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Friday, January 18, 2008

• In Fishermen: Tournaments & Spawning Success

There is an article in the new February 2008 issue of In Fishermen magazine called "Tournaments and Spawning Success" that is somewhat related to my recent post on fish handling. I thought it would be a good article to mention following my discussion on handling bass.

A group of researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey took a well known and accepted theory on spawning bass caught in tournaments. Successful reproduction might be hindered in these stressed bass. The researchers put this theory to the test. One finding was that the appearance of fry from stressed bass occurred two days later than the control group. The timing for spawning in these bass was delayed. These fry were also shorter and lighter. Production and growth both seemed to be delayed or limited in the offspring of the stressed bass. The difference in the number of fingerlings produced between the two groups however, was not statistically signficant. The researchers came out of this with some questions. The physiology behind these effects are apparently not well understood. The effects of fry size on survival is also not well studied. This article will likely change the way I look at fishing the prespawn to spawn period and also influence the way I handle bass caught around the spawn because these stressed bass were also kept in a livewell for a brief stint and still showed those delays.

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