Sunday, December 30, 2012

The 25

Hey Everyone,

Well I'm sure that soon enough we will all get our fill of new years resolution blog post. They will be filled with reflections on this past year and the inevitable video montage. I know that I have been guilty of this in the past as well. So, I decided that instead of boring you to death with "this has been a great year" and "this is what I'm going to do" I would let you in on a little challenge that I have been doing for a year now. I call it the 25. It came to me one day when for no good reason I thought it might be fun to catch a carp on a fly rod. Well it was awesome! So, I decided to see what else might be fun to catch. I looked up all the freshwater game fish and made a list of the ones that I thought would be the most fun and within reasonable distance to catch. I have to admit that it has become less of a list and more of an adventure for me though. Its amazing the places you will end up like a crystal clear pond in New York state full of black and white crappie. Or to hike in three miles through the woods in June to find that slack water where you saw a long nose gar the year before. I have typed up my list here so that you can try your luck, skill, patience, what ever you call it and see if you can catch the 25.


Blue Gill
Green Sunfish
Pumpkin Seed
Red Breast Sunfish
Red Ear Sunfish
Spotted Sunfish


Large Mouth
Red Eye
Small Mouth


Long Fish
Chain Pickerel
Longnose Gar

Common Carp

Obviously you can add to this list or you can create your own. Either way let me know if you take up the 25 fish challenge. And if you know a good spot and want to try and catch one on my list with me...well I say lets fish.

See you on the trail,

p.s. You can click on each fish for a little more info about that species.


  1. I've been trying to catch at least one fish every month. You'd think that would be pretty easy but in Jan and Feb it gets tough. I have yet to do it. I think last year I got every month but December. This next year I'm thinking about trying to catch NC citation fish for at least 10 species. I think it would be cool to catch a bunch on a fly with in the same year.

  2. Hey Kevin, That sounds like a cool idea catching a fish every month. I was thinking about it though and I think Ive already done that one. Although a citation fish of each species is very intriguing. Maybe once I have caught all of the fish on my list I'll start over trying to do that one.

  3. My folks live on two ponds. Quite a few of the fish, or rather their subspecies and variants you've listed I've caught in those ponds. Good goal to set for the year.

  4. Man, so many fish I've chased on your 25. Spent a lot of time trying to get a pickerel, but never got one to hand (Kevin knows my attempts there well). Awesome list, Lance -- hope all is well.

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