As part of its fourth annual TrophyCatch program, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is enlisting sport fishermen and others to help collect data on the largemouth bass in order to learn more about how the fishery grows, lives and thrives. One of the overall goals is to determine how many bass live in the lake and why these Clay County-grown bass seem to live longer than other bass in Florida.
“We have a lot of these large bass and a lot of them are caught. We had virtually no data on them because they’re very hard for us to sample – by their nature they’re kind of an elusive fish. A lot of our sampling gears work in the shallow water and especially in the deeper lakes, these fish will stay deep most of the year that’s why they avoid anglers and why they become big,” said Allen Martin, regional fisheries administrator for FWC.
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