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Joined: 02:07am - Dec 13,10
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Post Posted: 03:24am - Dec 13,10 
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Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum. I'm a student at UIC and this is my first time fishing here in the US. Actually, I've started fishing for the very first time this summer when I got back to my country. So I'm trying to learn from the beginning. I just want to thank you for a lot of useful information you provide. I've been browsing a lot of forum and I would have to say this forum is the best.
Well, below are some pics of fish I caught for the Fall 2010 semester:

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A 6-8 lbs carp near Shedd Aquarium.

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A drumfish (or sheephead?) at Planetarium.

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A 12 lbs carp at Shedd Aquarium ( 5.6 kg = 12.3 lbs).

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A 11 lbs Steelhead at Shedd Aquarium.

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First time fillet a salmon.

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Enjoy the first and only salmon of the season with close friends.


I got some bluegills, crappies, smallies, and nice perches too, but I lost those pics. Now it's the end of the semester, and I thought I would have a lot of time going fishing, but it seems that there's no longer open water for me to catch perch at Navy Pier. So given that I haven't had a car, and I have to use public transportation ( just around downtown ), could you guys tell me where should I fish now? I really want to try ice fishing, but I have no experience, so is there any group that I could join and learn from you?
Thank you very much for your attention!


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Post Posted: 08:58am - Dec 13,10 
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Welcome to the site and thanks for posting your pics! Looks like your putting in your time, keep it up! The fish you caught looks like a steelhead trout instead of a king. You can tell by the tail, and if you look into the mouth the gums are white, on a king or coho, the gums are blackish. Good job out there!

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Post Posted: 09:44am - Dec 13,10 
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Welcome to the site htt1084! It looks like you've picked up the sport pretty quick. Going to UIC you have great fishing right in your back yard.

There's a bunch of good reading here that will help you on lake michigan.

And this is a great picture. Good food and friends, can't be beat!


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Post Posted: 11:03pm - Dec 13,10 
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Thank you for your correction, and thank you guys for your warm words.


boatnup wrote:
Welcome to the site and thanks for posting your pics! Looks like your putting in your time, keep it up! The fish you caught looks like a steelhead trout instead of a king. You can tell by the tail, and if you look into the mouth the gums are white, on a king or coho, the gums are blackish. Good job out there!

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Post Posted: 05:01am - Dec 14,10 
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welcome, nice pics, keep it up!!

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Location: Not quite over the hill, but has a breathtaking view from the lofty perch.

Post Posted: 06:19am - Dec 14,10 
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Welcome and glad you enjoy it here. Maybe you can share just how you prepared the carp and drum. Many here could benefit from some good recipes.

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Post Posted: 08:46am - Dec 14,10 
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welcome aboard

be care full the fish is not the only one that can get HOOKED in this sport
fishing is fun and some times addicting

I have a buddy i took fishing some 20 or more years ago he has a picture of a 4 lb coho he caught
He still has this picture and shows people this fish. Claiming "This fish cost 1/4 million dollars over the last 25 years"
he had to buy a boat all the gear and the gas ect ect ect .
"but the fun is still PRICELESS"
"WORTH EVERY PENNY" HE CLAIMS

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Post Posted: 09:36am - Dec 14,10 
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Welcome to the site. It looks like a very productive first year for you. Matter of fact many anglers have fished the lakefront for years and never caught a steelhead of that size, Congrats.
Keep and eye on the perch board there are a lot of guys on here that don't icefish but fish navy pier all winter and break the ice with a cinderblock on rope.
Good luck and keep the reports and or questions coming.

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Post Posted: 09:54pm - Dec 19,10 
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wsj_outdoorsman wrote:
Welcome and glad you enjoy it here. Maybe you can share just how you prepared the carp and drum. Many here could benefit from some good recipes.

Oh, for the drum, I think frying is the best way (Well, that was my first drum, but we have some similar ones in our country, and frying is the best from our experience). And I think if we choose to fry it directly (without any flour), I prefer to fry whole fish. If you don't like the fishy smell, one of many ways to reduce it is putting some ginger in the oil while frying (you can seasons the fish with a little salt, pepper and ginger for about 15 minutes before, so the fish will become more tasty).

For the carp, of course frying is one easy option. But the best way, in my opinion, is this:

http://www.monngonhanoi.com/cam-nang/kh ... hep-om-dua

You could check the link and see the material and seasonings in English. You could see the picture of the dish, if you're interested, I'll try to translate the recipe into English.

Here are some interesting references for carp I found:

http://www.all-fish-seafood-recipes.com ... /list/Carp
http://www.allfishingbuy.com/Fish-Recip ... cepies.htm

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Post Posted: 07:52pm - Dec 21,10 
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htt

Great report! Great Pix! And some recipe kickers - awesome. Glad you're aboard and looking forward to your next culinary submission.

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Post Posted: 09:10pm - Dec 21,10 
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Gotta believe you will be a regular poster in the "food for thought" forum.

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Post Posted: 10:27pm - Dec 21,10 
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Welcome HTT. Your off to a great start in your fishing career and you found the best site on the web to boot. You can gain so much knowledge here and make some real freinds that will last a lifetime. Like Essox mentioned, get your coat and hat on and get on over to one of the piers and get after some of those winter perch. Unbelievably tasty! Good luck!

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