short nose gar search
Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:57 PM
Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:16 AM
That was neither the beginning nor the end of my love affair with gar. I am about 4 feet away from one (spotted) as I type this.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:15 AM
Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:13 AM
I know nothing about the practicalities of acquiring gar, so I thought I'd just fan the fire a little, you know, to keep ya interested in 'em...
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:08 PM
If you were a NANFA member you would be able to view our trading dock. There, our members can swap fish with each other, as long as everything is legal. There is no selling or buying allowed, but you can reimburse them for shipping costs. Shortnose gar small enough to ship may be a tall order in general, but even more so this time of year, I imagine YOY shortnose are pushing 10 inches by now. I am also not sure of the legality of seining and keeping them, I would guess that they are classified as gamefish in most states, which would limit them to hook and line collection.
If you took the trip to the Vermilion, in certain areas you would have a hard time not catching them hook and line, but you would need adequate containers to transport fairly large fish.
Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:51 AM
Funny timing, but I was looking at the list of NJ freshwater fish just yesterday. This is the link from the Fish and Wildlife website:
another question i have is where in NJ or very close to NJ could i got collect a long nosed gar? and does anyone here have any expirence they could share with me in caring for them.
The only gar listed is the longnorse gar, and unfortunately, it's listed as extirpated.
I've occasionally seen different types of gar for sale in a couple of the NJ pet shops. You might try calling Shark Aquarium in Hillside or Petland Discount in Hackensack.
Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:28 AM
Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:35 AM
Also - MFK (with ECC) is having a convention in Parsippany NJ next weekend - Sept 20-22. One of the speakers is Solomon David doing two talks on "Primitive Fishes".
Here's the promo text about his talks:
Solomon spends most of his time fishing for Monster Fish while doing field research for the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago... But for the Konvention weekend he'll be telling us all about Primitive Fishes, especially Gars, Bowfin, Polypterus and Lungfishes!!! Solomon is a "hands-wet" ichthyologist who keeps, breeds, and observes the animals in aquaria and their natural habitat. Check out his website for a sneak preview: http://primitivefishes.com/
Here's a link to convention website http://eastcoastmonsterfish.com
Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:13 PM
Matt, I've caught Florida gar on hook and line that were 4' long when I lived in S. Ga. - the small ones were 2-3 feet long! They lived in the noxious, foul-smelling tailwaters of a dam.
Absolutely. But in my 240 they grew like crazy for the first year, then pretty much just stopped. Still fed plenty, and frequent water changes. Others have said the same thing. They seem to stunt well with no ill effects. They stayed about 14-15 inches for 2-3 years. Finally, I handed them off to Richard Kik, and Brian Zimmerman. They were fat and sassy the whole time.
Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:32 PM
Short notice, but I just saw an offer from a vendor that will deliver pre-orders to the convention. Their stock list includes "Spotted Gar 2 - 3 inches $10".
Thats awesome i really hope i can go. That man is truely a marvel with his work and studies i believe. Not to mention primitiv fish my fave subject.
Sorry, but I don't know anything else about the vendor so please don't take this as a recommendation.
It's Aquascape Online located in Belleville NJ. Website is http://aquascapeonline.com/
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