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  1. #111
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    Hi Al

    You betcha.

    A 3m croc has moved into the Devil's Elbow reach of the river (about 3 km downstream of city CBD).

    He/she has been exhibiting signs of aggressive behaviour so will probably have to be removed soon.

    Approaching boats (territorial stuff) and stalking dogs having a swim.

    It should be the stupid dog owners in the water. This particular owner was throwing sticks into the water for the dog to retrieve.

    Dog nearly didn't make it back to shore with second stick.

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    Yes makes you wonder what is inside head of some dog owners
    the world is a lot better place if you just smile

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    I've been looking at lure colours in the water and the effect of light absorption and light scattering.

    Some good articles have been written by the likes of Greg Vinall and Steve Starling relating to colours in open ocean situations.

    Light scatter in water has been well documented by people with more degrees after their names than can be found on a thermometer. Hugely informative though.

    However, Greg and Steve's articles only talk about what happens to absorption in clear water. None of the articles talk about what happens in dirty estuary water.

    And that's the reality that we barra/threadfin fishermen face. For us its clarity (turbidity) and for freshwater fishermen you can add water colour itself (eg tannin) with algae thrown in.

    It sure has been a learning curve but will be ready to go pretty soon.

    I've been trying to get a handle on the subject to the stage that I can distill it into simple language that even I can understand easily. Hasn't been easy trying to do that because of all the concurrent interactions that occur. Like trying to pick an end while watching an octopus trying to make love to a set of bagpipes. Where's the start and where's the end?

    So........

    Have a look back through post 102 in relation to lateral lines in the meantime.......and

    Watch this space.
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  4. #114
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    Last night in the CBD

    Stumpy

    Have seen fish like this before during stocking releases.

    Came from GAWB and we never tagged fish like this on release on the grounds that pro-fishermen would make a federal case out of it if they netted one. Claim that tagging caused the deformity etc....etc...

    Didn't tag and release this one either for same reasons. Their supporters still around.

    Stumpy 70cm.jpg

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    seen a few of those too in fresh as well ,I reckon its also due to over indulgence on good food when young ,way too faster growth for the body to keep up .in boom times in awoonga and mondy when bait was at its peak I saw a few landed with big bodies and small lengths stumpy tails
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    Stocking here has been mainly in the fresh above the barrage.

    This guy probably came down to the salt in the flood last year.

    Mate filleted it and the deformity at the base of the tail was all bone which had formed around the broken backbone.

    Most probably a handling injury at very small size.

    The ones we found when releasing them were about 3-4 per release (500 - 1000). Not a high percentage but apart from the bent stumpy tail the fish were fit and healthy @ 250mm each indicating injury when they were much smaller.

    GAWB didn't like growing them out to 250mm for orders so a guy in Bajool used to buy from GAWB and grow them for supply to southern restaurants. Any deformed ones went to stocking. Injury could have happened at Bajool or Gladstone early in the fish's growth.

    Tasted ok though.

 

 
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