The 2019 Electroshock Season Comes to an End

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After another grinder of a season the Spring 2019 electroshock season has come to a close or at least it appears. AES shocks around 100-120 lakes per year. Not many companies come close to us in terms of lakes shocked. The lake electroshocked in this blog is one of our favorite sets of lakes located outside of Orangeburg, South Carolina. With a storied history of producing giant bass we are always stoked to get out.

Getting Dialed In

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The pulse box is the heart of the operation. It’s a $10,000 heart but worth every penny.
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The start of the shock had plenty of buck bass. When we are shocking we prefer to get small bass. Big bass are great for pictures but harvesting small bass does a lot more for the fishery.
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This bass was in the 16-18 inch range. To most clients this would be a stud bass. However, for this client this bass was a future taco. This fishery is doing so good and with the current goals this bass was harvested. We are thinning out the lake so the few bass become trophies.

When Managing a Lake it’s Important to Think Long Term

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If you look close on the on this bass’s left side there are wounds. The two wounds came from a diving bird called a cormorant. These birds prey on shad but when the school has become depleted they will take a shot at anything.
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We electroshocked some good fish but not the studs we were hoping to shock. The important thing was we removed almost 70 lbs of bass which allows us to win in the long term.
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We want a fertile environment to promote successful recruitment but the one downside is parasites. All fish carry some parasites but a big load will actually effect the bass. These bass did have an unusually high load of nematodes.
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While looking for parasites we examined the stomach of our bass. We experienced some classic bass cannibalism.
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Another solid quality bass.
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More of what we are looking for.
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The Palmetto state has always treated us good and grows bass that not many states can. With warm winters, good dirt, and fertile water it grows trophy bass. Having a good foundation makes our job easier.

It has been a long season for the electrofishing team. With the amount of time spent on the road and water it now becomes time for report writing. The reports contain all the information to turn lakes around and improve them based on each clients request. Unlike many companies AES hand writes each electrofishing report. AES does not circulate cookie cutter reports. Each report has unique information and resources. One of the perks to this job is no two lakes are the same.