Happy Thursday everyone!
It’s hard to believe the rest of the state and most of the country is experiencing a heat wave with all the cold and damp air we’ve been experiencing here on the coast. This same cold wind has been keeping the seas large and therefore not a lot of fishing has been going on lately. It looks like this coming weekend will be a nice one though, with light wind, clear sunny skies and fish to be caught.
The few weather windows where we’ve been able to sneak out for a few hours has produced good catches with an amazing grade of rockfish and a lot of crab.
Salmon remains slow with a day or two here and there of decent catches, but just as soon as it turns on it seems to die off. We need just a little rain to get the salmon fishery going with any consistency.
Crabbing on the docks is good and there are good catches to be had in the bay as well. Call us any time for updates on this or any other information at (541) 888-FISH.
A few weeks ago Matt Ledoux from the Fishermen’s Wharf here in Charleston came by in his dive suit (Matt also owns and operates Fishermen’s Wharf Dive Services and wasn’t just trying to make a fashion statement) to show me the thousands of tiny, inch long critters he was covered in. Matt was doing some commercial diving on a fishing vessel when untold thousands of sea critters decided to make him their new home.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Men In Black you’ll remember the strange worm like creatures that hung around the coffee maker and I can’t help but see the resemblance to these characters. It turns out that these little creepy crawly things were skeleton shrimp.
Skeleton shrimp aren’t really shrimp but a crustacean known as an amphipod. These amphipods are related to our sand fleas or “beach hoppers.” The skeleton shrimp will use its legs to attach itself to algae or eel grass and moves about in an inchworm like fashion to feed on microscopic plant matter and rotting organic matter known as detritus. These animals also will ambush hunt smaller prey such as larval crustaceans in a very praying mantis-like manner. Sitting still with its arms poised to reach out and grab an unsuspecting victim it takes only a moment for the skeleton shrimp to strike out and grab their prey.
In addition to being hunters and gatherers some female skeleton shrimp will kill their mate after mating (If you are a male skeleton shrimp and you are reading this, STAY SINGLE; it’s not worth the risk). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; there’s no end of creatures to discover here in our backyard.
Whether you’re brushing off skeleton shrimp or fishing in the bay I hope to see you out there!
Rob Gensorek is the owner of Basin Tackle www.basintackle.com in the Charleston Marina and can be reached by phone at 541-888-FISH, by Facebook at Basin Tackle Charleston, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Robs fishing reports can be heard daily on several radio stations and his Basin Tackle Outdoor Show can be heard Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. at kwro.com. In addition to all this he sometimes actually gets out and catches a fish or two.