MACCtag tags come stapled to a registration cards with the tag’s corresponding numbers written on them. Please use your tags in numerical order.
Load your tagging needle prior to fishing. When loading the needle, make sure the tag goes in far enough to have the point inside the angle of the needle.
Tag the fish at the dorsal fin high up on the shoulder.
Hold needle so the angle of the needle is parallel with the fish. The tag’s dart should be facing down against the fish. Use your index finger on top of the needle to control the depth. Push the needle in about 1”-1 ¼” and withdraw.
Punch the registration card for length, month, and date using the tagging needle then record your name, the general location the fish was caught (i.e. Casco Bay, Saco Bay, Kennebec River Etc.) and the angler’s name if you are guiding clients, or fishing with family or friends.
Reload needle and replace the cap so you are ready to tag your next striper.
Return your tagging data to MACCtag’s program coordinator Fred Bogue either by sending in your cards or sending a spreadsheet. In the event of a return, please provide the tagger’s contact info or keep an accurate record yourself.
It is important to tag and release your fish quickly. With practice you will develop a routine that is fast and efficient.
Fred is available to assist you should you have any questions or want a demonstration on tagging.
10 Terhune Drive
Phippsburg, ME 04562
609-410-5142 voice or text
Thank you for participating in MACCtag!
Thank you to the Coastal Conservation Assn. of Maine for their financial support of MACCtag.