without a hook pricking the trout they haven't a clue what's going on and they will come in without a fight. However if you stand there hovering over the fish or try to net it they will panic and often regurgitate the bait-fish when this happens.

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Don't try to set the hook Al, let him swallow the shiner and then reel him in slow. Keep a real low profile, lay right down at shore if you must when you bring him in. The whole idea is 'don't scare the trout' without a hook pricking the trout they haven't a clue what's going on and they will come in without a fight. However if you stand there hovering over the fish or try to net it they will panic and often regurgitate the bait-fish when this happens.

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