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By releasing their catches instead of eating them (especially
fish that are listed in the consumption
advisories as not safe to consume), serious anglers do their part
to assure that there will alway be
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photos of fish caught in the Schuylkill River by the Philadelphia Anglers
The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers
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Philadelphia Water Department
take pretty good photos and match up markings of a lot of the bigger fish.
It's easiest to see in the case of mirror carp, because they are
all so unique. I caught one mirror in the Wissahickon five times. In fact, this happens all over the place with many species, but because fish
look pretty much the same unless you really scrutinize them, few realize it. I have been encouraging the flathead catfish guys to start taking similar notes.
Below is a mirror carp I caught a year after Matt Coll (second photo), a mile downstream from where he banked it:
It took a few of these mirror recaptures over the years before it ever dawned
on me that this happened in other species. The story is the same in other
places with a lot of fishing pressure and good documentation as well.
I have identified recapturing a smallmouth buffalo in Texas that four
other people have caught. It had a big, very unique section of its tail
chopped off. I caught a mirror in Oklahoma that another guy caught two
years earlier, and one in a Chicago harbor twice, only two days apart.
I think a number of those 30 lb.-plus carp we caught in the Schuylkill
are the same fish too, but they don't have any features to set them apart.
There have only been eight 30+ carp to come from the
Below, in 2001 here it is at the same location, but much bigger. This guy
flew from California to fish a Carp Anglers Group social event.
And finally, once more (below) in September 2008 at the Carp Anglers Group
(CAG) CCC tournament. This time out in the main river. This guy came from
Here is another, also from the Potomac. This fish was caught four times
over seven years. You can actually see my buddy Pat getting older.
Here is a link to a thread in the CAG forum with many recaptures like this
all over the country if you want to see more: