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#492525 - 06/23/18 11:30 AM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 05/20/18
Posts: 251
Loc: Texas
Thanks John, That was easy!!!

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#492527 - 06/23/18 11:48 AM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 2126
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Did you catch that longear from a pond?
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#492531 - 06/23/18 12:07 PM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 05/20/18
Posts: 251
Loc: Texas
I caught it in a pond (<1 acre) at a public park near my home. My fishing buddy this morning was my daughter Catie. I released it hoping I might catch it again someday.


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#492678 - 06/25/18 06:05 PM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3936
Loc: Emory TX
I needed a better way to hold fish while sorting or seining, so I went with a holding box instead of a cage. Holding boxes are used more for hatcheries than ponds, but I've had several and really like them if you're only wanting to hold fish for a few hours, or a few days.

The only real difference in a fish cage and a holding box are the sides and bottom, which are free floating on the holding box(free sinking actually), and are nonrigid. This makes them extremely easy to transport and deploy once in the water.

This holding box is 5X5X5, and I used 2" pvc for this one. I added a double top to it, and the 1' of free board should help keep most jumpers in the box. Tilapia and grass carp are the exceptions. I also added the double top to increase the instability of the holding box. GBH shouldn't be able to stand on the box and eat the contents.

I got the net custom made from Miller Nets, and if you take into account all the time zip tying or lashing of rigid plastic fencing to the pvc on a cage, the bulkiness when moving a cage, and the ease of assembly, the price was right in line with a more conventional cage.

This pic shows the net draped on the pvc frame, and clips holding the net on the top bar. I decided not to permanently mount the net, so that I can take it off and store it inside when not in use. It also allows me to adjust the depth of the net as needed, so this one is good for 1' to 5' deep.


This pic shows the 3/4" aluminum bars that once in the water, will keep the bottom of the net spread, and add very little weight at the same time. I connected the bars to each other with 3/4" refrigeration tubing.



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#492679 - 06/25/18 06:41 PM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 122
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
Very nice!

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#492681 - 06/25/18 07:12 PM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: jpsdad]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 2126
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Originally Posted By: jpsdad

I caught my personal best Longear this morning. It had one of those helmet heads but was only 7.5" long. A beautiful fish with vibrant color.


That's a beautiful fish. I have seen some longears that would rival the expensive tropical discus fish in the aquarium trade.
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#499944 - 12/25/18 11:02 AM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3936
Loc: Emory TX
Not any updates because this year has actually gone quite well. A lot of the CNBG are right at that 8" length I need for stocking the big pond, and we've had multiple verified spawns. The red tailed males I'm wanting have started showing their colors more, and the tails and fin tipping are the only criteria for staying in the hatchery pond. We had planned to seine the pond on Nov. 15th, the first quarter moon phase, but the water was already in the 40's, and I didn't want to stress the CNBG.

Bottom line, these get put back in to keep breeding.

These are hand fed to my LMB.


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#500249 - 01/02/19 05:07 PM Re: New CNBG pond [Re: FireIsHot]
FireIsHot Offline
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3936
Loc: Emory TX
I spoke a smidge too soon. A week later, and the hatchery pond has been blown out twice do to rain. A 4" rain did it last week, and another 2" rain today. The timing probably couldn't have been better though. Whatever possibly got in the pond won't start spawning until spring, so no issues with mixed spawns. I do have a 1/4" screen on the outlet pipe, and I doubt anything that small is still swimming in January. I did some dirt work and widened the emergency spillway, and even with heavy rains, the water depth is rarely over an inch deep.

I may have interlopers, but I doubt I lost many of the CNBG.
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