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Microfishing at the 2015 NANFA Convention


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#21 Chasmodes

Chasmodes
  • NANFA Member
  • Central Maryland

Posted 18 June 2015 - 10:01 AM

very cool


Kevin Wilson


#22 Casper

Casper
  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 18 June 2015 - 10:51 AM

I really like your wet hand shots.  Teeny tiny critters.  It is amazing to me that this microfishing yields such diversity.  Beautiful, crisp photos.


Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#23 mattknepley

mattknepley
  • NANFA Member
  • Smack-dab between the Savannah and the Saluda.

Posted 18 June 2015 - 07:23 PM

Ben, once again you leave me absolutely jealous! Those fish are great. Anybody who thinks there aren't any colorful North American fish need to read your posts and visit your blog. They will be disabused of that fallacy in short order.

Gotta go find space for Current Darters in my imaginary fish room of great size.
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#24 BenCantrell

BenCantrell
  • Moderator
  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 19 June 2015 - 11:38 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

 

Here's the fifth day.

http://bencantrellfi...5-oklahoma.html

 

Plains Darter (Etheostoma squamosum)
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Fantail Darter (Etheostoma flabellare)
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Sunburst Darter (Etheostoma mihileze)
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Longear Sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)
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Banded Sculpin (Cottus carolinae)
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Largescale Stoneroller (Campostoma oligolepis)
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Largescale Stoneroller (Campostoma oligolepis)
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Respot Chub (Nocomis asper)
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Cardinal Shiner (Luxilus cardinalis)
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Plains Darter (Etheostoma squamosum)
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#25 BenCantrell

BenCantrell
  • Moderator
  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:11 PM

The sixth day.

http://bencantrellfi...-tahlequah.html

 

Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus)
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Southern Redbelly Dace (Chrosomus erythrogaster)
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Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
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Cardinal Shiner (Luxilus cardinalis)
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Illinois River fish
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Slender Madtom (Noturus exilis)
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Sunburst Darter (Etheostoma mihileze)
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Banded Sculpin (Cottus carolinae)
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#26 BenCantrell

BenCantrell
  • Moderator
  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:26 PM

The seventh day.  Only one more day left.

http://bencantrellfi...fishing-in.html

 

Sunburst Darter (Etheostoma mihileze)
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Plains Darter (Etheostoma squamosum)
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Wedgespot Shiner (Notropis greenei)
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Wedgespot Shiner (Notropis greenei)
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Steelcolor Shiner (Cyprinella whipplei)
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Steelcolor Shiner (Cyprinella whipplei)
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Ozark Logperch (Percina fulvitaenia)
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Slim Minnow (Pimephales tenellus)
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Slim Minnow (Pimephales tenellus)
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Redfin Darter (Etheostoma whipplei)
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#27 BenCantrell

BenCantrell
  • Moderator
  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 23 June 2015 - 09:36 PM

The last one!

http://bencantrellfi...-8-perfect.html

 

Plateau Darter (Etheostoma squamosum)
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Fantail Darter (Etheostoma flabellare)
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Ozark Darter (Etheostoma sp.)
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Ozark Darter (Etheostoma sp.)
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Southern Redbelly Dace (Chrosomus erythrogaster)
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Ozark Bass (Ambloplites constellatus)
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Ozark Bass (Ambloplites constellatus)
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Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu)
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Yoke Darter (Etheostoma juliae) 
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Checkered Madtom (Noturus flavater)
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#28 Casper

Casper
  • NANFA Fellow
  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 24 June 2015 - 12:08 AM

Wonderful photos.  Never to be expected.  Yoke Darter by hook and line.  I guess they are so exhausted by the long fight, they just give out for these premium hand shots.


Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#29 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
  • Board of Directors
  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 24 June 2015 - 05:51 AM

I have to agree with Casper and say your "fish in hand" pictures have gotten very good! Nice open fins and very sharp.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#30 littlen

littlen
  • NANFA Member
  • Washington, D.C.

Posted 24 June 2015 - 06:26 AM

I'm not sayin' the Ozarks have some nice darters, but the Ozarks have some nice darters!


Nick L.

#31 BenCantrell

BenCantrell
  • Moderator
  • Peoria, IL, Illinois River drainage

Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:16 AM

I have to agree with Casper and say your "fish in hand" pictures have gotten very good! Nice open fins and very sharp.

 

If you remember, you guys gave me a hard time over my "fish in hand" photos at the convention last year.  I still want to be stubborn and not use a photo tank, so this is the best compromise I can come up with.  I'm honestly very glad you guys gave me a hard time, because it caused me to rethink how I take photos.  It's still a work in progress of course.



#32 Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe
  • Board of Directors
  • North Georgia, Oconee River Drainage

Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

Sure we gave you hard time. Go back and look at some of those clamped fin shiner shots you had. Now you have fins flared eye candy. Keep up the good work.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#33 Isaac Szabo

Isaac Szabo
  • NANFA Member
  • The Ozarks

Posted 24 June 2015 - 11:36 AM

I'm really glad you finally got Ozark bass, yoke darter, and checkered madtom. That checkered madtom is awesome! Those Ozark darters are weird-looking, aren't they? Lots of gray/black replacing the red/blue color of other orangethroat types. This coloration is what I'm used to seeing in the White River drainage, including Buffalo tributaries. Your earlier ones from Yellville didn't look quite right to me for the White drainage. What a trip! Thanks for sharing!



#34 Chasmodes

Chasmodes
  • NANFA Member
  • Central Maryland

Posted 24 June 2015 - 01:46 PM

Very impressive catch and pics Ben!


Kevin Wilson




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