Carpsucker, Quillback NPike_Guy

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Location: 
WI River
Date Caught: 
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Notes: 
One of multiple tank quillbacks caught, presumably chasing muskie baits away from their spawning territory?

Comments

Dan Henderson's picture

Nice catch. 

Tyler W's picture

If they were trying to chase a fish away from their spawning ground, why would they bite the treble hook? And if they actually are attacking lures to defend a redd... is that fair catch? Honest question. I'm not sure if it is or not.

NPike_Guy's picture

Good question, I think provoking a fish into attacking a bait would be fair but I'm new here. For what it's worth it's a pretty regular occurence where I fish.

Graceclaw's picture

I, too, find it a little suspicious that a territorial strike would have the Quillback's miniscule mouth hit the exact spot where the massive treble would have hooked it fairly. Regarding territorial strikes in general - heck yes it's a catch, as long as it's hooked fairly. You provoked the fish to strike at your offering - doesn't matter whether they were trying to eat or not.

NPike_Guy's picture

Totally fair to question it and I'll remove the post and catch one on a hair jig if need be. I will reiterate that on the stretches of the Wisconsin river I fish it's not uncommon to have a quillback chasing your bait off its turf every other cast at times. If it weren't for the fact that I hooked multiple large quillback in the face and nowhere else I wouldn't believe that they were attacking the bait either.