Location:North River, Doboy Sound. When I first caught these, they looked more like little balls of snot with eyes (see picture below) out of the water when they aren’t all puffed up. I had no idea what I was looking at. These are the juveniles of the Striped Burrfish, which are much more easy to recognize as adults. They can grow up to 25 cm and are common in estuaries and coastal lagoons from North Carolina down to Brazil.
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No word from Ellis Marine yet about my trailer. I realized too late that maybe it would have made more sense just to see what they had for sale there. We spent our time getting data ready for analysis, in hopes that we are going to be able to finish this round. Matt has been learning ArcGIS in the process, which is a great. In the afternoon we went to one of the local fishing spots where Matt observed mostly
Disaster. Yesterday, we trawled at Jekyll Creek (the stretch of water east of Jekyll Island). It is very shallow for most of the water and thus very tricky. At one point I was in water that was less than 2 feet and almost to the center of the channel. This is why I do my research on rising tides, close to the high tide mark. At least, for now. Other than a few dicey moments where the motor began kicking
Location: Altamaha River, Altamaha Sound. This juvenile is 8 mm long (standard length), but can grow to 7.6 cm. They use suction like disk on its belly to cling to oyster shells and grasses. Game Fish: No
This cool little fish has a sand-paper texture skin. Adults grow up to 27 cm. It is wide ranging Atlantic species, though it’s juveniles may use shallower, weedier areas for refuge. Game Species: In some parts of its range it is desirable. It is generally not targeted in the USA.
Well, began. Over three months ago. My intentions had been to share regular updates of field life from beginning to end, but best laid plans, choosing a provider, host, fiddling with themes and a layout (which I am still not happy with), yada, yada, yada, excuse-ad-nauseaum. It didn’t happen. So, I’m a little late. I’ll give a quick briefing on what has happened SINCE we began March 31, 2014. We began trawling (Link Coming) in March. We had three trawls