NANFA-- extreme collecting III

Mark (
Sat, 14 Dec 2002 11:28:20 -0500

OK, this is not extreme in the sense of unexpected hazards, but rather
extreme drive to get your quarry:

Don't know if Tom Payne or Larry James are on this list, but I'm sure they
still remember our trip to the Walhonding with Pat Johnson. Was Klaus
there that time? Anyway, Pat has no qualms about doing anything to get the
fish. We were after bowfin, which we had found before in this overflow
pond. Extensive seining produced no bowfin, as I recall, so we decided
they must be hiding in the underground culvert that fed the pond. This was
a square, concrete pipe running some 100 ft under the highway to the river.
It was maybe no more than 4 ft high and narrowed down at one end. So we
set one seine at the mouth of the culvert and Pat went around to the other
end with another seine. Using his time tested one man seining technique he
worked that culvert from one end to the other emerging in the fetal
position and blanketed with cob webs only to find no bowfin at all. But we
all gained respect for his devotion to the cause.

Oh, I almost forgot. This was a steep-bank access and covered with posion
ivy. That's the other reason Tom and Larry remember it. It left a lasting
impression on _them_ :)

I put some photos up so we could all reminisce:

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