True Mozambique Tilapia
More than a decade ago, Todd and Kathy Overton set out on an adventure to the San Antonio River to acquire a genetic strain of true Mozambique Tilapia. Armed with a cast net and raw determination, we caught and identified enough specimens to confirm the presence of a self-sustaining population of true Mozambique Tilapia in the temperature buffered spring river water. Later, Todd Overton and Clint Wilson returned with larger cast nets and a fish truck to gather as many breeders as possible. We have been hand-selecting our true Mozambique Tilapia breeding stock for over a decade now, and we are very proud to offer you these quality fish for pond stocking and aquaponics.
Black/Gold Mixed Mozies - Overton Fisheries Signature Strain
In 2016 we introduce our unique and exclusive Black/Gold Mixed Mozies. These fish are the result of crossing the Hawaiian Gold x True Black Mozambique tilapia strains. The result is a variety of colors...some gold, some black, some peachy. Some of these Mixed Mozies are stunningly beautiful! We are proud to be a leader in progressive tilapia breeding practices, and we offer you the unique opportunity of having variety of colors of true Mozambique Tilapia for pond stocking and aquaponics.
Biological Solution for Nuisance Weeds and Algae, Excellent Forage Producer, #1 Aquaponics Choice, Fun to Catch and Great to Eat!!
Mozambique tilapia are a type African cichlid that has been stocked with much success in lakes and ponds across Texas for trophy bass production, algae/vegetation control, and diversified sport-fishing opportunities. We consider these fish as one of the most important species to stock annually for a healthy fishery. Tilapia utilize a wide variety of food sources, such as filamentous algae, planktonic algae, detritus, some types of aquatic vegetation (duckweed, watermeal, nitella), aquatic invertebrates, and pelleted fish food. By consuming filamentous algae, detritus, and nuisance vegetation, tilapia add links to the bottom of the food chain that would otherwise not exist. Since tilapia make use of natural aquatic foods that other fish can not utilize, they convert otherwise useless matter into fish biomass, and this biomass works it's way up the food chain to grow your top-end predators such as bass, catfish, hybrid stripers. Tilapia become much less active as water temps cool in the Fall. As temps drop to the mid-50s, Mozambique tilapia begin to stress and become very easy forage for predators. When temps drop below 55F, Mozambique tilapia will "cash out" and will need to be restocked the following spring.
True Mozambique tilapia are legal to stock in private Texas water without a special exotic species permit. We begin stocking our spring tilapia in March/April, and continue through Summer into the Fall. Typical stocking rates are 5-10lbs per acre in new ponds with few predators, up to 100lbs per acre for trophy bass production.