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Old 04-22-2014, 09:15 PM
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I know few people appreciate gafftops as much as I do, but the condition of gafftops serve as a useful bioindicator of the health of the estuary. Being dominantly a bottom feeder and spending more time in the lake than in the marsh, considering the body condition of gafftops is useful in assessing whether the bigger issues impacting the lake originate in the lake or the marsh and whether they impact species higher or lower in the water column.

Think of a gafftop as a sentinel organism whose relative condition factor can be used to determine how much forage is available lower in the water column. The attached graph shows that gafftops, especially the longer length classes, are having a hard time maintaining healthy body condition over the study period (2011 - 2013).
Dude I know where u can hammer huge gaftops every cast


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Old 04-22-2014, 09:21 PM
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Math geek did u know gaff tops get spaghetti worms too.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:58 PM
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Yes, the children have done that a time or two. Pulled up a bonus sheephead too, along with a few mullet.
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Math geek did u know gaff tops get spaghetti worms too.
I've read that. But I musta filleted dozens of gafftops last year and didn't see it a single time. In contrast, it's in most bull drum.
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I've read that. But I musta filleted dozens of gafftops last year and didn't see it a single time. In contrast, it's in most bull drum.
Funny thing the gulf at fresh water 9 of ten gaff and nothing in reds but blacks had 10 of 10
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In the middle of southwest pass in out of da pernt. Drop a shrimp down and hold on. I've done it 3x wasting bait bored with no fish... Every time same result. Fish on! It's deep so they throw down!


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Funny thing the gulf at fresh water 9 of ten gaff and nothing in reds but blacks had 10 of 10
Most of our gafftops last year were from the Calcasieu Jetties and Caminada pass. Caught a bunch from the dock at Bobby Lynn's too (Bayou Lafourche).
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Heard NOAA/NMFS will also be implementing new restrictions on Tripletail by the end of the year as well.
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