Start working on those crab patterns...(weak stomachs beware)
So one of the projects going on in the research lab is a dietary study on spiny dogfish (one facet of a much bigger project). This morning I was in the lab helping dissect the stomachs from bony fish so that we could get a better idea of dogfish competition. Several Striper stomachs were in the group and one of them (see picture) had a whopping 34 rock crabs and a butterfish! Out of all the Striper stomachs, the primary component was rock crab followed by butterfish and one contained what we believe to be a Hake (pretty well digested). So if you had any doubts about how many crabs Stripers eat this picture should get rid of them!
"Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after" -Henry David Thoreau