Fishing for Texas Rio Grand Cichlids
On this day I was fishing for an 11.7 inch long, world record Rio Grande Perch. I had caught it and released the day before; only find out later that it was a full half inch larger then the current World Record. I am not one of those guys that sits there yapping while I fish, so I added some background music to keep it interesting. Although, I did not catch the monster Rio Grande that I was after on this day, I did catch one that tied the current World Record (11.1 inches) as you can see when I measure it.
What makes this day even more exciting, is where I am fishing at. The Rio Grande Perch, is actually is Cichlid in the same family as the Tilapia and Oscar. It's scientific name is Herichthys cyanoguttatus. It is native to the Rio Grande river and in fact, it is the only Cichlid that is native to the United States. It is a fresh water fish that is commonly kept by people in aquariums. But where I was catching the Rio Grande in this video, was not fresh water! By sheer chance, I discovered a thriving population of Rio Grandes in the inland saltwater ponds on Galveston Island, Texas. All though these ponds are technically called "Brackish" water, they are directly connected to the ocean via underground canals and have a salinity that is 98% as high as pure seawater. They are inhabited by many of saltwater varieties sea life and fish that are native to the Gulf of Mexico. So, imagine my surprise when I started catching the freshwater Rio Grande Perch out of them. And only was I catching them, but I was catching world record breaking fish! That was pretty amazing.
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