Carpsucker, Quillback NPike_Guy



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


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.