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    Default What are Hooligan?

    That's my dumb question. I think they're the same thing as herring, but I don't know for sure...

    Go easy on me...I do know some things, just not this.

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    Default Hooligan

    I beleive they are a smelt, AKA Candle fish. Smelt are defined as:
    any of certain silvery, chiefly marine food fishes, family Osmeridae, closely related to salmon and trout and found in cold northern waters. Smelts, like trout, have a small, adipose (fleshy) fin. They are slender carnivores and spawn short distances upstream, in the surf or in ponds.
    The American smelt (Osmerus mordax) has been introduced from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great…

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    No they are not the same. check this website out for further info. http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Smelt.htm

    I can tell you that the ones up here are way oilier than what i was used to eating growing up in Michigan.

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    OK, I know what smelt are. Never knew they were also called hooligan, though. Good pike bait!

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    Awesome Pike bait. Keep em cold, they get nasty if you leave them in the sun for very long after they have been frozen.
    Thanks Franco, I was told they were a smelt but I have never laid my hands on one of those so I was passing on info from an old timer.

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    Hooligan make for good bait imo. I know there are alot of people that eat them but I choose to eat what I catch with them. We use them to fish for silvers, halibut, shrimp and rockbass. Never have used them for pike but I don't know why they wouldn't work for that too.

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    Guess I might have to try dipping some next year if I'm back from the sanbox in time. No intention of eatin' 'em, but seems like it might make fer cheap bait.

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    Bait anyone? This year on the Susitna river.
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    From what I understand hooligan\smelt hear are not the same species as the smelt in the great lakes. I think there are several species of smelt in alaska, though from what I understand there has been very little reaserch into them. But I do know the smelt in south central are a lot different then the ones out west. I dont eat the ones in south central but when I lived in Bethel I loved them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_dog60 View Post
    I dont eat the ones in south central but when I lived in Bethel I loved them.
    Now what is wrong with the South Central version?

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    The flesh is soft and mealy. It just isn't very appetizing.

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