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#288517 - 04/20/12 12:57 AM A couple of tubbies out of the pond
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I caught and released several of these today out of the main grow out pond fishing for smallmouth broodstock for the hatchery pond.

I didn't measure or weigh them as I wanted to get them back into the water ASAP, but they looked to be about 9 inches and believe it or not, if past experience is consistent with the present they are about a pound even at only 9 inches.







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#288518 - 04/20/12 01:07 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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They look as though they're bullies...very onery ones at that. Well done.
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#288519 - 04/20/12 01:29 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: teehjaeh57]
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I've seen them get to a sinking feed faster than the smallmouth! At least last year they seemed to be more aggressive than the smallmouth. That may change as the smallmouth get larger.

I caught my first big female bluegill in the main pond today and put her into a cage with my other broodstock females and male perch. I had some bluegill escape one of my cages a couple of years ago. I've had some reproduction ever since but so far it hasn't gotten out of hand. Hopefully my sight fishing for smaller bluegills and the numerous smallmouth may keep their numbers in check.


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#288525 - 04/20/12 05:39 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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Those are brutes! How old do you estimate they are?
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#288538 - 04/20/12 07:45 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: spinnerbait]
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VERY nice!!
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#288540 - 04/20/12 08:08 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: spinnerbait]
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Those are brutes! How old do you estimate they are?


Three years old I think but they could be four. Now that I bring bluegill indoors for the winter I can grow them even faster.
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#288544 - 04/20/12 08:49 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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Cecil you gotta stop feeding those BG marshmellows. grin
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#288557 - 04/20/12 10:06 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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#288569 - 04/20/12 10:48 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Todd3138]
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Very nice BG Cecil !! Thanks for the pics.
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#288571 - 04/20/12 10:58 AM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: ewest]
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It will be interesting to see how long these guys live considering their fast growth rate. Inquiring minds want to know.
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#288585 - 04/20/12 01:19 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Bill Cody]
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It will be interesting to see how long these guys live considering their fast growth rate. Inquiring minds want to know.


Likewise.

I only feed my adult fish of all species once a day in the evening to satiation, which is interesting as it seems lots of other people feed twice a day and don't get as good of results.
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#288587 - 04/20/12 02:00 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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I have been feeding twice a day and it would seem my morning feed is much more active then the evening feed? I am doing 1 second in the morning and 1 sec. in the evening at this point for starters as I only been feeding for about a month now. Maybe I should just go to 2 seconds in the morning and be done with it?

Oh P.S. Very nice fish CB very nice!!




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#288595 - 04/20/12 04:22 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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Originally Posted By: Cecil Baird1
I caught and released several of these today out of the main grow out pond fishing for smallmouth broodstock for the hatchery pond.

I didn't measure or weigh them as I wanted to get them back into the water ASAP, but they looked to be about 9 inches and believe it or not, if past experience is consistent with the present they are about a pound even at only 9 inches.






Cecil -- if I was a kindergarten teacher, and any of my students looked like that, I'd report a child abuse case.

Damn! How do I get some of those offspring??

Those things are incredible. Do those things have some Condello genes in them, or are they just something you've been working on?

Ken
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#288596 - 04/20/12 04:27 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Bill Cody]
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It will be interesting to see how long these guys live considering their fast growth rate. Inquiring minds want to know.


Bill -- this is not to discourage or diminish your question. I too would like to get an estimate.

But, at that age, size, and weight, those are fish that could become a commercial success in high-end restaurants.

How much culling and work does it take to raise fish like that?

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#288598 - 04/20/12 04:33 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: catmandoo]
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Originally Posted By: Cecil Baird1
I caught and released several of these today out of the main grow out pond fishing for smallmouth broodstock for the hatchery pond.

I didn't measure or weigh them as I wanted to get them back into the water ASAP, but they looked to be about 9 inches and believe it or not, if past experience is consistent with the present they are about a pound even at only 9 inches.






Cecil -- if I was a kindergarten teacher, and any of my students looked like that, I'd report a child abuse case.

Damn! How do I get some of those offspring??

Those things are incredible. Do those things have some Condello genes in them, or are they just something you've been working on?

Ken


Oh yeah they have Condello genes in them! One or two generations removed at the most.

If it wasn't for the $300.00 VHS testing fee and whatever else your state might require, I'd be happy to give you some Ken! All you'd have to do is pick them up.

Can't Bruce overnight some fingerlings to you? He doesn't have to do the testing I require as he's not one of the Great Lakes states.

If you get some, put them in a an RAS tank or cage and feed them. By fall they should be large enough to release into the pond with the rest of the fish.


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#288600 - 04/20/12 04:39 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: Cecil Baird1]
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Cecil -- I may have to look at that. We've got to go to a wedding about half-way between your place and Bruce's, in late August. We don't know if we are going to drive or fly. If we drive, I may just take the truck and a tank with me! I should have several empty grow-out cages by then.

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#288627 - 04/20/12 10:14 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: catmandoo]
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Ken, if you do decide to take a tank with you, get a small O2 tank, a Micropore diffuser and the appropriate regulater & flow control device as a back-up insurance policy.

Cecil also can tell you what chemical to get to remove ammonia from the water during the trip. Take along some defoamer too.....
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#288630 - 04/20/12 10:29 PM Re: A couple of tubbies out of the pond [Re: esshup]
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