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Old 06-21-2004, 07:44 PM
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Isopod / Scud

I had to dig deep into the Freshwater patterns for this one 2 years ago. Found a week straight of sipping bass that would look at nothing but isopods. Thousands of them under the lights of a dock with bass milling around the surface. They are free swimming and often bait guys complain about them. I have seen them shred a 10" sand eel to the bones in about 1 minute. They are tiny, but fishable when bass are keyed in on them. Picture is from that week, Fall in Boston Harbor.
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Nice pictures, you making a book?

I used a throw net around chatham for a while and was suprised to find striped kilifish and mummichogs were the same or quite similar to shoreline baitfish in Texas. We got nesting laughing gulls instead of Herring gulls dominating some birdy islands in the Laguna in may and June. Of course its about 30 degrees warmer.

Of course they are bigger down here ; ). Caught a fundulus whatever, I'd have to say a heavy 5-6 inches a couple of days ago.

The banded kilifish, mumichog and striped kilifish are closely related. From pictures I looked at they can vary greatly.

On final review you are probably right with banded kilifish, however, banding is common with many mummichogs.

Here are some links.

http://fish.dnr.cornell.edu/nyfish/C...mummichog.html

http://www.baylink.org/lessons/25.html

http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/searc...m?SpeciesID=85

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Old 06-22-2004, 12:31 PM
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bait photos

Great collection of photographs, and excellent observations. Thank you for posting them. On Cape Ann, where you noted that pollock abound and appear dark underwater, an all-black pattern is my midsummer go-to fly for blind casting. Keep the photos, info, and insights coming.
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Great pics Shaun, I was wondering what you were doing rolling around in the marsh on saturday. I thought you maybe had a Spartina alterniflora fetish.

By the way, striper baits and their imitations would make a great book...
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:11 PM
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By the way, striper baits and their imitations would make a great book...
I am late with that. Popovic's collection of books and videos makes my pictures look like a finger painting on a pre school wall sitting next to a Monet....
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Thanks for doing this. It is very helpful. The only other good one around is Kenny Abrahms site.

If you are into tying you can't help but be interested in things like this.
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Helps me too. As soon as I get back in the water (snorkling) I will have more...
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Juvie Herring

Tis the summer, so ther are Juvie herring startng to come out of the Rivers. These pictures are not the best, but there is a key feature to be observed. This imediately caught my eye but I never see patterns with this.

They are about 2-3" long, same profile as a silverside. The swimming motion is not as stiff rigid in body like a silverside, ut not as flowy as a sand eel if that makes sense. One of the photos shows the body motion a bit.

What stands out is they ALL have a bright yellow or gold sack where there stomach should be. Not an egg yolk sack, but more of a mid body, ound ball that glows bright in the sun. Not sure if it was the actual stomach but same general area. More than any other part of thier body. They also have a large black eye. Really stands out. The rest of thier body is nondescript at best.

These are slow wimming fish, I am slow in the water and had no trouble staying along side them when they flee. They swim in a consistant uniform manor, in generaly straight lines. No jerky pattern.

Next time I will get a better close up...
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Shaun- Nice pics of the juvie herring, I tie a lot of flies to immitate those guys as bass really love them. Nver thought of the sac though, thats fairly new to me. Once those guys have been in the harbor for a while they begin to look like a oceanic, only miniature. Keep your eye on those guys if you find a school in one spot for days at a time, in about 3 weeks they will be 4-5 inches and perfect size for the sabiki rigs, they make awesome livebaits....also SICK livechum for the fly rod, I have gotten epic feeds on these guys going.
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Added some more Sand eel stuff....
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Great pix - have any taken from below the fish?

Just wondering what the fish see when they are lookin' up??!! Is it just a dark profile? Can they see flash, white, dunno.

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Next time I am in the water with some bait I will get some shots looking up. My gues is black silouettes, but I will confirm with the camera. Probably later thios fall when peanuts are in better numbers on the North shore.
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Great compendium and much appreciated! Inspires me to take more pictures, I am always out with the net catching stuff with my girls...
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Early Spring bait along the NE coast but will stay through the fall. Pics are from Buzzards bay in mid Sept. The color changes are electric. Eyes are obviously the most dramatic feature. Mostly clear with red and orange spots. Otherwise Red, with brown spots. They come in all sizes and shapes..

Video of color http://reel-time.com/forum/showthrea...412#post100412
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