Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prehistoric Fish Sets Record

University researchers claim that they have identified the fish with the sharpest teeth ever recorded! The good news is that you're unlikely to land one because it's apparently been extinct for about 500 Million years!

According to a team of scientists from Monash University and the University of Bristol fish called Conodonts, a group that first appeared around 500 million years ago, were easily able to bite through the animal’s food despite measuring only a millimeter in length.

The fragile nature of the tiny fossil remains of animals that died out more than 200 million years ago meant scientists had to create virtual 3D models of the material using x-rays from a particle accelerator in Japan before they could conduct thorough research.

“Evidence suggested the conodonts were the first vertebrates to develop teeth,” said Dr. Alistair Evans of Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences, a co-author on the study. “Conodonts had no other skeleton than the teeth in their mouths. These came together a bit like scissors, to slice up food.”

Read more about the sharpest fish teeth ever here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fishing For Perch Landbased

Vicki Lear shares Estuary Perch Secrets t the Shimano Shack

Many find land based fishing Australia's Estuary Perch (or EPs as they are known) incredibly frustrating and others simply overlook them as a target species but they are good fighting fish and make excellent eating.

If you're looking for the best way to catch Estuary Perch, take a look at this article by seasoned hand Vicki Lear at the Shimano Shack. Vicki knows her stuff and her advice on not just where to catch Estuary Perch but what are the best lures to catch Estuary Perch and the best fishing gear to use for Estuary Perch reads like a very short Estuary Perch fisherman's bible.

Take a look at the full Estuary Perch Secrets here.

For more technical information, take a look at  Native Fish Australia says about Estuary Perch: