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With 'Fish Attractors,' Wildlife Officials Make It Easier For Local Anglers To Catch More Fish

Rebekah Nelson
An FWC Biologist is installing fish attractors at Deer Point Lake

Florida wildlife officials are trying to make it easier for local recreation anglers to catch fish in a Bay County lake.

Marked by white buoys, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Bekah Nelson says biologists recently installed what’s called “fish attractors” in four different areas of Deer Point Lake.

“They serve a few purposes, including aggregating fish, improving catch rates for fishermen and just give them somewhere to focus,” said Nelson.

Nelson says the particular fish attractors put into Deer Point will provide a place for insects and minnows to hide—which sport fish, like bass and bream, depend on for food.

So, what do these fish attractors look like?

“The brush pieces—limbs, trees, stuff like that—they’re going to be attached to these concrete cinder blocks…then we submerge them into the lake,” added Nelson. “So, the ones in Deer Point Lake are 8½- to 12-feet-deep.”

For more information on fish attractors around the state, visit the FWC website.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.