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More Big perch pics

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Cecil, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Here are some pics of the latest and last round of perch harvested by hook and line. Total of 18 fourteen inches or over were harvested up to 2 lbs. 5 1/2 oz. I've shipped some today and will be listing more soon.

    Four of my anglers fishing hard not charging me a dime for labor! Imagine that!


    One of them that caught the biggest two for the day.


    Another big one by one of the anglers.


    Two laying on top of the knockout cooler.*


    * Cooler of water heavily dosed with fish anesthetic to put them to sleep that prevents them from thrashing around.
  2. Why the bug eyes? its that from the drugs?

  3. AJ Wright

    AJ Wright Member

    Nice Perch
  4. HAPP

    HAPP Active Member

    Cecil, Those are some very nice specimens. Who cares about the "BUG EYES"!!!!!!
  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I told them John C might be interested in them and they suddenly went bug eyed! ;D

    I believe it's the stress of carrying up to 30 percent of their body weight in eggs. It's really hard on them and I lose some of them that can't pass the eggs.
  6. CraigW

    CraigW Member

    Cecil what do you use for fish anesthetic ? Is it readily available?
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I use Tricaine Methanesulfonate (MS-222) aka Finquel. However it's expensive. 100 gms. is about $100.00.


    Clove oil is supposed to work well too and a lot cheaper but I like this stuff as it only takes a few gms. and they are out like light. I tried Clove oil once a long time ago and can't remember how well it worked.
  8. FinFlight

    FinFlight TRAIL CREEK

    What pigs to think back in the day you'd catch a few like that every summerin nw indiana n eat them .
  9. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I've got a 114 year old scientific text book that is a lake survey on Maxinkuckee Lake near Culver, Indiana by a couple of PH'ds and their staff. It says there were 14 inch bluegills at the time. Here's a section of the book that says so: (Next to last paragraph.) However the 12 to 14 inch bluegill should have weighed more than a pound.