Why 90 seconds?

Why 90 seconds?

September 28, 2011  |  Fishing Tips, Project Noble Beast  |  No Comments

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).

By and large, specialized muskellunge anglers handle their catches similarly; we use nets big enough to fit over most 5-year old kids, “thief approved” bolt cutters, and pliers big enough to yank an elephant’s tooth out. However, when it comes time to proving that we as anglers aren’t liars, there is a high degree of variability. Some people adhere to a 3 picture maximum, or an air exposure duration equivalent to the length of time you can hold your breath, while still others prefer to allow others in the boat a chance to hold the fish and maybe take video. Bottom line, some fish are held out of water for as little as 10 seconds and maybe up to a couple minutes, depending on how someone chooses to “admire” their catch. Furthermore, this was evident based on the responses from surveys passed around to a couple Muskies Canada chapters. Ninety seconds, therefore, is not an excessive amount of time. Five minutes might be, but 90 seconds is probably not. Read More
Diets of YOY St. Lawrence Muskellunge

Diets of YOY St. Lawrence Muskellunge

June 22, 2011  |  Project Noble Beast  |  No Comments

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

Walters and Musky Hunter

Walters and Musky Hunter

April 25, 2011  |  news, Project Noble Beast  |  No Comments

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

80 Pounds

80 Pounds

December 3, 2010  |  Project Noble Beast  |  No Comments

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

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

November 4, 2010  |  news, Project Noble Beast  |  Comments Off on Afternoon Delight
“….Started out this morning feeling so polite; I always thought a fish could not be caught who didn’t bite; But you’ve got some bait a waitin’ and I think I might try nibbling;
a little afternoon delight.” (Starland Vocal Band) Read More