Okay, everyone, it's time to start planning for the November collecting trip. The thought was to head east this time and look at a different habitat and set of fishes from those we say on the spring trip. The drive will be a little longer, about an hour and a half from Charlotte, in the Rockingham area. Here, we can expect to see:
Also a few inverts, including eastern newt, dwarf mud dog and one or both of the sirens.
There are also a few streams in the area where we could stop to get redlip shiners if there is interest.
We need to start thinking of a date. As far as I know, I am open all weekends except the weekend of the 21st. I may be available that weekend as well, but currently I have an obligation. Start a dialogue and let me know when ou guys can work it out.
Alternately, if noone is interested in this group of fish, we could also go back west and hit some of the spots we went to before. Just let me know.
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2009 0:31:09 GMT -5 by Fishman
I know there will be some questions regarding what to bring so I will try to address these beforehand.
It will likely be chilly in November so waders or at least hip boots will be required. These will keep you dry(er) and warm(er). I see people year round go in with nothing, but it looks like a miserable way to spend a day to me. Now, in the summer it's another story.
I will bring extra dipnets but if someone has one, it is a good idea to bring it along. If you don't have one but want to get one before the trip, I would suggest either the Perfect Dipnet from Jonahs Aquarium(jonahsaquarium.com) or the Cummings dipnet model 270-12-SG(http://www.cumingsnets.com/). We use the latter, but they are both great nets. We will bring along seines so I wouldn't worry about those. For those that have been on the stream trips where the collecting was done mainly with seines, things are done differently in the swamps and dip nets are the primary collecting tool.
For keeping fish, I would suggest a bucket or large rubbermaid container. We typically use the 15 or so gallon containers when we are collecting in numbers and we just pack in breather bags if we are keeping just a few fish. Either way works well in cooler weather. A box of kosher salt goes a long way in preventing bacterial infections as well. I will have some, but we may need more. Air pumps are not necessary but won't hurt either if you have a battery powered one.
Bring extra clothes and towels, a camera if you want(I will have a photo tank for those that want to get shots of the fish), bug spray(though the bugs should be relatively calm by then), and snacks. A packed lunch may be a good idea as well though we will make every effort to find the closest BBQ joint.
You may need a fishing license, but don't get one yet. I hope that Fritz Rohde will be joining us and, if so, we will be covered under permit. I will keep the group updated on this. If anyone has specific questions, please ask and I will address them. For now, we just need to decide for sure that the 14th is the date so I can lock it in with my family and Fritz.
It would sure be nice to find taillight shiners around there. There's a 1963 record at Hitchcock Creek near Rockingham (NC-WRC), and I saw some in Bennettsville Lake (SC) just 20 miles south in the early 90s. Need some tall guys and a 15+ft seine to work the pools offshore from the weed beds. They stress out easily, handle gently.
My son has a soccer game Sat morning but i might could come after noon. Is anybody from Ral/Dur/WF area planning to go?
It would be great to have you Gerald. Can you e-mail me the specific site for the taillights? Do you have any good spots for chaetodon in the area. I am hoping to hit the pond that we went to for the convention.
I would love to go, but have no boots, no waders, no nets, but I do have a bucket
And in addition I doubt I could get m parents to get me a ride all the way there, if anyone was going from Mooresville, or the near surrounding areas, or possibly i could meet at someones house and catch a lift?
Lucky - The pond sites you can dipnet from shore without wading in. And if its warm that day we may not bother with boots anyway - old sneakers are fine. There will probably be a few spare nets, if those who have extra nets bring them. Hopefully someone will come thru with a ride offer.
Dustin - are you announcing this trip on NANFA forum too?