The Spring Auction is behind us, and in keeping with a great run of recent auctions, it would appear to have been a resounding success. Lots of fish, perhaps more than past auctions, with great buyers and a great vibe all day long. We appreciate and thank everyone that made it out in the cold weather, and we hope you all went home with something really cool and new, like Electric Yellows or OB Peacocks!
We’re already moving towards the Fall Auction, which is actually November 2nd. There are a few factors that determine auction dates, primarily availability. We like to have the auction before spring, as we know how busy people get once the weather warms and our attention swings outside of our fish rooms.
We will be emphasizing some key points for the Fall Auction:
- Size of fish – Our auction rules specify a minimum size of 3/4 inch on fry, unless it is a specie that runs very small, such as a shell dweller. Even then, and inch or more is highly recommended. Bidders will perceive higher value, which equals a greater return for the seller. There were many undersized fish coming through this auction, and we will be screening bags much closer this time around. Smaller fish are far harder to acclimate after a long day in a cold bag.
- Number of bags – You may bring up to five bags of any one species. We saw some instances of more than five bags at this auction. Please bag accordingly.
- Bagging guidelines – Our auction rules provide some direction here, with double bagging or 3 mil bags recommended. Presentation is everything, and if you really want to create value for your fish, a good bagging job can go a long way, not to mention keeping the fish more comfortable and healthy. Using bigger bags can help you get a better air/water ratio and allows for easier tieing.
- TAGS – perhaps the biggest and most important issue. We recommend and encourage EVERYONE to use the Auction Seller Sheet. It will save you time, but more importantly, creates an organized, clean presentation. This not only helps the bidders, but the auction staff. Handwritten tags can be hard to read and allow for more errors. Give us a nicely printed label, and we can give you a better return for your effort. Your seller number should be your initials, and you should include contact information such as email address or phone number. You are selling fish, and as such, should be willing to provide customer service to those who buy them. If you cannot use the Seller Sheet, then please use a good ballpoint pen and PRINT your labels as legibly as possible, with complete detail as to the contents. Full scentific and common names are encouraged.
If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact any board member and we’ll be happy to give assistance.