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: Darned suckers.

John Desjardins
03-27-2003, 03:10 PM
While we may not like to catch them I'm always glad to see suckers. I've found that they are a sign of a healthy eco system. And Hal a 4 pounder is a good sized one.


Whoops this one was for Hal's the streak continues thread.

03-28-2003, 07:56 AM
The Betsie River(northern Michigan) gets a run of huge suckers this time of year. They get so many you have a hard time getting to the Steelhead.

Bad thing about them is that they spew all over you while you are tring to unleash them. Nasty foul stuff.

03-28-2003, 10:54 PM
Any fish (be it big or small) at the end of my line is a welcome friend.

03-29-2003, 07:14 AM
Some of the bigger ones (5 or 6 lbs..???) even managed to pull out some line when I first hooked 'em - and they DID put up a respectable struggle. And they did hit flies. I have to grudgingly admit it was fun, and the first action after the Long Cold Winter!

Only complaint was that I didn't get long enough drifts to get into the chrome.


03-30-2003, 10:01 AM
It seems I start off every year landing a nice sucker.

PM Out

03-31-2003, 05:08 AM
Only river I ever hit that really had a ton of them was the Betsie.

Never had that problem on the Man, Mo' or PM.

03-31-2003, 11:06 AM
The Mo gets a good amount of suckers too. The biggest problem on the Mo right now is the Walleyes. We blanked on Sat for Steel but managed 3-4 wall hanger sized walleye. The biggest went 12-13 lbs. Season is closed but, man......little bit of oil and some bread crumbs.....Mmmmmm shore lunch.