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What is better than skipping school? How about skipping school to go on a guided fishing trip?

Local guide, Pritchard's Guide Service on Grand Lake in Oklahoma did a kids fishing day today. Took 6 kids out this morning and 6 this afternoon chasing spoonbill. First time my kids had been after them. It was a success.

side note, if you're in northeast Oklahoma and looking for fishing on Grand Lake, Pritchards is the guy to call. Winter time spoonbill, summer time crappie (caught a 6 man limit plus piles of white bass with him this summer), and catfish and white bass thrown in the mix, plus he has contacts for when he is full and knows everybody around. If he isn't taking his kids hunting or is already booked, he will put you on fish.

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Rusty Pritchard and the 6 kids off to the races-
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I guess they drew straws as to who got to go first and my 11 year old was 1st. Smallest fish, but first in the boat..
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I think my 9 year old daughter went last, but she got a good one.
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Group pic at the end
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Then for 30 miles of the 60 mile drive home I got to hear all the ins and outs of winter spoonbill fishing and how they want to go again...

Filets soaking in salt water and the search is on for how to cook them beyond chunking up and frying like is typically done.

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Very cool! I have never done it myself but I do appreciate a very unique fish like that.

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Very cool. I assume they are good eating also?


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Originally Posted by bbassi
Very cool. I assume they are good eating also?

Kind of a cross between a catfish and a pork chop? Dense meat, not flaky like a fish. Does have some fishiness to it for sure though. I'd rather eat crappie or walleye for sure....but when in Rome...

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Very cool! What are they caught on? Bait?


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That'a awesome cheeseguy !


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Cool beans.

Do they troll for them in winter? Search out areas where there is still plankton and the paddlefish are still feeding?

I'd imagine any recipe for sturgeon would work, as they are rather closely related. One might try an Italian salad dressing marinade and then grilling it.


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Congrats on a great outing Cheesy. Well done Papa! Even your smallest fish was very nice.


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Originally Posted by NVhntr
Very cool! What are they caught on? Bait?

They're plankton feeders, so the only way to catch them is snagging.

Typically 95% are caught in the spring when the turkeys start gobbling and water is warming up. They leave the reservoirs and head up the rivers. That is when most everybody is in the rivers trying to snag one. 4 ounce weight below a big treble, 40 lb line or so, cast out, jerk, relax, jerk, relax, jerk, relax. It is great sport to go to the Neosho River in the Miami, OK city park and watch every redneck within 100 miles that gathers there to try and snag one from the bank.

This guide only targets them in the deep water in the cold months. He uses Dipsy Divers or similar to get the treble hook down to the proper depth they're holding at.

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Awesome!


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Love their smiles! grin


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Nice!!!

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Good eating right there. Delicious and no bones!

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That is super cool man nice work raising em up right!

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Great times and fantastic memories for everyone. Two thumbs up from me…👍👍

The picture of the young man in the green jacket facing the camera with the fish is really a great picture and one worthy of framing!

Great post Sir!


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Hooky to hook some prehistoric fish 😊


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Right on. Great to see the kiddo's out doing something cool.

Snagging is a ton of fun. Spoonbills are far from my favorite to eat though.

Spoiled on crappie and walleye.

Good on you and the guide


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Good stuff!! Love the pics! I've only caught them once in MT.

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Great Smiles there!

How are they smoked? That would seem a good way to use the meat.


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