Photographing Micros

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Desert Angler
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Photographing Micros

The other day, while fishing in the Spring 2016 Contest, I was able to catch what I think was an emerald shiner. However in the waning daylight, it was difficult to get a good picture. I tried cupping the shiner in my wet hand, but it wouldn't hold still. The little 3 inch long fish was flipping all over the place and I was worried he was going to take a dive into the dirt and look like a little breaded fishstick. Since most shoreline in the Phoenix area is dusty or dry grass, I usually hold fish with one hand for a photo and I put larger species like carp and catfish on an unhooking mat. I was thinking about using some sort of container to photograph the smaller fish in. Have any of you ever used one of those square specimen containers they use in fish stores to bag fish as a container to photograph micro-species? 

IvanTortuga
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Yup

I bought one and absolutely love it already. I'm love microfishing and hate photographing them, which is odd because I'm a published nature photographer. The little cubes do wonders! I thought I would have to wait for them to calm down or something to snap a good picture and nope never had a problem with it. Do you mind sharing where you caught the shiner? I've only caught Speckled Dace, Western Mosquito Fish, Red Shiners, and Fathead Minnows here in Arizona (microwise). If you're ever near Flagstaff and want to catch any let me know and I can show you to everything but the red's the weather this summer got them.

 

This is the one I have. http://www.tenkarabum.com/micro-fishing-photo-tank.html

Desert Angler
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Thanks

Thanks for the tip about the mini cube. I think one of those would probably be my best option. I caught the, what I think was, emerald shiner in Tempe Town Lake last week. They just refilled the lake after draining it for repairs in April and I read that they immediately stocked the lake with various minnows and goldfish for insect control. If I ever head up north, I'll definitely give you a heads up. It would be nice to catch a few new species.

IvanTortuga
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Woah

Oh man, I'll have to make my way down and see if I can catch some new species. I'd really like to catch a wild goldfish so that'd be crazy. Were you fishing from shore or boat? Any tips about the lake I've never fished it. I was planning on going down to Gila River to attempt for some plecos this weekend so maybe I'll make a stop there as well.

Desert Angler
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Shore

Since the lake is pretty uniform in depth and structure, I've only fished TTL from shore. On weekends the lake has a lot of people fishing on it, but I wouldn't say it is ever crowded. However, shady spots under the bridges with structure for fish are usually the first spots to be taken by anglers. Since they drained and refilled the lake this spring, it may take a couple of years for the the lake to totally recover. The most common fish I've caught are carp (mirror) and channel catfish. Corn and nightcrawlers on the bottom work good for both. The shiners are easy to spot if you walk around and look for their little schools. They have greenish backs and are only a foot or so from shore.

On a sidenote, just be careful when fishing the Gila River especially by Phoenix International Raceway. It is a pretty sketchy area and I would only ever go there during the daytime. I've been very tempted to go out there after I saw a guy on Youtube catch redbelly tilapia, texas cichlids, and plecos in that area.