Frankie 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.
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:
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.
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, crustaceans, polychaetes 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.
Congratulations 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!!
Florida Tripletail Will More Than Double Your Dining Pleasure
Congratulations 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.
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