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#11415233 - 02/15/16 10:56 AM electro fished a big one
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Electro fished this beauty at one of our San Antonio area lakes on Saturday. She weighed 10.25 lbs, but camera angle makes her look even bigger.
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#11415407 - 02/15/16 12:06 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Scott in Flower Mound Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
What is the purpose of 'electro' fishing?

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#11415554 - 02/15/16 01:01 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
Lake managers and fisheries biologists use it as a tool to survey a water body's population. They record the data, compare to other benchmarks and prior electroshock data for that body of water, etc. to determine how well it's doing - or not doing.

The fish are typically all measured, weighed and released unharmed.

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#11415806 - 02/15/16 03:05 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Scott in Flower Mound Offline
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Thanks. So do the fish all just float up to the surface, and float there until the shock wears off (and then go about their business)?

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#11416043 - 02/15/16 05:08 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
salex Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Scott in Flower Mound
Thanks. So do the fish all just float up to the surface, and float there until the shock wears off (and then go about their business)?


It depends. The conductivity in the water has much to do with the how the fish are stunned. Sometimes they will float for 10, even 30 seconds, other times they never really float; but, rather become lethargic for a second or two. So you have to be quick on the net. Bigger fish rarely just lay calm for you to net. We have the ability to make adjustments with our equipment, but conductivity in the water is a huge factor.


Edited by salex (02/16/16 01:44 PM)
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#11416048 - 02/15/16 05:10 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: Scott in Flower Mound]
Fishbreeder Online   content
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Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Originally Posted By: Scott in Flower Mound
Thanks. So do the fish all just float up to the surface, and float there until the shock wears off (and then go about their business)?


The electrofishing boat operator sure wishes they would.....it ain't that easy most of the time, depending on water quality, type of fishing rig, size and type of fish, etc., the fish may only dart about and be impossible to catch or sometimes roll over deader'n a mackeral in the desert and everything inbetween.

Generally speaking, with a pretty good pulsating shocker, and middling water chemistry, many fish will roll over stunned long enough to gather them up and put them into a live well for weighing and measuring, then releasing in good shape, later.

It is still fishing and not catching, just with better odds. You still have to find the fish to catch them but you don't have to make them bite.

The better rigs are very powerful, driven by large generators and have the ability to change many settings to adjust for different water conditions and to target various different species.

A very long time ago in a different world (behind the Pine Curtain) I built and operated the very first LEGAL, privately owned electrofishing boat in the state. I was given the condition that the boat would always remain locked up on the farm, and if off the farm would never be left unattended out of my sight. Not so strict nowadays. But I'd not wanna get caught with the rig in public waters without a permit...

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#11416217 - 02/15/16 06:36 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Scott in Flower Mound Offline
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Interesting stuff. Thanks!

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#11416674 - 02/15/16 09:42 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
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Beautiful fish!!
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#11417064 - 02/16/16 07:22 AM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Meadowlark Offline
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Registered: 11/04/04
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Loc: East Texas
Beautiful markings on that one. Must have been clear water.

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#11417580 - 02/16/16 11:02 AM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
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Registered: 04/08/04
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Loc: Fairview, TX
Nice fish SA!

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#11425358 - 02/19/16 01:16 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
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I've had an antique wall phone with the original generator in it for almost 40 years. Back in college all my buddies who saw it wanted me to build a rig so we could 'call' up a few fish.

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#11427815 - 02/20/16 08:41 PM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
1crawdad Offline
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Registered: 02/20/16
Posts: 13
Salex,
That is a hawg!!


Edited by 1crawdad (02/21/16 10:12 AM)

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#11460776 - 03/07/16 10:20 AM Re: electro fished a big one [Re: salex]
Sschofield Offline
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Registered: 04/17/14
Posts: 197
Loc: Denton,Tx
WOW, awesome fish!
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