Ever land a fish and wonder if you had caught it before or wish you knew its age? We ask similar questions, especially how fast a fish is growing in its environment. Solve such intrigue by tagging fish.
Our staff uses two techniques:
- PIT tags
- Floy tags
Today’s state-of-the-art tag is a PIT. It’s a Passive Integrated Transponder providing many advantages over traditional methods for tracking fish. PIT tags are small radio transponders that contain specific code. They allow individual fish to be assigned unique 10 or 15 digit alphanumeric numbers. They do not transmit a signal and do not require a battery. Tag scanners (or readers) send out a radio frequency. When a tag is within range, it relays an identification code to the receiver/scanner. Lack of a battery is the greatest advance of PIT tags. This design allows smaller tags that can last the life of fish. In young fish, they are injected just under the skin on the underside of the body. In older fish, they may be placed just under the skin near the dorsal fin.
Floy tags are visual marking devices. They are small, wire-like units with custom identification of the owner, plus an individual tracking number. They are injected near the dorsal fin. Floy tags are easily spotted. Anglers simply record the tag number and location retrieved.
PIT tags typically are used in advanced management programs. Floy products are more economical but just as beneficial. Don’t miss the fun of:
- Tracking fish movement.
- Monitoring growth.
- Recording how often it’s caught.
- Family fishing tournaments with prizes for catching tagged fish.
- Learning where fish live season to season.
- Identifying habitat they prefer.