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Re: NFC: New Fishy Observations

hmm welaka you say....

Did I say thats my other old fav :)

Robert Rice NFC  President
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On Tue, 13 Mar 2001 22:03:42 -0600 archimed at netdoor_com writes:
> Well, the weather being favorable, I did what any native fish guy 
> should be doing in the Spring.  A few people responded to my last 
> post and wanted this or that fish, so I set out to collect some.  My 
> first destination was an unnamed stream in south Mississippi 
> where I hoped to collect some flagfin shiners.  The water was much 
> higher than in times past due to heavy rainfall this year (makes up 
> for the two years of dry weather), but it looked collectable.  This 
> particular creek is typical signipinnis habitat - dark stained and 
> full 
> of tape grass.  Normally I can simply take a swipe at the grass and 
> pull up several nice signipinnis.  Not so this time!   I made 
> several 
> attempts with my dipnet and came up empty.  Finally I spotted 
> several dark shapes hovering near a submerged stump.  A quick 
> swoosh, and in half a heartbeat I realized that the net was teeming 
> with welaka!  At least 20 in one netful.  Now, I wasn't totally 
> surprised to find welaka there, as BG and I had set out on a quest 
> to find this spot last year, but were forced to conclude that for 
> whatever reason the welaka were not to be found.  I had previously 
> sampled this stream twice and come up with plenty of flagfins but 
> no bluenose.  Neither did BG and I find any.  But during a later 
> trip 
> that same year, I netted a juvenile that looked very much like the 
> fish in question, and had that ID confirmed at the museum - it was 
> a teeny tiny bluenose.  
> But this year, two dipnets provided me with about 3 dozen welaka.  
> Not a bad bonus, but I still didn't have any flagfins.  A similar 
> stream about a mile down the road (BG will remember it as the 
> notti spot) also disappointed me.  Well, I really needed those 
> flagfins, so, even though it was not in my original itinerary, I 
> drove 
> down to Angie (across the LA state line) to what we call the "trash" 
> creek.  There being no animal carcasses of recent deposition, I 
> waded on in.  Now, this spot has produced year after year, and I 
> knew I would not be disappointed.  But I was skunked again!  Not 
> one fish did I find.  I was at least pleased to see that the golden 
> club (a really awesome emergent plant which reminds me of Hosta) 
> was growing quite well.  I made an abortive attempt to uproot a 
> small specimen, and resolved to return another day with a shovel.  I 
> REALLY want a couple of those plants!
> Well, anyway, I was 0 for 3, and stopped at one spot just before 
> crossing back into MS, where I finally hit the jackpot.  No adults, 
> but hordes of juvenile signipinnis and the attendant cherryfins 
> (Lythrurus roseipinnis, which seem to be found always with 
> Pteronotropis spp.).
> Thus satisfied, I had one more stop to make - you guessed it, 
> Westville Creek.  A couple of people had graciously offered to send 
> me some silverjaw minnows (Ericymba buccata), which I declined 
> as I had not really given any real effort to collecting them.  Now, 
> it 
> happened that I was looking for E. stygmaeum (for Klaus) this 
> time, but I was delighted to net 3 buccata (VERY COOL FISH!), as 
> well as a couple of Notropis longirostris (common in that drainage, 
> but an interesting minnow).  The stygmaeum were showing more 
> color than last time, and I kept about a dozen, included two 
> colorful 
> males.  I also lucked upon a big-@ss logperch, and a blackside 
> darter.  To top it all off I packed out three nice, solid pieces of 
> driftwood, suitable for a 20-30 gallon tank.  Not a bad day at all.  
> I 
> found everything I was looking for, and then some.
> So, those of you who wanted fish, look for them next week.  I'm 
> shipping Monday.  And BG, I did see sheriff one-eye, but he didn't 
> bother me today :-)
> Prost,
> Martin
> Jackson, MS
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk,
> my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if 
> I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem
> quite so funny. 

Robert Rice NFC  President
Save those Fishes,  Join the Native Fish Conservancy