I feel compelled to write a post today based on a comment about this project I received recently. In short, the comment took issue with the use of 90 seconds as an air exposure duration in the catch-and-release study. What follows is my response (should anyone ever directly ask me).
A fellow muskie researcher, Kevin Kapuscinski, at the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry has characterized the diets of YOY muskies in the St. Lawrence River. Click the link below (great URL for the blog) to see what these little tikes are munching on. Banded killifish would not have been one of my guesses! Read More
Long time, no post. Not much to report these days. Lots of data analysis, re-analysis, hair pulling, and re-re-analysis. A few days ago I left to help with a walleye telemetry project in Lake Erie/Lake Huron. We’re tagging some great big Walters (walleye) on the Maumee River and (soon) the Tittabawassee. These are part of my duties as a research assistant. I consider myself pretty darn lucky! Read More
I’m not convinced weight calculators are very accurate, but in the absence of a scale they provide a better estimate than simply pulling a number out of thin air. Using the standard weight formula – (Length x Girth x Girth)/800 – the three fish Wally Robbins and I (err… scratch the “I” part) caught yesterday weighed, in total, 80 pounds!
Having learned from some of the best, including “Big” Jim McLaughlin, and putting in hundreds of hours on the water, Wally is quite intimate with the system we fished yesterday. He employs tactics that many of today’s fast-paced anglers tend to scoff at or simply ignore. His methods give him the ability to unveil tiny nuances along vast weedlines, making him a much more efficient angler in a system that can often be overwhelming due to its seemingly uniform nature (i.e., very few “fishy” looking areas). Read More
a little afternoon delight.” (Starland Vocal Band) Read More