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Click here to see a 8 lb smallie that was caught, weighed then fried to a golden brown. Would have been a new state record in Kansas. This is from the Kansas Fishing Report.....
QUOTEJune 14, 2004 - Milford Certified Scales? - Do you know the nearest certified scales to Milford State park main entrance?

My wife caught an 8lb Smallmouth (we think) out of Milford, We stopped at Jim's gas station where he weighted it and told us he wasn't sure it was a Smallmouth. A week later we stopped by again and he was sure, But we ate it. Here is a couple pictures. It's a hard luck story we would not like to repeat.

 

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Beautifil fish but I bet that since it was big that it tasted like a shoe when it was fried up.
Catch and release is the only way to go on Bass, Muskies and Pike in my book.
 

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Some recreational fisherman just don't get the conservation efforts. Plus with a good smoker at home you can even make shoe leather taste good.
 

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i will eat bass if i know there not gonna live, which is very few
best way is to fillet them, set the fillets on paper towel to dry out, then soak them in milk for a couple hours.
bass smell and taste diminishes.
 

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There's been plenty of talk about taste preferences here before - let's just say it's personal. My favorite is bluegill followed by smallmouth bass. I also like artichokes, brussel sprouts, and chicken livers but can't stand cucumbers, watermelon or cantelope. To each his own.
 

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Seen pictures of this fish on another board. DIfferent pose....same person same fish same story.

Folks you can eat smallmouth....they really arent that bad either. Personally I havent done it in a long time, but it is still an option for all anglers.

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Exactly, to each his own.
As for not eating pike, you are missing out on incredibly firm, tasty white meat. The smaller pike bones are no big deal, and the larger ones have a backbone that you can remove after cooking if you wish. I haven't mastered the cleaning method to remove the bones before cooking. IMHO, pike is far tastier than walleye. Good stuff.
 
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