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|Posted: Fri Aug 19th, 2016 01:31 pm||
Dr halibut hoffman
|Thanks guys..Very interesting. I'm shocked at how slow the poenskoppe grew when I read the recaps from the last two newsletters. I knew they grew slow, I've bitched a few times here at guys for keeping fish but you know how it is with a fish brought up from the deep, you need to be prepared with a deep release weight to get it down otherwise it is stuffed..But anyway I can't believe how slow they really grow, I had no idea.
06/10/1995 Cintsa River area (Tkei) 590mm J. Lentz 28/05/2014 Offshore, Glenmore (KZN) 845mm D. Liebenburg 314 6809
255 The longest recorded distance and time at liberty
for a poenskop highlighting the slow growth rate
of this species
Copied from the newsletter, that is a growth of 255mm (25.5cm) in 18.5 years! An average of 13mm a year!! Jeepers. That fish could have been 60 years old already and isn't even yet one of the trophy fish you see people have caught. On my conversion tables that is a fish of about 17 kg. The species gets up to 40 kg.
27/12/1997 Kasouga, Port
John White 10/07/2015 Port Edward (KZN) ?
455 6 404
? Second longest recorded
distance and time at
liberty for a poenskop
highlighting the slow
growth rate of this species
That fish is at least 17/18 years old and is only of 6.24kg of mass. From my tables that is a fish of about 60cm. Like I said I can't believe it. But there it is, the data does not lie. In shock. I would have figured a 6kg reef fish like that would be maybe 6 years old. 17/18 years I would never have guessed.This fish is approaching the size of sex change to a male.
Last edited on Fri Aug 19th, 2016 01:57 pm by Dr halibut hoffman