“I have seen you make a few references to something called a gaspergou. What the heck is a gaspergou?”
A Gaspergou is a freshwater drum. While they are often referred to simply as drum or freshwater drum there are many parts of the country (like Texas) where the freshwater drum is referred to as a gaspergou.
Aplodinotus Grunniens is the scientific name and the gaspergoo is a native species to North and Central America. Most anglers in other states call these fish drum or freshwater drum but in Texas and Louisiana there are commonly referred to as Gaspergou, or even just “Gasper” or “Gou”.
Gaspergou have an swim bladders which are able to produce sounds. The sound is thought to be related to the spawning where they will gather in groups and begin “drumming”. They generally feed on freshwater mussels and insect larvae.very
They have a very thick mucus covering and a very distinctive smell which make a species that doesn’t get a lot of fishing pressure. There are not a lot of people (at least that I have found) that actually catch them on purpose.
Gaspergou have large otoliths (ear bones) which are found in the ears of many animals. They help the drum to sense when it is oriented in the water correcticly (vertically) when it is too cloudy to see clearly. When large gaspergou are caught people will often times keep the otoliths and have them polished and made into jewelry (they are also alleged to have been used by indians as currency for trading).
Freshwater drum are very strong fighters and are often caught by accident by catfish fishermen in the southern US when fishing for catfish with shad (especially in the Spring). There is usually do doubt when you have hooked one with a rod and reel because they are very erratic when hooked and they put up a pretty good fight.
They are prized by many catfish anglers as the are considered by many to be an excellent bait for blue catfish, and are most often fished as cut bait. They can also very often be caught in cast nets ranging in size from a few inches long to very large fish weighing several pounds or more. Smaller drum are typically cut into sections and used as cut bait while the larger fish are typically filleted, and then cut into sections to be used as bait.
Again, they are very well known to be excellent bait for catfish.
Have you ever fished with gaspergou (freshwater drum) as a bait for catfish? Have you ever caught one? Tell use more in the comment section below.