Patrick A. Strickland

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 5300 High Bridge Road, Quincy, FL 32351, USA

Evaluation of Methods to Minimize Weight Change of Potential Record Fish During the Certification Process

SEAFWA Journal Volume 10, March 2023

Catching a state record fish is a significant accomplishment in the life of any angler. The need to have a state agency biologist present to verify the record fish can delay the certification of the fish, possibly leading to changes in the fish’s weight. Few published studies have directly investigated the impact of preservation method on weight change of fish following capture. We examined four fish species: black crappie (Pomoxis nigromacula- tus), bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris),...