I am trying to find about a dozen small stream caught Bluegill from that area for personal interest. Anyone collecting that area? By small I mean 3/4" to 1".
Flint / Apalachicola Drainages
Posted 03 March 2016 - 01:57 PM
If you don't get other volunteers, I am sure I can get down that way for you in the next couple of months.
Posted 04 March 2016 - 09:48 AM
I may have spoken too soon... turns out that member does not have a permit and of course, these are game fish in Georgia. We will have to set up a collecting trip for these.
Posted 04 March 2016 - 10:00 AM
Are those in Georgia typical Handpaint Bluegill?
We are started a study for first time where we can make direct comparisons between Northern Bluegill and a hatchery stock of Coppernose Bluegill. Down the road I would like to do similar with Handpaints. Past playing around with Handpaints was very interesting. I will look into acquiring out of state fish as a private individual as I may have a hoop to jump through.
Posted 04 March 2016 - 01:04 PM
Based on contacts with our Department of Agriculture I have to declare the fish will be coming in within a 15 day window and I have a 30 window starting from time of recipt of fish where they must be looked at by a vet or other fish health specialist. Rules have changed a bit and we have been exploring boundaries lately for actual research needs.
Posted 05 March 2016 - 12:35 AM
believe blue gills are not gamefish in fl.
Bluegills are counted as gamefish in Florida (see bottom of page), but since they're usually visible, it's easy enough to catch them legally with a worm bit on a hook.
(But good news, looks like dollars are no longer on the list of gamefish. Pretty sure they used to be.)
Floridian now in Cincinnati
Posted 05 March 2016 - 06:53 AM
When I have angled for these guys they were much more fickel than Northern Bluegill, at least when in the 4" to 7" range. One location in Flordia we sampled by snorkeling with a fishing pole baited with a cricket. The Handpaints were dispersed more than typical of Northerns and it was was as if the Handpaints held more exclusive feeding territories. Locations we sampled were decidedly less productive than Midwestern streams I usually haunt.
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