Pickerel are those gorgeous little spotted fish we catch at times. In the north, bass anglers kill them on purpose. Why?
We love Pickerel. We catch them sometimes when we're catching bass, and unlike the anglers up north, it seems, we do not hate them at all.
We were pretty amazed when we read this story from this Connecticut site. It actually talks about what pain in the rear these beautiful little fish are to "real" bass anglers - and that in some cases the fish are purposely killed to reduce their populations. For those young folks out there that don't know about the history of Tampa Bay (and southern Florida in general) in the old days the commercial mullet guys hated snook. They would tangle the nets, they were a pain with their sharp dorsals, and they tasted like soap. This was before people reaized that removing the skin made them taste better than anything in the water. All the soap taste was limited to the skin.
So here are anglers in Connecticut killing those gorgeous little spotted fishies. This author says anglers should wake up and target them. If we could, we sure would.
Bass anglers, particularly tournament anglers, hate chain pickerel. They are hard to handle. In places where pickerel are abundant, they will tear up a bag of soft plastic baits in short order and easily can poke a pinhole in your finger if they thrash and slip during the hook removal process.
Sadly, in heavily-fished bass lakes, some anglers kill any pickerel they catch. Small ones can really be a nuisance because they can be even harder to handle and their teeth are ready to tear through just about anything.