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I fish a power plant lake that is about 20 minutes from where I live. I went fishing there yesterday with my daughter and saw tons of beds, but they weren't beds for Bass, Bream, Carp, or any other fish that I have heard of. They were Blue Tilapia beds.........hundreds of them. WOW

People say they are some good eating and I see some in our local Wal-Marts. They go for about $7.00 a package and about 1 or 1 1/2 in each package.

I have yet to catch one and I have also heard that they are pretty hard to catch, however they can be boated with corn, hot dogs and bread balls.

Has anybody else fished for these and how do you catch them??
 
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I haven't either but we sure got some monster Tilapia in Garcia Reservoir. They are on their beds here and the beds I see resemble tractor tires. I have seen Tilapia that are no less then 6-8lbs. Just monsters.
 

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I havent fished for them BUT a decade or so ago they were popular aquarium fish. These days I just eat em lol They taste pretty decent when ya get them nice and fresh ;)
 

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On the Winterhaven Chain of Lakes, they was busting the surface like mad. Out of reflex youd cast over there.

But they must ' draw ' bass to them. I finished 4th in that tournament and my boater partner won it.
 

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Fish4FunInFl said:
But they must ' draw ' bass to them. I
I have heard they make an excellent forage for bass.
 
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If I'm not mistaken, Lake El Salto was stocked with these fish for bass to munch on as well as the public.
 

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Texas Bass Pro said:
If I'm not mistaken, Lake El Salto was stocked with these fish for bass to munch on as well as the public.
there is a good possibility. I think I may have even heard that too
 

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First off they are a great battle! I take a slice of bread and moisten it slightly, tear it into several peices and throw out into the water. Meanwhile, I have a breadball about 5" underneath a very small cork. When I see the Tilapia start coming up for the bread I toss the breadball in and hold.
 
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JayPea2006 said:
First off they are a great battle! I take a slice of bread and moisten it slightly, tear it into several peices and throw out into the water. Meanwhile, I have a breadball about 5" underneath a very small cork. When I see the Tilapia start coming up for the bread I toss the breadball in and hold.

What is a breadball and how do you make it?

Man I hope the answer to this isn't simple. LOL

The answer would be like a peice of bread rolled into a ball. That would be my luck. LOL
 

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Tilapia are vegetarians, and carry their fry in their mouths when spawning and don't eat until they release the fry. Try using canned green peas or corn kernels on #10 hook. Amistad has a tilapia population and is a major large prey source. Talapia are farmed raised and easy to BBQ, fry or bake. I BBQ the fillets using Wishbone Italian dressing and southwest seasoning.
Tom
 

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I like to soak em in milk a few then dredge them in cornmeal and drop em in a pan with a bit of olive oil in it. Yummm! lol

Im goinna have to try that BBQ'd version tho Tom. :thumbup01:
 
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