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Jan. 22 Sardis Radio Tracking Report

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By CrappieRadio - Posted on 22 January 2010

I put in at Engineer Pointi today and searched the lake between the dam and Point 7 and Pats Bluff. Ten of 25 radio tagged fish were detected today in water ranging from 13.5 to 57 feet deep and with surface temperatures ranging from 40.7 to 44 degrees. Four transmitters were detected for the first time today and six were detected for a second or third time. Overall, 16 of 25 radio tagged fish have been detected. I found some water that was as warm as 47 degrees, but did not detect radio transmitters there.

Encountered several fishermen that said they could see fish on their graphs but couldn't convince the crappiei to bite. Also spotted a pair of bald eagles in a tree near one of the tagged fish. It's great to be on the water, never know what you might see.

I want to search the lake North and East of Pats Bluff/Point 7 tomorrow, but that will depend on the cooperation of the weather. Current forecast of 40% chance of thunderstorm with 20 mph SE wind does not look promising. I don't mind rain, but my radio receiver does not need to get wet. That wind could be brutal, spray from the waves could ruin the receiver just as easily as the rain.

As always, good luck fishing and be sure to call with when and where you catch tagged crappie.


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Caleb, glad you are still chasing those radio transmitter tagged crappiei. If you have a problem locating one or two of the tagged crappie call me and I will see if I can catch then. (just kidding) Keep up the good work and keep us posted. THIS IS GOOD STUFF Thanks John Woods

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Thanks Caleb. Look forward to seeing movement patterns through the year. Can you explain in a little detail what you would like us to do if we catch one? I am guess you want it released and I am sure most on here would do that but what info do you want from us when we release?


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If the fish appears healthy it is best to release. We would like to know the date and location of capture. A GPS location would be great, but a general location is also helpful. Each fish carries an orange external tag that is labeled with an individual ID number (for example 039) and a phone number for contact purposes. Please record the ID number before releasing so that I will know which fish it was. If you want to measure the length of the fish or weigh it, that's up to you, but try to return the fish to the water as quickly as possible if you have decided to release it.

If you think that a fish you have caught is going to die, please keep it. I'd rather get the transmitter back to use in another fish than have a dead fish sitting on the bottom. Again, we'd love to know when and where you caught it. Call the telephone number on the external tag (it's also printed on the transmitter) and we'll arrange to pick up the radio transmitter, which will come out with the guts when cleaning the fish. You can keep the fish.

So the important stuff is: fish ID number from external tag, date and location of capture.

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CrappieRadio, would it be possible to show on a lake map the general area the crappiei are in when you make your post as the crappie move. There are a lot of people keeping up with this study that have never been to Sardis Lake. And have no idea how far it is from the Dam to Clear Creek for instance. Looking foward to your next update. John Woods

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A sonar-operated monitoring device mounted in a boat that is used to read the bottom structure, determine depth, and in some cases actually spot the fish; also called a fishfinder.

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