My Angling Lifelist
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SPECIES INFORMATION PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPH COMMENTS AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
Smooth Dogfish
Mustelus canis

Species #107
(November, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Carcharhiniformes - Triakidae (Hound Sharks)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
This was my first ever shark. I caught it after dark from the end of the Myrtle Beach State Park fishing pier on a glow-in-the-dark jighead tipped with squid.
Blacktip Shark
Carcharhinus limbatus

Species #118
(June, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Carcharhiniformes - Carcharhinidae (Requiem Sharks)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
45 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Blacktip from Florida, Blacktip from Botany Bay, SC, Juvenile

Comments:
I got my first one surf fishing at Botany Bay Beach, where I have hooked and lost larger ones due to snapped lines and chewed-through wire leaders. I've also caught this acrobatic species in Florida Bay from the Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park.
Sandbar Shark
Carcharhinus plumbeus

Species #115
(May, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Carcharhiniformes - Carcharhinidae (Requiem Sharks)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on whole squid fished on the bottom during an incoming tide at the Myrtle Beach State Park fishing pier. The fish was photographed in the water and I had to intentionally break the line due to a strictly-enforced local ordinance forbidding the landing of large sharks.
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Species #119
(June, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Carcharhiniformes - Carcharhinidae (Requiem Sharks)

Quantity: 22
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Juvenile
Comments:
A common shark easily caught on squid or other small, meaty baits. I got my largest from Botany Bay Beach on Edisto Island. Most of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark I have caught have been juveniles, less than 15 inches in length.
Bonnethead
Sphyrna tiburo

Species #164
(July, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Carcharhiniformes - Sphyrnidae (Hammerhead Sharks)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Bonnethead on half a mullet during a very low tide at Botany Bay Beach. It took off on several spirited runs in the surf before I landed it.
Yellow Stingray
Urobatis jamaicensis

Species #203
(October, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Myliobatiformes - Urotrygonidae (American Round Stingrays)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I spotted it moving about in the clear, shallow under one of the docks. I placed a chunk of cutbait (French Grunt) in its path and after a patient wait it ate the bait and I hoisted it onto the dock.
Southern Stingray
Dasyatis americana

Species #99
(August, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Myliobatiformes - Dasyatidae (Whiptail Stingrays)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
65 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5
Comments:
I got my first Southern Stingray at Botany Bay Beach. Joy and I caught other massive Southern Stingrays in the couple years we lived in South Carolina, and I also caught a small one at The Split on Caye Caulker, Belize while fishing at night. I've never weighed a stingray but some of the bigger ones rank up there as some of my heaviest catches ever.
Atlantic Stingray
Dasyatis sabina

Species #116
(May, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Myliobatiformes - Dasyatidae (Whiptail Stingrays)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All caught at the pier in Charleston, SC on small pieces of squid or shrimp fished on the bottom. Atlantic Stingray have a relatively round shape with a sharply pointed snout.
Lake Sturgeon
Acipenser fulvescens

Species #48
(July, 2007)
Taxonomic order and family:
Acipenseriformes - Acipenseridae (Sturgeons)

Quantity: 15
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
St. Louis River sturgeon, Ice fishing Lake Sturgeon, Underside
Comments:
My first was a small one from the Mississippi River in the tailwaters below Lock & Dam 3. I have also caught Lake Sturgeon in the St. Louis River near Duluth, MN, including one through the ice, and in the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers of Wisconsin and from Otsego Lake in Gaylord, MI.
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Scaphirhynchus platorynchus

Species #76
(April, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Acipenseriformes - Acipenseridae (Sturgeons)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
32 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
All caught on nightcrawlers in the Chippewa River near its confluence with the Red Cedar River. I caught my first several at night but I've also gotten a few during daylight hours.
Longnose Gar
Lepisosteus osseus

Species #60
(June, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Lepisosteiformes - Lepisosteidae (Gars)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
40 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Toothy Jaws, Longnose Gar 2

Comments:
I caught my first on a live minnow fished under a float at the Chippewa River in Wisconsin. My other Longnose Gar were caught in South Carolina, mostly from the Santee River below Lake Marion.
Shortnose Gar
Lepisosteus platostomus

Species #251
(August, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Lepisosteiformes - Lepisosteidae (Gars)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
I caught my first fishing with a friend who introduced Joy and I to a great spot in Illinois for Shortnose Gar. I caught all six on spinning lures.
Spotted Gar
Lepisosteus oculatus

Species #51
(August, 2007)
Taxonomic order and family:
Lepisosteiformes - Lepisosteidae (Gars)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Alligator Snapping Turtle 1, Alligator Snapping Turtle 2
Comments:
Caught on cut sunfish fished near the bottom. I was targetting Blue Catfish but this fish was a nice surprise. I also caught an Alligator Snapping Turtle from the bayou, but no catfish. The temperature and humidity were both close to 100 that day.
Florida Gar
Lepisosteus platyrhincus

Species #151
(December, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Lepisosteiformes - Lepisosteidae (Gars)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on cut sunfish fished under a float. Joy and I saw many Florida Gar in the Everglades but couldn't get them to bite until the last day of our 2011 trip to southern Florida.
Bowfin
Amia calva

Species #18
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Amiiformes - Amiidae (Bowfins)

Quantity: 56
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Largest:
28 inches total length; 8.5 pounds

Additional photographs:
Male Bowfin, 28" Female Bowfin

Comments:
Most of my Bowfin hit cut sucker at Pickerel Slough, a backwater of the Mississippi River surrounded by black willow trees, sticky mud, and lots of mosquitoes. Bowfin thrive in its shallow murky water littered with woody debris. I've also caught them in South Carolina.
Mooneye
Hiodon tergisus

Species #15
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Hiodontiformes - Hiodontidae (Mooneyes)

Quantity: 78
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Largest:
14 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3

Comments:
Not hard to catch, but difficult to specifically target. Many of the small to medium sized rivers in the Upper Mississippi River Valley hold good populations. Drifting a piece of nightcrawler through runs and pools is a good technique for catching Mooneye. The origin of the dorsal fin base is anterior to the origin of the anal fin.
Ladyfish
Elops saurus

Species #147
(December, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Elopiformes - Elopidae (Tenpounders)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a piece of shrimp near the breakwall at the Flamingo Campground visitor center in Everglades National Park.
Bonefish
Albula vulpes

Species #211
(October, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Albuliformes - Albulidae (Bonefishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I got my first one from a canoe while bottom fishing with shrimp in a murky bay along the sheltered side of Caye Caulker in Belize. I got a couple others from the docks along Caye Caulker.
American Eel
Anguilla rostrata

Species #117
(May, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Anguilliformes - Anguillidae (Freshwater Eels)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
After enduring winter rains on a couple of dark and fishless nights I returned to the Edisto River on a warmer night in May and caught my first American Eel. It took a nightcrawler tossed in the current under a crumbling stone bridge. I've since caught them in deep river holes in daylight.
Shrimp Eel
Ophichthus gomesii

Species #124
(July, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Anguilliformes - Opichthidae (Snake Eels)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
A surprise catch caught on a piece of squid while bottom-fishing from the pier in Charleston. The tail ends in a hardened tip rather than soft fin rays, and this species has an overbite.
California Moray
Gymnothorax mordax

Species #243
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Anguilliformes - Moraenidae (Morays)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I hooked and lost two large California Moray in Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, and even broke a rod when I attempted to hoist one from its rocky lair. Finally I targetted a smaller one and managed to land it. It took anchovy fished on a big hook attached to a stout wire leader and heavy braided line.
Blueback Herring
Alosa aestivalis

Species #152
(March, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Clupeiformes - Clupeidae (Herrings)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
This was my first new species of 2012. Joy and I were fishing the shad run in the Santee River with jigs and this was a nice surprise that came between catches of the larger and more numerous American Shad.
American Shad
Alosa sapidissima

Species #110
(March, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Clupeiformes - Clupeidae (Herrings)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
20 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
David G took me out on the Cooper River in his boat to fish the shad run in spring 2011. We caught several that day. I caught them again in March 2012 from the Santee River below the Lake Marion dam. Small plastic grubs on little jigheads worked great.
Largescale Stoneroller
Campostoma oligolepis

Species #349
(October, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Central Stoneroller
Campostoma anomalum

Species #252
(August, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught a couple of small Central Stoneroller at Sandy Creek in central Illinois. Thanks Ben for introducing us to the spot. My largest one was caught in northeast Oklahoma.
Highland Stoneroller
Campostoma spadiceum

Species #276
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
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Finescale Dace
Chrosomus neogaeus

Species #223
(June, 2013)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the headwaters of the famous Au Sable River on a fleck of worm and size 28 hook. I had to weed through many Creek Chub to get this fish.
Northern Pearl Dace
Margariscus nachtriebi

Species #298
(April, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at a culvert outlet in the Thunder Bay River Watershed on a fleck of worm and size 28 hook.
Northern Redbelly Dace
Chrosomus eos

Species #249
(July, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught in a pond not far from home in Gaylord, MI.
Southern Redbelly Dace
Chrosomus erythrogaster

Species #269
(May, 2015)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Rosyside Dace
Clinostomus funduloides

Species #121
(June, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
These aggressive little fish have huge mouths for their size and I observed them leaping out of the water, perhaps trying to nab terrestrial insects.
Blacknose Dace
Rhinichthys atratulus

Species #62
(September, 2009)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 29
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Female from Great Smoky Mountains, TN, Colorful male, MI

Comments:
A widespread species that I have caught in Minnesota, Michigan, and Tennessee. Males develop a rusty lateral stripe that intensifies in color during breeding season. One of my first species caught using "micro gear."
Grass Carp
Ctenopharyngodon idella

Species #111
(April, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
29 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All caught on bread or corn from the pond at Broad River Trace - our apartment complex in South Carolina from 2010-2012. The tricky part was not spooking these fish and avoiding the hungry hordes of turtles.
Common Carp
Cyprinus carpio

Species #17
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 54
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Largest:
30 inches total length; 15 pounds

Additional photographs:
Mirror Carp 1, Mirror Carp 2, Mirror Carp close-up, Koi, Carp
Comments:
I caught lots of Common Carp growing up in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. In South Carolina, I caught several Mirror Carp and a Koi (both are variations of Cyprinus carpio) from private ponds, including the one at our apartment complex. See additional photos.
Red Shiner
Cyprinella lutrensis

Species #253
(August, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Joy and I had one day to fish in Illinois on our way to Madison for my cousin's wedding in August 2014. Thanks Ben for fishing with us and showing us the spot.
Spotfin Shiner
Cyprinella spiloptera

Species #82
(July, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 19
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Spotfin Shiner in the St. Croix River. I also caught some in the Little Pigeon River in eastern Tennessee after our 2012 hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Satinfin Shiner
Cyprinella analostana

Species #167
(August, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the shallow margins of the Great Pee Dee River. They were schooling with Whitefin Shiner over the concrete boat launch areas.
Greenfin Shiner
Cyprinella chloristia

Species #93
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 18
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs
-
Comments:
Caught my first one in the braided, boulder-strewn tailwaters of the Broad River below the Columbia Dam. I caught several others there and in the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, SC.
Whitefin Shiner
Cyprinella nivea

Species #90
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 79
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
An abundant schooling fish found in many of the large rivers of central South Carolina. They hold in current and will aggressively attack any tiny baits. Spawning males have enlarged fins that are pigmented yellow and white.
Bannerfin Shiner
Cyprinella leedsi

Species #154
(April, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught these mixed in with Whitefin Shiner in the lower Savannah River on a species hunting road trip through southwest South Carolina. This species is distinguished by the dark pigment on the front rays of the dorsal fin.
Whitetail Shiner
Cyprinella galactura

Species #280
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Alabama Shiner
Cyprinella callistia

Species #351
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Fieryblack Shiner
Cyprinella pyrrhomelas

Species #163
(July, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Named for the red and black coloration on the dorsal and caudal fins. The snout of breeding males also turns fiery red.
Santee Chub
Cyprinella zanema

Species #125
(July, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
While scouting for stream reaches to sample for my master's thesis research I came across Duncan Creek and gave it a try with micro-fishing gear - a size 28 hook baited with a fleck of worm. This is a highly localized species and one of my more unlikely catches. I wouldn't be too surprised if I was the first person to ever catch one on hook and line.
Bigeye Chub
Hybopsis amblops

Species #168
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught my first micro-fishing in eastern Tennessee and my second in Missouri.
Striped Shiner
Luxilus chrysocephalus

Species #169
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught micro-fishing in eastern Tennessee. After getting a small one in the Little Pigeon River, I got a larger one from nearby Kellum Creek. Striped Shiner look very much like Common Shiner, which occur in more northerly states. When viewed from above their stripes converge behind the dorsal fin (they remain parallel on a Common Shiner).
Common Shiner
Luxilus cornutus

Species #30
(Summer, 2002)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 98
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
A common catch in both lakes and streams of the Upper Midwest. I've caught many Common Shiner in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Generally silvery, but breeding males develop a dark blue-gray coloration, tubercles on the head, and red-tipped fins.
Bleeding Shiner
Luxilus zonatus

Species #267
(May, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Duskystripe Shiner
Luxilus pilsbryi

Species #272
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 17
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Cardinal Shiner
Luxilus cardinalis

Species #286
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Warpaint Shiner
Luxilus coccogenis

Species #159
(May, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Breeding Male Caught by Joy
Comments:
These colorful fish were fun to pursue in the crystal clear mountain waters of the Chattooga River, the real-world setting for the disturbing film Deliverance. Check out the additional photograph of a colorful male sporting breeding colors, which Joy caught.
Redfin Shiner
Lythrurus umbratilis

Species #278
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Silver Chub
Macrhybopsis storeriana

Species #21
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
One of my first species. All of my Silver Chub to date have come from the Cannon River near Red Wing, MN on regular sized (not "micro") hooks baited with nightcrawler. Note the characteristic milky white lower edge of the caudal fin.
Gravel Chub
Erimystax x-punctatus

Species #287
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Streamline Chub
Erimystax dissimilis

Species #352
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Bluehead Chub
Nocomis leptocephalus

Species #122
(June, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 37
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
One of the most ubiquitous species of the South Carolina Piedmont. I collected an identified well over 1,000 Bluehead Chub during my master's thesis research, and caught several on hook and line on both micro hooks baited with worm and artificial lures such as spinners.
Hornyhead Chub
Nocomis biguttatus

Species #219
(May, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 15
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first one in the shallow margins of the lower Au Sable River, and have since caught several others throughout Northeast Michigan.
River Chub
Nocomis micropogon

Species #222
(June, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 18
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Breeding Male 2
Comments:
Similar to the Hornyhead Chub, but River Chub have a proportionately longer snout and breeding males lack tubercles on top of the head and posterior to the eyes. The lateral stripe of the River Chub is often fainter than that of a Hornyhead Chub.
European Chub
Squalius cephalus

Species #295
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on bread from the Olt River near Avrig, Romania.
Bleak
Alburnus alburnus

Species #292
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on bread from the Olt River near Avrig, Romania.
Roach
Rutilus rutilus

Species #293
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on bread from the Olt River near Avrig, Romania and also in the Danube River delta near Samova.
Rudd
Scardinius erythropthalmus

Species #296
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on bread from Danube River delta area near Samova.
Golden Shiner
Notemigonus crysoleucas

Species #32
(May, 2003)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 17
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
A common species of lakes and ponds but not always easy to catch. I have gotten some much larger ones in South Carolina than those I've caught in the Upper Midwest. They range from silvery to golden in color. I've caught Golden Shiner on flecks of worm, small bread balls and even spinning lures.
Silver Bream
Blicca bjoerkna

Species #294
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on bread from the Olt River near Avrig, Romania.
Emerald Shiner
Notropis atherinoides

Species #79
(April, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I have caught them in the St. Croix River in Minnesota and in several river systems in Michigan.
Carmine Shiner
Notropis percobromus

Species #274
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in a tributary of the Buffalo River, Arkansas.
Ozark Minnow
Notropis nubilus

Species #273
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

-
Greenhead Shiner
Notropis chlorocephalus

Species #123
(June, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
The Broad River Watershed (where I caught these) population of Greenhead Shiner is under study, and may some day be recognized as a distinct species since these fish have intermediate characteristics between Greenhead Shiner of watersheds to the north and Yellowfin Shiner of watersheds to the south.
Yellowfin Shiner
Notropis lutipinnis

Species #158
(May, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 22
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught lots of Yellowfin Shiner from various streams on a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwest South Carolina. This species occurs in the Savannah River Watershed but not in the Broad River Watershed, where it is replaced by the similar Greenhead Shiner (see above).
Spottail Shiner
Notropis hudsonius

Species #91
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 20
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I've caught Spottail Shiner in South Carolina and in Michigan. I regrettably caught and released what I thought were strange little Spottail Shiner in the Chattooga River until I got home and discovered Spottail Shiner are not present in that stream. I realized soon after I got home that I had really caught three Mirror Shiner that day - the only species I have caught that I don't count on my lifelist since I didn't get a photo.
Coastal Shiner
Notropis petersoni

Species #94
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 23
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I have caught Coastal Shiner from many streams in South Carolina. They seem to vary quite a bit in appearance among sites but key identification features are the fairly large and terminal mouth, black pigment on the chin, a relatively large eye, pigment on the anal fin base that often extends to the caudal fin, and a wedge-like spot on the caudal fin base.
Tennessee Shiner
Notropis leuciodus

Species #354
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Telescope Shiner
Notropis telescopus

Species #355
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Sandbar Shiner
Notropis petersoni

Species #92
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 25
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
These shiners are easily identified by collective features such as their big mouths, large eyes, deep silvery bodies and "=" marks along the latereral line.
Bigeye Shiner
Notropis boops

Species #275
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 13
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

-
Wedgespot Shiner
Notropis greenei

Species #288
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

-
Sand Shiner
Notropis stramineus

Species #80
(May, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 23
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first in the Chippewa River in shallow water along a very large sandbar. I've also caught Sand Shiner in the mouth of the Tawas River in Michigan, in central Illinois, and in southeastern Minnesota.
Mimic Shiner
Notropis volucellus

Species #78
(April, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught them in the St. Croix River one day in April 2010. Mimic Shiner have very tall scales along the front end of the lateral line and often a triangular mark of pigement near the anal fin base.
Bluntnose Minnow
Pimephales notatus

Species #77
(April, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 35
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first in the St. Croix River on the MN/WI border. I have also caught Bluntnose Minnow in Tennessee and Michigan. They have darkly outlined scales, a blunt nose, and a small mouth.
Creek Chub
Semotilus atromaculatus

Species #23
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows)

Quantity: 196
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
A widespread species found in most small streams across eastern North America. I have caught them in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Michigan. Most were caught on pieces of worm or small spinner lures. They have large mouths and a black spot at the front base of the dorsal fin.
Quillback
Carpiodes cyprinus

Species #29
(May, 2002)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a lure and hooked in the mouth. It also followed my lure before hitting so I count it as a valid catch despite the supposed herbivorous diet of this species. I've seen other anglers catch Quillback on lures, but only in the spring.
Smallmouth Buffalo
Ictiobus bubalus

Species #55
(March, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
My first one, Mississippi River fish
Comments:
A friend took me out to a hot spot for Smallmouth Buffalo on the Mississippi River to help me get my first one. I later caught a couple in downtown Eau Claire, WI.
Longnose Sucker
Catostomus catostomus

Species #57
(May, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
This species enters tributaries of the northern Great Lakes to spawn for a few days each spring before returning to the mysterious depths of the big lakes. After a couple years of not timing the ephemeral spawning run correctly I was finally able to find and catch a Longnose Sucker in the last year I lived in Duluth.
White Sucker
Catostomus commersoni

Species #8
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 72
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Largest:
19 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
A common species of rivers and lakes across eastern North America. Most or all of my White Sucker were caught on worms fished on the bottom. Note that the scales near the tail are much larger than those closer to the head. These are one of the first species to actively bite a worm after long midwestern winters.
Northern Hog Sucker
Hypentelium nigricans

Species #20
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 11
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Largest:
16 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Comments:
Often found in swift riffles of clean streams. The surface of the head between the eyes is concave.
Shorthead Redhorse
Moxostoma macrolepidotum

Species #12
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 98
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Largest:
20 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, 20-incher, Specimen from South Carolina
Comments:
Shorthead Redhorse have a small head and mouth, reddish fins, and a concave dorsal fin margin. They are one of the smaller redhorse species.
River Redhorse
Moxostoma carinatum

Species #37
(June, 2005)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 5
|||||
Largest:
22 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
River Redhorse have a large head and lips, a concave and reddish dorsal fin, and a blood-red tail that usually has a pointed upper tip. River Redhorse have 12 scales around the caudal peduncle.
Greater Redhorse
Moxostoma valenciennesi

Species #36
(June, 2005)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 3
|||
Largest:
22 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Greater Redhorse have a reddish convex dorsal fin and a blood red tail. I've only caught them in the St. Croix River. Greater Redhorse have 16 scales around the caudal peduncle.
Silver Redhorse
Moxostoma anisurum

Species #13
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 72
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Largest:
23.5 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
These stocky suckers have orangish ventral fins and the dorsal and caudal fins are gray. The dorsal fin is large and has a convex margin.
Notchlip Redhorse
Moxostoma collapsum

Species #98
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Similar in appearance to the Silver Redhorse, but this species occurs east of the Appalachians. I caught one at Riverfront Park near the Columbia Canal dam near where Joy and I lived in Columbia, SC when I was in grad school.
Brassy Jumprock
Moxostoma species

Species #96
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Brassy Jumprock are under study and it is yet to be determined if this is the same species as Greater Jumprock, Moxostoma lachneri. It has a small dorsal fin.
Golden Redhorse
Moxostoma erythrurum

Species #34
(August, 2003)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cypriniformes - Catostomidae (Suckers)

Quantity: 58
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Largest:
17 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
An attractive species with a grayish caudal fin, concave margin to the dorsal fin, and golden coloration. I've caught them in southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. When they are spawning in the spring catching dozens in a day is often feasible.
Yellowtail Freshwater Barrucuda
Acestrorhynchus falcirostris

Species #322
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Acestrorhynchidae (Freshwater Barracudas)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Trahira
Hoplias malabaricus

Species #308
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Erythrinidae (Trahiras)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Golden Trahira
Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus

Species #342
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Erythrinidae (Trahiras)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Red Trahira
Erythrinus erythrinus

Species #339
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Erythrinidae (Trahiras)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Banded Astyanax
Astyanax aeneus

Species #182
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 28
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Banded Tetra were abundant in Barton Creek and I caught many on bread balls. I also caught a couple Banded Tetra in Lago Peten Itza in Guatemala.
Twospot Astyanax
Astyanax bimaculatus

Species #341
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Red-tailed Brycon
Brycon cephalus

Species #312
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Black-finned Brycon
Brycon melanopterus

Species #309
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Tucan Fish
Chalceus erythrurus

Species #306
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
False Black Tetra
Gymnocorymbus thayeri

Species #343
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Mojarrita
Tetragonopterus argenteus

Species #320
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Megalops Tetra
Moenkhausia megalops

Species #319
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Golden-silver Tetra
Moenkhausia chrysargyrea

Species #340
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 3
|||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Colletti Tetra
Moenkhausia collettii

Species #348
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Bandtail Tetra
Moenkhausia dichroura

Species #345
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Glass Tetra
Moenkhausia oligolepis

Species #347
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Hauxwell Tetra
Ctenobrycon hauxwellianus

Species #337
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 3
|||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Myer's Scale-eating Characin
Roeboides myersii

Species #346
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Palometa
Stethaprion erythrops

Species #318
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Characidae (Tetras)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Red Piranha
Pygocentrus nattereri

Species #313
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Serrasalmidae (Piranhas, Pacus & Silver Dollars)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Compressus Piranha
Serrasalmus compressus

Species #326
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Serrasalmidae (Piranhas, Pacus & Silver Dollars)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Redeye Piranha
Serrasalmus rhombeus

Species #301
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Serrasalmidae (Piranhas, Pacus & Silver Dollars)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Ruby-throated Piranha
Serrasalmus sanchezi

Species #327
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Serrasalmidae (Piranhas, Pacus & Silver Dollars)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Highback Piranha
Serrasalmus serrulatus

Species #314
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Serrasalmidae (Piranhas, Pacus & Silver Dollars)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
White Sardina
Triportheus albus

Species #304
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Triporthidae (Sardinas)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Angled Sardina
Triportheus angulatus

Species #328
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Characiformes - Triporthidae (Sardinas)

Quantity: 1
|

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Manduba
Ageneiosus atronasus

Species #329
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Auchenipteridae (Driftwood Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Bocon
Ageneiosus inermis

Species #316
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Auchenipteridae (Driftwood Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Hardhead Catfish
Ariopsis felis

Species #144
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ariidae (Sea Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on shrimp fished on the bottom near the Flamingo Visitor center in Everglades National Park. I likely would have caught more of these nocturnal fish, but the horrendous salt marsh mosquitoes eventually drove us from the water each evening we were there.
Blue Whale Catfish
Cetopsis coecutiens

Species #305
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Cetopsidae (Whale Catfishes)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
White Thorny Catfish
Centrodoras brachiatus

Species #330
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Doradidae (Thorny Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Granulated Catfish
Pterodoras granulosus

Species #315
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Doradidae (Thorny Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Horsehead Pimelodid
Goeldiella eques

Species #307
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Heptapteridae (Seven-finned Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Crested Pimelodella
Pimelodella cristata

Species #303
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Heptapteridae (Seven-finned Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Pale Catfish
Rhamdia guatemalensis

Species #184
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Heptapteridae (Seven-finned Catfishes)

Quantity: 8
||||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
All caught on bread balls or Banded Tetra cutbait at Barton Creek. We saw these fish in the light of our flashlights during a canoe exploration deep into Barton Creek Cave. Pale Catfish have a very deeply forked caudal fin and long barbels.
Stonecat
Noturus flavus

Species #58
(May, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
All caught at night, mostly in the Root River during annual Roughfish Roundup fishing get-togethers. I also have caught one in the Chippewa River in Eau Claire, WI.
Black Bullhead
Ameiurus melas

Species #16
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 37
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I have caught Black Bullhead in various lakes and sluggish streams of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Black Bullhead have black chin barbels and a pale crescent on the caudal peduncle.
Yellow Bullhead
Ameiurus natalis

Species #19
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 19
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Close up of head
Comments:
I have caught Yellow Bullhead in various lakes and sluggish streams of Minnesota, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Yellow Bullhead have light chin barbels and more anal fin rays than similar species.
Brown Bullhead
Ameiurus nebulosus

Species #59
(June, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 4
||||

Largest:
15.5 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I got my first Brown Bullhead fishing a worm at night at Pottery Pond in Red Wing, MN. I caught some chunkier ones in South Carolina on cutbait shad in Goose Creek Reservoir.
Flat Bullhead
Ameiurus platycephalus

Species #109
(March, 2011)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Similar in appearance to the Snail Bullhead, but the Flat Bullhead has white chin barbels and more anal fin rays.
Snail Bullhead
Ameiurus brunneus

Species #97
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 23
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Largest:
15 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Average sized specimen, Average sized specimen 2, 15 incher photo 2, 15 incher photo 3
Comments:
Most were caught on worms in the Broad and Congaree rivers in Columbia, SC. My 15-inch fish (pictured) is an unusually large Snail Bullhead, as they normally do not exceed 12 inches.
White Catfish
Ameiurus catus

Species #87
(March, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
16 inches total length

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first White Catfish from a boat in the channel above Goose Creek Reservoir while targetting Bowfin. I have also caught them in the Santee and Savannah rivers in South Carolina.
Channel Catfish
Ictalurus punctatus

Species #6
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 208
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Largest:
6 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7
Comments:
One of my most common catches growing up fishing in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. I've also caught Channel Catfish in South Carolina and Michigan. Young Channel Catfish have numerous small, bold spots that fade with age. Adult males tend to be bluish while females are often more of a yellowish.
Blue Catfish
Ictalurus furcatus

Species #112
(April, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
31 inches total length; 12.5 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I caught my first on a Whitefin Shiner near the Broad River Road bridge in Columbia, SC. I also caught several in the Santee River and my biggest one from Lake Marion. Blue Catfish have a long anal fin with a straight outer edge.
Flathead Catfish
Pylodictis olivaris

Species #25
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)

Quantity: 17
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Largest:
42 inches total length; 30 pounds

Additional photographs:
30 pounder photo 2, 30 pounder photo 3, Specimen 2, Juvenile
Comments:
My first Flathead Catfish were juveniles caught on worms or lures near Red Wing, MN. I caught a few up to 12 pounds on live bullheads with my cousin Nick, and my largest came on a live sucker minnow fished at night from a sandbar in a Mississippi River back channel in 2007.
Mekong Giant Catfish
Pangasianodon gigas

Species #38
(May, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pangasiidae (Pangasid Catfishes)

Quantity: 11
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Largest:
50 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
Caught at Bungsamran Lake in Bangkok, Thailand during a guided fishing trip through Fish Thailand. I caught 11 Mekong Giant Catfish ranging from 27 to 50 pounds on dough balls fished under a float on my final full day of my 11 day trip to Thailand in 2006.
Iridescent Shark
Pangasius hypophthalmus

Species #39
(May, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pangasiidae (Pangasid Catfishes)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
23 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
My 5 Iridescent Shark (also called "Striped Catfish") ranged from 16 to 23 pounds and were all caught at Bungsamran Lake.
Zebra Catfish
Brachyplatystoma juruense

Species #333
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Piramutaba
Brachyplatystoma vaillantii

Species #332
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Zamurito
Calophysus macropterus

Species #334
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Peruvian Whiskered Catfish
Duopalatinus peruanus

Species #335
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Porthole Shovelnose Catfish
Hemisorubim platyrhynchos

Species #331
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Duckbill Catfish
Sorubim lima

Species #317
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Leopard Catfish
Leiarius marmoratus

Species #325
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Redtail Catfish
Phractocephalus hemioliopterus

Species #324
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Bloch's Catfish
Pimelodus blochii

Species #302
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Siluriformes - Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered Catfishes)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Rainbow Smelt
Osmerus mordax

Species #217
(March, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Osmeriformes - Osmeridae (Smelts)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
After a few fruitless attempts at this schooling species I pulled my first one through an ice hole during a cold night on Higgins Lake on a tear-drop jig baited with a wax worm. I was fishing in the middle of the water column over about 40 feet of water.
Lake Whitefish
Coregonus clupeaformis

Species #75
(January, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
24 5/8 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Lower Hay Lake fish, Green Bay fish
Comments:
My first three were caught in a single outing at Lower Hay Lake in Minnesota. I have also caught them in Green Bay near Sturgeon Bay, WI and in Higgins Lake, MI.
Round Whitefish
Prosopium cylindraceum

Species #227
(October, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on a nub of nightcrawler in the Two-Hearted River of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Pink Salmon
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Species #256
(September, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:

Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on a pink Swedish Pimple near the Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant in Sault Ste Marie.
Coho Salmon
Oncorhynchus kisutch

Species #228
(October, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Jack Coho
Comments:
Caught on a Panther Martin spinner on a crisp, cool October afternoon on the Two-Hearted River. My first fish was a "jack", a male salmon that spawns a year earlier than most of its cohorts. The pictured fish was caught on a Pink Panther in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Chinook Salmon
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Species #226
(September, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
23 inches total length

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught just before sunrise on a glow-in-the-dark spoon off the breakwall in Petoskey, Michigan.
Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Species #33
(Summer, 2003)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 65
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Largest:
26 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Juvenile, MI Sinkhole Lakes Specimen, Steelhead
Comments:
I caught my first from a canoe while drifting a nightcrawler through open water in Ore-Be-Gone Pit in Gilbert, MN. My largest came from the Sucker River on the north shore of Lake Superior on a spawn sac. I got my first "steelhead" surf casting glow spoons at the mouth of Michigan's Two-Hearted River.
Brown Trout
Salmo trutta

Species #28
(Spring, 2000)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 340
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Largest:
20 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I've caught Brown Trout throughout the Upper Midwest and in South Carolina. I caught my largest from Hay Creek in Red Wing, MN on a spinner while casting from atop a downed tree over swift, deep water. To avoid falling in I had to lie on my back and reach behind my head to land the fish (pictured).
Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Species #31
(Spring, 2003)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 62
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Largest:
10.5 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Comments:
I have caught Brook Trout on worms and lures from small coldwater streams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Brook Trout are char and have light spots on a dark background. Brook Trout also have fiery red ventral fins with white leading edges and pale vermiculations on the back.
Lake Trout
Salvelinus namaycush

Species #216
(February, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Salmoniformes - Salmonidae (Trouts & Salmons)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
24 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, 24" specimen
Comments:
My first came on a dead-sticked live shiner minnow fished 90 feet deep in the south basin of Higgins Lake near Roscommon, MI. I got my largest from West Grand Traverse Bay off Clinch Park in Traverse City, MI on a live sucker minnow at night.
Northern Pike
Esox lucius

Species #14
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Esociformes - Esocidae (Pikes)

Quantity: 200
X X

Largest:
33.5 inches total length; 10 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Romanian Pike
Comments:
I've caught many Northern Pike fishing live suckers or shiners while ice-fishing and in the summer on a variety of lures in lakes and streams throughout the Upper Midwest. I caught three of my pike in Romania near the Danube Delta in 2015.
Redfin Pickerel
Esox americanus

Species #153
(April, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Esociformes - Esocidae (Pikes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught them both in a shallow backwater of the Salkehatchie River in southwestern South Carolina using a small spinner.
Chain Pickerel
Esox niger

Species #108
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Esociformes - Esocidae (Pikes)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All caught on spinner lures. A friend took me out on Lake Moultrie to catch my first Chain Pickerel. I also caught them in the boulder-strewn Congaree River in Columbia, SC amidst dormant trees draped in spanish moss.
California Lizardfish
Synodus lucioceps

Species #246
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Aulopiformes - Synodontidae (Lizardfishes)

Quantity: 16
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Close up of head
Comments:
Caught from Belmont Pier near Long Beach, CA on various baits, including squid and cutbait, fished on the bottom.
Burbot
Lota lota

Species #54
(January, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Gadiformes - Gadidae (Cods)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
27.5 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I caught my first on a very cold night while ice fishing the St. Louis River. In 2010 I caught several Burbot there during the day on cutbait shiner. I've caught one Burbot in Michigan, through the ice at Grand Traverse Bay.
Gulf Toadfish
Opsanus beta

Species #148
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Batrachoidiformes - Batrachoididae (Toadfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught one on our 2011 trip to southern Florida on a piece of shrimp along the seawall at the Flamingo visitor center.
Oyster Toadfish
Opsanus tau

Species #102
(August, 2010)
Taxonomic order and family:
Batrachoidiformes - Batrachoididae (Toadfishes)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All caught in South Carolina. I got my first from 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach and several others from the pier in Charleston, SC.
Shortnose Batfish
Ogcocephalus nasutus

Species #207
(October, 2012)
Taxonomic order and family:
Lophiiformes - Ogcocephalidae (Toadfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
Caught in sheltered waters at Caye Caulker Belize. Joy caught one from a canoe, released it, and then I caught the same fish a moment later. I later found and caught a second Shortnose Batfish from one of the docks for good measure.
Striped Mullet
Mugil cephalus

Species #120
(June, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Mugiliformes - Mugilidae (Mullets)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Each June there is a clam die-off in the Santee River below the Lake Marion dam. The clam bodies float downstream and are picked off by various species. All of my Striped Mullet hit clam meat in the Santee.
Belize Silverside
Atherinella species

Species #187
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Atheriniformes - Atherinopsidae (Mullets)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on small pieces of Banded Tetra flesh on a size 28 hook from Barton Creek. Information on the silverside species of Belize is sparce and difficult to find, and identification as Belize Silverside is my best guess based on Fishes of the Continental Waters of Belize (1997).
Keeltail Needlefish
Platybone argalus

Species #257
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beloniformes - Belonidae (Needlefishes)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Distinguished by the fleshy keel on the depressed caudal peduncle. The dorsal fin origin is behind the anal fin origin.
Redfin Needlefish
Strongylura notata

Species #172
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beloniformes - Belonidae (Needlefishes)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Common fish along sheltered shorelines in the Caribbean. I caught severl at Caye Caulker in Belize. I used strips of Redfin Needlefish flesh as bait for Atlantic Tarpon, and actually hooked and fought several but I failed to land one.
Houndfish
Tylosaurus crocodilus

Species #74
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beloniformes - Belonidae (Needlefishes)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Florida Specimen 1, Florida Specimen 2
Comments:
My first Houndfish (pictured) was a "Giant Mexican Needlefish - Tylosaurus crocodilus fodiator", a subspecies endemic to the eastern Pacific Ocean. I caught Tylosaurus crocodilus crocodilus, the typical Houndfish, in the Florida Keys in 2011.
Northern Studfish
Fundulus catenatus

Species #270
(May, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Golden Topminnow
Fundulus chrysotus

Species #161
(June, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the Santee River below Lake Marion on a size 28 hook baited with worm. Females are larger and covered in golden speckles, while males have lots of small red spots. Both of my Golden Topminnow were males.
Banded Killifish
Fundulus diaphanus

Species #250
(July, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I noticed Banded Killifish on a non-fishing trip to Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, MI and returned a couple weeks later with fishing gear to catch my first one. They were abundant in the weedy shallows.
Starhead Topminnow
Fundulus dispar

Species #255
(August, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a fleck of worm.
Mummichog
Fundulus heteroclitus

Species #128
(August, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 22
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Large Female
Comments:
A ubiquitous fish of tidal creeks and salt marshes on the eastern coast of the United States. I've used them as bait to catch Redfish and Spotted Seatrout. Males are more colorful than females, which grow larger.
Lined Topminnow
Fundulus lineolatus

Species #113
(August, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 20
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Females have horizontal stripes unlike males
Comments:
I caught my first in a pond at Poinsett State Park in South Carolina. I caught others in various other ponds around the South Carolina coastal plain.
Blackstripe Topminnow
Fundulus notatus

Species #171
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught my first in a small creek we came upon while hunting new species in Tennessee after our camping trip in the Great Smoky Mountains. I've since caught one in Wisconsin.
Blackspotted Topminnow
Fundulus olivaceus

Species #52
(August, 2007)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
This was my first topminnow species. Blackspotted Topminnow have spots that are darker than their lateral stripe, whereas the similar Blackstripe Topminnow has a darker stripe than spots. Most of these were caught in the Ozarks.
Longnose Killifish
Fundulus similis

Species #137
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Fundulidae (Topminnows)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the tidal currents near a culvert in the Florida Keys on a small piece of shrimp on a size 28 hook.
Sheepshead Minnow
Cyprinodon variegatus

Species #145
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Cyprinodontidae (Pupfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught during a canoe trip through the vast Florida Everglades.
Pike Killifish
Belonesox belizanus

Species #191
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Poeciliidae (Livebearers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on a piece of Banded Tetra flesh on a size 28 hook from a wooden bridge over the small tributary stream near its confluence with Barton Creek.
Western Mosquitofish
Gambusia affinis

Species #170
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Poeciliidae (Livebearers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a piece of worm on a size 28 hook. Western Mosquitofish have been introduced around the world, primarily for insect control, often to the detriment of native fish species.
Eastern Mosquitofish
Gambusia holbrooki

Species #83
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Poeciliidae (Livebearers)

Quantity: 399
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught hundreds of Eastern Mosquitofish from the ponds at the apartment complex we lived at from 2010 to 2012. Huge schools swarmed the surface and it was very easy to catch them. I used many of them to feed the pair of Snail Bullhead we kept in our aquarium.
Spottail Killifish
Heterandria bimaculata

Species #185
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Cyprinodontiformes - Poeciliidae (Livebearers)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a small piece of bread pinched on a tiny hook.
Squirrelfish
Holocentrus adscensionis

Species #258
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beryciformes - Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Distinguished by similar squirrelfish species by the lack of white tips on the spiny dorsal fin, and other subtle differences.
Longspine Squirrelfish
Holocentrus rufus

Species #201
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beryciformes - Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first during the day on a piece of shrimp off one of the docks on Tobacco Caye. It was lurking near a pile of conch shells amidst a school of French Grunt. I caught several more in Puerto Rico in 2015.
Tinsel Squirrelfish
Sargocentron suborbitalis

Species #68
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Beryciformes - Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at dawn from a rocky point in Mazunte, Mexico during our honeymoon. It took a piece of Banded Wrasse cutbait. I was lucky not to get poked, as a prick from this species' venomous spines is reputedly quite painful.
Brook Stickleback
Culaea inconstans

Species #229
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Gasterosteiformes - Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the shallow margins of a silty side channel of the Au Sable River with much effort and patience. Caught on a fleck of worm.
Threespine Stickleback
Gasterosteus aculeatus

Species #300
(July, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Gasterosteiformes - Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the St. Marys River on a fleck of wax worm.
Obscure Swamp Eel
Ophisternon aenigmaticum

Species #188
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Synbranchiformes - Synbranchidae (Swamp Eels)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
At Barton Creek Outpost there were some concrete steps leading to the creek under which a group of Obscure Swamp Eels lived. We would see their heads poking out each night when we rinsed out the compost bucket. Joy and I eventually each caught one using Banded Tetra cutbait.
California Scorpionfish
Scorpaena guttata

Species #234
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on squid fished on the bottom off the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA. I also caught a couple from Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA.
Treefish
Sebastes serriceps

Species #241
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at dawn on a chunk of anchovy fished on the bottom off the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA.
Bighead Searobin
Prionotus tribulus

Species #114
(May, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Triglidae (Searobins)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Bighead Searobin on a piece of shrimp at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier on a slow, chilly day. My second one, caught from the same place the following summer, was a bit larger.
Woolly Sculpin
Clinocottus analis

Species #242
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Cottidae (Sculpins)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in a sheltered area of Avalon Harbor. Joy first spotted these little fish darting around on the tops of algae-coated boulders.
Mottled Sculpin
Cottus bairdi

Species #56
(May, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Cottidae (Sculpins)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I got my first one by surprise while targeting Longnose Sucker. It took a nub of worm drifted slowly along a riffle in the Lester River. I have also caught Mottled Sculpin in Michigan.
Knobfin Sculpin
Cottus immaculatus

Species #268
(May, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Cottidae (Sculpins)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Banded Sculpin
Cottus carolinae

Species #271
(May, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Scorpaeniformes - Cottidae (Sculpins)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
White Perch
Morone americana

Species #86
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Moronidae (Temperate Basses)

Quantity: 16
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I have caught White Perch in several streams and reservoirs in South Carolina. Unlike the other species in its genus the White Perch does not have horizontal stripes.
Yellow Bass
Morone mississippiensis

Species #266
(May, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Moronidae (Temperate Basses)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
White Bass
Morone chrysops

Species #11
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Moronidae (Temperate Basses)

Quantity: 208
X X ||||||||

Largest:
16 inches total length

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Most of my White Bass were caught in Red Wing, MN from either the Cannon River or the Mississippi River. This was one of my first species caught. A majority were caught on artificial lures.
Striped Bass
Morone saxatilis

Species #85
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Moronidae (Temperate Basses)

Quantity: 12
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I caught my first couple on clam meat while fishing for Stiped Mullet in the Santee River. My biggest took a nightcrawler at night in the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, SC.
Graysby
Cephalolophis cruentata

Species #195
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Epinephelidae (Groupers)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught a few Graysby in the Belizean cayes in October of 2012.
Red Hind
Epinephelus guttatus

Species #199
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Epinephelidae (Groupers)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught two Red Hind on cutbait grunt on Tobacco Caye in Belize.
Gag
Mycteroperca microlepis

Species #142
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Epinephelidae (Groupers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
19 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Gag on cutbait at Spanish Harbor Key.
Rock Sea Bass
Centropristis philadelphica

Species #155
(April, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
All were caught at the pier in Charleston, SC on pieces of shrimp. Note the orange filaments extending from the spiny dorsal fin rays.
Black Sea Bass
Centropristis striata

Species #156
(April, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Both were caught at the pier in Charleston, SC on pieces of shrimp.
Sand Perch
Diplectrum formosum

Species #130
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
This was my first new species of our 2011 trip to Florida. Sand Perch have electric blue lines across the face and along the body.
Black Hamlet
Hypoplectrus nigricans

Species #209
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at the Split on Caye Caulker. I was blind fishing a piece of shrimp on the bottom.
Kelp Bass
Paralabrax clathratus

Species #230
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 81
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Comments:
All caught at Santa Catalina Island in June 2014. I caught most on squid and anchovy chunks but also got one on an artificial lure.
Spotted Sand Bass
Paralabrax maculatofasciatus

Species #248
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA on cutbait fished on the bottom.
Barred Sand Bass
Paralabrax nebulifer

Species #244
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Serranidae (Sea Basses)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA on squid fished on the bottom.
Redbreast Sunfish
Lepomis auritus

Species #84
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 310
X X X ||||||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
All were caught in South Carolina between 2010 and 2012. Most came from the Broad River near our apartment in Columbia, SC on worms or small artificial lures. My largest came from a tannin-stained creek in Congaree National Park.
Orangespotted Sunfish
Lepomis humilis

Species #81
(June, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I made a trip to Hastings, MN specifically to get an Orangspotted Sunfish. They only occur in a few scattered waterbodies and are often found in very shallow water along the margins of lakes and ponds.
Green Sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus

Species #22
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 192
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Most of my Green Sunfish were caught in Red Wing, MN among the rock riprap lining the river marinas.
Bluegill
Lepomis macrochirus

Species #1
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 1,748
O X X X X X X X ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
9 inches total length

Additional photos:
Northern 2, Northern 3, Copperhead 1, Copperhead 2
Comments:
My first and most frequently caught species. See additional photos for regional variations.
Redear Sunfish
Lepomis microlophus

Species #89
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 22
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Largest:
12.5 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
A large sunfish species, locally known as "shellcracker bream" in South Carolina. My largest sunfish (genus Lepomis) was a 12.5-inch brute of a Redear Sunfish caught in the Congaree River in downtown Columbia, SC.
Dollar Sunfish
Lepomis marginatus

Species #88
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 19
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
A small but colorful sunfish species of the southern United States.
Longear Sunfish
Lepomis megalotis

Species #49
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 58
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
My first four were caught from Little Alabama Bayou during my 2007 trip to Louisiana. I also caught Longear Sunfish in Illinois in 2014.
Northern Sunfish
Lepomis peltastes

Species #254
(August, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 12
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:

Comments:
Caught on worm pieces and micro hooks. The fish pictured was my largest, with the others all being around an inch in length.
Pumpkinseed
Lepomis gibbosus

Species #3
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 180
X ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
A common species in weedy ponds and sluggish streams of the Midwest.
Spotted Sunfish
Lepomis punctatus

Species #95
(July, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 22
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
My first and largest Spotted Sunfish rushed out from a clump of vegetation to take a size 28 hook baited with a fleck of worm while I was targetting minnows in Black Creek near Pelion, SC. I've also caught Spotted Sunfish in the Tamiami Canal in Florida.
Redspotted Sunfish
Lepomis miniatus

Species #290
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Warmouth
Lepomis gulosus

Species #50
(August, 2007)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Warmouth like swampy areas with abundant woody cover. I've caught them in Louisiana and South Carolina.
Rock Bass
Ambloplites rupestris

Species #24
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 383
X X X |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I have caught Rock Bass in lots of lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Shadow Bass
Ambloplites ariommus

Species #291
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Caught in the Castor River, Missouri on our last evening of a fantastic 10-day, 25-species road-trip through the Ozarks in June 2015.
Ozark Bass
Ambloplites constellatus

Species #281
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Caught in the Buffalo River, Arkansas.
White Crappie
Pomoxis annularis

Species #27
(April, 1999)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 20
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Largest:
11 inches total length

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Most of my crappies have been caught off the docks at the Baypoint Park marina in Red Wing, MN. The White Crappie has vertical bars and the distance from eye to dorsal fin is greater than the length of the dorsal fin base.
Black Crappie
Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Species #26
(April, 1999)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 197
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Largest:
13 inches total length

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Most of my crappies have been caught off the docks at the Baypoint Park marina in Red Wing, MN. Black Crappie have scattered black mottling on a silvery body and the distance from eye to dorsal fin is roughly equivalent to the length of the dorsal fin base.
Redeye Bass
Micropterus coosae

Species #160
(June, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
After finding out about a localized population of Redeye Bass in the Enoree River I made several trips in summer 2011 and summer 2012 to try and catch one. After hooking and losing a few I finally caught one.
Smallmouth Bass
Micropterus dolomieu

Species #5
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 242
X X |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
20 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Comments:
One of my first species. I caught Smallmouth Bass frequently growing up in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. I have caught Smallmouth Bass from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Largemouth Bass
Micropterus salmoides

Species #10
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)

Quantity: 333
X X X |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
20 inches total length; 5 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I've caught Largemouth Bass throughout the Midwest and southeastern U.S. My largest came from Lake Ore-Be-Gone in Gilbert, MN.
Walleye
Sander vitreus

Species #9
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 89
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Largest:
25 inches total length; 5 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5
Comments:
Many of my first Walleye came from the Cannon River on worms or artificial lures. I've caught Walleye in other rivers and lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin both ice-fishing and in open water.
Sauger
Sander canadensis

Species #7
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 57
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Largest:
15 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Most of my Sauger came from the Cannon River and were caught on worms or artificial lures. My dad and I would sometimes catch our limit of 6 Sauger each during the spring spawning runs. I've also caught a good number of Sauger from the Mississippi River.
Ruffe
Gymnocephalus cernua

Species #35
(Summer, 2005)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 70
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
All 70 of my Ruffe were caught in the St. Louis River near Duluth, MN. They are an invasive species and were introduced to parts of the Great Lakes, probably through ship ballast water. Ruffe are native to the European continent.
Yellow Perch
Perca flavescens

Species #2
(1990s)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 249
X X ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Largest:
12 inches total length

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Yellow Perch was one of my first species. Most of the Yellow Perch I have caught have been fairly small. I've probably caught more Yellow Perch through the ice than from open water.
European Perch
Perca fluviatilis

Species #297
(August, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-
Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a nub of dried worm in the Danube River delta area near Samova, Romania.
Logperch
Percina caprodes

Species #61
(September, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I got my first Logperch in the Lester River in Duluth, MN and I have since caught them in other places in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Blackbanded Darter
Percina nigrofasciata

Species #129
(September, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 8
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
All of my Blackbanded Darter were caught in Black Creek, a clear and heavily vegetated stream near Pelion, SC. I tied a couple inches of line on the tip of my rod, attached a size 28 hook and fleck of worm, and pushed the bait past the ravenous shiners to the bottom, where the darters would poune on it.
Blackside Darter
Percina maculata

Species #220
(June, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
My first two were caught in the rocky run under the M-65 crossing of the Au Gres River near Whittemore, MI. I've also caught them in Wisconsin.
Fantail Darter
Etheostoma flabellare

Species #221
(June, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Fantail Darter under the M-65 bridge crossing of the Au Gres River. Compared to other darters I've caught, this species has a large mouth. Note the orangish globes on the tips of the spiny dorsal rays.
Tennessee Darter
Etheostoma tennesseense

Species #353
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Locust Fork Darter
Etheostoma sp. cf. bellator

Species #350
(October, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Redspot Darter
Etheostoma artesiae

Species #277
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 6
||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Rainbow Darter
Etheostoma caeruleum

Species #225
(June, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 28
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Orangethroat Darter
Etheostoma spectabile

Species #284
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 4
||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Ozark Darter
Etheostoma species

Species #282
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Brook Darter
Etheostoma burri

Species #289
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Orangebelly Darter
Etheostoma radiosum

Species #279
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Sunburst Darter
Etheostoma mihileze

Species #285
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Johnny Darter
Etheostoma nigrum

Species #224
(June, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 4
||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
After working hard to get a few stubborn nibbles from Johnny Darter on worm I finally hooked and landed my first on a couple of mosquitoes attached to a size 28 hook.
Iowa Darter
Etheostoma exile

Species #299
(May, 2016)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Worked harder to get this species than most others...glad to finally say I've caught one on hook and line. Unlike most darter species, the Iowa Darter prefers lakes and is found in shallow, weedy or sandy areas.
Greenside Darter
Etheostoma blennioides

Species #283
(June, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Percidae (Perches & Darters)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
-
Gobbleguts
Apogon rueppellii

Species #45
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes)

Quantity: 13
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught several Gobbleguts from one of the harbors in Geraldton, Western Australia.
Western School Whiting
Sillago vittata

Species #46
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sillaginidae (Smelt-whitings)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught several Western School Whiting by fishing the wave-splashed rock jetties around Geraldton, Western Australia. They were all caught on shrimp.
Ocean Whitefish
Caulolatilus princeps

Species #239
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Malacanthidae (Tilefishes)

Quantity: 10
||||||||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first off the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon, CA. Joy and I rented a boat and caught a mess of larger Ocean Whitefish from about 80-120 feet of water. Seals would try to chase down our hooked fish.
Sand Tilefish
Malacanthus plumieri

Species #198
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Malacanthidae (Tilefishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I was pleasantly surprised to catch a Sand Tilefish while fishing with cutbait grunt at Tobacco Caye in Belize. I think the black spots on this fish may be a sort of parasitic infection rather than normal markings on the fish.
Bluefish
Pomatomus saltatrix

Species #104
(November, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomatomidae (Bluefishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All of my Bluefish were caught at the Myrtle Beach State Park fishing pier.
Bigeye Scad
Selar crumenophthalmus

Species #260
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in Esperanza, Puerto Rico.
Yellowtail Scad
Atule mate

Species #47
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a small hook baited with shrimp near a rocky jetty.
Green Jack
Caranx caballus

Species #65
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
My first Green Jack hit my cutbait as I was reeling in and fought surprisingly hard for its size. I traded a local kid an artificial lure for some pieces of fresh fish to use as bait.
Blue Runner
Caranx crysos

Species #259
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at the old pier in Esperanza, Puerto Rico.
Bar Jack
Caranx ruber

Species #178
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 4
||||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first three on shrimp at The Split on Caye Caulker. I also got one in Puerto Rico.
Dinjerra Trevally
Pseudocaranx dinjerra

Species #43
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 3
|||

Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught in the sheltered waters of one of Geraldton's marinas on shrimp. This species is endemic to northwest Western Australia and was only scientifically described in 2006 (the year I caught mine). I haven't been able to find a common name for this species so I'm using "Dinjerra Trevally".
Crevalle Jack
Caranx hippos

Species #136
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Crevalle Jack at Bahia Honda Key on a piece of shrimp.
Horse-eye Jack
Caranx latus

Species #180
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
My first was a small one caught on a Sabiki rig baited with shrimp. I got several larger ones at night by casting lures toward the sound of frenzied splashing. My largest came on a charter fishing trip out of Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Permit
Trachinotus falcatus

Species #214
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a size 28 hook baited with shrimp in the sandy shallows on the eastern side of Caye Caulker. This is an esteemed game fish, and I very much hope to catch an adult some day!
Sharksucker
Echeneis naucrates

Species #194
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Echeneidae (Remoras)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
Caught early one morning on Tobacco Caye near a Caribbean Stingray. It fought so hard I thought I might have hooked or snagged the ray, but when it surfaced I new I had a cool new fish species on the line. I caught my second at Caye Caulker, and it was also near a stingray.
Schoolmaster
Lutjanus apodus

Species #175
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Lutjanidae (Snappers)

Quantity: 16
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught several Schoolmaster at Caye Caulker and Tobacco Caye in Belize on our 2012 trip. I got a few more in 2015 at Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Gray Snapper
Lutjanus griseus

Species #146
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Lutjanidae (Snappers)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I got my first Gray Snapper (also called "mangrove snapper") on shrimp near the breakwall at the Flamingo Visitor center in Everglades National Park. In 2012, I caught several Gray Snapper in Belize and one from Isla Mujeres in Mexico.
Mahogany Snapper
Lutjanus mahogani

Species #263
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Lutjanidae (Snappers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
I thought this was a Lane Snapper when I caught it and am glad I snapped a photograph. The black spot on the side is lower (1/4 to 1/2 of the spot below the lateral line) and the fin color and stripe patterns are also different.
Lane Snapper
Lutjanus synagris

Species #143
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Lutjanidae (Snappers)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first several Lane Snapper from a bridge in the Florida Keys. I have also caught them at Caye Caulker in Belize.
Yellowtail Snapper
Ocyurus chrysurus

Species #176
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Lutjanidae (Snappers)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first few Yellowtail Snapper in the Belizean cayes. I also got several Yellowtail Snapper from Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Slender Mojarra
Eucinostomus jonesii

Species #173
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Gerreidae (Mojarras)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from the sandy shallows near some of the docks around Caye Caulker. Slender Mojarra have a dusky distal margin on the spiny dorsal fin.
Flagfin Mojarra
Eucinostomus melanopterus

Species #213
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Gerreidae (Mojarras)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from the sandy shallows near on the eastern side of Caye Caulker. Flagfin Mojarra have a black distal margin on the spiny dorsal fin, and below this is a white band. Flagfin Mojarra are slightly deeper-bodied than Slender Mojarra. Also note the faint striping.
Yellowfin Mojarra
Gerres cinereus

Species #196
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Gerreidae (Mojarras)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Yellowfin Mojarra from the porch of the cabana Joy and I were staying at during our 4 days on Tobacco Caye. I also caught Yellowfin Mojarra at Caye Caulker.
Tomtate
Haemulon aurolineatum

Species #174
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 18
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught all of my Tomtate from The Split at Caye Caulker on shrimp. They were all of the same small size and I occasionally caught multiple Tomtate on a cast when using multi-hooked Sabiki rigs.
Caesar Grunt
Haemulon carbonarium

Species #264
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at the pier in Esperanza, Puerto Rico.
French Grunt
Haemulon flavolineatum

Species #133
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 52
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Large schools of French Grunt were a common sight during trips to both Florida and Belize. They made a reliable source of cutbait, but were sometimes a pest when targetting other species. I got my first one in the Florida Keys.
Sailors Choice
Haemulon parra

Species #215
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Sailors Choice on Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
White Grunt
Haemulon plumierii

Species #132
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 35
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first White Grunt along the south shore of Spanish Harbor Key on a piece of shrimp. I also caught White Grunt at Caye Caulker and Tobacco Caye in Belize.
Bluestriped Grunt
Haemulon sciurus

Species #131
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Bluestriped Grunt along the south shore of Spanish Harbor Key on a piece of shrimp. I also caught Bluestriped Grunt at Caye Caulker and Tobacco Caye in Belize.
Pigfish
Orthopristis chrysoptera

Species #101
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Haemulidae (Grunts)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Pigfish on shrimp fished at the bottom off the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, SC. My largest came on squid when I was fishing near the Flamingo campground in the Everglades.
Grass Porgy
Calamus arctifrons

Species #138
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sparidae (Porgies)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught at Spanish Harbor Key on shrimp fished at the bottom. Grass Porgy can pale or darken rapidly and they have roughly 4 rows and 5 columns of black spots.
Sheepshead Porgy
Calamus penna

Species #139
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sparidae (Porgies)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at Spanish Harbor Key on shrimp fished at the bottom.
Littlehead Porgy
Calamus proridens

Species #140
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sparidae (Porgies)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at Spanish Harbor Key on shrimp fished at the bottom. This species is distinguised by its pattern of electric blue markings.
Pinfish
Lagodon rhomboides

Species #100
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sparidae (Porgies)

Quantity: 75
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Pinfish at the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, SC. I've caught Pinfish at several other piers and in tidal creeks in South Carolina and I have also caught them in the Florida Keys.
Striped Whiptail
Pentapodus vitta

Species #44
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Nemipteridae (Threadfin Breams)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Striped Whiptail on shrimp from a marina in Geraldton, Australia. This species is locally called "butterfish".
Freshwater Drum
Aplodinotus grunniens

Species #4
(1990s)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 461
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Largest:
7 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3, Largest caught
Comments:
Freshwater Drum are abundant throughout the Upper Mississippi River Valley and this was my most common catch from the rivers I grew up fishing. Most of my Freshwater Drum were caught on worms, but I have caught a few on artificial lures.
Silver Perch
Bairdiella chrysoura

Species #126
(August, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I have caught Silver Perch at the Hunting Island State Park and Charleston piers in South Carolina.
Spotted Seatrout
Cynoscion nebulosus

Species #165
(July, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
My first Spotted Seatrout was a surprise catch from the surf at Botany Bay. I caught my second Spotted Seatrout on a live Mummichog fished under a float in Sand Creek, a tidal creek on Edisto Island, SC.
Weakfish
Cynoscion regalis

Species #105
(November, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first Weakfish from the end of the Myrtle Beach State Park pier at dusk on shrimp. I have also caught Weakfish at the Folly Beach pier near Charleston, SC and from the surf at Botany Bay.
Spot
Leiostomus xanthurus

Species #127
(August, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I added the Spot to my lifelist by catching a juvenile on size 28 hook and shrimp in a tidal marsh. I later caught adult Spot from the pier in Charleston, SC.
Southern Kingfish
Menticirrhus americanus

Species #106
(November, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 49
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Southern Kingfish from the end of the Myrtle Beach State Park pier at dusk using shrimp for bait. I caught many more surf fishing, and I often used this species as bait when fishing for sharks and stingrays.
Atlantic Croaker
Micropogonias undulatus

Species #103
(August, 2010)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 21
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Atlantic Croaker from the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach. I have also caught Atlantic Croaker from the piers in Charleston and Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina.
Red Drum
Sciaenops ocellatus

Species #53
(August, 2007)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 10
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Largest:
23 inches total length; 6 pounds

Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
In August 2007 I visited my cousin Nick in Louisiana and we booked a guided fishing trip to Barrattaria Bay. I caught 9 Red Drum (also called "redfish") that day. In South Carolina, I caught 1 Red Drum in a tidal creek on Edisto Island.
Star Drum
Sciaenops ocellatus

Species #157
(May, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sciaenidae (Croakers)

Quantity: 21
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Star Drum at Botany Bay on a Sabiki rig baited with shrimp. I was fishing for Southern Kingfish for shark and stingray bait and was surprised when I caught it. I later caught many others at the Folly Beach pier near Charleston, SC.
Opaleye
Girella nigricans

Species #236
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Kyphosidae (Sea Chubs)

Quantity: 4
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All of my Opaleye were caught on frozen peas at the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon, CA.
Yellow Chub
Kyphosus incisor

Species #205
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Kyphosidae (Sea Chubs)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on shrimp at The Split on Caye Caulker. Yellow Chub have more rays in the soft dorsal fin and anal fin than the very similar Bermuda Chub. There are other, subtle differences between these two species.
Bermuda Chub
Kyphosus sectator

Species #177
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Kyphosidae (Sea Chubs)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on shrimp at The Split on Caye Caulker.
Halfmoon
Medialuna californiensis

Species #238
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Kyphosidae (Sea Chubs)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on squid off the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA.
West Australian Dhufish
Glaucosoma hebraicum

Species #41
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Glaucosomatidae (Pearl Perches)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on squid from a boat off the coast of Geraldton, Australia. Juveniles have a black chevron on the face and bold dark stripes on the body. These markings fade in older West Australian Dhufish.
Giant Hawkfish
Cirrhitus rivulatus

Species #71
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cirrhitidae (Hawkfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on cutbait from a boat off the coast of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Joy and I hired a local captain to take us out for a couple hours.
Johanna Pike Cichlid
Crenicichla johanna

Species #311
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Lucius Pike Cichlid
Crenicichla lucius

Species #344
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Oscar
Astronotus ocellatus

Species #336
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Monoculus Peacock Bass
Cichla monoculus

Species #310
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Saddle Cichlid
Aequidens tetramerus

Species #321
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Amazon Cichlid
Cichlasoma amazonarum

Species #338
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Mayan Cichlid
Cichlasoma urophthalmus

Species #150
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a piece of worm in Tamiami Canal in southern Florida. Mayan Cichlid are native to Central America but have been introduced to southern Florida, where they are now established.
Wonderful Flag Cichlid
Mesonauta mirificus

Species #323
(August, 2016)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
-
Yellowbelly Cichlid
Parachromis salvini

Species #190
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first one on bread at Lago Peten Itza in northern Guatemala. We stayed in the island village of Flores for a couple days after touring the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. I also caught one in Barton Creek in Belize.
Redhead Cichlid
Paraneetroplus melanurus

Species #189
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught both my Redhead Cichlid on bread at Lago Peten Itza in northern Guatemala. This species is also referred to as "quetzal cichlid" or "blacktail cichlid". I saw more colorful adults in the water but they were stubborn and I failed to catch a larger one.
Peten Cichlid
Theraps intermedius

Species #183
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 18
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
All were caught from Barton Creek in western Belize. I caught Peten Cichlid on both bread and Banded Tetra cutbait.
Blue-eye Cichlid
Archocentrus spilurus

Species #186
(September, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a size 28 hook baited with Banded Tetra flesh along a rock wall in a deep, sluggish pool of Barton Creek.
Spotted Tilapia
Tilapia mariae

Species #149
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from the Tamiami Canal in southern Florida. Spotted Tilapia are native to Africa but have been introduced in southern Florida, where they are now established.
Kelp Perch
Brachyistius frenatus

Species #235
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Embiotocidae (Surfperches)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught on a small piece of squid drifted through the kelp at the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA.
Acapulco Damselfish
Stegastes acapulcoensis

Species #73
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught fishing from a rocky outcrop on a small piece of cutbait. Note the white pigment on the upper rays of the pectoral fin.
Beaubrummel
Stegastes flavilatus

Species #72
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught from a boat just off the coast from Puerto Escondido.
Beaugregory
Stegastes leucostictus

Species #192
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Juvenile/Intermediate
Comments:
Caught in shallow, sheltered waters around Tobacco Caye. I got my first one on a piece of bread attached to a tiny hook. See additional photos for juvenile markings.
Mexican Night Sergeant
Abudefduf declivifrons

Species #64
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught both my Mexican Night Sergeant in Mazunte, Mexico.
Sergeant Major
Abudefduf saxatilis

Species #179
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 28
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Most were caught near The Split at Caye Caulker in Belize, although I did catch a few at Isla Muejeres in Mexico. The Sergeant Major could be a pest when targetting other fish species.
Panamic Sergeant Major
Abudefduf troschelii

Species #63
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
My first catch during our honeymoon trip to Mexico was a Panamic Sergeant Major. The Panamic Sergeant Major is very similar to the Sergeant Major occuring in the Atlantic Ocean basin, including the Caribbean Sea, but is considered distinct.
Blacksmith
Chromis punctipinnis

Species #240
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
Caught at the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA. I was drifting a piece of anchovy slowly through the kelp.
Garibaldi
Hypsypops rubicundus

Species #232
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Pomacentridae (Damselfishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Juvenile with bright blue spots
Comments:
I caught my first one at the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA. It is not legal to target this protected species in California, but I ended up catching 3 of them incidentally as they were a common and moderately aggressive species. Juveniles have bright purplish blue spots.
Slippery Dick
Halichoeres bivittatus

Species #134
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 52
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
Large specimen from Belize
Comments:
I caught my first Slippery Dick during our 2011 Florida Keys trip and I caught many more in Belize in 2012.
Blackear Wrasse
Halichoeres poeyi

Species #261
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-

Comments:
Caught in Esperanza, Puerto Rico.
Yellowhead Wrasse
Halichoeres garnoti

Species #204
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
-

Additional photographs:
-
Comments:
I caught my first Yellowhead Wrasse from The Split at Caye Caulker.
Puddingwife
Halichoeres radiatus

Species #135
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
-


Juvenile Phase Puddingwife
Comments:
Puddingwife come in three distinct phases. I caught an juvenile phase Puddingwife at Spanish Harbor Key in 2011. I caught a larger Initial Phase specimen in Puerto Rico in 2015 (main photo). Terminal phase Puddingwife are even bulkier and become more blue and green in color.
Rock Wrasse
Halichoeres semicinctus

Species #231
(June, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Terminal Phase Rock Wrasse
Comments:
I caught both initial phase (pictured here) and terminal phase (see additional photo) Rock Wrasse on our trip to Catalina Island in 2014.
Spinster Wrasse
Halichoeres nicholsi

Species #70
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
I caught my first Spinster Wrasse from a boat just off the coast of Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
Banded Wrasse
Halichoeres notospilus

Species #66
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 9
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
I caught all 9 of my Banded Wrasse at Mazunte, Mexico during our 2009 honeymoon trip.
Bluehead
Thalassoma bifasciatum

Species #202
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on a small piece of cutbait grunt on a size 28 hook at Tobacco Caye in Belize.
Cortez Rainbow Wrasse
Thalassoma lucasanum

Species #2009
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Juvenile/Female Specimen
Comments:
I caught a juvenile/female specimen one evening, and when I caught a male the next morning I at first thought I had added a new species because the color pattern was so dramatically different. See additional photos.
Senorita
Oxyjulis californica

Species #233
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 6
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I caught most of my SeƱorita from the Cabrillo Mole pier in Avalon, CA. I also caught one from a rental boat just off the coast of Catalina Island.
California Sheephead
Semicossyphus pulcher

Species #237
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first California Sheephead on a pea while fishing for Opaleye at the Green Pleasure Pier. I got my second one on anchovy fished at the bottom off the Cabrillo Mole pier. Both were initial phase.
Redtail Parrotfish
Sparisoma chrysopterum

Species #200
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Specimen from Puerto Rico
Comments:
Caught on a small piece of cutbait grunt at Tobacco Caye in Belize. I caught a small specimen with a turqoise blotch near the pectoral fin from Puerto Rico in 2015.
Stoplight Parrotfish
Sparisoma viride

Species #262
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labridae (Wrasses & Parrotfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught off the pier in Esperanza, Puerto Rico.
Porehead Blenny
Labrisomus multiporosus

Species #67
(October, 2009)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labrisomidae (Blennies)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught from a rocky point in Mazunte, Mexico.
Hairy Blenny
Labrisomus nuchipinnis

Species #265
(February, 2015)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Labrisomidae (Blennies)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on squid on a small hook from under a rock in shallow water along the shore of Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Frillfin Goby
Bathygobius soporator

Species #193
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Gobiidae (Gobies)

Quantity: 3
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I caught my first one at Tobacco Caye. I also got one at Caye Caulker.
Round Goby
Neogobius melanostomus

Species #218
(May, 2013)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Gobiidae (Gobies)

Quantity: 19
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
Round Goby are native to Eurasia, but have been accidentally introduced to the Great Lakes of North America. I caught my first Round Goby in the lower Au Sable River, and several others in Lake Michigan at the pier in Manistee, MI.
Doctorfish
Acanthurus chirurgus

Species #181
(August, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes)

Quantity: 7
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2, Photo 3
Comments:
I caught my first Doctorfish at The Split on Caye Caulker. Most of the others were caught off the docks at Tobacco Caye. I got one smaller Doctorfish in 2015 from Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Great Barracuda
Sphyraena barracuda

Species #208
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Sphyraenidae (Barracudas)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
I hooked and lost some nice barracuda at Tobacco Caye. A week later, at Caye Caulker, Joy and I rented a canoe and I casted a free-lined herring along the mangrove-lined shore, where a Great Barracuda slammed the bait at the surface and put up an excellent fight.
Atlantic Cutlassfish
Trichiurus lepturusa

Species #162
(June, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Trichiuridae (Cutlassfishes)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Close up of head
Comments:
I was surprised to catch my first on a Sabiki rig at the Charleston pier. I caught my second Atlantic Cutlassfish at night from the Myrtle Beach State Park pier in Myrtle Beach, SC. See additional photos for a close-up of the head.
Pacific Chub Mackerel
Scomber japonicus

Species #247
(June, 2014)
Taxonomic order and family:
Perciformes - Scombridae (Mackerels)

Quantity: 5
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
I caught all of my Pacific Chub Mackerel from the Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA. I got my first one on a chunk of anchovy, then used the mackerel as cutbait to catch more mackerel.
California Halibut
Paralichthys californicus

Species #245
(June, 2014)

Taxonomic order and family:
Pleuronectiformes - Paralichthyidae (Sand Flounders)

Quantity: 2
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Blind side
Comments:
I caught both of my California Halibut from Belmont Pier in Long Beach, CA using live minnows for bait.
Queen Triggerfish
Balistes vetula

Species #197
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Balistidae (Triggerfishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught at Tobacco Caye on a piece of cutbait grunt. This is my first species of triggerfish, although I came close in Mexico in 2009 when I landed an Orangeside Triggerfish that was foul-hooked on the head.
Unicorn Filefish
Aluterus monoceros

Species #212
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Monacanthidae (Filefishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Spotted swimming around sluggishly near some pilings at the end of a dock on Caye Caulker. It took a small piece of shrimp fished on a small hook. This is one of the oddest looking fish I've ever caught.
Scrawled Filefish
Aluterus scriptus

Species #210
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Monacanthidae (Filefishes)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught early one morning from The Split at Caye Caulker. It made an audible swooshing noise when it flipped its tail out of water.
Silver Puffer
Lagocephalus sceleratus

Species #40
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae (Puffers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on squid from a boat off the coast of Geraldton, Western Australia. This was my first ever saltwater species and first fish abroad.
Northern Puffer
Sphoeroides maculatus

Species #166
(July, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae (Puffers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on shrimp at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier.
Southern Puffer
Sphoeroides nephelus

Species #141
(December, 2011)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae (Puffers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on shrimp at Spanish Harbor Key.
Checkered Puffer
Sphoeroides testudineus

Species #206
(October, 2012)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae (Puffers)

Quantity: 1
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
Photo 2
Comments:
Caught on shrimp from a canoe along Caye Caulker in Belize.
Weeping Toado
Torquigener pleurogramma

Species #42
(June, 2006)

Taxonomic order and family:
Tetraodontiformes - Tetraodontidae (Puffers)

Quantity: 33
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Largest:
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Additional photographs:
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Comments:
Caught on shrimp from the marinas at Geraldton, Western Australia. Using a Sabiki rig, I often caught multiple Weeping Toado at a time.


- Click here to view a more detailed and compact version of my angling lifelist in spreadsheet form.

- Click here to view some additional lifelist statistics and a list of species ordered by when I added them to my lifelist.

- Fish classes, orders, and families are ordered taxonomically from most ancestral to most derived based on information from a combination of resources, including Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 7th Edition - American Fisheries Society Special Publication 34. Within families, fish species are ordered alphabetically first by genus and then by species name in the the spreadsheet form of my lifelist. However, for the purposes of displaying my angling catches on this web page I have made a few exceptions to this rule. For example, instead of listing the salmonids purely alphabetically I grouped the whitefishes, salmons, chars, and trouts into respective groups so that like species are displayed adjacently.

- All fish counted on this list were caught via legal angling methods and were fair-hooked in the mouth. A vast majority were released unharmed, although a few found their way to the dinner table.

- Feel free to contact me at leis0073@gmail.com with any questions or comments. I strive to be as accurate as possible with my fish identifications and with the website itself. If you notice an error, please let me know!

- Only recognized fish species are included. Hybrid fish and subspecies are not included in the number of total species caught. However, hybrids and subspecies are counted toward the quantity caught for the parent species that they most closely resemble, given that I have caught that parent species.

-Rows shaded in blue indicate saltwater catches and rows shaded in green indicate freshwater catches.


Up to date as of 18 October 2016

All photographs copywrite Josh Leisen (2016)