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Old 08-10-2020, 08:53 PM
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Lived in Western NY for 48 years. Fished Lake Erie and Lake Ontario professionally from 1987 till 2005. Moved to the Florida Keys in 2005.
FRESHWATER/SALTWATER ANALYSIS: Very limited selection of species in freshwater. Fish are only worth catching if they are big. 25 pound king salmon and 10 pound rainbow trout are as sporty on 20# tackle as any salt water species (they are actually a salt water species) They do not taste good compared to saltwater counterparts. Fish like walleye don't fight worth a darn, and they are just comparable in taste to most snapper with one exception as walleye get bigger they taste muddier, as snapper get bigger they make a better sammich. A 10# snapper on 20# tackle is a sporty fight, the 10# walleye comes to the boat easier than the big lipped plug that caught him. You notice I didn't even mention bass or catfish, as real freshwater fishermen consider them junk fish.

When I visit family and friends in WNY, I make it a point to tangle with some salmon. I have not fished walleye since leaving nor do I intend to, and after about 3 days up there I'm checking the weather and gulfstream in Marathon wanting to get back on my CC and blow up a chum slick!!
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Originally Posted by SnapperPsycho View Post
I would freshwater fish but I can't find a shirt with 1000 different logos on it.
Don't forget you need a sparkly carpeted boat to go with it.
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Originally Posted by FOODCHAIN View Post
Lived in Western NY for 48 years. Fished Lake Erie and Lake Ontario professionally from 1987 till 2005. Moved to the Florida Keys in 2005.
FRESHWATER/SALTWATER ANALYSIS: Very limited selection of species in freshwater. Fish are only worth catching if they are big. 25 pound king salmon and 10 pound rainbow trout are as sporty on 20# tackle as any salt water species (they are actually a salt water species) They do not taste good compared to saltwater counterparts. Fish like walleye don't fight worth a darn, and they are just comparable in taste to most snapper with one exception as walleye get bigger they taste muddier, as snapper get bigger they make a better sammich. A 10# snapper on 20# tackle is a sporty fight, the 10# walleye comes to the boat easier than the big lipped plug that caught him. You notice I didn't even mention bass or catfish, as real freshwater fishermen consider them junk fish.

When I visit family and friends in WNY, I make it a point to tangle with some salmon. I have not fished walleye since leaving nor do I intend to, and after about 3 days up there I'm checking the weather and gulfstream in Marathon wanting to get back on my CC and blow up a chum slick!!
Of all the great fish we eat here in Florida I still have to buy a few Catfish fillets once in a while because of the cravings I get for them.
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Originally Posted by FOODCHAIN View Post
Lived in Western NY for 48 years. Fished Lake Erie and Lake Ontario professionally from 1987 till 2005. Moved to the Florida Keys in 2005.
FRESHWATER/SALTWATER ANALYSIS: Very limited selection of species in freshwater. Fish are only worth catching if they are big. 25 pound king salmon and 10 pound rainbow trout are as sporty on 20# tackle as any salt water species (they are actually a salt water species) They do not taste good compared to saltwater counterparts. Fish like walleye don't fight worth a darn, and they are just comparable in taste to most snapper with one exception as walleye get bigger they taste muddier, as snapper get bigger they make a better sammich. A 10# snapper on 20# tackle is a sporty fight, the 10# walleye comes to the boat easier than the big lipped plug that caught him. You notice I didn't even mention bass or catfish, as real freshwater fishermen consider them junk fish.

When I visit family and friends in WNY, I make it a point to tangle with some salmon. I have not fished walleye since leaving nor do I intend to, and after about 3 days up there I'm checking the weather and gulfstream in Marathon wanting to get back on my CC and blow up a chum slick!!
And man do I love a nice Bass not even filleted just cooked whole and pick all the meat off the bones. Smoked Carp or Buffalo.....can't beat it.
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
And man do I love a nice Bass not even filleted just cooked whole and pick all the meat off the bones. Smoked Carp or Buffalo.....can't beat it.
One man's junk is another man's dinner............
Old 08-20-2020, 09:07 AM
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If I want to relax, I freshwater fish.

If I want to catch fish, I go saltwater.
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Originally Posted by SWF Pontoon Angler View Post
You should probably go back to the drawing board and continue your studies. This is what I found;

When it comes to chemical composition beyond simple water and salt, seawater is very similar from place to place, where as freshwater varies a lot depending on the type of soil and rock the water is in contact with. Seawater may contain hundreds of trace elements including metals like lead and mercury. Seawater also contains large quantities of chlorine (twice as much even than salt), with somewhat smaller quantities of magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and potassium. Freshwater contains similar elements, but much less of everything - fresh water is purer. Brackish water is in between, since brackish water is where fresh and saltwater are mixed, especially in estuaries, lakes, and mangroves.
What? where did that quote come from, obviously not from anyone that has ever opened a science book. Chlorine? Really, try chloride. Twice as much as salt? Try sodium. Sodium is not salt. Sodium chloride is a salt, table salt (NaCl). Its true that there is more chloride than sodium in salt water, almost twice. Made up of other salts potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, a lot more chloride out there than just table salt.
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Probably the top SW and FW fishing experiences:
SW
- pulling an 80lb bluefin tuna out from behind a scallop boat
- white marlin in Punta Cana
- catching 5 40”-45” bull redfish in a few hours off Elmers Island LA

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- 4 or 5 large pike in Sandy Lick Creek PA in a few hours
- 4’+ musky in Canada
- Opening season of Trout in Pa
- nice smallies and a 20” Walleye in Pa rivers
Old 08-22-2020, 12:33 AM
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I live in TN and freshwater fish. Growing up we would go to my grandparents beach house in Mexico Beach and fish from their boat. I have progressed from trailering a 18ft bay boat the Gulf and tried my hand at near shore fishing on my own and had some luck. Fast forward to now I just purchased a Robalo R200 due to my SW fishing addiction and the desire to go further out. I will FW fish some to satisfy my addiction. But crave the thrill of SW fishing, hands down SW is far more exciting.
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Originally Posted by Manoverboard123 View Post
I dont know... I guess I just prefer fishing a lake up in the woods somewhere, 6:30am barely safe light, fog coming off the water, 70mph run to wherever you're going, slowly cranking a rattle trap down the bank

I just love when people see these triple or quad offshore boats and say WOW I BET THAT HAUL ASS!

Half of you people obviously dont know what a Bullet/Allison/Blazer can do with a single 300.... it'd leave those trips and quads crying

https://youtu.be/xLKXp-yWq-g

Not in 2 foot seas, you won’t. Much less 4’ or more.
Old 08-22-2020, 02:27 AM
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I grew up saltwater fishing and no comparison. When I need to scratch my itch I freshwater fish. Plus the saltwater fish tastes so much better than freshwater any day hands down.

Can't wait to move back to a non land locked state so I can saltwater fish again.
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For me it's also about the tackle....what/why is that tiny, awkward, backward bait caster reel a thing? magnets in it? switch hands to cast? hold rod in non dominant hand? who came up with that? probably needed to give the fish they catch at least a little advantage lol
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Offshore > Inshore > Fresh Water

I love them all though.
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Bass = Bait
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As this thread has progressed through four pages now, I'm starting detect a "I'm better than you" attitude from each side of this conversation. Not everyone is blessed to be able to fish anywhere, much less salt vs fresh, anytime they choose. We're ALL fisherman, we share that love of feeling the tug on the rod. So come down off of your high horses and embrace the other side as "fishing", not any better or worse than what you do, just different......
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I live in florida so it's salt for me. Snook are my favorite fish of all time and targetting big ones at night is what I do 90% of the time I fish.

That being said, I'll do it all given half a chance, and saying one is somehow "better" than the other is nuts. There is no challenge quite like sight casting a fly to a carp in 6 inches of water on a big mud flat. There is nothing cooler than a big bass blowing up a topwater frog. There is no other experience like drifting dry flies in the middle of a heavy mayfly hatch. Very few meals are as awesome as a bunch of fried up bluegills or, even better, crappie. No fish is as pretty as a native brook trout.

It's all pretty rad if you ask me.
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