Bass Meals

Everyone knows that bass are ferocious feeders and their meals are just about anything that hits the water. Here are a few examples of the weird things bass were eating when we caught them.

Not the weirdest thing, but any guess as to what species of fish this bass ate?

Bass and crappie

 

This bass caught after recently eating a duckling.

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Send us pics of the weird things you have caught bass eating.

Big Bass Contest Leading Pic

Thank you, Ben Hall for being last week’s Big Bass Contest leader for best Big Bass Pic:

“Here is a fat bass caught by my brother Lee with assistance from his 2 year old son Wilder! This F-1 bass was stocked 4 years ago by Greg Grimes himself. I can guarantee this bass has been feeding well on threadfin shad and crayfish you guys provided as well. Location is a 2 acre farm pond in Cordele, Ga.

   Thanks Aquatic Environmental,
    Ben Hall”

 

Big Bass and Best Pic Contests

Aquatic Environmental Services is having two contests: a big bass and best pic (think kids with family and big smiles).

We are already getting pics of big bass. Too bad these big bass were submitted last week before we started the big bass contest.

Only rule is the big bass have to come from the lakes we have worked on. Contest ends May 15th. Please email [email protected] and provide any details of your big bass or best pic you wish to share.

We will be giving away a lid cam and pond kit.

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Aging A Bass – Answers Revealed

 Aging A  Bass 

Think you can age a bass by its otolith?

Check out these zoomed in images of a bass we just aged from the otoliths below:

Want to take a guess at age and weight of these two bass?

These two pictures are from a largemouth bass otolith

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These two pictures are from a spotted bass otolith

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We will give you the answers next week. – ANSWERS REVEALED

The largemouth bass was 8 years old, 11.75″ long and 0.75 lb while the spotted bass was 14 years old, 20″ long and 2.95 lbs.

Bluegill Feeding

 

Spring is here and it is time to crank up your bluegill feeders! 

To grow giant bluegill or improve bass growth feed your bluegill quality feed.   Feeding the bluegill a supplemental fish food diet creates healthier higher reproducing fish thus creates more bass food. Feeding begins in March and continues through November in much of the southeast. How much should you be feeding? As a general rule of thumb, cast enough feed so its gone in 5 to 10 minutes.  For bluegill they need at a minimum a 36% protein diet. We prefer the Aquamax 500 or 600 fish food with 41% protein level. DO NOT USE CHEAP CATFISH FOOD! 

Feeding by hand is not as efficient as using an automatic fish feeder which can feed multiple times a day. Bluegill have a short intestinal tract and benefit from multiple feedings during the day. A feeding area is a great place for kids to learn to fish, because the action is always fast. Many people just enjoy watching the feeding frenzy that occurs and showing off your trophy bluegill to your friends.

Bluegill will not travel far to consume food so to maximize bluegill growth and production, setup multiple feeding sites. 

Check out this link to read about our Bluegill Feeding Trials. This gives you more insight on why to use quality food for feeding.  Our research showed that a more expensive food such as Aquamax 500 is actually cheaper for putting weight on bluegill. 

Check out the growth for this bass that we stocked only 9 months ago…

This bass just weighed in at 1.3 pounds and 12.5″ after only being stocked 9 months ago. How does one achieve this? Watch our presentation on how to produce a trophy largemouth bass fishery https://lakework.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/sdafs-trophy-lmb.pdf

Happy Fishing!

Growing a Trophy Largemouth Bass
Bass grows to 1.3 lbs and 12.5″ in only 9 months

 

Hybrid Striped Bass Stocking

I do not know of a species that is more underutilized in private ponds.  Hybrid striped bass are a great fish that is easy to manage and provides excellent fight for its size.  It is great for novice and expert fisherman alike.  They are very aggressive and hit your lure like a freight train.  Their growth rates are also better than most species in the right environment.

What does a hybrid striped bass require?  They do not do well on a diet of just bluegill as forage.  They do great on shad/shiners or supplemental feed. With many of our clients having feeders, hybrid striped bass are the perfect fit.  Hybrids require higher hardness levels to thrive and need some deeper water to have some cool water refuge during hot summer months. Clients meeting these basic needs can stock and have minimal to no effect on the largemouth bass growth.  You may need to crank up the feeder in order to feed a few more pellets so both the bluegill and hybrids get fed.

There have been some issues in SE ponds on initial stocking establishment. It is easy to see that taking these fish from water with 200 ppm hardness in Arkansas and putting in low hardness water here in Georgia is stressful.  We leased ponds in middle GA that have 40 ppm hardness to make this transition easier.  We stocked 7,000 fingerlings last fall and the fish are now ready for harvest.

These fish are a true 8-11 inch size so they can survive bass predation. The prices are lower than we have ever offered.  The big advantage is being locally grown in similar water making the transition of stocking stress free. This equals greatly improved survival.

Please let us know if interested so we can prescribe stocking rates for your goals and pond size. You will want to get on the list ASAP, over half our stock is already spoken for.  We anticipate having them all seined before the end of the month. We will be delivering until mid October or until we run out of fish.  Also, with these gas prices the more clients we deliver on a route the less we charge for delivery.

Keep in mind as well that trout stocking is just around the corner in November. We will have several sizes to fit your budget.