Figured I would let other members know what's going on in the MA/New
England region. Several weeks back (4/26 - 5/2), trading post editor
Andy Borgia headed up to stay with me for about a week. We did quite a
bit of dipping around, caught lot's of estuarine fishes (i.e. Banded
Killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus), Three-Spined Sticklebacks
(Gasterosteus aculeatus),Four-Spined Sticklebacks (Apeltes quadracus), to
name a few) as well as sampling the freshwater fishes in several
different spots. We dipped at the Palmer River _at_ the Shad Factory Falls
in Rehoboth MA. This is a VERY active herring run, and was active at the
time of our visit. By the way the Palmer River is considered to be the
3rd best river in MA for shad (Alosa sapidissima). Andy, myself and MA
NANFA member Brian Bastarache caught several species of fish at the Shad
Factory Fall line. We caught Fundulus diaphanus, one juvenile Banded
Sunfish (Enneacanthus obesus), ton's of American eel elvers (Anguilla
rostrata), Tesselated Darters (Etheostoma olmstedi), Pumpkinseeds
(Lepomis gibbosus), Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus),Largemouth Bass
(Micropterus salmoides), Golden Shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas). This
river is also known to contain Sea Lampreys (Petromyzon marinus), on
their mating runs, however we found none on this trip.
We also spent a day collecting in E. Freetown MA on lands surrounding
cranberry bogs. There we caught Swamp Darters (Etheostoma fusiforme),
lots of juvenile Grass Pickerel (Esox americanus), Golden Shiners
(Notemigonus crysoleucas), Banded Sunfish (Enneacanthus obesus),
Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds (Lepomis sp.). We also saw a large monster
sized American Eel at the bottom of one flume way. I don't like to grab
those, do you remember the "Nights of Noturus"? Well you might want to
know about the "Missing Big Chunks of Meat from your Hand Club".
Well, we did lot's more collecting, including the finding of MANY herps
and amphibians. I will be going to see Andy in a couple of weeks (third
time down to see Andy in Key West). There we will do much collecting,
however mostly marine and salt ponds species. If there are any MA or New
England members out there, contact me, so we can go collecting etc. I
don't mind travelling a bit.
P.S.: Hey Stallsmith...I caught some F. luciae on the marsh the other
day, was thinking of ya'.
From Rainy New England,
Rick Rego, MA NANFA Rep.
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