Ty Webb wrote:Ah, the wrath of the suk... bb didn't tell me he posted the pic here, but I saw it this morning on another site and figured it may have ended up here too. Anyway, I reported the catch monday morning before sending him the pics from my camera. Biologist called me back yesterday morning to ask a few more questions. There were 7 other sawfish reports filed over the weekend from other areas in the state, but none from the middle of nowhere where we found this one. Had a nice chat about the acoustic tracking program they've been doing in the caloosahatchee and what they're learning from the fin clipping dna samples etc too.backbone wrote:I saw this working down the bank and thought it was a snook or red. It slashed around with its nose at the fly and then mudded down like a ray. One of the craziest things I have seen on a Florida salt flat.
did you report it to FWC? they ask that you send them date and location every time you even see one
don't send them the photo of you hanging it out of the water though
The reporting isn't mandatory, but they are very appreciative of any reports they get, especially with gps coordinates, reasonably close measurements and any pics or information like damaged fins, scars etc, that may help them identify the same fish in the future. In this case the pic is useful because the missing teeth don't grow back, only the broken ones continue to grow. So they may help identify this fish should someone else report it in the future.
She (sounded hot on the ph too...) was also glad we were able to remove the hook and any leader material without incident since it could have affected it's ability to feed or potentially ensnare it among mangrove roots/blow downs etc common to their preferred habitat. Apparently, mono and rope entangled in the nostrum (saw) is a major issue they face with these fish. In lieu of that, they would much prefer the fish was left in the water, but she was pretty certain no one would be cited for handling one in that regard as long as it was done quickly and the fish was not injured in the process. Her opinion was that its largely a matter of safety, circumstance and judgement. They are a very hardy fish, but if it's not reasonably possible to restrain it safely and quickly then it's best to just cut the line as close as possible without removing the fish from the water...