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#5931134 - 06/19/17 05:07 AM Summertime Redhorse (Suckers)
Scout1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 1183
Loc: Western N. Carolina
I was snorkeling in the river near home and couldn't believe all the redhorses you could see, and some big ones at that! I have been watching YouTube videos on people catching them during the spring spawn. I was wondering if any of you all catch them during the summer months as well. What rigs and bait should one use? Or fish the same way people do during the spawn/early spring?


Edited by Scout1 (06/19/17 10:32 PM)
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#5931164 - 06/19/17 06:21 AM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
WisconsinCooner Offline
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Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 194
Loc: Wisconsin
Night crawler and a big sinker thrown into the darkest hole you can find in the summer. Most of the time it is none stop action with red horse, moon eye,sheep head, and fiddler cats on the Black River/Mississippi River.

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#5931241 - 06/19/17 08:10 AM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
The Possum Man Offline
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Registered: 09/13/14
Posts: 3242
Loc: carolina, Alabama
redworm hooked once in the middle in a dark hole and alot of patience and be quiet. I have never been good at catching suckers but my granddad and his buddies sure could pile em up.
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#5931265 - 06/19/17 09:01 AM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
Law Dog Offline
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Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 10636
Loc: Central, SD
Them things somehow survive in that nasty waters around the Chicago area we bow fished them as a kid. People asked for them we gave them to them but I would tell them heck if I would eat one.
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#5931268 - 06/19/17 09:06 AM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
BadgerTrapper97 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/12
Posts: 536
Loc: Fort Bliss, ND is home
Pretty easy to catch in the summer, I use just a splitshot and a small hook with a nightcrawler. I just let it drift along downstream from dams on the river. Have caught lots of them this way

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#5931373 - 06/19/17 12:42 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
DadN3Boyz Offline
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Registered: 11/18/13
Posts: 44
Loc: Wisconsin
Switched over to circle hooks. I've seen them spit a crawler so fast if they feel the hook point. Not so with a circle hook, plus they hook themselves. I have pickled all sorts of fish. Redhorse are one of my favorites. They stay firm and have a good texture when pickled. My other top favorites are small bluegills and perch. The potato chip ones. You don't have to cut them up to fit in a pint jar. Of my 3 boys, one prefers redhorse another the bluegills. The third isn't big on pickled fish.

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#5931456 - 06/19/17 03:07 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
The Beav Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 11058
Loc: Wisconsin
My Mother in Law would catch them tear out the gills and toss them back In. She just hated them. LOL
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#5931608 - 06/19/17 07:05 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: DadN3Boyz]
Scout1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 1183
Loc: Western N. Carolina
Originally Posted By: DadN3Boyz
Switched over to circle hooks. I've seen them spit a crawler so fast if they feel the hook point. Not so with a circle hook, plus they hook themselves. I have pickled all sorts of fish. Redhorse are one of my favorites. They stay firm and have a good texture when pickled. My other top favorites are small bluegills and perch. The potato chip ones. You don't have to cut them up to fit in a pint jar. Of my 3 boys, one prefers redhorse another the bluegills. The third isn't big on pickled fish.

What size hook you use? Over the years I happen to catch a couple on corn. They would fight like heck and jump like a shark. Thanks for the info you all.
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#5931635 - 06/19/17 07:28 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
Sharon Offline
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Registered: 03/04/11
Posts: 3778
Loc: Montana ,Rocky mtns.
I admit, I had no earthly idea what a redhorse is (other than my first reactive thought) till I read these posts and googled it.

Learn something new every day.

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#5931638 - 06/19/17 07:31 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
52Carl Offline
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Registered: 01/19/14
Posts: 2459
Loc: Virginia
I used to catch them with cut clam foot. It was white in color and I could watch the sucker pick it up and set the hook before it spit it back out. They fight like an epileptic adult marital enhancement toy.

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#5931647 - 06/19/17 07:43 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
Yote52 Offline
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Registered: 03/22/17
Posts: 24
Loc: Michigan
Shoot quite a few a year bowfishing the rivers. Later in the summer you see some in the lakes. Nothing better than fishing with the bait that bites!! Alot easier to force feed them!

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#5931766 - 06/19/17 10:35 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Sharon]
Scout1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 1183
Loc: Western N. Carolina
Originally Posted By: Sharon
I admit, I had no earthly idea what a redhorse is (other than my first reactive thought) till I read these posts and googled it.

Learn something new every day.

cool

Sorry Sharon, went ahead and fixed the title!.! Should have mentioned fish and not a Roan. crazy


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#5931782 - 06/19/17 11:16 PM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: Scout1]
Sharon Offline
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Registered: 03/04/11
Posts: 3778
Loc: Montana ,Rocky mtns.
grin grinOh thats ok, Scout- I learned a lot and had some chuckles too with myself....I was imagining a red roan seahorse , lol !

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#5931794 - 06/20/17 12:15 AM Re: Summertime Redhorses [Re: 52Carl]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7115
Loc: evansville Indiana age70
Originally Posted By: 52Carl
I used to catch them with cut clam foot. It was white in color and I could watch the sucker pick it up and set the hook before it spit it back out. They fight like an epileptic adult marital enhancement toy.
I would probably pay good money just to see one of those toys.

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#5931800 - 06/20/17 01:09 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
swedeole Offline
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Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 72
Loc: Bemidji
I love redhorse.

They just got done spawning up here last week. We spear them and net them in the shallows. Great fun for the kids.

They also happen to be fantastic eating - better by far than walleye, and I like them even better than bluegill or crappie. Almost like a good fresh eelpout or whitefish when fried.

It takes a few to figure out how to fillet them - bone structure is similar to a pike. Just like taking the Y-bones out. And you've got to be sure to get all the dark and fatty meat off the skin side. Excellent eating!

Do you have greaters or river redhorse?

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#5931821 - 06/20/17 05:51 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
Iowa4life Offline
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Registered: 09/29/14
Posts: 87
Loc: Iowa
Best cut bait for Bank lining around here

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#5931850 - 06/20/17 07:08 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
Riverotter2 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 1627
Loc: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Back in my younger days we would go out at night and gig em on the spring runs. Creek not far from here them and drum would come up in the spring.

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#5931881 - 06/20/17 08:10 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
The Possum Man Offline
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Registered: 09/13/14
Posts: 3242
Loc: carolina, Alabama
We can them. They hold up very well to canning. Pull em out and make sucker patties with them. They do fight hard when you catch them especially on a cane pole.
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#5931884 - 06/20/17 08:11 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
DadN3Boyz Offline
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Registered: 11/18/13
Posts: 44
Loc: Wisconsin
Scout, I would use a #4 or #6 circle hook. Typically a #6 with a crawler hooked once in the middle. They are fighters. We do our annual walleye trip to northern Wisconsin. One day is set aside to visit my mom then hit the dam for Redhorse. Get enough for pickled fish through the year. Just let them tighten the line and that circle point sets nicely in that fatty mouth.

If pickling, I discard the tail section and cut in 1 inch strips.

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#5931894 - 06/20/17 08:21 AM Re: Summertime Redhorse (Suckers) [Re: Scout1]
tomahawker Offline
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Registered: 05/09/09
Posts: 1020
Loc: ohio
One of the few bigger fish in smaller creeks around here. Good sport
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