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  1. Now Maria is the concern.
  2. Thanks. Irma as you know is now the next nightmare.
  3. Around $20.00 per pound. Rarely trout sold under 4 lbs. Another species the bluegill (Lepomis macrochiris) gets double or more than that because it weighs much less. Also less overhead than the trout.
  4. Caught and released 10 or 12 brook trout, and two tigers the other day to determine growth and health. No browns but they are in the pond. Brooks were 12 to almost 13 inches and the two tigers were in the 11 inch range. These fish are 8 months old. I have included pictures of a tiger trout (brown trout X brook trout) and a brook trout including the beautiful dorsal markings of one of the tigers.
  5. Thanks for the kind words. Tiger Trout: Cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout. All trout sell for too much to eat! Minimum of $40.00 U.S. dollars each! Average is twice that by next fall.
  6. Wow! During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America
  7. As some of you know I hatch, feed train, and grow out gamefish to trophy size for the taxidermy and replica fish industry and I'm a fish taxidermist myself. I've done everything but beat fish farmers over the head to show them this is a viable sideline for their fish to no avail. Finally decided I had to do it myself about a decade a go. One type of customer is the taxidermist that needs large natural specimens to mount for state, national, and world competitions. As those of us that are anglers know you can't just go out anytime and catch a trophy fish in public waters unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere where that is common place. The following two fish won first place at the national level. The very latest is this brook trout raised in my trout pond and mounted by Mickey Bowman of Oklahoma. This brown was also a first place fish a few years ago and mounted by Frank Kotula of Pennsylvannia, USA. Needless to say I have a waiting list for large trout and run out of them very quickly.
  8. Osprey never came back. Maybe he will show up at the next solar eclipse here in 2024 if he's still alive. LOL
  9. New bird showed up at the peak of the solar eclipse. Osprey aka Fish Hawk. Hopefully passing through as I did not see it at all today.
  10. Thanks. I will look into that for next year. In actuality it would not have to be over the entire pond. Just out a few feet from the edges and out over the water would work as these birds do not land in the water but wade in. That said it would have to be set up where they can't stand on the netting to fish over the edge. So perhaps it would be better and easier to just cover the pond. I had a bird one night in another pond standing on an extension cord to a night light that was used to attract yellow perch fry for feed training. These birds are really amazingly intelligent!
  11. I've thought of that. How difficult would it be to get it really taunt over the pond without it falling into the water? The pond is 59 by 85 feet. I'd actually prefer to do that if it was effective vs. killing them.
  12. Form 37 is on it's way to apply toward a state permit and then the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Permit. Will be running off the birds for couple more weeks. If I could just have a man to bird talk with them to tell them my patience is running out and things could get dicy for them...
  13. I figured at 700 trout if I sell them all at $40.00 minimum (they usually go for more) I've got $28,000 worth of fish in that 1/10th acre pond. I will be moving most of them this fall into a much larger pond. So much for "I hear you don't do much in aquaculture." Got a couple of Great Blue Herons hanging around the pond even with running them off with bottle rockets and staked lines around the pond. I saw one with a trout in his mouth as I ran him off. I hate killing things but I've done everything non-lethally possible to discourage them. Looks like a permit from U.S. Fish & Wildlife for $100.00 to take a couple out is my last option. What a shame but I have to protect my investment. The profit will be my new pole building in a year or two.
  14. Well their teats are pink. Maybe they start out as strawberry? :-)
  15. On a funny note was doing a presentation several years ago when I was president of my state aquaculture association. One guy from Purdue made the comment, "We heard you don't do much in aquaculture." Kind of insulting but I'm sure it originally came from one of the academics there. Ironically my fish prices are second only to high end koi farms in Japan. I may not have the numbers but I get at least $40.00 each for my fish going up to $250.00. I run out of trout in a few weeks.
  16. There is some amazing work out there but a lot of stuff that makes one cringe when one sees it. I do a fair amount of repainting of other's work that is pretty dismal.
  17. I'm surprised it's not higher. We have people here that are too lazy to learn or know the facts. They're in their own little world. Knowledge of world geography outside of their county is even more dismal. You can't blame it on the educational system. These people are willfully ignorant.
  18. Btw a friend of mine married a girl from Harrisville.
  19. I'm familiar with Harrisville. Did my first Rock N Roll gig (Garage band) there as a lead singer back in 1977 I believe it was. Graduated from ACC up the road in Alpena in 1978. Are you familiar with the Cedar Brook Trout Farm there run by Jerry Kahn?
  20. Oops! I guess I wasn't paying attention!
  21. But I refuse to pay $400.00 a year to hotlink my pictures on websites. I'm in the process of finding another site I can use. I have no problem paying a fee to do so, just won't be held at ransom and pay $400.00 with only a couple days notice. If you're not sure what I'm talking about: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/01/photobucket-just-broke-billions-photos-embedded-web/
  22. Crappies stopped feeding in the floating cage. No idea why. No morts. Have released them free into the same holding pond along with a some bluegill in the same size range. It's hoped they will feed along with the bluegills on the surface of the pond. I've seen some bluegills feeding on the pellets but no crappies yet. I noticed some small toad tadpoles in the cage. Could have started feeding on those?
  23. I have 71 four to six in black crappies that are feed trained and are now in a floating cage. I brought them in last fall into a basement RAS that were produced in a small 1/10th acre pond. The pond was planted with brood fish that were caught via hook and line from a nearby lake. Would have had many more but make the mistake of planting fathead minnows (Pimphales promelas) in the pond, and they became so prolific there is no doubt they were competition to the fry and may have even eaten some. Live and learn.
  24. Penair Aquatic Ecoystems has them too. Pentair is worldwide. http://pentairaes.com/?gclid=CP_zjtfz3dQCFZCLswodImoNkg
  25. A brown from the same pond: Caught, weighed, and released more trout from the pond in an attempt to get an average weight to determine feeding amounts. Came up with an average weight of 3.48 oz and 152.25 pounds. Turns out I have actually been feeding less than the prescribed amount or I have less numbers than I thought.