Re: NANFA-- Toms River, NJ Collecting 5/12/01 (long)

Dave Littlehale (
Sun, 20 May 2001 14:13:44 -0400

Henry, sorry I missed your call and the amount of time it's taken me to
respond. To answer your question, yes and no. You can really collect them
at any time of the year; it is just harder at certain times. I'm not real
familar with the areas you went to; I have been to Horicon Lake a couple of
times, but I can't recognize the specific area from your description.

I've collected in the areas you visited in previous years during mid May and
have had fairly good success with both seines and dip nets. Before the
vegetation,usually bladderwort, develops (more difficult time) you need to
work around obstructions and the debris along the bottom; this should also
produce swamp darters, pirate perch and eastern mudminnows. The blackbanded
sunfish and other members of the genus Enneacanthus are usually associated
with some type of cover. When the bladderwort is thick (easier time), it is
usually the simple matter of scooping up as much as can be managed and sort
through it for the fish.

Hope this helps.

Good luck in the future


----- Original Message -----
From: "Henry Deford" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2001 10:50 AM
Subject: NANFA-- Toms River, NJ Collecting 5/12/01 (long)

> So altogether I wouldn't say that the trip was much of a success because I
> was planning on getting a nice little group of adult Black Bandeds for my
> gallon. Maybe I got my hopes up too much. The reason I think that I didn't
> find any adults was because of the season. I think that this was the wrong
> season to be collecting for these fish. I know more than a few NANFA
> have gone to Toms River to collect, could anyone give me some feedback as
> if it was the wrong season or not?
> Thanks,
> Henry Deford
> Owings Mills, MD

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