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#1 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 10:33 PM

:biggrin: So, Ben, "the best darn darter fisherman on Earth", another member brought this up to me and I really liked the idea. We have bits and pieces of your growing life list, but not a dedicated thread. Would you do us the honor of sharing it, and giving us the rundown and highlights. I am sure that there are some non native fishes in there, and some that though not native here, were native where your feet were wet. Please include them  as well for the sake of hmm? Posterity or accuracy of timeline? Hope this is not asking too much Ben, considering the magnitude of this legendary list. :biggrin: Thanks for being a good sport(sman), Ben.


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#2 EBParks

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 08:17 PM

I like this idea. O:)


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#3 BenCantrell

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 11:20 AM

Sure, I can try to give the short version of what I'm doing.  I've been keeping track of the fish species I've caught on hook & line since 2008.  It's very much analogous to birding, except I have to actually catch the fish in order to count it.  My list is currently at 555, not counting subspecies or hybrids.  All were caught with the hook in the mouth, with a little bit of leeway given to predatory fish caught on lures where the hook might be a little outside the mouth.  No catches by hand, netting, snagging, flossing, spearing, or bowfishing.

 

My list is as long as it is largely due to the smaller non-game fish that most well-adjusted members of society wouldn't consider to be angling targets.  And yes, that means a lot of darters and minnows.  I really enjoy the research and trip planning that you have to do to be successful at this hobby.  Networking is crucial as well.  I think the lifelist angling community is a lot more sharing with each other as far as secret spots and techniques that work for species that don't angling information available online compared to the general angling community.

 

A lot of NANFA members have helped me out, thank you!



#4 BenCantrell

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 11:27 AM

Here's the list.  I left a few sensitive species off that were caught by accident while targeting other species.  And if a few of the names look made up, it's because they are!  Some of the South American species don't have common names, so we made up names to either reflect the scientific name or that we felt described the fish.

 

Sturgeons
Lake Sturgeon
Shovelnose Sturgeon
 
Bowfins
Bowfin
 
Gars
Spotted Gar
Longnose Gar
Shortnose Gar
Florida Gar
 
New World Silversides
Topsmelt
Jacksmelt
California Grunion
Northern Brook Silverside
 
Old World Silversides
Hardhead Silverside
 
Halfbeaks
Ballyhoo
 
Needlefishes
California Needlefish
Atlantic Needlefish
Houndfish
 
Squirrelfishes
Squirrelfish
Tinsel Squirrelfish
 
Rivulines
Straight-Tailed Rivulus
 
Pupfishes
Amargosa Pupfish
Red River Pupfish
Sheepshead Minnow
 
Goodeids / Splitfins
Bulldog Splitfin
Butterfly Splitfin
Barred Splitfin
Darkedged Splitfin
Blackfin Splitfin
Spotted Splitfin
Cuitzeo Splitfin
Picotee Splitfin
 
Topminnows / Killifishes
Diamond Killifish
Northern Studfish
Marsh Killifish
Banded Killifish
Northern Starhead Topminnow
Gulf Killifish
Mummichog
Lined Topminnow
Striped Killifish
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blackspotted Topminnow
Speckled Killifish
Plains Topminnow
Waccamaw Killifish
 
Livebearers
Western Mosquitofish
Eastern Mosquitofish
Porthole Livebearer
Twospot Livebearer
Green Swordtail
 
Sticklebacks
Brook Stickleback
Threespine Stickleback
 
Snakeheads
Northern Snakehead
 
Surgeonfishes
Doctorfish
 
Spadefishes
Atlantic Spadefish
 
Combtooth Blennies
Bay Blenny
Rockpool Blenny
 
Flag Blennies
Sarcastic Fringehead
Onespot Fringehead
 
Kelpfishes
Spotted Kelpfish
Giant Kelpfish
 
Labrisomid Blennies
Largemouth Blenny
 
Gobies
Yellowfin Goby
Notchtongue Goby
Checkerboard Frillfin Goby
Sharp-Nosed Sand Goby
Urohaze Goby
Naked Goby
Crested Goby
Round Goby
 
Cichlids
Blue Tilapia
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Saddle Cichlid
Midas Cichlid
Robust Bujurqui Cichlid
Amazon Cichlid
Black Acara
Dimerus Cichlid
Yellow Belly Cichlid
Mayan Cichlid
Thayeri Cichlid
Wonderful Flag Cichlid
Jack Dempsey
Redhead Cichlid
Monoculus Peacock Bass
Butterfly Peacock Bass
Johanna Pike Cichlid
Lucius Pike Cichlid
African Jewel Cichlid
Rio Grande Cichlid
Zebra Tilapia
Spotted Tilapia
Redbelly Tilapia
 
Surfperches
Barred Surfperch
Black Perch
Walleye Surfperch
Rainbow Seaperch
Dwarf Surfperch
 
Wrasses
Slippery Dick
Chameleon Wrasse
Yellowhead Wrasse
Puddingwife
Rock Wrasse
Senorita
Multicolorfin Rainbowfish
California Sheephead
Cortez Rainbow Wrasse
 
Damselfishes
Mexican Night Sergeant
Sergeant Major
Night Sergeant
Panamic Sergeant Major
Garibaldi
Acapulco Damselfish
Dusky Damselfish
Beaubrummel
 
Parrotfishes
Blue Parrotfish
Striped Parrotfish
Redband Parrotfish
Redtail Parrotfish
Stoplight Parrotfish
 
Jacks
Bar Jack
Horse-eye Jack
Blue Runner
Crevalle Jack
Round Scad
Longjaw Leatherjack
Leatherjack
California Yellowtail
Florida Pompano
Pacific Jack Mackerel
 
Sunfishes
Shadow Bass
Ozark Bass
Rock Bass
Flier
Bluespotted Sunfish
Redbreast Sunfish
Green Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Warmouth
Orangespotted Sunfish
Bluegill
Dollar Sunfish
Longear Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redspotted Sunfish
Northen Sunfish
Spotted Sunfish
Bantam Sunfish
Redeye Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Black Crappie
 
Mojarras
Irish Mojarra
Spotfin Mojarra
Silver Jenny
 
Grunts
Sargo
Black Margate
Porkfish
Tomtate Grunt
Smallmouth Grunt
French Grunt
Spottail Grunt
Sailor's Choice
White Grunt
Bluestriped Grunt
Pigfish
Salema
 
Sea Chubs
Opaleye
Gulf Opaleye
Yellow Chub
Halfmoon
 
Snappers
Schoolmaster
Amarillo Snapper
Mangrove Snapper
Pacific Red Snapper
Lane Snapper
Yellowtail Snapper
Vermilion Snapper
 
Tilefishes
Ocean Whitefish
 
Temperate Basses
White Perch
White Bass
Yellow Bass
Striped Bass
 
Jawfishes
Bullseye Jawfish
 
Perches
Redspot Darter
Mud Darter
Orangefin Darter
Central Greenside Darter
Rainbow Darter
Creole Darter
Redband Darter
Johnny Darter
Tessellated Darter
Meramec Saddled Darter
Missouri Saddled Darter
Paleback Darter
Orangebelly Darter
Redfin Darter
Bandfin Darter
Carolina Fantail Darter
Fringed Darter
Fantail Darter
Chesapeake Fantail Darter
Stripetail Darter
Blackfin Darter
Guardian Darter
Spottail Darter
Bluebreast Darter
Yoke Darter
Redline Darter
Buffalo Darter
Brook Darter
Strawberry Darter
Plains Darter
Ozark Darter
Orangethroat Darter
Plateau Darter
Current Darter
Sunburst Darter
Black Darter
Cherry Darter
Saffron Darter
Yellow Perch
Logperch
Gilt Darter
Ozark Logperch
Blackside Darter
Slenderhead Darter
Roanoke Darter
Dusky Darter
Sauger
Walleye
 
Drums / Croakers
Freshwater Drum
Silver Perch
Black Croaker
Sand Seatrout
Spotted Seatrout
Gulf Corvina
Shortfin Corvina
White Croaker
Gulf Kingcroaker
California Corbina
Slender Croaker
Atlantic Croaker
Spotfin Croaker
Queenfish
Totoaba
Yellowfin Croaker
 
Groupers / Sea Basses
Pacific Mutton Hamlet
Rivulated Mutton Hamlet
Panama Graysby
Red Grouper
Black Grouper
Scamp Grouper
Sand Perch
Black Sea Bass
Goldspotted Sand Bass
Kelp Bass
Spotted Sand Bass
Barred Sand Bass
Barred Serrano
 
Whitings
Japanese Whiting
 
Porgies
Sheepshead
Grass Porgy
Spottail Pinfish
Threadfin Porgy
Pinfish
 
Barracudas
Pacific Barracuda
 
Tunas / Mackerels
Pacific Bonito
Striped Bonito
Pacific Chub Mackerel
Gulf Sierra
Atlantic Spanish Mackerel
Cero Mackerel
Pacific Sierra
Bullet Tuna
Frigate Tuna
Skipjack Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
Blackfin Tuna
 
Cutlassfishes
Pacific Cutlassfish
 
Lefteye Flounders
Pacific Sanddab
Gulf Flounder
California Halibut
 
Righteye Flounders
Diamond Turbot
 
Sculpins
Woolly Sculpin
Mottled Sculpin
Banded Sculpin
Slimy Sculpin
Columbia Sculpin
Ozark Sculpin
Knobfin Sculpin
Tidepool Sculpin
 
Greenlings
Lingcod
 
Scorpionfishes / Rockfishes
Red Lionfish
California Scorpionfish
Stone Scorpionfish
Kelp Rockfish
Brown Rockfish
Gopher Rockfish
Copper Rockfish
Greenspotted Rockfish
Sunset Rockfish
Calico Rockfish
Greenstriped Rockfish
Swordspine Rockfish
Chilipepper
Mexican Rockfish
Vermilion Rockfish
Bocaccio
Grass Rockfish
Greenblotched Rockfish
Flag Rockfish
Halfbanded Rockfish
Olive Rockfish
Treefish
Honeycomb Rockfish
 
Gurnards / Searobins
Leopard Searobin
Bighead Searobin
 
Porcupinefishes
Longspine Porcupinefish
 
Triggerfishes
Grey Triggerfish
Finescale Triggerfish
Orangeside Triggerfish
 
Filefishes
Threadsail Filefish
Planehead Filefish
 
Boxfishes
Scrawled Cowfish
Spotted Trunkfish
Smooth Trunkfish
 
Puffers
Bullseye Puffer
Longnose Puffer
Northern Puffer
Southern Puffer
Bandtail Puffer
Grass Puffer
Finepatterned Puffer
 
Herrings
Blueback Herring
Skipjack Herring
Alewife
American Shad
False Pilchard
Scaled Sardine
Atlantic Thread Herring
Round Herring
 
Anchovies
Northern Anchovy
 
Lizardfishes
California Lizardfish
 
Bonefishes
Cortez Bonefish
 
Freshwater Eels
American Eel
 
Moray Eels
California Moray
 
Ladyfishes
Ladyfish
 
Headstanders
Moralesi Leporinus
 
Characins
Goldencrown Tetra
Red-Tailed Brycon
Black-Finned Brycon
Pointed Tucan Fish
Red-Tailed Tucan Fish
Hauxwell Tetra
Pretty Tetra
Golden-Silver Tetra
Colletti Tetra
Cotinho Tetra
Bigeye Tetra
Glass Tetra
Red-Bellied Pacu
Shortspine Tetra
Red-Bellied Piranha
Myer's Scale-Eating Characin
Compressus Piranha
Rhombeus Piranha
Sanchez Piranha
Redeye Tetra
Silver Tetra
White Sardina
Angled Sardina
 
Pike-Characids
Spotted Pike-Characin
 
Trahiras
Red Trahira
Trahira
 
Pencilfishes
Redspotted Tetra
 
Suckers
Longnose Sucker
White Sucker
Sonora Sucker
Flannelmouth Sucker
Largescale Sucker
Rio Grande Sucker
Western Creek Chubsucker
Northern Hogsucker
Silver Redhorse
River Redhorse
Black Redhorse
Golden Redhorse
Shorthead Redhorse
River Carpsucker
Quillback
Smallmouth Buffalo
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
 
Minnows
Chiselmouth
Central Stoneroller
Largescale Stoneroller
Highland Stoneroller
Goldfish
Northern Redbelly Dace
Southern Redbelly Dace
Finescale Dace
Mountain Redbelly Dace
Rosyside Dace
Grass Carp
Satinfin Shiner
Bluntface Shiner
Whitetail Shiner
Red Shiner
Fieryblack Shiner
Spotfin Shiner
Blacktail Shiner
Steelcolor Shiner
Common Carp
El Rito Roundnose Minnow
Streamline Chub
Ozark Chub
Tonguetied Minnow
Cutlips Minnow
Utah Chub
Arroyo Chub
Rio Grande Chub
Roundtail Chub
Flame Chub
California Roach
Silver Carp
Bighead Carp
White Shiner
Cardinal Shiner
Crescent Shiner
Striped Shiner
Warpaint Shiner
Common Shiner
Duskystripe Shiner
Bleeding Shiner
Scarlet Shiner
Redfin Shiner
Silver Chub
Dark Chub
Redspot Chub
Hornyhead Chub
Redtail Chub
Bluehead Chub
River Chub
Bigmouth Chub
Bull Chub
Golden Shiner
Comely Shiner
Emerald Shiner
Red River Shiner
Bigeye Shiner
Redlip Shiner
Dusky Shiner
Wedgespot Shiner
Spottail Shiner
Tennessee Shiner
Ozark Minnow
Carmine Shiner
Coastal Shiner
Swallowtail Shiner
Kanawha Rosyface Shiner
Saffron Shiner
New River Shiner
Sandbar Shiner
Sawfin Shiner
Sand Shiner
Telescope Shiner
Weed Shiner
Mimic Shiner
Channel Shiner
Bluntnose Minnow
Fathead Minnow
Slim Minnow
Bullhead Minnow
Flathead Chub
Northern Pikeminnow
Eastern Blacknose Dace
Longnose Dace
Western Blacknose Dace
Speckled Dace
Redside Shiner
Lahontan Redside
Creek Chub
Sandhills Chub
Tui Chub
Oily Bitterling
 
Sea Catfishes
Hardhead Catfish
 
Driftwood Catfishes
Blacknose Drumcat
 
Whale Catfishes
Blue Whale Catfish
Vomiting Ghost Weiner
 
Labyrinth Catfishes
Walking Catfish
 
Thorny Catfishes
Granulated Catfish
 
Heptapterid Catfishes
Graceful Pimelodella
 
North American Catfishes
White Catfish
Black Bullhead
Yellow Bullhead
Brown Bullhead
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Ozark Madtom
Mountain Madtom
Slender Madtom
Checkered Madtom
Stonecat
Tadpole Madtom
Margined Madtom
Ouachita Madtom
Black River Madtom
Brindled Madtom
Caddo Madtom
Flathead Catfish
 
Long-Whiskered Catfishes
Bumblebee Jellycat
Zebra Catfish
Piramutaba
Aguana Catfish
Leopard Catfish
Flathead Whiskercat
Bloch's Catfish
Barred Sorubim
Duckbill Catfish
 
Mooneyes
Goldeye
Mooneye
 
Toadfishes
Gulf Toadfish
 
Cods
Burbot
 
Pikes
Grass Pickerel
Northern Pike
Muskellunge
Chain Pickerel
 
Smelts
Rainbow Smelt
 
Salmons
Cisco
Lake Whitefish
California Golden Trout
Coho Salmon
Rainbow Trout
Chinook Salmon
Brown Trout
Brook Trout
Lake Trout
 
Requiem Sharks
Silky Shark
 
Houndsharks
Soupfin Shark
Leopard Shark
 
Sevengill Sharks
Broadnose Sevengill Shark
 
Butterfly Rays
California Butterfly Ray
 
Eagle Rays
Bat Ray
Cownose Ray
 
Round Stingrays
Round Stingray
 
Skates
Clearnose Skate
 
Thornbacks
Thornback Ray
 
Guitarfishes
Shovelnose Guitarfish
 
Dogfish Sharks
North Pacific Spiny Dogfish


#5 Chasmodes

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 11:31 AM

Dang, I must have hit page down 20 times!  That's quite a list!


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#6 JasonL

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 01:30 PM

For those who haven't seen it, I would check out Ben's blog. Lots of cool stuff in there.

555+ different species caught by hook and line has to be a very exclusive club. Very impressive.

#7 mattknepley

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

For those who haven't seen it, I would check out Ben's blog. Lots of cool stuff in there.

555+ different species caught by hook and line has to be a very exclusive club. Very impressive.


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