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Fish Attractors

Have you ever been fishing and wished there was a sign saying right where the fish are? Well, fish attractors and the buoys that mark them are intended to do just that.

E-Tournaments

E-Tournaments “Catching” On

One of the primary goals of FWC’s new TrophyCatch program is to decrease fishing mortality of trophy-sized bass through the promotion of catch-and-release. This conservation philosophy has been popular with bass anglers for years, and has now been adopted by Major League Fishing for competitive bass tournaments.

Hatchery production 2012-13

3.5 Million Fish — Waiting For You!

Annual freshwater fish hatchery production for FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management has been completed for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013). The hatcheries had another exceptional year.

Advanced and natural sized bass

Talquin stocking bolstered by “advanced” advantage

Bass are being stocked into Lake Talquin to supplement weak year classes of bass resulting from limited aquatic habitats.  All bass stocked in 2013 have been “micro-wire tagged” with a small metal tag for future identification.

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Nothing but the Tooth

by Justin Hill I have been inundated with phone calls, emails, and telegraphs for more science. Apparently my last blog…»

Biologist holds a Merritt's Mill Pond quality largemouth bass

Merritt’s Mill Pond a Sleeper Hit

Spring time is electrofishing season (I posted that blog last time… go read it after you read this). Our field biologists spend a lot of time on many of Florida’s water bodies, and they know which lakes are currently looking good.

Photo of FWC hatchery biologists holding striped bass

Circle of Life

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists recently collected adult striped bass from the Blackwater River, for use in Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center (BFRDC).

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Welcome to the Hatchery Tracker!

        by Rick Stout & Dave Yeager Introducing the new Hatchery Tracker blog where anglers can follow…»

Photo of two biologists holding largemouth bass

Big bass are back in Edward Medard Reservoir

Anglers have had to wait three long-years before they could catch and keep largemouth bass on Edward Medard Reservoir, but the wait is over and FWC data suggests the bass fishery is back. 

Photo of FWC biologists in electrofishing boat

Shocking Truths of Electrofishing

So, if you have read my previous post you now have an idea of how and why we age fish. If you haven’t read it, shame on you. Go back and look for “Fish of a Certain Age”.

Photos of length and weight are used to verify fish for TrophyCatch. Terry Duggins' 10 lb, 1 oz bass, was 24.0" long and 20.25" in girth. Using the formula at http://bit.ly/Bass-Formula helps validate the size.

Is it really that big?

I don’t know about you, but every time I hook a fish, whether it ends up being a lunker largemouth or a mudfish, the adrenaline starts flowing and my imagination reels as fast as my bait caster.

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Fish of a Certain Age

Size isn’t everything. I know we all want to catch a bass big enough to brag about, but from a scientific point of view, maturity can be much more important. If you focus too much on how big it is and not enough on how long it took to get there, you can miss out on the big picture.

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