dropped my gheenoe in the old neighborhood lake this mornin...fished 2 hrs and caught 3 fish..missed 2 others..this one here was the biggest at around 3.5-4lbs...tryin again tomorrow..
quick question...i threw my cast net the other day hoping for some shiners...i caught some smaller baitfish that looked almost like a greenback..they had a big black dot around the gill area..they were small at around 3-4 inches in length...anyone know what these are?? i ran into a small school of them and had around 50 or so in my net..as i was throwing them back in they were getting hammered on the surface almost as fast as they were hitting the water...was thinking of trying some live bait and i was curious what these were..this is a freshwater pond with a tiny brackish canal that leads into it..i heard a story of a small tarpon being caught in the lake..
The shiners I'm familiar with are not a member of the shad family. We used to see a lot of them in the Hillsbourough River north of Tampa. Some were a foot or so long and would hit bream bugs. They have a bronze or gold cast to them and the scale pattern is somewhat like a carp's. Some bait shops sold them and would charge an arm and a leg for them.Forty years ago they went for $10/dozen. I can only imagine what they go for now.
Shiners in the wild are the same species as the ones in bait stores, and are related to carp and minnows. Last I checked at the bait store they were 8 dollars for a half dozen of small.
The fish you castnetted were just as hewes18 said, either threadfin shad or baby gizzards.