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How to Catch Tilapia....Anyone Know??

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Nalapombu, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

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    Hey all,

    I have access to a small private lake that is loaded with Tilapia. Down here in Florida they are pretty common I guess because the state stocked them for people to keep their lakes and ponds clear of algae.

    I have asked the people at Bass Pro and get answers all over the map. I want to fish for these Tilapia with a rod and reel, not with a net. What fun is that?

    Most people tell me that Tilapia can't be caught on rod and reel because they don't eat anything that resembles bait. Then I have been told that since they have been in an enclosed environment for so long their feeding habits change and they will feed on different things and thus give you a chance to catch them. Still another has told me you have to use Fly fishing gear to catch them. That kinda scares me since I have never tried it in my fishing life.

    So, do you have any knowledge on how to catch Tilapia on rod and reel? I"m open to all suggestions and ideas.

    Thanks for your time.

    Nalajr
     
  2. hatidua

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    pretty easy to catch on fly. I've caught tilapia on everything from a small Merkin Crab to various small shrimp patterns intended for bonefish.

    I have no idea how to catch them on bait.
     

  3. GlocknSpiehl

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    I take the rod and reel, no bait, walk into the grocery store and buy it! LOL
     
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    Lone Wolf8634 :):

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    buy them myself. But catch extra when ya do it. YUM:eat:
     
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    I wish we had them in Texas, they're delicious.
    I eat the store bought fillets all the time.
     
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    I suggest you fish them with corn or blood worms.
     
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    john58 BHO is a LIAR!

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    So I guess you don't want to catch them with a hand grenade? Or an electric current?:tongueout::rofl:
     
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    Being from Idaho; this is the image that came to mind when I read you wanted to catch Tilapia...

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    If your down in florida, there are plenty of better fish to be catching and eating then tilapia. I wouldnt waste the time.
     
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    I catch mine here...











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    have you tried 30-06? It works on Mullet
     
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    it was years ago but i caught them on nightcrawlers while bluegill fishing. this was in florida also.
     
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    I wouldn't waste the time either. Besides being rather bland tasting, Tilapia in the wild will feed on doody (among other things).

    I also personally would never eat the farm raised ones. But if you do choose to eat farm raised Tilapia at least try to ensure that they are from U.S. sources. Tilapia from China should be avoided like the plague. Raised in filthy water (and filth in general) Tilapia from China is revolting and quite likely unhealthy to consume.
     
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    white bread balled on a hook. guaranteed to bring them in.