Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ressie Traps Vary In Size

People ask me all the time how big are the traps that we set both on the Pearl River and in The Ross Barnett Reservoir and I always have to explain that our traps are constructed in three sizes. Small, medium and large. Our smallest trap is a circular unit and it is placed in shallow waters. In the photo one of our volunteer team members, Colton Barnheart, stands next to it for a scale reference. This is designed to catch young Ressies. Our medium trap is rectangular and it is typically set along banks. It will accommodate a medium sized lake monster. Finally our largest trap is a deep water unit. In the photo you can see that Harv is putting the finishing touches on the most recent one that we constructed. We are planning on setting out 4 of the newly constructed large traps as soon as the weather starts getting warmer. One will be place at the spillway. It is here that we believe Ressies often feed on giant catfish when the fish stocks are skimpy. We also plan to place one in the middle of the Reservoir, one at the mouth of the Pearl River and the fourth will be placed off of the Natchez Trace in Ridgeland. Keep an eye out for them if you are in the area.

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