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Interview with Edward HicksHow did your hunt for species start?
Been fishing since 3, birding since 7, the species listing was bound to carry over to fishing eventually. Living in MI I have a ton of water around so I am always interested in whats in it.
What is your coolest species and how dit you catch it?
Top: Burbot, Lota Lota, casting frozen solid shiners off a Lake Huron jetty.
Clown Goby, wading a salt marsh in the Florida Panhandle
Tadpole Madtom, a micro hook tied to my main line while fishing for burbot. baited with a piece of shiner.
Do you ever go abroad to catch new species?
So far only once, to the Cayman Islands
Which books or websites do you use to look op your fishspecies.
I love the peterson guide for Freshwater Fishes for Freshwater North American. the Smithsonian Shorefishes of the Greater Carribean is nice for that area and available online and in app form Website here: http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/findafish/commonname
There’s also an eastern pacific smithsonian thing but I lost the link, if someone finds it I would love it. Also fishmap.org and iNaturalist have good survey data
Do you have a fishing buddy who likes specieshunting?
Yes, would be glad to meet someone with appreciation for microfishing.
How often do you visit specieshunters.com?
Daily pretty much. No other website has so many cool pics of so many species
What are the most important items that a species hunter needs when fishing.
Camera, Photo Tank, License
What was your best specieshunting trip/mission?
A June/July 2018 trip to Florida with a bit of Virginia fishing on the way down produced 47 lifers and some of my favorite species (Belonesox belizanus, Cichlisoma salvini, Amia calva, Stephanolepis hispidus and Tylosurus crocodilus) .
What was your worst trip/mission?
A trip down Michigan‘s Looking Glass river. It was in the middle of a huge algae bloom from agricultural run off. Ended up with digestive and respritory infections that lasted for over a month. Also didn‘t catch a single fish
A trip to a summer camp where no phones/cameras were allowed that was th only place I have ever caught lake chub was its own kind of stinging
Which websites do you visit tot study catch reports?
Roughfish.com, fishbrain, iNaturalist, fishmap.org
What are your planned trips for the future?
Tentatively trying for Bonaire in Spring 2020 or 2021