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  • OKEFENOKEE II
    did give us a fly by as it circled past our boat Philip in the middle of Grand Prairie NWR Geoff Kimber Lexington KY at the NWR Steven Ellis Kennesaw GA in the NWR Photo by Michael Wolfe Another father son team Michael left Andrew in the NWR A lthough the NWR boasts 37 snake species and 14 turtle species we didn t find any Of the fishes we collected observed Banded topminnow F cingulatus Pygmy killifish L ommata Mosquitofish G affinis Many hybrid sunfish Dollar sunfish Lepomis marginatus Bluegill L macrochirus Bluespotted sunfish E gloriosus Banded sunfish E obesus Flier C macropterus Black crappie P nigromaculatus Everglades pygmy sunfish E evergladei Okefenokee pygmy sunfish E okefenokee Chain pickerel E niger Redfin pickerel E americanus americanus While we were enjoying this vast untamed wilderness the Carolina renegades were thrashing the waters around Waycross Chip was kind enough to submit the following report of their activities Chip continues the story Dan Hagley Dustin Smith and I arrived in Folkston about 10 30pm Friday night and checked into our motel As Dustin was checking us in I walked over to the motel next door where I knew Steven and some of the other guys were staying We talked about what they had done that day and what their plans for the next day were We arranged to meet at a nearby diner for breakfast the next morning around 7 30am to talk about where we would be visiting Saturday morning we all enjoyed a nice breakfast with some of the best company a person could ask for Due to Dan s and Dustin s need to be back in SC that night honey do list and the species they wanted we had to pass on Steven s Swamp Tour David Smith Klaus Schoening Charles Ray and Harvey Langabeer opted to follow us as well Doug Dame Paul Sachs his son Jerome and Jim Capelle also followed us to the first site but split apart for awhile until again meeting much later in the day at our final collection site Our first stop was at Spanish Creek a site visited the previous day by some of our group The sun was shining the sky was clear the water tannin stained to the color of strong tea a perfect day for collecting We stopped here to get some Okefenokee pygmy sunfish These were found along with several other species Here s what we saw Site 1 Spanish Creek US 1 US 23 Elassoma evergladei Everglades pygmy sunfish E okefenokee Okefenokee pygmy sunfish Aphrododerus sayanus Pirate perch Enneacanthus gloriosus Bluespotted sunfish E obesus Banded sunfish Leptolucania ommata Pygmy killifish Gambusia holbrooki Eastern mosquitofish At this time Doug Paul Jerome and Jim headed off on their own After leaving here we dipped into Florida then back up into Georgia to a spot on the western side of the swamp that Steven and I had visited on our scouting trip several weeks earlier This area was basically ditches alongside the road heading into the NWR but outside of the park boundaries On our scouting trip it was raining most of the time keeping the insect population grounded We weren t so lucky this time as it appeared every mosquito from the state was here At least we found many fish that prey on the larvae of this blood sucking hoard I guess this means that since mosquitoes don t lay eggs until they ve had a meal of blood we were providing the food for the next generation of fish here at least in a roundabout sort of way We found some really nice banded topminnows with blood red fins as well as nicely colored pygmy killies and everglades pygmy sunfish Eastern mosquitofish were very abundant here as well Klaus found some nice aquatic plants here as well as several male Gambusia with black spotting on them Also found were a ribbon or garter snake small siren some cool water insects and many frogs and tadpoles Here s our list from this site Site 2 Roadside ditch GA 177 approx 7 miles from intersection with GA 94 Elassoma evergladei Everglades pygmy sunfish Enneacanthus obesus Banded sunfish E gloriosus Bluespotted sunfish Leptolucania ommata Pygmy killifish Fundulus cingulatus Banded topminnow F lineolatus Lined topminnow Gambusia holbrooki Eastern mosquitofish We turned our vehicles around and drove a short way back out to a stream that we had seen on the way in The bloodsuckers were even worse here and it was getting pretty warm in the sun so we didn t spend a lot of time at this spot Klaus also found some more plants here Site 3 GA 177 Sweetwater Creek L ommata Pygmy killifish F cingulatus Banded topminnow G holbrooki Eastern mosquitofish Esox sp juv pickerel On the way to the next site we stopped in Fargo to eat lunch at the Sportsman s Caf e operated by Ima Jean Knowles This was a small place but it was apparently the only eatin joint in Fargo The food on the buffet was pretty good if a little on the expensive side We must have been charged the tourist price The waitress was a young girl with a distinctly south Georgian accent a tb tattoo on her wrist I m not sure I want to know what it stood for and a belly button visible to all no lint was seen Uh at least the sweet tea was good We were unsuccessful in our attempts to get Dan to eat collards a southern dish that he has never tried Somebody needs to do something with this boy After eating we headed up towards Homerville Along the way we stopped at Tatum Creek another spot Steven and I had visited This time the water was much lower than before The crayfish from this spot were very interesting Several blue crayfish were found along with dwarf crayfish and some other variety with red lines and spots on them Also found were

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  • Columbia SC and John Patterson Lillington NC beside the Gorge at 8AM Although heavy mists capped the surrounding hills the view of the Gorge was still spectacular We took a couple of group photos as we waited for late arrivals then formed a caravan to our first stop of the day These next two shots were taken at the gorge overlook beside a cafe gift shop If you peek through the bars at the right you can just barely see the far side of the gorge through the mist L R John Patterson Lillington NC Fritz Rohde Wilmington NC Dustin Smith Newberry SC Chip Rinehart West Columbia SC Casper Cox Chattanooga TN L R Dustin Smith Chip Rinehart Steven Ellis Kennesaw GA John Patterson Photo by Fritz Rohde Big Panther Creek Two miles south of Tallulah Gorge on US 441 This is a small clear running stream that forms a repeating series of falls pools riffles The bottom is mostly sand and gravel with some mud in the deeper pools We chose a stretch just outside the park boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest Just after we parked we were joined by Paul Harney Clermont GA Paul had been the subject of much discussion that morning as he had missed out on our last two trips Little River AL Edgefield SC due to confusing directions When he didn t show up at the Gorge we concluded that he too must be a blonde Not so however as he arrived just in time for this one Anticipating his arrival artist sign maker Casper presented him with a personalized colorful X marks the spot you are here placard complete with check boxes for recent trips Paul got to check this one off the list After two missed trips due to confusing directions Paul Harney finally joined us for this one Casper presented him with this custom placard to commemorate the event Paul Harney Clermont GA After climbing a wobbly fence at the highway median we all descended to the stream below Species collected observed included rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss yellowfin shiner Notropis lutipinnis bandfin shiner Luxilus zonistius creek chub Semotilus atromaculatus bluehead chub Nocomis leptocephalus In the formerly clear waters of Big Panther Creek L R Steven Ellis John Patterson Casper Cox Chip Rinehart Paul Harney Dustin Smith Photo by Fritz Rohde No Nick this is NOT fish worship L R Paul Harney Steven Ellis Chip Rinehart Dustin Smith Photo by Fritz Rohde The first catch of the day a yellowfin shiner Notropis lutipinnis Bandfin shiner Luxilus zonistius L R Casper Cox Dustin Smith Chip Rinehart John Patterson This pool beneath the falls was very loaded with fishes Foreground L R Steven Ellis Dustin Smith Chip Rinehart background L R Casper Cox John Patterson Photo by Fritz Rohde Fritz took this opportunity for a couple of quick fish quizzes L R Chip Rinehart Dustin Smith Fritz Rohde Paul Harney John Patterson The bandfin shiner was the target fish for this location and it was found in abundance Yellowfin shiners much discussed recently for the variations of their fin color displayed bright red orange fins in the males we caught We finished here ahead of schedule and traveled 23 miles north up US 441 to where it intersects GA Highway 246 Little Tennessee River On the property of Kitty Wise Ms Kitty Wise graciously allowed us access to this stream that borders her property Thank again M aam I made sure I got her email address so we could send her the link to the trip report We entered through a one lane gravel driveway with a six car caravan This terminated in a hayfield where we parked We still had to walk a little way to the river but the weather was holding steady Fritz broke out the shocker and soon we were looking at lots of fishes The water there was more turbid with a strong current The bottom rarely visible was gravel in the shallows and mud in deeper areas with oddly slanted boulders and sudden drop offs Seines were the only way to go as dipnets were virtually useless Species collected observed included yellowfin shiner N lutipinnis river chub Nocomis micropogon warpaint shiner Luxilus coccogenis whitetail shiner Cyprinella galactura central stoneroller Campostoma anomalum Tennessee shiner Notropis leuciodus telescope shiner Notropis telescopus mirror shiner Notropis spectrunculus fatlips minnow Phenacobius crassilabrum northern hog sucker Hypentelium nigricans gilt darter Percina evides greenside darter Etheostoma blennioides mottled sculpin Cottus bairdi mountain brook lamprey Ichthyomyzon greeleyi Our 2nd location of the trip the Little TN River near Dillard GA looking downstream At this site we had the luxury of working on private property owned by Ms Kitty Wise The rain wasn t far away at that point Fritz worked the backpack shocker with good results We used Casper s bare hand to see if it was working it was L R Dustin Smith Fritz Rohde Paul Harney Chip Rinehart Male whitetail shiner Cyprinella galactura in breeding color Note the swollen tubercle covered head This one would NOT hold still for a photo The downward tilt of the eyeball preceded the next of several jumps Mountain brook lamprey Ichthyomyzon greeleyi Tennessee shiner Notropis leuciodus Warpaint shiner Luxilus coccogenis Blue Ridge subspecies of the greenside darter Etheostoma blennioides gutselli Photo by Fritz Rohde Gilt darter Percina evides At this point the party split up into two groups Fritz had some further interest in the Little TN River further down as he continued his search for stonecats Dustin Chip and Casper opted to accompany him while Paul and John went with me to complete the scheduled circuit Dustin agreed to supply a trip report of their adventures on that end We said goodbye to our friends thanked Ms Wise and took off to NC We followed GA 246 until it became NC 106 at the state line As soon as we crossed into NC we began the steep winding climb into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains The route I had mapped out was chosen for the incredible scenic view it offered Almost immediately however we ran into a very dense fog that continued all the way to Highlands NC which boasts an elevation of 4118 It was cold up there As we entered Highlands and turned south onto NC 28 the fog gave way to rainfall that lasted in various degrees of strength for the remainder of the day We were dry when we sat down to plates of barbeque at a placed called Rib Country but we were totally soaked after that Clear Creek Approximately 8 miles south of Highlands NC just west of NC Highway 28 Clear Creek was a tiny obscure stream with clear cold water and a subtrate of sand gravel Lining both banks were thick stands of rhododendron that blocked access to the stream as effectively as any hedge could have Thus the only way into the water was a nearly vertical descent through a mat of Virginia creeper Fortunately the footholds I had dug on my previous scouting run were still usable We worked the seine in the pools and kicked into our dipnets in the riffles The steady rain was already having a noticeable effect on the water level and the turbidity increased rapidly This and the cold rain made it a shorter stay than I had originally planned Species collected observed included yellowfin shiner N lutipinnis bluehead chub N leptocephalus longnose dace Rhinichthys cataractae central stoneroller C anomalum river chub N micropogon rosyface chub Hybopsis rubifrons northern hogsucker H nigricans rainbow trout O mykiss At Clear Creek near Highlands NC thick stands of rhododendron made access to the stream very difficult Clear Creek looking upstream Clear Creek downstream view Longnose dace Rhinichthys cataractae Rosyface chub Hybopsis rubifrons These next 3 pix are the yellowfin shiner Notropis lutipinnis This first one shows mostly yellow color in the fins The next two are a breeding male in a quarantine tank displaying bright orange fins In other parts of the yellowfin range they have been observed with white fins The yellowfin shiners at this location displayed both orange and yellow fin coloration Leaving Clear Creek we turned south on NC Highway 28 crossed back into GA and stopped at the Chattooga River which forms the border between GA SC at the bridge Foolishly I forgot that it was a trout stream and that we no longer had anyone with us who possessed a scientific permit So taking the seine in this stream was a huge mistake for which I take full responsibility On any other given day you couldn t find a game warden if you tried Unfortunately for us a young trout fisherman got offended when he saw our seine and called em Although I m still having trouble with my attitude about this individual he was well within his rights to do so I just wonder why no one ever calls in on the clowns who throw everything in the water from Granny s broken flower pot to the engine block out of Bubba s pick up In any event as I returned to the van for a snack I was approached by the Rabun County GA Sherriff who asked me to wait until the wildlife boys showed Before the next hour had passed we were also visited by a SC ranger two separate units of U S Forestry rangers and two GA rangers Eventually after some stern warnings and hints on how to read a map they let us go intact The upside is that most of them had actually heard of NANFA in some form or fashion The downside is that I risked the arrest of my companions and bad PR for NANFA For that I profoundly apologize Species collected observed included central stoneroller C anomalum whitetail shiner C galactura warpaint shiner L coccogenis bluehead chub N leptocephalus Tennessee shiner N leuciodus yellowfin shiner N lutipinnis northern hog sucker H nigricans some sort of redhorse redbreast sunfish Lepomis auritus redeye bass Micropterus coosae unidentified darter rainbow trout O mykiss Our last site of the trip the scene of great drama Check your paperwork Chattooga River looking upstream Chattooga River downstream view Redeye bass Micropterus coosae Needless to say after this drama we wisely called it a day Despite the embarrassment it was a very worthwhile trip Thanks to all the guys who showed up and special thanks to Fritz Rohde Dave Neely for their help as I researched the trip in preparation And to those about to collect we salute you Meanwhile back in Georgia Dustin After we sampled the Little Tennessee River near Dillard GA we decided to split into two groups Steven led one along with John Patterson and Paul Harney to follow the original path outlined in his proposal and the other followed Fritz Rohde to look for some interesting darters in the area upstream in the Little Tennessee The party that followed Fritz included Casper Cox Chip Rinehart and myself After the split the four of us stopped by a small BBQ restaurant for Fritz to get his BBQ fix for the trip We then headed north towards Franklin NC and followed Sec Route 1113 Needmore Rd which was just NW of Franklin and off of GA 28 and paralleled the Little Tennessee for some time We made two stops along this road The first spot was a darter paradise with a small section of the larger river being diverted around an island making a small stream with lots of rocks and riffles The second spot was in the main river channel including another side stream around an island this time with slower moving water allowing for some rock bass and sunfish Here we found the following species Site 3 Little Tennessee R at Needmore Rd SSR 1113 off of GA 28 NW of Franklin Rock bass Ambloplites rupestris Smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu River chub Nocomis micropogon Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum Northern hogsucker Hypentelium nigricans Mirror shiner Notropis spectrunculus Telescope shiner Notropis telescopus Tennessee Shiner Notropis leuciodus Warpaint shiner Luxilus coccogenis Whitetail shiner Cyprinella galactura Spotfin chub Cyprinella monacha Mottled sculpin Cottus bairdi Gilt darter Percina evides Wounded darter Etheostoma vulneratum Greenfin darter Etheostoma chlorobranchium Banded darter Etheostoma zonale Redbreast Lepomis auritus We had hoped to find the Tangerine darter Percina aurantiaca in this area as well but none were to be had but certainly not for lack of effort This was my first trip into the mountains to collect and nearly every species that we caught was a new one to me I especially enjoyed the sculpins which I had never seen in person Some of the other highlights included the threatened Spotfin chub which were all quickly released some gorgeous five inch Whitetail with a nice pinkish body color and very large and colored dorsal fins and Warpaint shiners and the colorful darters After a few hours of collecting here we were all exhausted and soaked from the constant rain throughout the day so we decided to part ways Chip and I headed on down the mountain back towards SC and Fritz and Casper went to find a hotel to dry off and make plans for the following day I would like to thank Steven Ellis for the effort he put into making this trip happen and for being such a gracious host as always Like I said earlier this was my first time up into the mountains but I know now that it certainly won t be my last The story continues Casper After the group split down twice it was left with Fritz Rohde and myself in Bryson City NC After a full day of cold overcast rains slippery knee twisting and chasing the ever elusive tangerine darters I was exhausted We found a neat motel that was perched over the swollen muddy river The scenic location must have been beautiful the week before but now the river was anything but inviting A hot refreshing shower brought us back to motivation and we drove around the town a bit exploring the shops landmarks and architecture We found a restaurant high on a ridge that provided us one of the best meals I ve ever sat down to Wonderfully prepared and garnished with a giant sprig of dill the meal was of a mighty fine class Rainbow trout and pork ribs were shared with all the wonderful trimmings and elaborate garnishments We studied the maps and enjoyed a nice evening discussing all kinds of things and prepared for three sites to visit the next morning We sought out higher streams to hopefully offset the muddy rain swollen water downstream found in the larger rivers The first site which we had scouted the night before had a lower water level and was noticably clearer I opted however to move further upstream to increase the odds of more clarity With the day still early still chilly the skies overcast and drizzily the murky water did not provide much motivation I made the plunge out of hope desire and maybe a hint of desperation With my limited viewing and Fritz s dipnetting we only found orange side dace hog suckers creek chubs stonerollers and a few rainbow trout Cold and wet we loaded up and headed to the headwaters of the Nantahala River for perhaps greater diversity It was a small stream that had been surveyed back in the sixties and was said to hold saffron shiners which I was eager to see again Once again the murkiness of the water and the overcast skies prevented any valuable prolonged or distinct observations Fairly miserable worn and dissappointed after being skunked for a solid two weekends in a row we considered our options We decided to skip our third site as the weather continued to drizzle and Fritz had a long drive ahead of him In studying my return route options Fritz suggested I explore the Valley River which flows through Andrews NC and into Murphy On the map the terrain is interesting being a distinct valley so I chose to follow his advice in the hopes of seeing some new critters Crossing up and out of the Nantahala gorge I began to descend into the valley I studied the TN gazatteer and sought to gain access at the first flows suitable for snorkeling I found it at a small bridge off the main road and got my gear together I worked my way down the steep bank to the creek The skies were still overcast but the water was fairly clear I immediatly observed mirror shiners a recent species for me that I ve learned to ID fairly quickly It has a unique blunted snout and very torpedo shaped body A small triangular mark resides at the caudal fin base The males can be stunning with excellent color and an enlarged dorsal fin I have kept one from the Hiwassee River for over a year in a 29 gallon planted Eclipse tank A very interesting fish that is fun to observe They were plentiful but the males seemed to have lost color and their bodies and fins were a bit worn and tattered Several large rainbow trout swung wildly around me in a deep pool below the main riffle They never offered a prolonged view although I had seen plenty already that day from tiny 1 5 juveniles to these large 18 Christmas turkey rainbows I was looking for more and new species All the standard locals were there that I had seen during the last 2 weekends and commonly in my region including creek chubs stonerollers hog suckers whitetail and warpaint shiners Only a couple of darters appeared and I was unsure of what they were due to the visibility As I moved quietly I looked down to see a large hellbender working along the bottom nosing into dark crevices hunting crawdads I reached down to clasp him but after a

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  • NANFA members in Okefenokee Swamp, April 2002
    Ellis Kennesaw GA and Doug Dame Interlachen FL LE Also at Twelvemile Post L R standing Jody Schnurrenberger Auburn AL Geoff Kimber Lexinton KY Charles Ray Auburn AL Doug Dame Interlachen FL seated Ruth Fledermaus Huntsville AL LE At Twelvemile Post L R Coby Cox Chattanooga TN Casper Cox Chattanooga TN David Smith Mobile AL Ruth Fledermaus Huntsville AL Charles Ray Auburn AL and Doug Dame Interlachen FL LE The caravan at Peters Creek LE Most of our party attacked the lake with dipnets while Jonathan and Joey tried hook and line fishing in a nearby creek We caught many of the same fishes as the night before as well as other aquatic creatures such as tadpoles sirens water scorpions and crayfish Ruth Stallsmith served as our botanist for the trip collecting a number of interesting plants One of them called sundew was a red carnivorous plant that sort of resembled a venus flytrap No live alligators were sighted although we did find gator vertebrae scattered along the shoreline Before moving on we tried seining the creek where the boys were fishing and pulled some good sized fliers After lunch at the Waycross Huddle House the next stop near Argyle GA was Peters Creek Although it looked promising it was basic devoid of fishes We did find just a few pygmy killies some E evergladei and gambusia The noteworthy entry here was the astonishing number of tadpoles Just a casual dip of the net brought up hundreds of the tiny black wigglers They were so numerous that I can t imagine such a small body of water could support them all when they make the jump to frogs I suspect that many of them will supply large chunks of the food chain long before then Our 2nd stop at Peters Creek near Argyle GA This one was basically a dead site except for a zillion black tadpoles Left to right Coby Cox Chattanooga TN Lamarr Eddings Chattanooga TN Chip Rinehart West Columbia SC and Dustin Smith Newberry SC SE Also at Peters Creek from left David Smith Mobile AL Geoff Kimber Lexington KY and Casper Cox Chattanooga TN SE Turning the nine car caravan around we went off searching for two large lakes nearby On the map they looked huge but when we got there they were not to be found A new growth of pine trees suggested that this area may have been drained and planted with trees to be harvested at a later time It s rather alarming to think that entire lakes may be disappearing to support the lumber trade Anyway from there we traveled on up to US Highway 82 to a boat launch on the Satilla River Along the way I m told one of the guys from TN fell asleep at a stoplight Steep banks and deep black water made collecting difficult at this part of the river Whie searching for a better approach I had a rather close encounter with a large black

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  • NANFA members in South Carolina, January 2002
    Fritz pull the seine through the vegetation while Chip prepares to help This is Bahama Swamp just outside of Hardeeville SC Dustin holds up a mature flier Juvenile banded sunfish Eastern mudminnow Young dollar sunfish Least killifish Male bluebarred pygmy sunfish Taillight shiner These reflect every bit of light you throw at them Plus they are very active I must have taken a dozen shots to get one this good Towards mid day we began driving to the NW for our second stop Along the way we stopped at McDonalds for some McLunch It s the only time I can recall being in a fast food joint where a girl barely 4 tall worked beside another one who was over 6 tall Fritz got an allstar grin from the kid behind the counter when he ordered a Big N Nasty Most collecting trips I ve been on always have an element of the wierd involved at some point This one came as we stopped to collect at a place called Savannah Branch Fritz and I had just stepped from our vehicles when a SC state trooper came flying up from behind us and stopped beside Fritz We looked at each other like Here it comes The trooper s accent was classic SC although he appeared to be of Polynesian extraction wierd enough He said Y all ain t seen any cows have you Fritz replied Cows you mean on the road uh no Why The trooper grinned and said Yup they s s posed to be bout a dozen of em runnin loose around here With that he gunned his motor and took off down the road Fritz and I conjectured how hard it would be to miss a dozen cows on a two lane road and just let it go at that Anyway this location was one Fritz had worked several years before This was a mostly clear running stream with a sandy bottom From the roadway the water meandered through woods that were very pleasant even in the winter season Fritz hoped that we would find Savannah darters there I stopped to take pictures of Fritz and Dustin working the seine I had barely taken the first shot before Cal on his very first collecting trip dipnetted a large male Savannah darter in glorious color followed shortly by a female of the same species Using the seine we also began to haul in dusky shiners and sailfin shiners Here s the complete list from this site coastal shiner dusky shiner sailfin shiner pugnose minnow creek chubsucker pirate perch spotted sunfish Savannah darter tessellated darter blackbanded darter speckled madtom redfin pickerel Dustin and Fritz examine the catch at Savannah Branch Dusky shiners Tessellated darter Juvenile redfin pickerel Young pirate perch Male Savannah darter Female Savannah darter Later we jumped back into the vehicles and drove further NW racing the sun to get in one more site before the light faded We stopped very near I 20 at Bridge Creek

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  • Steven A. Ellis in Florida, Dec 2001 (NANFA)
    but we failed to find any on this day The following morning we started back toward GA intending to hook up with Doug Dame Interlachen FL along the way Unfortunately our friend had to work that day so we stopped to explore on our own just north of Ocala at a place called Orange Creek on Co Highway 115 Ironically we were only 12 miles from Doug s house but we didn t find that out until we got home Otherwise I would have left some fish in his mailbox This stream is very slow moving bordering on swampy conditions The bottom was a mixture of sand and mud with a heavy tannin stain in the water Mud along the banks was extremely treacherous in places However much of the bank was anchored with wonderful cypress knees What a beautiful area I had some reservations about gators although I saw no signs of any because of the depth of the dark pools and moderate to heavy vegetation too many hiding places If any were around I guess the cooler weather kept them subdued We did more dipnetting than seining there to allow us to watch for any reptile visitors This was my first experience using a Perfect Dipnet from Jonah s Aquarium They are in fact perfect Nice design Mark Again were we limited in our collecting time having left my wife in Ocala for a shopping rampage while we pursued the fish We caught the same mix of sunfish plus one warmouth FW shrimp swamp darters sailfin shiners beautiful fish 2 golden topminnows scads herds schools packs of unwanted gambusia and some ironcolor shiners I thought I had some taillight shiners but I may have been mistaken many thanks to Dave Neely for the ID help Some of them

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  • October 2001 collecting trips in Louisvile, KY (NANFA)
    the brook silversides Until now Geoff is the only guy I ve personally known to successfully keep them alive His touch must have rubbed off on me We took a 52qt cooler out of my car and filled it about 3 4 of the way with clear water from the stream then Geoff dosed it with StressCoat All the way back to GA I kept periodically putting in ziplock sandwich bags filled with ice to keep the water screaming cold The bags kept the untreated ice from melting into the cooler The results were well worth the effort Except for one specimen that I nuked for the Borgia Ichtiopathology Lab all of the brookies survived and are doing well In fact I didn t lose a single fish of any kind in transit The next site we visited was just east of downtown Louisville in a small creek call Muddy Fork very near the main body of the Ohio River This creek was not nearly as pleasant but I chose it because of the grass pickerel I caught near there many years before Geoff and I both hoped to bag a few of them but it wasn t happening that day The bottom was mostly mud mixed with sand The mud was treacherous in spots and the snakes were awake The only one we encountered was a harmless brown water snake Here s a list of what we caught observed Longear sunfish Central stoneroller Fantail darter Bluntnose minnow Spotfin shiner Common shiner White sucker Mosquitofish Geoff and I finally called it a day about 4PM He got back on the road to Lexington and I headed back to the hotel The next day I began the drive back to GA I stopped briefly at the Nolin River and the Green River in KY but they were deep and not convenient for one man seining After I crossed over into TN I stopped at the Red River just below the KY line on I 65 This was another wonderful spot The water was shallow and clear and the bottom was solid rock The collecting was easy so I didn t have to stay long Here s what I collected observed Black spotted topminnow Black striped topminnow Northen studfish a mystery topminnow that I have ID d yet Mountain shiner Whitetail shiner Fantail darter Rainbow darter TN snubnose darter Greenside darter Central stoneroller I also stopped at the Elk River in TN where I 24 crosses it between Altamont and Monteagle This river was dead Except for a very few TN snubnose darters and the dreaded gambusia I saw NOTHING not only fish but all other life seemed to be absent as well Does anybody have any info on this river It looks like it should support all kinds of life but something is definitely wrong there After that darkness prevented any more collecting When I got home the water in the cooler was still so cold it took all night for

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  • Field Trips to Sallicoa and Raccoon Creeks, Georgia-- NANFA
    About 11 Bruce Stallsmith joined us and we broke out the seine and dipnets The collecting was good with 24 species logged One lone topminnow was captured and it immediately became the subject of a debate I am convinced it was Fundulus catenatus but the other guys believe it was F stellifer Even without my glasses I offered to eat the specimen in question if I was wrong This fish temporarily called F controversius is in preservative awaiting a trip down to Andy Borgia for positive ID If I am wrong I hope the fellows will allow me to substitute another fish for my meal instead of the one presently marinating in formalin After a break for lunch we headed SW to the 2nd site Raccoon Creek This location is between Cartersville Dallas GA Here we were joined by Sharon Allsup from Winston GA You really appreciate someone who brings along Frappucino for snack time Casper was the only one who snorkeled at this site so the rest of us chose the opposite fork to begin collecting The fish were not as easy to come by in this stream due to much deeper pools mud snags and a host of unwelcome gambusia As the sun moved lower in the sky the fatigue factor also came into play Until then the locals were strangely absent but they began to appear as we prepared to leave Sharon Bruce and I walked past a young genius sitting in the dirt straddling a large tent peg and pounding it in with a rock an accident waiting to happen Anyway we caught many of the same species as well as bronze darters and a single riffle minnow We netted some huge F stellifer which I should have held up to the little guy we caught

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  • First Half of 2012
    and sharing fishes with the students as part of a larger event put on by Dr Zach Felix Next we had a stream side display tank and helped with the Rivers Alive trash pickup on the Apalachee River And we ended the month with another trash pickup on John s Creek which has provided us with some future opportunities for outreach Later in the summer a group of us went

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