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|Michael Lee Berg|
Interview with Michael Lee BergHow did your hunt for species start?
My family kept a record of the largest fish caught for each species by a family member. The fish species had to be able to get 5 inches long. My brothers & I started this in the late 1970‘s.
What is your coolest species and how dit you catch it?
Thats a hard question, for freshwater I would have to say the American Grayling, it has to be the pritiest fish.
For saltwater the Swordfish or White Marlin I caught off Mexico, I love billfish, but unfortunitly its seems I lost all photos of them in a flood, along with some other cherist photographs of fish.
Do you ever go abroad to catch new species?
Yes when I was a kid we went to Taiwan in 1977, we caught tilapia there that were hybrids of Mozambique Tilapia and Nile Tilapia. Not sure how to post them.
As an adult I always look for what new species of fish I can catch on our vacations. Besides traveling arond the United States, I‘ve been to England, Ireland, Canada, & Mexico.
Which books or websites do you use to look op your fishspecies.
Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fish is my favorite, but I have a lot of other books I use too for different regions.
Do you have a fishing buddy who likes specieshunting?
My brother Tom
How often do you visit specieshunters.com?
What are the most important items that a species hunter needs when fishing.
Travel rod, and good camera
What was your best specieshunting trip/mission?
Fishing on Laugh Melvin in Ireland, I was looking for the three species of trout there and I caught them all that day. Unfortunately the Gillaroo Trout I caught was only 7 inches long and I did not feel it was worth a photo at the time. I regret that now.
What was your worst trip/mission?
I‘ve been skunked a few times, but any time on the water is still a good day.
Which websites do you visit tot study catch reports?
Started looking at this one.
What are your planned trips for the future?
I am going to Kentucky for a NANFA convention, in May. They mostly use nets but there are a few of us that like using micro fishing gear.
Also I hope to go somewhere good for my 25th anniversary, the wife expects me to go fishing a few times now.