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Inline Spinners Will Catch Anything - Carlyle Spillway

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Me and my sister took the kayak out to Butler Lake (South St. Louis county), and while kayaking around, we saw those things going into a jumping frenzy. I'm talking about a good 30 or so of them just jumping like crazy for a good 5 minutes. We went back to get a camera and we tried to get them to do it again so we take a picture, and we couldn't get them to go nuts, just a few here and there jumped, though that's a good thing considering people get their jaws broke by them, but funny part was a few literally jumped over me and the kayak, and one actually fell into the kayak while my sister was using it, and she freaked out, came to shore and I tossed it back (she didn't want me to keep it, and I didn't see the point of killing it just to kill it when there's tens more in this tiny spillover lake from the Meramec anyways).

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Guest Brian B.

We used to catfish the Kaskaskia River down around the Baldwin Marsh before those really took over. After having 15 or so in the boat (not by my choosing) flopping, slopping, bleeding, and sliming all over every dam- thing I can't fathom getting that filthy stench all over my gear, Nah, no thanks, I'll stick to small largemouth for tablefare, although I have heard they are good... (But good what? Fried, heck you could deep fry a big toe and it would taste ehh.... "Good" enough... Anyone tried them prepared in a way where you actually taste the meat vs the breading and the oil?)

(Boy you'll really be a fan when you run down river on plane and one smokes your little girls in the face, slime and all, !back to the truck, LOL... Day over!)

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I've had them smoked and canned, both were pretty good- and with they're abundance I wish more folks would give them a try. I'd rather see lots more folks harvesting large, fast-growing asian carp than slow-growing blues, flatheads, or walleye. Plus they're filter feeders, and they don't concentrate metals and contaminants the way predators like bass, catfish and walleye do.

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