Gray FishTag Research 2016 Annual Report

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2016 Gray FishTag Annual Review


Tag Recapture!! GFR15579 Roosterfish, Named “Ricky Ranchero”

The Roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) named “Ricky Ranchero” (Tag ID: GFR15579) was originally tagged & released by angler John Isby on April 22nd, 2016 while fly fishing with captain Israel Locero and mate Gary Bulla aboard the charter boat Luciano V, out of Bahia Muertos, Baja, Mexico.  The Roosterfish was estimated to be 24 inches (60.96 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 15 pounds. [Full Story]


We are very excited to welcome Ocean City Sunset Marina (MD) to the GrayFishTag Research program.

Sunset Marina is the first Official Research Center on the east coast of the continental USA. This is great news as it will allow us to collaboratively tag and study additional fish species in a new geographically significant region.sunset-marina-logo


Tag Recapture!! GFR9196 Atlantic Sailfish, Named “Sparky”

The Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) named “Sparky” (Tag ID: GFR9196) was originally tagged & released by angler Rick Hopkins on February 5th, 2016 while fishing with Captain Raymond Baiz and mate Justin Miller aboard the charter boat Reel McCoy, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida. The Sailfish was estimated to be 60 inches (152.4 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 25 pounds. [more]


Tag Recapture!! GFR6335 Greater Amberjack, Named “Porter Rico”

The Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) named “Porter Rico” (Tag ID: GFR6335) was originally tagged & released by angler James Brehm on December 22nd, 2015 while fishing with Captain Stan Saffan and mate Keith Delgado aboard the charter boat Therapy IV, out of Haulover Park Marina, in Miami Beach, Florida.  The Amberjack was measured to be 47 inches (119.38 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 40 pounds. [more]


Tag Recapture!! GFR6489 Great Barracuda, Named “Cap’N Dan”

The Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) named “Cap’N Dan” (Tag ID: GFR6489) was originally tagged & released by angler Daniel Kohler on December 12th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Daniel Zier and mate Garrett Frey aboard the charter boat Second Nature, out of Key West, Florida. The Barracuda was measured to be 36 inches (91.44 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 15 pounds. [more]


Tag Recapture!! GFR4524 Blacktip Shark, Named “Big James Conrow”

The Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) named “Big James Conrow” (Tag ID: GFR4524) was originally tagged & released by angler Natalie Bryant on December 2nd, 2015 while fishing with Captain Mike Arizzi and mate Kobe Dobbelaer aboard the boat The Capt Mike, out of Deerfield Beach, Florida.  The Blacktip Shark was measured at 91 inches total length and had an approximate weight of 190 pounds.

The Blacktip Shark was recaptured 14 days later on December 15th, 2016 by Captain Fred David while fishing from the charter boat Frick and Frack out of Haulover Park, North Miami, Florida.  The shark was recaptured in the waters off southeast of Biscayne Bay, approximately 61 miles south of its original tag location.  During that 14 day time period, the Blacktip Shark most likely stayed in the waters near the coral reef drop off that runs parallel to the Miami coast line.  That habitat is home to numerous small schooling fish, which is the primary food source for the Blacktip Shark.  [Full Story]


Tag Recapture! GFR6443 – Red Grouper named “Nemo”

The Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) named “Nemo” (Tag ID: GFR6443) was originally tagged & released by angler Dean Roppolo on December 3rd, 2015 while fishing with Captain Dan Bursma and mates Ray Tardiff and Jamie Snediker aboard the charter boat Gulfstream IV, from historic charter boat row in Key West, Florida.  The Red Grouper was measured at 17 in total length and had an approximate weight of 4 pounds.

The Red Grouper was recaptured on January 14th, 2016 by angler Laura Scott while fishing with the same boat, the Gulfstream IV and Captain Dan Bursma and mate Ray Tardiff, out of Key West, FloridaThe Red Grouper was at liberty in the water for 43 days until its recapture in the water around Key West, Florida.  The tag recovery location was approximately 3.6 miles away from the tag deployment location.  During that 43 day time period, the fish most likely stayed within the same local coral reef area, moving from a shallower hard bottom to a slightly deep reef at the time of recapture. At recapture, the Red Grouper had a total length estimate of 17 inches and weight of 4 pounds, which showed no change in fish size. [Full Story]


Tag Recapture! GFR1619 – Roosterfish named “Amy”

A Rooster fish originally tagged and released by the crew of Sunny One out of Los Sueños Resort and Marina was recently recaptured 330 Days later!!Los Suenos Marina Logo

The Roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) named “Amy” (Tag ID: GFR1619) was originally tagged & released by angler John Bradley on February 19th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Ishmael and mate Christian Bolanos aboard the charter boat Sunny One, from our Official Research Center Los Sueños Resort and Marina, a five star resort and marina located in Herradura, Costa Rica. [Full Story]


Tag Recapture! GFR2970 – Dolphinfish named “Walter”

The Dolphinfish was at liberty in the water for 19 days until its recapture offshore of Los Pascuales, 500 miles south of the original tagging location.

The Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) also commonly known as Dorado or Mahi, named “Walter” (Tag ID: GFR2970) was originally tagged & released by angler Kerri Persons on December 13th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Alex and mate Christian aboard the charter boat EL Nuevo, part of the RedRum Sportfishing Fleet out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Dolphinfish was estimated to be 27 inches total length and had an approximate weight of 6 pounds. [FULL STORY]


Gray FishTag is proud to announce the partnership with

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Navionics,  the leader of electronic navigation charts and systems for marine and outdoors use is now featured on the  Live Tag Feed and Live Tag Map page.  We like to thank everyone at Navionics for their help and support.


Welcome to the Gray FishTag Research Program

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We are excited to announce and welcome the latest Official Research Center of Gray FishTag Research. Pisces Sportfishing Fleet out of Cabo San Lucas, MX has joined us and we look forward working together on this fast growing and exciting project.

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Tag Recapture! GFR2411
Swordfish named “Little Scott”

Professional fishermen connect with commercial fishermen to create and advance scientific data.

The Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) named “Little Scott” (Tag ID: GFR2411) was originally tagged & released by angler Scott Dingle on July 7th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Nick Stanczyk and mate Hunter Barron aboard the charter boat Catch 22 out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida Keys.  “The swordfish was just about keeper size, so we decided to tag and release it for somebody else to catch in the future”, said Capt. Stanczyk. 

The Swordfish was recaptured approximately 195 miles north of the original tagging location on September 28th, 2015 by Captain Jackson Coate while fishing aboard his boat F/V The General.  The swordfish was at liberty in the water for 73 days until its recapture.  Captain Coate, a commercial fishermen, recaptured the Swordfish approximately 22 miles off the coast of southeast, Florida while swordfish buoy gear fishing at night. 

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Tag Recapture! GFR 1264
Bull Shark named “Clemente the Shark”

This Bull Shark was at liberty in the water for 41 days and swam approximately 650+ miles before being recaptured!

Sunday morning, September 20th, 2015, Steve Johnson and his wife Paula went out for a little snapper/grouper fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  When they got to their favorite spot, it was covered up with boats.  So Steve decided to try a new spot he heard about that was a little bit deeper.  After having lines in the water for 30 minutes, Paula Johnson hooked up with a nice big Bull Shark.  She fought the shark for about 15 minutes and once she got it to the boat, they saw the green Gray FishTag Research fish tag and realized that particular Bull Shark had been tagged as part of scientific research.  Steve took a quick measurement and cut the tag out and they released the Bull Shark unharmed.

Paula Johnson had recaptured a Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) that was originally tagged & released (Tag ID: GFR1264) by angler Jason Clemente on Autgust 11th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Mike Rodriguez and Mate Keith aboard the charter boat Therapy IV out of Haulover Inlet in southeast Florida and was named “Clemente the Shark”…

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Tag Recapture! GFR 2671
Cubera Snapper named “Rojo Fuerte”

This Cubera Snapper was one of only 3 fish that have been tagged and registered in Panama waters!!

The Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus Cyanopterus) named “Rojo Fuerte” (Tag ID: GFR2671) was originally tagged & released by angler Manny Zerzte on April 12th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Dago and Mate Berto aboard the charter boat Florida from the Tropic Star Lodge (www.tropicstar.com) in Panama.  The Cubera Snapper had an estimated total length of 28 inches and weight of 25 pounds.

>READ FULL STORY <<

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Tag Recapture!! GFR 2523- Atlantic Sailfish,
Fish Named: “Big Shirley”

Charter boat fishermen connect with recreational fishermen to advance scientific understanding of fish movements.

The Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) named “Big Shirley” (Tag ID: GFR2523) was originally tagged & released by angler Samuel on March 15, 2015, while fishing with Captain Brian Maclean and Mate Rob Carroll aboard the charter boat Dirty Fin out of Sailfish Marina in West Palm Beach Florida. When the fish was tagged, it had an estimated length of 76 inches and weight of 70 pounds. Once tagged, the Dirty Fin crew and angler released the sailfish in healthy condition.

>READ FULL STORY <<

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Tag Recapture!! GFR 2812- Bull Shark,
Fish Named: “Social Distortion”

Charter boat fishermen connect with commercial fishermen to advance scientific understanding of fish movements.

The bull shark named “Social Distortion” was originally tagged and released by angler Tyler Guidice on April 15, 2015 while fishing with Captain Chad Robert and Mate Hunter Lafever aboard the charter boat Outcast out of Haulover Inlet in southeast Florida. The bull shark was 
 at liberty for 128 days until its recapture on August 21, 2015 by Captain Jack Rice while fishing aboard his boat F/V Barker.

Captain Rice, a prominent commercial king mackerel fisherman in the area, recaptured the shark approximately 3 miles off the coast of Hobe Sound, then released 
 it in excellent physical condition. The recapture location is 81 miles north of where the tag was originally deployed.

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Tag Recapture!!  Fish Named: “JWOW”

The Pacific Black Snook (Centropomus nigrescens)

JWOW was originally tagged & released by angler Carter Drummond on June 11th, 2015 while fishing in the waters off the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Carter was fishing aboard the Captain Sky with Captain Roy Zapata and Mate Johnny from the Gray FishTag Research remote research center Marina Pez Vela. “JWOW” was at liberty for 33 days, remaining in local waters until its recapture 15.6 miles north. During the 33 days, “JWOW” exhibited no growth from the original recorded length of 32 inches. The Pacific Black Snook was recaptured by angler Andres Sibaja Sibaja on July 14th, 2015 while fishing from the beach near Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.

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The Gray FishTag Research program has been able to shatter the mold and record higher fish recapture rates thanks to the hard working professional fishermen on the water day in and day out.

The tagging and research efforts is made possible by our research centers and sponsors AFTCO, AA Video, American Fishing Wire, FECOP, Blackfin Rods, Mold Craft, Costa Del Mar, CR Primo Fishing Tackle, Shadow Graphics, Grande Alaska Lodge, Marina Pez Vela, Los Suenos.


Tag Recovery!!  Fish Named: “1st Shark”

Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis)

The Silky Shark (Tag ID: GFR5415) was originally caught on May 11th, 2015 by Mr. Jordan Scales aboard the Therapy IV out of Haulover.

Named “1st Shark”, this was one of the first shark Jordan had ever caught.  After being tagged and released in the waters off North Miami Beach, the Silky Shark was at liberty in the water for 24 days until its recapture.

During that time period, the silky shark remained in the local waters and most likely gave birth to offspring, due to a 15 lbs loss in weight from the original tagged event to recapture.  Silky sharks spawning season is in late spring (May-June).

Mr.-Chris-BealeThe Silky Shark was recaptured on June 4th, 2015 by Mr. Chris Beale and the fishing team Bowdacious from Boca Raton, Florida. 

The Gray FishTag Research program has been able to shatter the mold and record higher fish recapture rates thanks to the hard working professional fishermen on the water day in and day out. 

The tagging and research efforts is made possible by our research centers and sponsors AFTCO, AA Video, American Fishing Wire, FECOP, Blackfin Rods, Mold Craft, Costa Del Mar, CR Primo Fishing Tackle, Shadow Graphics, Grande Alaska Lodge, Marina Pez Vela, Los Suenos Resort and Marina, Crocodile Bay Resort, and The Zancudo Lodge and Resort.

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INITIAL STUDY RELEASED  – June 12, 2015

FIRST EVER ROOSTER FISH SATELLITE TAGGED “TODD FLANDERS”

In January 2015, the non-profit international and fully interactive fish tagging program, Gray FishTag Research was launched.  The program was initiated to collect information in real-time to produce valuable scientific data, directly from professional fishermen in every part of the world and made available for anyone to see at no cost.  Gray FishTag Research was launched in Los Sueños Costa Rica, the sportfishing capital of the world.

Los-SuenosOn January 22, 2015 members of the Gray FishTag Research team, Dr. David Kerstetter (Nova Southeastern University), Mr. Bill Dobbelear, and advisory board members Mr. Zsolt Szekely and Mr. Carter Takacs, successfully deployed the first ever pop-off satellite archival tag (PSAT) on a roosterfish  (Nematistius pectoralis).  The roosterfish was named in the loving memory of our friend Todd Flanders.  The sat-tag deployment took place while fishing with Captain Ishmael of “The Sunny One” and 1st Mate Christian Bolanos from our Official Research Center Los Sueños Resort
and Marina, a five star resort and marina centrally located in Herradura, Costa Rica (www.lsrm.com). Read Full Study


Tag Recapture!! Scalloped Hammerhead

The scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini)  (Tag ID: GFR2953) named Hammy was originally tagged & released in the waters off Miami Beach by Thomas Batchelor while fishing aboard the Therapy IV on 05/07/2015.  “Hammy” was at liberty for 4 days, remaining in the local waters until recapture 17.6 miles south.  During the 4 days, Hammy grew approximately 6 inches in length and 20 lbs. in weight.   “Hammy” was recaptured by Daniel Pollock fishing aboard the Therapy IV on 05/11/ 2015. 

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Thank you to our sponsors:  #CostaDelMar #AFTCO #FECOP #MoldCraft #ShadowGraphics #AAVideo #AFW #BlackfinRods

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We are proud to welcome Costa Del Mar Sunglasses as the newest sponsor of Gray FishTag Research.

“The commitment from Costa is instrumental for the continued growth of our fish tagging program,” says Bill Dobbelaer, General manager of Gray Taxidermy.

Costa Del Mar is a long time supporter of the fishing industry and advocate of fish conservation. Costa is also a longtime partner of Gray Taxidermy and its network of 10.000 Charter boat captains. The same captains now contributing the vital data pouring in to Gray FishTag Research and its scientific allies. Visit the Live Tag Feed to see the current tagging activity.

The commitment from Costa once again shows us all why the company is a leader in the Fishing eyewear industry and we are proud to have them onboard.


NEW Roosterfish Recapture

Roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) recaptured off the coast of Costa Rica.

The roosterfish (Tag ID: GFR1147) was originally caught by Mr. Robert Eshee aboard the Zancudo Lodge 2 from The Zancudo Lodge Sport Fishing on 01/15/2015.

Named “Rooster Lane”, this was one of the first fish ever tagged with a GFR tag during the launch of the program in Costa Rica. After being tagged and released at Matapalo Rock, the roosterfish was at liberty in the water for 29 days until its recapture. “Rooster Lane” remained in the area’s local waters during the 29 days where conditions favored an abundance of food items for the fish.

The roosterfish was recaptured by Mr. Todd Staley from Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica on 02/14/2015 at Lindor Rock, approximately 7.5 miles away from original tag location.


Roosterfish Recapture

Roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) recaptured off the coast of Costa Rica.
The roosterfish (Tag ID: GFR1466) was originally caught and tagged by Mark Aronson aboard the Zancudo Lodge 8 with Captain Rafael Lopez near Matapalo Rock just off the west coast of Costa Rica on Feb. 7th, 2015.

The roosterfish named  “KJ Super Bird” was measured at 47 in. and approximately 45 lbs. when tagged. After being released, the fish was at large for 47 days, during which it grew 1 in. and gained 7 lbs. in weight.

The roosterfish was recaptured 30 miles away by Charlie Ayres aboard the Typhoon I, from The Zancudo Lodge Sport Fishing, with Capt. Donald Mcguinness on Mar. 26th, 2015. New fish name: “Cornelius”

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A special thank you to all our sponsors, Research Centers, Captains and Crews and of course all the participating anglers:

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