Buffalo, Bigmouth

<p>Caught several of these this year, from locations different than my usual offerings. for some reason bigmouth buffalo sometimes like to pretend they are bass, and hit jigs. The first one has a strange mouth that you can see clearly in the pictures below...</p>
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Goldenfishberg's picture

Gary you are a frickin beast dude holy mother of pearl! Sweet molasses on hot cakes those are some incredible buffs! 

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.

Gary's picture

Thanks man, you are tearing it up yourself out there this year! For some strange reason it seems bigmouth buffalo just like me - I struck out at my usual spot close to home, but they showed up in other spots when I wasn't even trying to catch them. They all hit either twister tails, mini mite jigs, or lures made to mimic shad. Unbelieveable fight in that current, even the small ones give you a battle... any bigger than the one in the first photo and I probably would have had to follow it downriver a long way in order to bring it in. 

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...

 

Dr Flathead's picture

They hungry man.  Them invaders are eating all the normal food up.  You can see how skinny they are.  Skinny just like the asian carps.  Suprised Paddlefish arent getting caught the same way...

Carp Chaser's picture

Nice work Gary. They're so cool looking. I put in a lot of hours on bigmouths last year but it didn't happen. I will spend a lifetimes worth of fishing if necessary.

"There's always a bigger fish"

Gary's picture

Doc, you hit the nail on the head. In actuality, a local who was fishing down there told me they are indeed catching "spoonbills" the same way, hooked in the mouth on small white twister tails or lure that mimic shad. I didn't see it with my own eyes so I can't verify it, but I would not be surprised if it is happening. The Asian carp population is out of control in some areas. I stopped in at another location that Josh and I visited a few years back, and it was completely overrun with schools of monstrous bighead carp, the whale sized ones by the hundreds. Hopefully nature funds some way to balance it out somehow, they are indeed competition for the native species and voracious ones at that.

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...

 

Gary's picture

Also, thanks CC - if you are ever in the area around here I can take you to a place to find Bigmouth Buffs by the boatload, sometimes I can catch half a dozen in twenty minutes and other times it is no dice no matter what you try. These locations I caught the ones you see above in seem to be pretty good at producing them, though it is not sight fishing in these places and nothing's guaranteed. Seems like if you cast through the run enough times you'll eventually get one though!

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...

 

TonyS's picture

Dammit Gary... making this look easy... awesome catches and I'm going to get one of these damn things yet...

Gary's picture

Everyone has their fishy arch-nemesis, my man... You will eventually get yours, I have no doubt. If it's any consolation, I drove all the way to MO to find another pealip, actually FOUND them, sightfished them for hours and ultimately could not bring one to hand. Then on the way home I fed a perch to what would have been my lifer muskellunge, a glorious dark stripey tiger at that, watched him boil to the surface and throw the perch back up and at me, escaping to who knows where. That fish is my own nemesis now, I've been beaten by them multiple times, but this one was the worst by far. Still a great trip overall, though!

Do not meddle in the affairs of BAGMAN, for thou art crunchy and good with Old Bay seasoning...