Winner Flounder Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-FlounderFrankie Coronado of Katy, Texas is the newest winner of our Old Salt Photo of the Week.  He won the Flounder week with his first flounder catch of 17″ and caught it with his Snoopy pole!  Too cute and way to go! I’m sure he is going to be hooked on fishing for life.

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Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

Some of the better known species that are important in fisheries are:

  • Northwestern Pacific

Eye migration

In its life cycle, an adult flounder has two eyes situated on one side of its head, while at hatching one eye is located on each side of its brain. One eye migrates to the other side of the body as a process of metamorphosis as it grows from larval to juvenile stage. As an adult, a flounder changes its habits and camouflages itself by lying on the bottom of the ocean floor as protection against predators. As a result, the eyes are then on the side which faces up. The side to which the eyes migrate is dependent on the species type.

Habitat

Flounder ambush their prey, feeding at soft muddy areas of the sea bottom, near bridge piles, docks and coral reefs. A flounder’s diet consists mainly of fish spawn, crustaceanspolychaetes and small fish. Flounder typically grow to a length of 12.5–37.5 centimeters (4.9–14.8 in), and as large as 60 centimeters (24 in). Their width is about half their length. Male Platichthys are known to display a pioneering spirit, and have been found up to 80 miles off the coast of northern Sardinia, sometimes with heavy encrustations of various species of barnacle.

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Tripletail Winner – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-TripleTailCongratulations to Billy Alstrom for winning the Tripletail photo of the week!  What a catch and the expression on his face says it all.  He caught this fish on the west coast of Florida off of Anna Maria Island under a crab bouy. She weighed 24lbs and was 31″ long with a 28 ” girth. If your wondering what he is looking at, I’m pretty sure he is thanking the lord!!

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Florida Tripletail Will More Than Double Your Dining Pleasure

By: Peter Miller, Bass 2 Billfish

It may not be pretty, but the fish with what looks like three tails is beautiful to eat, especially when preparation is kept simple.

I once overheard two anglers talking about the succulence of the tripletail. One remarked he would release a grouper and fistfight a heavyweight champ for one of these delicious fish.

The tripletail is difficult to classify in Florida’s sport fish categories. You can’t go to your local tackle shop and buy a tripletail edition rod and reel, and rarely do you see it adorning T-shirts or caps. But what the tripletail lacks in recognition, it more than makes up for on the table.

Another Gulf Coast angler once told me that you could throw a tripletail filet in the mud, drag it behind the car on the way home and it would still taste good. The point is that any cook, whether culinary novice or professional, will find tripletail easy and worthwhile to prepare.

The tripletail gets its name from its elongated dorsal and anal fins, which are almost as long as the tail fin, making it appear to have three tails. The tripletail inhabits inshore, nearshore and offshore waters and often is found near floating weed lines, crab traps, channel markers and other structure.  The tripletail is found in Florida waters primarily during spring, summer and fall.

The most challenging way to catch tripletail is by sight fishing, by looking for “floating” fish – especially around weed lines or a line of lobster or crab trap buoys. Anglers aiming to land one of the tastiest fish in Florida will run on plane down trap lines looking for the telltale brown dishrag shape of a floating tripletail. I am often amazed at how tripletails seem to think they are completely hidden from predators, even though they stand out for anglers with a sharp eye. You can also catch tripletail around shallow structure, but may often be beaten to the punch by other wreck- and reef-dwelling fish.

When sight fishing for tripletail, try a live shrimp pegged to a small No. 1 or No. 2 circle hook, with a length of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. It is usually best to approach tripletail from down current and downwind, letting the bait drift naturally toward them. Fly anglers will find tripletail a great sport fish –  tough fighters on eight- or nine-weight rods. Small brown crustaceans imitating flies or naturally hued baitfish patterns will usually draw strikes.

The tripletail’s meat is white, sweet and flaky, similar to a prime rib cut of grouper. When it comes to preparing them, less is more. Simply pan sauté, broil or bake. Or, to take it to the next level, add a little butter, lemon, flat leaf parsley and freshly ground pepper – and consider pairing your tripletail entrée with a side of grilled zucchini dressed in a marinade of olive oil, fresh ground pepper and kosher salt. Resist battering or grilling the tripletail; the flavor of this savory fish can shine through on its own.

Article was found here: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/fishing/articles/2012/september/2323-florida-tripletail-will-more-than-double-your-dining-pleasure.html

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Best SNOOK Winner – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-SNookCongratulations to Cliff Gilchrist for winning the BEST SNOOK Old Salt Photo of the Week.  This week was a difficult week to win we had quite a few photos entered this week.  We all fell in love with the Dolphin photo bomb in the picture.  How awesome was that photo capture.

Cliff will be winning our Old Salt Prize pack full of goodies.  Everyone needs to keep submitting photos, every week we change the species up and we judge the photos based on the quality of the photo and the how well the subject matter is captured.

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Last week we had the Mad Snooker (Capt. Dave Pomerleau) out to give us a seminar on How to catch a Snook.   What an entertaining and very informative seminar.  He shared his master techniques that he has proven over time with a great catch record.  To check Capt. Dave out – click here.

Here is another great article to read:  How to Catch Snook in the Mangroves, written by the staff at SGF (Snook and Gamefish Foundation)

It all looks ‘snooky’ but it’s not. Picking  the best spots to spend your fishing time isn’t all luck.Nearly every coastal Florida backcountry has miles of red mangrove shoreline at the water’s edge; it all looks “snooky” but it’s not.  So how do you determine where to fish?  First, are there baitfish along the shoreline?  Are there birds? Birds of prey don’t waste much time in a wasteland.  In the absence of birds, ar the mangrove leaves splotched with white?  That would be bird guano.  So at least birds do frequent the spot from time to time.

Is there tidal current?  Finally, is there enough depth for snook at aleast during high tide?  Is there a sharp undercut mud bank? If all of these conditions are present, you may have found a snook spot.  And three out of four isn’t bad!  …… READ MORE

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