Re: NANFA-- The Great Bluehead Hunt
Tue, 18 Jan 2000 12:31:58 EST

In a message dated 1/18/00 9:17:39 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Good to see you back online! Collecting deep water in swamps is difficult.
One thing I've been thinking about is making a fine-mesh cast net, something
with about 1/16" inch mesh, about 8ft in diameter, and with sufficient
weight to counteract the extra drag of the finer mesh. Has anyone used such
a contraption? I think it would be particularly effective for sampling
things like Pteronotropis hubbsi/welaka, Notropis maculatus, Notropis
harperi... and might be the best way to survey for Notropis melanostomus
populations in Alabama (the real reason for the extra-small mesh).


I have the same problem as 99% of my collecting is done in swamp
environments. Mostly I stand on shore with a dipnet. sometimes I dipnet
around cypress trees well out in the swamp from a boat. I have tried a cast
net but most of the time the bottom has so much debris that it difficult to
pull up the net. I do find trees and bush growing on logs that li parallel to
the surface, their roots hanging free in the water, using a dipnet in these
hanging roots brings up some interesting fish sometimes too.


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