Rock bass

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by BigBenny, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. BigBenny

    BigBenny 6 pointer

    Jan 14, 2021
    I was smallie fishing the other day and found myself in a honey hole of 9-11” rock bass, caught 7 in about 10 casts. I never really go to this creek with the intention of keeping fish but all the rock bass got me thinking, maybe they are tasty little buggers? Does anybody eat them?
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  2. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    If u like shell crackers then u will like redeyes.
  3. BigBenny

    BigBenny 6 pointer

    Jan 14, 2021
    haven’t eaten a shell cracker yet. I like crappies if that means anything
  4. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 10 pointer

    Sep 1, 2011
    Eubank, Ky
    They eat pretty well. Make damn good fish tacos!!
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  5. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    Good stuff for sure! Fry up a mess.
    If you like it and want more id suggest seining up a bunch of crawdads for bait live bait putting on a small brass hook and fish the brushpiles and root balls on the banks. You'll get snagged a bunch at first but it can be very productive.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2021
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  6. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

    Jan 1, 2018
    Cynthiana, Ky
    They will make fine fish tacos. I have cooked them up on the creek bank for my little nephews
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  7. BigBenny

    BigBenny 6 pointer

    Jan 14, 2021
    That’s funny, Tacos is what I was thinking about doing with them. Frying the leftovers if I catch enough for sure! I’ll get some this weekend maybe
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  8. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2010
    louisville kentucky
    Close enough to a bluegill
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  9. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    Post up a pic of one.
  10. BigBenny

    BigBenny 6 pointer

    Jan 14, 2021
    Didn’t happen to take any pics of them last time, I will next time I go out
  11. EC

    EC 12 pointer

    Jul 13, 2003
    Louisville, KY.
    Used to catch lots of Redeye's on gold devils in Elkhorn Creek. Back when I was a kid. They're good eating.
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  12. There’s a creek channel going from the secondary channel bouys into the first bay north of Blood River that was one of the only spots on Kentucky that I’ve ever caught a Kentucky lol. I’d often catch multiple ones fishing that creek bank.
  13. crossfire

    crossfire 8 pointer

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mayfield, Ky
    Caught a yellow perch in that same channel a couple of years ago. Shocked, although I shouldn't have been I guess. Hadn't seen one of them since the last time I went small mouth fishin on St. Claire.
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  14. The last few yellow perch state records have come off Kentucky Lake, 1 pound 7 oz currently.

    Funny story, I remember like 15+ years ago a woman caught a previous yellow perch record off the dock at Paradise Resort, a few bays to the north of Blood River, right at 1 pound. While bluegill fishing the spawn shortly afterwards I hooked a monster and looked at my buddy and said “I may have a new record here” to which he replied “sure looks it”. We didn’t have a scale that day so we scooted down Blood River to Irvin Cobb and got it weighed on a state certified scale. It weighed in at a shade over 8 oz lmao. A one pounder would have to be a monster and I can’t imagine a pound and a half.
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