UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

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KIDS CLUB ANIMALS | FRESHWATER CRAYFISH

KIDS CLUB ANIMALS | FRESHWATER CRAYFISH
Freshwater crayfish

FRESHWATER CRAYFISH

Crayfish, also known as crawfish, are a freshwater crustacean that look similar to a mini lobster.  They are invertebrates, meaning they do not have a backbone.  However, they do have a armor like exterior called an exoskeleton, or shell.  There are over 500 species of crayfish found on earth and almost 400 of them live in North America, mostly in the United States.    

Crayfish grow to about seven inches in length as a mature adult, although some can grow larger.  They live most of their lives in the water and are able to breathe underwater through their gills.  They spend most of their time on the bottom of the waterway they live in, and mostly feed on small aquatic animals or aquatic plants, both living and decomposing.  To search for food, crayfish can walk on the bottom by using ten legs (pair of claws and 4 pairs of walking legs) and their antennae to taste the water and food around them.  If they need to avoid a predator, they can use their large fan shaped tail to quickly swim backward and escape danger.  

Crayfish have been around for a long time.  The oldest fossil on records shows that crayfish have been around for thirty (30) million years.  Since they have been around for so long, it is clear they are very good at adapting to their surroundings.  They will often change colors as the seasons change, going from a dark green, to dark green and orange, and even dark green and blue.  

Since crayfish live in a lot of the same habitat as gamefish, they are a favorite meal for many species of fish.  Crayfish are often eaten by largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, trout and pike.  Also, humans also eat a lot of cooked crayfish - over 50,000 tons per year.  

 

HABITAT:  Rocky bottoms, gravel bottom, swamps, sandy bottoms, underwater caves

RANGE: Worldwide

LIFESPAN: 2 to 4 years

CLASSIFICATION: Crustacean

DIET: Omnivore

NICKNAMES: Crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobster, mudbugs, yabbies

FUN FACT: The Crayfish is the official crustacean of the state of Lousiana. 

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Santee Cooper Midday Update – Day 1

Santee Cooper Midday Update – Day 1

If ever there was a day for sight-fishing on Santee Cooper, today is it. All that’s missing so far has been the fish. Despite a forecast of clouds and wind, day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeast Division finale presented by Power-Pole on the South Carolina fishery has been nothing but blue skies, sunshine and little wind. Hence why a vast majority of the anglers we ran into out on the water today were trying to sight-fish.  READ MORE »

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

The Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale began this morning at Santee Cooper, where even though fishing has been tough, everyone expects to see mega-bags brought to weigh-in. The bass are nearly done spawning, but a strong shad spawn in the mornings offers real potential. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Santee Cooper - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Santee Cooper - Day 1

A 20-pound bag didn’t even guarantee a top-15 standing, and FLW Tour rookie and local Bradford Beavers showed off a bit of his Santee prowess to the tune of 31 pounds, 2 ounces. Running 20 years of history and a few secrets, he grabbed a 5-pound lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »

Beavers Blasts 31 on Santee

Beavers Blasts 31 on Santee

Forty-two limits of more than 16 pounds crossed the weigh-in stage on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole on Santee Cooper, and 16 of those limits weighed at least 20 pounds. Yet, as impressive as a 20-pound limit is, it’s still a long way away from Bradford Beavers’ leading weight of 31 pounds, 2 ounces. Beavers’ mega-bag has him in the lead by 5 pounds over Todd Olds. Tennessean Daniel Taylor leads all co-anglers with 17-9. READ MORE »

2019 Lake Chickamauga Preview

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Lake Chickamauga in east Tennessee is a big-bass playground where anglers regularly catch trophy fish that surpass 10 pounds. In early May, it'll host the FLW Tour for the third time in six years. Previous events were held in June, so this stop promises to offer a different look at the Chick. READ MORE »

The Miles Burghoff Master Plan

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Miles Burghoff is in a rare position. He’s a rookie on the FLW Tour, and he’s leading the 2019 Angler of the Year race with two tournaments left to fish. Traditionally, the AOY frontrunners are veteran pros in the prime of their careers, not rookies who are often still trying to learn their way around a full season of Tour competition. Burghoff, however, isn’t your traditional rookie. READ MORE »

Backlash with Jordan Osborne

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FLW Tour pro Jordan Osborne discusses life in Texas, the business of running a pawnshop and how, as a self-taught bass angler, he's leaned on his competitive drive to overcome the doubters in his quest to make it at the highest levels of tournament bass fishing. READ MORE »

The History of the Drop-Shot

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Big Weights Expected at Santee Cooper

Big Weights Expected at Santee Cooper

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Lanier Makes Right Calls on Sinclair

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Justin Lanier of Macon, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog division tournament on Lake Sinclair. Lanier earned $4,399 for his victory. READ MORE »

Joyce Claims Kerr Title

Joyce Claims Kerr Title

Keith Joyce of Apex, North Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont division tournament on Kerr Lake. Joyce earned $7,254 for his victory. READ MORE »

Kicker Makes the Difference for Clark

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Randall Clark of Little Rock, Arkansas, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie division event on Lake Hamilton presented by Geared. Clark earned $3,901 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Smith Flips Senko on Toledo Bend

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Ken Smith of Dallas, Texas, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy division tournament on Toledo Bend. Smith earned $8,303 for his victory. READ MORE »

FLW Tour Set to Visit Lake Chickamauga for Sixth Event of Season

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Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer represents Green Pond Landing and Event Center (on Lake Hartwell) with logos on his boat and jersey, and, with Hartwell serving as Latimer’s home lake, he’s being honored with a press conference on April 22 at Green Pond Landing to celebrate his recent success. READ MORE »

Review: iRod Genesis II Legit’s Finesse Swimmer

Review: iRod Genesis II Legit’s Finesse Swimmer

Built to FLW Tour pro Aaron Britt’s specifications, the iRod Genesis II Legit’s Finesse Swimmer rod is a mid-priced spinning rod that’s specifically designed for tossing small swimbaits on light heads. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys with Two to Go

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The top 40 pros in the 2019 FLW Tour standings qualify to fish the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton Aug. 9-11. For about a dozen pros, the final two events of the season will decide whether they make it in or out. READ MORE »

How to Choose a Swim Jig for Bushes

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Top 10 Patterns from Cherokee Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Cherokee Lake

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Smith Mountain Lake Set for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

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