The Hogy Citizen Science Albie Study

Hey folks, Capt. Mike here…

Thank you for checking out the Hogy Citizen Science Albie Study! We are proud to partner with Got One! – the hot new fish logging App – to learn from a dedicated “crowd” of Albie anglers (you!) on what best practices look like in terms of gear.  As you can imagine, we send a huge amount of Albie lures into service each fall. As the owner of a lure company, and father of future anglers, it’s super important to everyone here at Hogy that we do everything to preserve these awesome fish for the next generation.

Who: Anyone who fishes for albies. We hope captains and anglers alike join us in better understanding best practices for catching and releasing albies.

What: Hogy has partnered with Got One! to engineer a beautifully simple logging interface to track hook placement and release quality.  Each fish takes under 30 seconds to log.

When: Effective 10/20/2023. Phase 1 of study will go through 12/31/2023. Phase 2 Will run through 10/31/2024.

Where: Anywhere albies are caught! We know first-hand that an albie tagged near HOGY HQ on Cape Cod last fall was caught and released in Key West this spring.

Why: Modern understanding of albies is that stock levels are healthy. THAT SAID, we know surprisingly little about the species. Our take at Hogy is that we should always be conservation minded, regardless of stock status. As a manufacturer of fishing lures, that means we should be making products that facilitate best practices for a healthy release. We will directly respond to and share all data to the fishing community.

How: The three most important markers to a healthy release are:

  1. Amount of blood: From Mouth, Gills etc
  2. Hook placement: Lip, Eye, Gills etc
  3. Speed of release: How strongly the fish swims away

*Privacy: This is obviously a big deal with fishing spots…. The app saves spots on the back end as a 10-mile radius pin drop. You’ll have exact details in your account, but any science-related reporting will be anonymous and high-level, again at that 10-mile level.

We are looking for this information to correlate with: 

  1. Gear Type: Spin, Fly fishing
  2. Lure and Hook Type: Jigs, Softbait, Trebles, Singles…)

To Get “Got One!” Hogy Albie Study:

To use GotOne to contribute your catches to the Hogy Albie Survey, click HERE in your mobile browser. Clicking this link in your mobile browser will do one of two things, depending on whether you already have GotOne installed:

1. If you do not have GotOne installed, the link will take you to the GotOne page of the appropriate app store for your device (Google Play for Android, Apple App Store for iPhone) where you can install GotOne and then sign up as a GotOne user. When you install and sign up for GotOne via this URL, it will automatically enable your user account to participate in the Hogy Albie Survey.
2. If you are already a GotOne user, it will launch GotOne and enable your user account to participate in the Hogy Albie Survey going forward.

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