Tagging Our Catch
by: Lloyd Tackitt 4/18/2017
I've been thinking about tagging or marking fish I catch in some manner that will allow me to identify them if I catch them again. Not sure about how to do that. I've been looking into it a bit. In Texas it is legal if it the tag does not have electronic tracking ability. That probably has something to do with tournaments, as otherwise it does not make sense to me.
I've just started looking at the idea and found one place where tags can be purchased and then logged onto their website. The tags have the website printed on them so one might hope that anyone catching the fish would report it back to the website. But the tags cost about $4.00 each, so it wouldn't take long to run up quite a bill.
Anyone have thoughts or ideas? Cheers or Jeers? Too crazy of an idea? Or just an idea on a low key marking system I can use for my own purposes?
And of course it may not be legal in the other FXR states. But here is what TPWD web site says...
"It is legal to place an identification tag on the exterior of a fish and release this fish back into public waters. Caution is advised as use of these tags can damage fish."
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Kennywho, TX 4/18/2017 2:09:49 PM
Getting a bit technical are we? Next thing you know, you'll be tagging them each time you catch them to count how many times you've caught each one! LOL
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 4/18/2017 2:53:41 PM
Now THAT's an idea!!!!
FISHRANGLER, CO 4/18/2017 8:13:34 PM
Not legal in Colorado. That's cool they let you do it there.
Dave Mauldin, TX 4/19/2017 8:22:31 AM
TPWD has conducted tagging surveys several times on several lakes in Texas. They insert a roughly 1" long sharp plastic pin (with a barb) adjacent to the dorsal fin. It's been a long time ago, but I remember catching some tagged fish on Sam Rayburn. Even some salt water fish have been tagged for large contests, to see who can catch the largest tagged redfish.
If Todd Driscoll is still with TPWD (Sam Rayburn area) he would be an expert advisor for you. Good luck
redleader, CO 4/19/2017 11:37:12 PM
We tagged hundreds of lake Trout for the retired biologist at Granby with spaghetti tags through the 80s and 90s. We got lots of great info from recapture data, growth rates etc.
When the Dow started there war on Lake Trout they asked us to stop tagging fish as it gave anglers a personal attachment with the fish.
I did catch the same fish 4 times that grew 4"s in 23 years so i did have a personal connection with that one lol.
Toadfish, CO 4/24/2017 9:27:02 PM
Have you thought about something less pricey and non damaging, like waterproof model paint or a simple brand of some type for the scales? Just something that will tag the fish in a certain area, like a gill plate that will last a couple years and have no permanent effects on the fish?
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 4/26/2017 6:35:08 AM
Toadfish - that would be great, what do you recommend?
Dave Mauldin, TX 4/26/2017 7:43:54 AM
Go for it