Winner Team/Group – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-TeamCongratulations to David Flynn for winning this weeks Photo of the Week Contest for the best Team/Group photo. 

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There are all types of fishing teams out there …. the range is broad from father / son teams, friends just having a good time, to amateur and professional teams.  The “sport” of fishing doesn’t have a set path like baseball and football.  We would love to see fishing get organized to the point there are local fishing teams and clubs in every town (like baseball). A place that you can put your kids on to start with and move up the ranks every season as you age until you decide to go pro.  Simply put there are not right and wrongs for how a team is formed, how long one stays together or how much they fish.

One debatable question is What determines a professional team?  Some believe it is just money – buy your way in and the talent and the spot, etc.  We would all love to believe that raw talent can catapult you to that level.  In fact, recently we have noticed how many teams and individuals are getting sponsored to fish.  So maybe our beloved “sport” of fishing is starting to take real form like other organized sports.

We love all types of teams here at Old Salts – we just love to hear you are out fishing.  Friends, family … just have fun no matter what your skill level is.

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Winner Mahi Mahi – Old Salt Photo of the Week

00-PW-MahiThis week was a colorful week with Mahi Mahi (Dorado or Dolphin) fish being the photo of the week species.  They are known for their bright green, yellows and blues. Congratulations to Chris Campbell with a nice bull caught on “Big Whiskey” out of Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

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The Mahi Mahi or common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Also known widely as Dorado. The name mahimahi means very strong in Hawaiian.

Mahi-mahi can live up to 5 years, although they seldom exceed four. Catches average 7 to 13 kilograms (15 to 29 lb). They seldom exceed 15 kilograms (33 lb), and mahi-mahi over 18 kilograms (40 lb) are exceptional.

Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies and a single long-based dorsal fin extending from the head almost to the tail.[7] Their caudal fins and anal fins are sharply concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males.

The pectoral fins of the mahi-mahi are iridescent blue. The flank is broad and golden. 3 black diagonal stripes appear on each side of the fish as it swiftly darts after prey. Out of the water, the fish often change color (giving rise to their Spanish name, dorado, “golden”), going though several hues before finally fading to a muted yellow-grey upon death.

Mahi-mahi are among the fastest-growing fish. They spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year, and their young are commonly found in seaweed. Mahi-mahi are carnivorous, feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other forage fish. They have also been known to eat zooplankton and crustaceans.

Males and females are sexually mature in their first year, usually by 4–5 months old. Spawning can occur at body lengths of 20 cm. Females may spawn two to three times per year, and produce between 80,000 and 1,000,000 eggs per event.

In waters averaging 28 °C/83 °F, mahi-mahi larvae are found year-round, with greater numbers detected in spring and fall. In one study, seventy percent of the youngest larvae collected in the northern Gulf of Mexico were found at a depth greater than 180 meters. Spawning occurs normally in captivity, with 100,000 eggs per event. Problems maintaining salinity, food of adequate nutritional value and proper size, and dissolved oxygen are responsible for larval mortality rates of 20-40%. [8] Mahi-mahi fish are mostly found in the surface water. Juveniles feed on shrimp, fish and crabs found in rafts of Sargassum weeds. Their flesh is soft and oily, similar to sardines. The body is slightly slender and long, making them fast swimmers; they can swim as fast as 50 knots (92.6 km/h, 57.5 mph).

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Fishing Hack: Aerial Displays Caught in the Rearview

Brad KernsThis time of year always seems to be an exhilarating time of year to fish. The fronts are becoming further and further apart as summer approaches. The mornings and evenings are still cool with a slight chill in the air and the afternoon sun still tolerable. The water is electrified both inshore an off.

Inshore fish are starting to make their way out of hibernation from the bays and bayous making their way to open water. Offshore acres and acres of bait are starting to arrive along with the Pelagic species that feast on them. There’s something in the air and it’s not just the fish that feel it. I guess spring fever really does exist. Just take a look around at the marinas, ramps and not to mention the beaches they are all teaming with fisherman and boats of all types and sizes.

This is a perfect time of year for this hack as this specie is no different as it makes its way offshore to spawn. You’ve probably seen them skip in your wake on the outside of a flat in the bay or maybe as you’re running out, of one of our many passes as you skirt the outer edge of the bar heading offshore. I’m talking about that hard-hitting, little jack, known as the Florida Pompano.

I personally have become just as observant off the water as I have on. My mom always said, “beware of your surroundings.”  Well, this time it paid off! When you launch from the same ramp around the same time and same days for years you tend to see many of the same people doing the same things. After all, we too are creatures of habit. You tend to know the avid angler from the weekend warrior pretty fast. In true human nature we desire to know what the other guy is doing, how he’s fishing, how their rods or boat are rigged, etc. So we look.

One of the avid anglers I frequently see always has a few rods on the boat, no specific rigging to speak of and typically fishes alone. What I did notice time after time were rearview mirrors attached to either side of his center console. I never thought much about it at first, but it kind of got me wondering. What was he looking for, was it, Kamikaze jet skiers or runaway kite surfers, which this area is known for both. Did his mother tell him the same thing? So the curiosity finally got to me one morning as we exchanged waves.  So I walked over to ask the question, why the rearview mirrors? His answer, and the it wasn’t an afterward-approaching threat, he simply said, “Pompano.” He continued to tell me how he fishes alone and it’s the best way to see them skip his wake while running from one area to the next. Genius! I thought it truly is the simple things.

Now that you found a Pompano by its aerial display in your rearview mirror remember, where there is one there is typically many. How do you fish for them? Let the boat settle, they don’t spook as easy as other fish and are used to boat traffic and some pressure. With that said, they are a fast moving fish, typically influenced by tide. Stay with them and it’s game on! Light tackle is preferred, most of these fish are found in and near clear water. Those of you who prefer artificial baits – banana jigs, small bucktails and swim baits are among the favorites. Those of you who prefer live bait – shrimp, cut pass crab, fiddler crab and sand fleas are great. Either way just remember, size does matter. In this case think small. Due to the size of the Pompano’s mouth, which is small, they eat smaller bait.  Lastly, don’t under estimate the fight, once they gulp down your bait ….FISH ON.

So, if you’re not slow rolling out of the pass or meandering the flats, this hack is a great way to catch an aerial glimpse of these small jacks. As you’re up and running don’t let an opportunity just skip you by.

Tom Verdensky, Old Salt President

 

 

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