Actually, there are no limitations to what species CAN be taken from flotation craft. The only real limitations are those of the craft itself...or self-imposed limitations by the angler. If our chosen craft is not capable of putting us in a position to catch a certain species (like offshore marlin), that is reality. If we "wimp out", and choose not to fish for great white sharks from our tubes, then that is a personal problem. Of course, if we throw caution to the wind, and put ourselves in harm's way, just to catch a new species, we might end up with bigger problems than mere cowardice. It is possible to pursue and subdue some pretty big fish from tubes, toons and yaks. Many of us have seen pictures of...or have actually fished for...some pretty big offshore species, like halibut, white seabass, yellowtail, tuna and even sharks. Yaks are much better suited for anything outside the immediate inshore zone, but there have been some impressive catches from even plain old donuts. I have personally taken large specimens of halibut, stripers, salmon, steelhead, catfish, etc. I have also hooked up to sturgeon, while soaking bait for stripers. The largest I landed was 115#, and since I had to finish the fight on shore, it technically might not qualify. I have also taken some smaller sharks and a couple of big sting rays from tubes. Dumb. While I have fished for and taken northern pike from a tube, I am not sure I would want to tangle with a large musky. First, they are potentially dangerous. Second, if you plan to release them it is tough to handle them properly in the limiting confines of a tube. By the time you get them under control enough to remove the hook, the fish can be stressed beyond the point of recovery. Better to chase them from a suitable boat. The same thing applies to alligator gars. I have taken some of the smaller gar species accidentally, while fishing for other species, but I would never knowingly put myself in a position to come face to face with a 200 pound prehistoric wrecking machine like a 'gator gar. Add any species of larger sharks to the list of species you probably should not target from a tube or toon. Yakkers have accounted for some good sized offshore sharks...on purpose...but sharkin' from the small craft is not wise. This is especially true in southeastern waters inhabited by bull sharks. These smaller cousins to the great white shark are notorious for biting first and asking questions later. They munch anything in the water. When they smell blood or other fish remnants, they can get into a frenzy. I have seen groups of bull sharks gather around a fishing boat and attach every fish they hooked, making it impossible to keep fishing. I have also seen them take a bite out of boats and motors. Probably wouldn't be wise to have any part of one's anatomy hanging in the water in those areas. That being said, there are quite a few small inshore species on the west coast that are easy and fun to catch. Some of them are surprisingly good eating. Anyone who has ever been hooked up to a six foot leopard shark, in one of California's harbors or back bays, will attest to their qualities as a game species. When you connect from a tube or a toon, you can count on being towed around a bit before you get up close and personal. Then, there are the sting rays. I used to purposely fish for California bat rays in the back bays of southern California. They readily slurped squid or cut mackerel, and they were good for a long "ride" before giving up. The "stingers" on bat rays are not as long and dangerous as the larger types of sting rays, but still should be avoided. I usually cut the line, after subdueing them, if I cannot reach the hook with my pliers. I have successfully beached a couple of the rays with 6" long stingers, in the Sea of Cortez, but only to show off for a buddy visiting from Colorado. He was "impressed" with my idiocy. Float tubes were originally designed for fishing for trout, in lakes where they were "always rising just beyond casting range", and for fishing bass and sunfish in small farm ponds. Today they have evolved into many shapes and designs to make them good craft for fishing for almost any species in any waters. In many cases, the best way to fish many waters, for many species, is from a floatation craft of some kind. A limit of pink-fleshed rainbows from Lake Cachuma, near Santa Barbara, CA. TubeBabe with a nice rainbow from Deer Creek Reservoir Colorful 'bow taken on a homemade spinner from Lake X in Utah Four healthy rainbows from Yuba Reservoir in Utah Xman, with Utah state record C&R rainbow Gumbo, with 26# Kamloops rainbow from northern Idaho. TubeDude with average sized cutt from Strawberry Hungry Strawberry cutt that took a white tube jig and had a chub hanging out of its mouth. Bsflies with a hefty cutbow from Henry's Lake in Idaho. Browns and perch taken on small tube jigs fished near the mouth of the Provo River on Deer Creek Res. Xman, with nice stream brown. Xman with another Utah stream brownie. Xman with former C&R Utah record brown Colorful brown taken on a bubble and fly by TubeDude from a small lake in California's Sierras. Most fish in the lake were stunted brookies. TubeDude's Sierra brown with a larger than average brookie from the same lake. CBR with Jordanelle brownie Rainbow and stunted golden trout from a Sierra Lake at 12,000 ft. elevation. 10" golden trout taken from a lake above timberline in California's Sierras. Polokid with a hefty "mack". Although this fish was taken from a boat, many macks are taken from float tubes and pontoons where they are available. BearLakeMack and a mighty mack from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, on the Utah and Wyoming line. TubeDude with a lovely steelhead from the American River in Sacramento. TubeDude with 2 more American River steelies. Two more steelies. Three steelhead taken before going to work one morning, right over the American River levee from TubeDude's Sacramento residence. 10# male steelhead and a newly released steelhead (from the hatchery) that was fatally injured by the hooks on the spinner meant for larger prey. TubeDude and fishing buddy with a 12# "chromer" from the Smith River, in northern California. Two day catch of steelhead and sea run cutts (bluebacks) from the Smith River in California. Fresh run steelhead taken from "tidewater" zone on the lower Eel River in northern California. Summer run chinook salmon from the American River TubeDude with another early run salmon Two fall run chinook salmon, taken on flies from the American River. Photographer (young daughter) cut fish in half, but without digital photos there was no way to know until fish were long since consumed. "Jack" salmon from the Eel River in California. These precocious (early) male salmon are also called "chub" salmon by locals, because they are usually chunky. Three more jack/chub salmon from the lower Eel River. These fish mill around in "tidewater" before the fall rains wash out the "bar" at the river mouth and more water allows them to move upstream. Great quarry for tubing. TubeDude with small largemouth from Saguaro Lake in Arizona. TubeDude with a Lake Pleasant largemouth. Picture taken by Xman on a trip down from Utah in February. An 8# largemouth taken from Lake Pleasant, by TubeDude, on light tackle being fished for white bass and crappies. BassmasterND with his new FC4 and a willing LMB TubeN2 and a chunky Castaic Lake largie. At 10#, it is larger than most bassers will ever catch, but less than half the size of the fish to be found in that lake. Xman with a respectable largie from Deer Creek Sturgeonkid and a phat largemouth from a Bay Area lake near his home. Sturgeonkid with a couple more California largies. TubeBabe with a playful smallmouth that ate a jig being fished for perch. TubeBabe scores another feisty smallmouth. A porky smallmouth taken by TubeDude on a purple Roadrunner jig. Hefty Lake X smallie taken by Sliverslinger on a flyrod Smallies are also known as bronzebacks. Xman scores a nice smallie from Lake X on his custom made jigs. Another chunky smallmouth taken by Xman TubeDude and a 25# striper taken at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. Mikecromaine and a nice wiper taken from his pontoon at Willard Bay Reservoir. Twin 17" white bass taken by TubeDude from Lake Pleasant in Arizona. A trio of Lake Pleasant whities scored by TubeDude Closeup of some decent white bass. A batch of white bass taken by TubeDude while tubing Utah Lake after a snowstorm in November. A yellow bass from Saguaro Lake, in Arizona. These smaller cousins of white bass do not grow as large, but are great sport and good eating. TubeDude and TubeBabe often scored double baskets of yellow bass on Saguaro Lake. Here are the makins of a family fish fry. A basket of yellow bass, like this one taken by TubeDude, is often only a small percentage of the total number of fish caught. When they "are in" you can have 200 fish days. Yellow bass look much like a white bass, except for the golden yellow tint. Float tubes and crappies are natural go togethers. In Patagonia Lake, in Southern Arizona, there are lots of crappies and they like to hang out in reeds and cattails. You can sneak up on them better with float tubes. A batch of Arizona crappies which succumbed to TubeDudes tube stealth tactics. Another meal of Patagonia Lake crappies snookered by TubeDude Super slabs taken by TubeDude with bass lures. Two chunky crappies in the 3# class, taken by TubeDude in late November on Patagonia Lake in Arizona. Phat crappie taken by Xman from a "secret lake". A 14 inch bluegill. (look at the tape) Mr. and Mrs. bluegill. These porky 11 inchers were taken from Pelican Lake, on flies. Hustler898 and a respectable 'gill from Blue Lake, south of Wendover on the Utah/Nevada border. Hustler898's wife, with a nice bluegill of her own on Blue Lake. A nice string of nice bluegill from Pelican Lake, back in the mid '70s, when commercial float tubes were just coming on the market. Bluegills, flies and float tubes are natural go-togethers. TubeBabe holding a pretty little green sunfish. These scrappy sunfish do not get as big as bluegill but they are aggressive and fun to catch. A 1.5# redear sunfish from Patagonia Lake in Arizona. These battlers get to be the largest of all the sunfish, and may reach over 5 pounds in some southern waters. Xman with hefty redear sunfish in the 3# class from Patagonia Lake in Arizona...taken on a getaway from Utah in the early spring. A "respectable" yellow perch from Lake X A basket full of perch from Deer Creek Reservoir, in the days before people began fishing for and keeping perch. The makings of a good perch fry from Deer Creek The tilapia is an import from Africa, which lives only where the water remains above about 50 degrees. They hit a variety of natural baits and small lures. Tilapia sharing a net bag with a nice bluegill, from Blue Lake in Utah. A "Blue Lake Slam"...largemouth, bluegill and a tilapia. TubeBabe was so proud of this 27" walleye, at Lincoln Beach (Utah Lake) that she invited it home to dinner. TubeBabe also had the number for Arizona walleyes. They are not common there and this 5 pounder became extinct. TubeDude and a limit of Utah Lake walleyes in the days before people began effectively fishing for them, and the size limits were reduced. A limit of Utah Lake post-spawn walleyes taken from the mouth of the Jordan River about the end of June. TubeDude with a couple of Willard Bay wallies. TubeDude with a channel cat and three walleyes taken after dark on Willard Bay, by throwing Thin Fins along the rocks. A hefty walleye taken from Willard Bay in early December, a couple of weeks prior to iceup. A 12# hog walleye taken from American Fork Boat Harbor in early December, while tubing for white bass and jigging a small silver spoon on 4# line. Walleye jaws. The reason why they are nicknamed "toothy critters". A 16# northern pike taken from Yuba Reservoir. Though this one was not taken from a tube, TubeDude has landed several others while tubing. A mix of yellow perch and a 4# northern pike, taken by TubeDude the week after Thanksgiving on Yuba Reservoir. A surprise northern taken by Leaky while throwing plastics in a trout river in New Mexico. Aquaman with a 26" tiger muskie from Pineview Reservoir. It is one of the few recorded from flotation craft in Utah, and even the small ones seem big when you catch them "up close and personal". Kentofnsl and his first ever tiger muskie, from Pineview. Fishinpro40 and a beautifully marked 41" tiger from Pineview, taken in early May. BearLakeMack and his dandy tiger. Out4Trout and an ugly male channel cat from Lincoln Beach, taken during the spawn when the males turn dark and get all beat up. Shrimpboy and a nice channel cat he caught on a "scouting" expedition to Arizona, prior to moving down from Utah to finish school. TubeDude and a channel cat taken from his old ride, a Kennebec, on Saguaro Lake, AZ. TubeBabe and a 9# channel cat she got on a small jig and 4# line, while fishing for the sunfish she has in the mesh bag. The winner...for dinner. A 10# channel cat whupped by TubeBabe on Saguaro Lake. A good had was timed by all. Three kitties in the 10# range makes for a heavy stringer. TubeDude with a dandy double on channel cats. TubeDude and a stringer of walleyes and channel cats on Willard Bay Reservoir in the early '80s. A hefty channel cat tethered to TubeDude's old Insul Dri Tube on old Willard Bay. A limit of channel cats from Willard Bay, showing the lighter brown females and the dark grey/blue male. Some folks mistakenly call the males "blue" cats or "blue channels". TubeDude's old Caddis Sierra tube with a 10# and a 12# channel hanging on a rope stringer. TubeDude's 24# flathead cat, taken on a small crappie jig and 6# line. An even larger 30# flathead taken on light gear. The battle began at dusk and lasted after the sun went down. TubeBabe with a respectable 12# flathead cat. These flatheads were all taken below Horseshoe Dam, on the Verde River in Arizona. Mudcat, or black bullhead. These aggressive and prolific members of the catfish family sometimes save the day, when nothing else is biting. Other times they are pests that get to the bait before bigger cats or walleyes can find it. Carp may be held in low esteem, but there are still a lot of tubers and other anglers that enjoy the brutal battle they put up. Pat Milburn shows of a bronze battler from Willard Bay Reservoir. TubeDude with a buglemouth that smacked a small jig and had him convinced that he had a big catfish for quite a while. Jigme, a Utah member, visiting on Saguaro Lake in Arizona, hung this large carp on his first cast. He was almost too tired to fish any more after netting it. TubeDude with a 20# mirror carp taken on a fly rod and 4# tippet, while casting a little chartreuse fly for crappies. Mirror carp have only a few very large scales and large areas of smooth scaleless skin. Xman portrays the common feeling about carp, while holding this Utah C&R record carp for a photo. If you do not plan to keep and use the carp you catch, release them unharmed so that others can enjoy the sport they provide. This fine specimen appears to have been handled a bit roughly and may not have survived. A tuber's mixed bag, taken on Patagonia Lake in Arizona while "dipsticking"...vertically presenting small jigs around the reeds and cattails that line the lake. In addition to the crappies and catfish, there are 3 or 4 species of sunfish...bluegill, green, redear and warmouth. Most tubing trips to Willard Bay Reservoir result in mixed bags. This picture was taken before wipers or smallmouth were present, but still represent walleyes, channel cats and crappies...all on the same lures. A very common combo in Willard Bay used to be both walleyes and crappies. Tubing Willard Bay in the fall would often produce good catches of both walleyes and channel cats on small tube jigs. Tubing Saguaro Lake, in Arizona, usually produces multiple species...up to 6 on some trips. This mix included channel cats, walleye and yellow bass. Yellow bass, bluegill and channel cats from a Saguaro Lake tubing trip.
Thanks, Chris. I posted it into both the Species and the Member Pics threads. I have a grundle of pics to put up here, but haven't had time yet to get them processed and uploaded.
heres a picture of the first and only musky i have caught from my tube to date even though he was a little guy at 26" i still brought him to shore to unhook little or not those teeth are stiil sharp!! and i felt it prudent to unhook it with my feet planted
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