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A double nut on the bottom should also work well to hold the device together. Maybe try it both ways? When using just one nut make sure it is threaded tightly onto the eyebolt. It is great the satinfins found and used the spawning device. Undoubtedly more devices set shallow will capture lots of eggs during the next several weeks.

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Originally Posted by Bill Cody
A double nut on the bottom should also work well to hold the device together. Maybe try it both ways? When using just one nut make sure it is threaded tightly onto the eyebolt. It is great the satinfins found and used the spawning device. Undoubtedly more devices set shallow will capture lots of eggs during the next several weeks.

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I concur with Bill on the double nut, that works too!


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Originally Posted by esshup
I concur with Bill on the double nut, that works too!
Appreciate the help esshup!

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Quick question. My Texas Hunter Feeder is not working at the time the timer is set. The feeder will go off when running a test run. Do I need a new timer? Thanks for any help!

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I would call Texas Hunter and see what help they can provide. They might give you a discount on a new timer?

How is it going for the egg collection of satinfin and eggs?


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Thanks Bill! I’ve been away on family vacation since 6/25 and will resume collecting this week.

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While you were on vacation your devices if in the water should have collected lots of eggs.


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For anyone interested I called Texas Hunter today. They said it was definitely a battery issue. It is only holding enough charge to do a test run. Bottom line is to put in a new 12 volt battery and the problem will be solved.

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Ck battery with voltmeter plugged in to battery on solar charger and not plugged in to see difference. Timer should tell you if battery is charging and if good. Try that first

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Also, if the battery charge is very low it won't get topped back up with the solar charger, you will have to use a regular battery charger, then keep it topped up with the solar charger.


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Thanks for the tips Pat and Esshup but I had already switched out the battery before I read your posts. Replaced the battery with one from TS for $20 and now it is working as expected. I adjusted the timer to 14 seconds in the morning and evening. The fish cleaned it up in less than 10 minutes. This is by far the most aggressive feeding I have seen in my pond since it was built almost 2 years ago.

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As I am waiting to check the spawning devices at the farm tomorrow my mind wanders. I am currently thinking of adding a 20x32 foot villa pavilion centered at the pond dock. Ideally it will be a timber frame design (open ceiling) with an enclosed room 8x20 for a bathroom, kayak storage, etc with double doors on the interior. I’m also thinking of an outdoor shower and wooden floor to let the excess water drain towards the emergency spillway outside the stamped concrete slab with footers on the backside of the pavilion. Does anyone have pictures of a pavilion at a pond/lake to share for additional ideas? Thanks!

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Checked the two spawning devices in the stream and didn’t see any eggs. The forage pond has become very turbid and I assume an explosion of crawfish has happened. Before leaving the farm I tossed in the 1/2 inch Z trap to check when I return later this weekend. I removed one spawning device and took it to the lake where I located the original Satinfin shiners. We didn’t see any adults off the dock this evening over two hours but saw some juveniles that were too small for the cast net. Hung the spawning device in 2-3 foot of water about 4-6 inches off the bottom. Will check for eggs in 5-7 days.

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I haven’t posted any updates on the Satinfin shiners or spawning devices because there has been nothing to report. It seems that in my neck of the woods the Satinfin spawn until the end of June. There were a few shiners spotted at the lake the last couple of times but the spawning devices were eggless. I’m hoping the adult shiners (about 20 total) will provide a sustainable population in the future. In 2022 we will resume the adult/spawning devices in the April-May timeframe. Next on the agenda is to catch threadfin shad and 25-35 SMB this fall to put in the big pond.
In other news, the vegetation in the big pond has been great for the forage fish. The sheer numbers of different minnows around the shoreline and dock is unbelievable. We removed 63 more BG this weekend by angling/trapping/cast net. I have been managing the cattails by pulling them out by the base and getting a lot of root. One odd thing did happen last weekend. In my forage pond the water had turned muddy. We put a minnow trap in to catch crayfish that I figured were the cause. I pulled approximately 35 crayfish out in the first trap set in about 3 foot of water. Next we put 4 traps in 5-8 foot of water. When we pulled them there were just a few crayfish and everything else including the tadpoles were dead. I’m assuming that a thermocline has set up and not enough dissolved oxygen was available to keep the fish alive. Am I correct in this assumption?

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I’ve been doing some reading on alewives. Is there any reason not to use them in ponds/lakes that typically experience a winter kill with threadfin shad or tilapia?

Edit: A bit more reading and I understand why it might not be the best idea.

http://www.fao.org/3/ae997b/AE997B02.htm

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At a certain size bullfrog tadpoles have to surface for air. I have caught a bunch of dead ones before and could see others surfacing to gulp air

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Correct Pat but the bullfrog tadpoles of the same size in all traps set and pulled at the same time along with all minnows in the traps were dead with the exception of the trap set shallow. This is why I assume there is a thermocline with no dissolved oxygen available that killed everything except the crayfish. Is there any other possible explanation?

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I’ve never seen tadpoles in that deep of water.... learn something everyday

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Pat, I assume that they were swimming down to the bait got in the traps and could not receive enough oxygen from the water. Minnows, tadpoles and crayfish were all alive in the shallow trap.

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