Frozen Foods For A Pickerel
Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:00 PM
Are there any other reasons for the need to do this other than the risk of transmitting an illnesses from the feeders?
Also, what frozen foods would be appropriate for a pickerel? (Beef Heart)?
Thanks for the help!
Posted 05 August 2007 - 01:16 AM
This is my first real captive grass pike. It will be interesting to see how fast I can get my fish weaned off live stock. Like drewish, I am in no hurry.
Once my fish consistently and regularly takes live rosy reds, I plan on introducing frozen/freeze dried food and present it with the same technique I used to capture this little magnificent beast.....SKITTERING a mini-tube.
If you note, a rosy red has similar color and size to freeze dried krill.
Of note, (this is mishmosh's theory which I feel is valid but unproven) juvenile fish are the easiest to domesticate. Wild caught fry and mature adults seem more difficult to wean from live food than the wild-in-between juveniles. This is just a generalization.
What I am trying to say is that a 3-6 inch fish may be easier and more adaptable to domesticate.
Posted 05 August 2007 - 10:18 AM
Posted 05 August 2007 - 02:41 PM
I have caught some white suckers (rather large fish of 18-20 inches). I harvested the filet and cut it into appropriate 2 inch strips.
This is what I call prime select cut filet.
Freeze the individual strips. If you are worried about pathogens, freezing for 2 months is a crude but effective and natural method of killing pathogens.
Any forage fish is fair game.
I bowfish to obtain the prime select cut filet. It is fast and easy and I dont have to wade with nets or seines.
I select suckers since northern pike prefer this fish to any other. I am only assuming that grass pike would love them too if they got big enough to eat them.
If you can get your grass pike on a varied diet, I think that is beneficial.
Dangle and skitter the filet. It offers a very provocative and undulating motion. I have been fishing for pike (chains and northerns) for years. They will SMASH IT.
Posted 05 August 2007 - 06:47 PM
1. Castnets are not allowed in inland waters.
2. Minnow seines can only be used to take minnows.
You may use umbrella nets, dip nets, or hand nets for grass pike.
Hand nets may have any length handle, and any diameter net size.
I would not bring any net in any designated trout water.
Having said that, if I caught a grass pike with a minnow seine, I would most likely keep the grass pike.
You could always get a collectors permit from the state of MI and not even worry about it at all.
Posted 08 August 2007 - 03:13 PM
I named him George!
Well here they are... (last one is the best)
Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:21 PM
Oh by the way i'm assuming that you should feed them Raw table shrimp.
Posted 08 August 2007 - 07:06 PM
Posted 08 August 2007 - 09:28 PM
I really like the last picture too Edbihary! Don't know what i did differently with that one from the others. I snapped about thirty shots and that one stood out right away.
So I'm going to start trying to get him on some new food. thinking of trying the shrimp first.
Posted 09 August 2007 - 09:30 PM
Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:43 PM
Does the shrimp have to be "pure"? Because we have a package of raw table shrimp in our freezer and I looked at the ingredients and it said shrimp, salt , Sodium tri(something)phosphate (to retain moisture). Wasn't sure but are these extra ingredients going to hurt my grass pickerel? thought I would ask first to be safe.
Thaw, rinse, soak, rinse...
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