Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, May 14, 2007:
Bigger bass are showing. Here’s an interesting email: “Jay, I was fishing late afternoon Sunday with all the guys on my street. We had been getting shorts and as it usually goes one of the guys caught a 31"er. Great. Then he hooks and loses another big one in the wash after getting caught up in another’s line. Then he caught a 33"er then a 35'er and finally a 38"er. All the rest of us were lucky if we would hook up with a short but it did make it easier to fish a little harder. Even when he left, I jumped into his spot to see if was a hole or his stinky fingers. Well that’s what it must have been.”
I had reports of increased keeper hookups, both south and north.
Here’s a weakie email:”Hey Jay, Haven't had much to report other than the obvious bluefish that have approached bigger and meaner status than I am. However, the other evening I happen to find a bunch of birds working the bay picking on spearing and had the action all to myself when I raised a 27 inch weakfish 7lbs on my hand scale the fish fell victim to a green BKD. I decided to keep the fish for dinner tired of eating the blues upon filleting the stomach contents which I know you like to keep track off was 2 what appeared to be lobsters just the bodies were left tail section up to the middle part both about 5 to 6 inches long. At least I believe it to be lobsters but you may of mentioned one time the name of something else it might have been. Also have to add they smelled like a lobster. Michael.”
Those lobster are the hugely popular (to gamefish of all sorts) mantis shrimp, which are just about all tail and can get 9 inches long. When semi-digested they really do look like lobster. The mantis shrimp heavily populate the fast-moving waters where Double Creek converges with Oyster Creek, creating the channel to the inlet. They are also thick in the inlet itself, mainly those shallows where the channel swings from the south side of the inlet (near the lighthouse) over to the north side. I’ve foul-hooked them when jigging. I’ve also eaten them and they are delicious, a pure mix of a shrimp and lobster taste. I guess they’re too rare to make them marketable.The guys in Enforcement are a bit apprehensive about the enforceability of this new belly strip rule. It would be nice to allay their fears by keeping everything on the up-and-up, by carefully storing the allowable bottom-filleted fluke at the ready for inspection.