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SPR 2017

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Page 44 of 83 | 45 One of the unique parts of participating in the program as a tagger is receiving angler reports. Whenever you catch a tagged fish and report the tag number, you receive a report detailing when and where the fish was first tagged, plus subsequent catch and release information that includes the length of the fish and a general location. This information also goes out to the original tagging angler so they can learn the fate of a fish they handled in the past. Having spent more than a few years in the program, I can say getting these reports is kind of a buzz. On June 23, 2006, I tagged and released a red drum that measured 24 in. That same fish was recaptured and re-released a total of six times over the next seven years. The last report on September 29, 2013, revealed that the red drum reached 44 in. in length, well beyond the legal limit to keep. The reports clearly document how a juvenile red drum from a local creek reached breeding status, surviving multiple encounters with conservation- minded anglers. I recently had the privilege of joining Archambault for a SCDNR trammel net survey near Edisto Island. In addition to angler reports, these surveys help track tagged fish and provide excellent data on the health of the population. "It's really great that we have two, large-scale protected areas in South Carolina, and the ACE Basin encompasses the rivers of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto," said Archambault, as we prepped for the day. "This area south of Charleston is also under federal designation as a National Estuarine Research Reserve. The other large protected area is the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge just north of Charleston." Far Left: Capt. Todd Stamps casts for redfish in a slough, where redfish are often found at low tide. Left: The SCDNR trammel net crew haul in some finfish during a survey operation. Right: The SCDNR tagging logo. Bottom: Biologist John Archambault shows off a beautiful bull red drum. Photos: Jeff Dennis.

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