Ok, since I started ranting about fishing, here’s a good story.
I went fishing once with Michael Pryor, whom you might know as the president of Fog Creek Software. We went on the Dorothy B VIII for a half day of fluke fishing.
The trip wasn’t going well. The boat was a bit crowded, there was an obnoxious redneck with a loud kid right next to us. And neither of us were catching anything. Well, actually I caught two really big skates. But skates are not fun to catch. It was still nice to be able to get some fresh air, fish and talk, but I was afraid Michael was regretting taking the train all the way from Manhattan to Sheepshead Bay for that.
Exactly the second the captain announced “lines up, let’s go home” Michael got a bite. And caught the biggest damn fluke on the entire boat, effectively winning the pool for the biggest fish. Fishing on that boat for years, I never caught a fluke that big.
The secret, is of course luck, but in addition, we were both fishing with a special kind of a bucktail called the Atomic Bullet. A bucktail is a sinker with a hook attached to it. I never liked those, but I’ve been hearing that the biggest flukes were caught on that. And it looks like that’s true. I’ll be using those this season.
P.S. If you know of any good fishing blogs, please let me know.
Bought this can of tuna a few days ago because I liked it’s graphic design. The tiny legend below “no dolphin” sign is very informative. And I did not know that Tongol is a type of tuna.
Went fishing on Pastime Princess. This time, besides a single skate and a few cunners I caught no throwback fish. I did catch three fat porgies and half a dozen sea bass. The one tog that I caught was short (under 14 inches) :(
What sucked, was that the captain had trouble positioning the ship over shipwrecks (that’s where all the fish are) all morning. Finally, in the very last hour he anchored the ship correctly and people were catching “double headers” (two fish at a time) , but then it was time to go.
And now it’s time for a game show! Let’s play “What the heck is this fish?”
Ah, there is not much mystique in the Sargasso Sea. No stuck ships, no monsters. I have one connection to it though – the humble sand eel, that is used as a bait for striped bass, goes to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. The fry spend about a year getting back to the coast, just to be eaten by the bass.
Ok, maybe not at the end of forever, but definitely under the train overpass at Sheepshead Bay station.
These new led powered traffic lights are so damn bright (that’s what that red thing in the left corner is).
Oh, and of course, it rained like crazy.
This is a Sea Robin. Not the submarine, not the bird. Not this bird. The fish. Most fishermen consider it a throwback fish, but it is actually edible, and if properly prepared, pretty tasty.