Catch more and bigger perch, guaranteed!!!
Not gonna mince words - our in-shore fisheries are over-fished. Donít believe me? Ask any local old enough to remember the 60s.
So, the reality is; either you are part of the problem or part of the solution.
Iím not a catch-and-release zealot. Do what you want (only Bigfoot can judge you.)
If what you want to do is conserve by selective harvest, I have some information that may be of interest to you.
The gender of barred surf perch can be easily determined.
Male barred surf perch have a pronounced notch in their anal fin. It is a reproductive adaptation.
Can you see it?
Female barred surf perch DO NOT have this notch.
Now, Iím no scientist, but even I know this basic fact: A single male can mate with multiple females. Therefore, removing a male(s) only from a population, over time, will have less of an impact on over-all numbers than removing males and females or females only.
So, if you think it might be cool for your grandkids to know what a barred perch over 10Ē looks like, well, you just might wanna try throwiní the mamas back once in a while.
I am not sorry if this offends you.
I always make sure to release pregnant female perch.... after I squeeze all the live young into my mouth.
Thanks City Dad, Great info! Got any similar info & pics of other surf fish species?
If I ever manage to finally catch another surf species, I'll let you know!
Originally Posted by Homefish
I didn't know you could eat them!!!!,I personally applaud your post as we all need to be aware of conservation,when you are out there with the skunk ,remember this post ,,,thanks
Thanks for sharing! Great to know
Great info! Thanks
Cya Tuna Vic