NANFA-- Glades collecting
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 12:24:33 EST

It was a brisk day with temps in the low 60's. A cold front was expected to
come through in the first part of the afternoon. But sometimes you just gotta
collect. I set off from Key West at 6:15 AM for the 4 hr drive to the Glades.
On arrival the water was clear but low. As usual the majority of
fish seen besides Gambusia/gars were exotic. "Cichlasoma" uropthalmus-Mayan
cichlids, Spotted Tilapia-Tilapia mariae and Mozambique Tilapia. Also seen
were many Pike Livebearers-Belonesox belizanus. Just a few bluefin killies
and only 2 flagfish a few spotted sunfish juvies and mollies.
Large gators were on all the banks sunning themselves and in a small
weedy pool I saw 10 very small 12'' baby alligators.
Also seen were 4 feral pigs, one Everglades otter, 2 slider turtles,
2 unidentified water snakes. All in all worth the drive.
Andy Borgia
Key West,Fl

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