Re: NANFA--Minnow Trap Advice

Fri, 26 Jan 2001 12:54:45 -0600

This kind of picks at a question I have had. I have seen several letters
that imply (or outright state) that people are catching wild native fish
for the sole purpose of feeding them to their captive fish. I don't know
that I like this idea. There are plenty of places to buy feeder fish that
are inexpensive and you can even grow your own. How do the rest of you feel
about this practice? I mean on one hand we are working to restore fishes
and on the other we have people taking them out for feeders. Seems
contradictory to me.


When the Cental Florida NANFA chapter visited the Richloam Hatchery a few
months ago, our host was pulling up beaucoups d'Flagfish (Jordanella
floridae) from std. mass-merchandiser type cylinder traps. "What bait do
y'all use?", we asked. "None," he said. (They harvest flagfish & crawdads
in quantity to feed to their bass.) The traps I noticed were sitting in
water 6 to 12 inches deep.


Doug Dame
Interlachen FL

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