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Collecting Juvenile Estuary Fishes

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#1 Guest_rguy_*

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hi all! I'm looking to do a rapid sampling of a very broad area in some estuaries along the Atlantic coast, with the goal of describing early juvenile fishes habitat relationships to the salt marsh in an area that has not been previously well described. I'm going to use a mixed-gear method to try and capture early juvenile fishes (red drum, spotted seatrout, and blue crab etc.) and one of the methods I'm considering are minnow traps. Does anyone have recommendations of what I could use as bait in these traps? The tidal energy will be pretty significant. I'm considering lights, hot dogs, bread, nothing...Anyone have any recommendations? I will be going out this weekend to test out some methods.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

For trap bait, try small cheap cans of cat food that are slightly open. It works great for eels and crabs, especially.

#3 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

I seem to remember a neat project that Jan Hoover presented at the NANFA convention several years ago that used "glow sticks" and he had great success with juvenile fishes.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

We don’t bait our minnow traps (in northern freshwater lakes, streams, ponds....)

#5 Guest_Irate Mormon_*

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

Wasn't Jan collecting larvae? I don't remember for sure.

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