Best week of their lives, but a long week for me and their mother. We missed our little dorks, and as much as they fight and bicker with each other, the silence is unbearable when they're gone. Plus, I had no one to go outside and play with me. So girls, what was your favorite part about the week?
CG- Good answer
CG- It looks like a lot of fun, but I've only tried it once and did not do well. What kind of fish did you catch?
Drew- Bonnet heads and sharp nose sharks.
Scale-lily- Lizard fish, 6 catfish, 2 Bonnet heads and 1 Black tip.
CG- I couldn't be more proud. Here are some pictures Lily took.
Black Drum can get quite large, and will take a variety of baits. I rarely catch them on artificial lures, but occasionally on a slow moving jig. If you look at his mouth, it's turned downward and so most of the time my bust luck has been with a bottom rigged bait. A shrimp, half a Blue Crab or even clam will work, but the problem with shrimp and clams is that they both attract pinfish and puffers, who are brilliant bait thieves.
Spadefish are beautiful and quite tasty. I usually find them in schools around structure, and am usually targeting Sheepshead when I accidentally and quite pleasantly draw this card. Shrimp, fiddlers and even sand fleas work well.
We usually go after these in the surf and they are quite plentiful here in Florida. Whiting make some of my favorite table fare. It's a mild enough fish that it cooks just as well broiled as fried. They will take shrimp, sand fleas and I have taken some off squid and jigs. The sand fleas are also great bait for another one of my favorite eating fish that we take from the surf, the Pompano.
I loves me a Sheepshead sandwich, and there is art to catching them. My Great grandmother targeted these, and the way it was passed down to me was simple. Use a small, strong wire hook, weight the line down and keep the rod in your hands. You want to stay in contact with the fish and take smooth jerks up on the bite. You are not setting a hook through a plastic bait so don't rip it like you're on tour. The bite can be quite subtle and I do prefer thin wire, but I have had some of the larger Sheepshead straighten my hook into a micro harpoon. Shrimp and fiddlers, or any of the crab species wandering on the docks and the rocks work great. I have also used the flats worms with good results.
I love to watch stingrays fly through the water, but no matter how many times someone has convinced me to try them as food, I have really not enjoyed it. They are amazing animals though and according to a gentleman I was fishing with, they are the reason he no longer wades. That would be hard for me to give up, but then I haven't been stung by one yet.
Blue Crabs aren't just for breakfast any more, and there were a lot of them in the bay when I picked up the girls yesterday. That said, it inspired me to stop in at Cacciatore and Sons for some deviled crabs. You will be hard pressed to find one more packed or with crabmeat chunks that size.
Glad my babies are home, and great pics