I don't know what kind of fish this is?

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I don't know what kind of fish this is?

 Hello.. I was fishing the Red River today north of Lindenwood. I caught a bunch of Gold eyes so I cut them up and thought I would use them for Catfish bait. I instead caught a fish that looks kinda like a silver bass. I am not sure though I tried uploading the picture from my phone and it's not working. The fish was silver in color with some bluish purple coloring on top... it had large lips that extended..when opening its mouth no teeth at all that I could see. It had a line of small holes along its side and its bottom fin had a longer point.. I have looked online and it doesn't look like a carp or sheephead or really anything else for that matter. It was a nice catch after catching a ton of goldeyes. Didn't freak out like them when they caught it was a pretty calm fish..I ended up catching three total.. If  you have any Ideas let me know. Thanks.

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Drum?

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 sounds like a drum? save it and cut the ivory out.

 Norm

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Please explain this "ivory" as I'm a drum catching fool!!

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Oh, and by the way that's a drum.

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sheep head for sure


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svnmag Said:
Please explain this "ivory" as I'm a drum catching fool!!

Its somewhere in the head...You'll have to go on a little treasure hunt the next time you catch one. Some people even make jewelery out of them cause they look like a rough pearl. (Hmmm, my wife's b-day is comming up)

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Where is this "pearl"?  I should've paved my driveway with them by now. WTF? 

My wife really likes jewerly and she is not an idiot!! 

Now I want a Dremel tool and a vice.  Hobby Lobby is less than three minutes away!!

I'll make serious cash and feed the crawfish!!

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svnmag Said:

Now I want a Dremel tool and a vice. 
 

Yikes

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Them pearls are kind of neat. If you shake a drum you can hear it rattle in it.

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 well thanks guys.... I am glad to know now what it was that i caught... I was catching goldeyes left and right they are a messy fish...I don't enjoy catching them and getting splattered with blood.. The sheephead was a nicer fish to catch...lol..

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        Just hold them like they are swimming upright and use your electric knife and cut thru their head between their eyes and pry open and they are in a pocket right behind the eyes . Be careful their head is hard and it'd easy to slip with your knife.   

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If I remember right they should be about an inch or so behind the eyes and cut straight down. 

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Good info.   What are those pearls made of?  Bone? cartilage?     If they make jewelry out of them it must be something that doesn't rot or shrink away when exposed to the air.

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Otolith
An ear stone (or  calcareous concretion)  in the inner ear of a bony fish. Each year, a new concretion (layer of bone) is added, which can be used to measure age. Also see cleithrum     Clean and eat them and you will be suprised at the flavor . Flaky white meat . We fillet them out like a walleye , cut the red meat off and cut in to chunks and boil and serve with butter like lobster . No bones if  cleaned right. Helps to bleed them out before you kill them.
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The best thing about a Drum is how they fight...

You get a big one and sometimes you think you got a nice walleye...but then you see its a drum.

They are tasty and you have to respect a fish that fights that hard.

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Big drum do feel like hog walleyes.  Damn things.

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drum

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ahh dangit, why'd some one have to go and say they taste good.  Now I have to start keeping those too.

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multi-species-angler Said:
ahh dangit, why'd some one have to go and say they taste good.  Now I have to start keeping those too.

I was thinking the same thing.

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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Sheepshead or drum.


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As much as I'd like to have some sort of homemade adornment, in reality, I may have some internal issues with killing just for two beads.  I sure am a pro at catching them...maybe just the ones which swallow the hook,,,

These things are almost dead ringers for the croakers you get off piers on the east coast.  I'm talking the marine fish, not the drunk women that that stroll out to the end and keep a handsome guy company when he's illegally shark fishing with a rope gaff and a chair leg at his side.

Dusky used to go 14 bucks a pound...shark meat is translucent and beautiful. No red lines, etc,etc.   I used to keep the heads for the jaws and made many friends by giving away the rest.  I was able to get one set right then they got busted up on a move. Too much bleach.  Always.  No Internet back then. Fire ants took too damn long.

One day, I want to do it completely right.  I'll get the fight, the shark, the meat and the jaws.  I'll dry ice ship it up here and have many fish frys starting with the 4th and going through New Years.    I have about a pound of channel cat from last Sept.  The Boy and I are going after pike Friday evening with plastic worms(using the leader as the weight) and crankbaits.

We may try to slay the elusive drum and an occasional wally with blown crawlers in the Tailrace.

I hope my rambling has entertained someone.  

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Forgot to include:  Thanks for the infomation Esox!

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Drum are just one shit fish of many in our rivers. They are only good for the beads or bear bait..

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