At the swing bridge,The game warden showed up and checked my stringer and licience. Its funny how every one but me decided it was time to leave when he showed up. He is a new warden who patrols Port Isabel and South Padre so be prepared to get checked anywhere in that area. At the swing bridge I caught one more nice speck and a fat mangrove snapper. We caught several undersized snook, specks, mangroves and a few piggies. I also caught this strange looking fish.
The best I can tell, this is the fish. It is called a Lookdown fish.
OTHER NAMES: Jorobado, Horse-head
RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
HABITAT: Lookdown and Moonfish may be found nearly anywhere in shallow coastal waters, but are most common around bridge and dock pilings,
navigation markers, and in channels and canals, where they frequently gather under shoreside lights at night.
DESCRIPTION: Both the Lookdown and the Atlantic Moonfish, Selene setapinnis, are flat, silvery fish of similar size, appearance and habits. Moreover, they are often found in company with each other, which adds to the angler's confusion. The Lookdown has a sloping, concave head and long streamers, running off the dorsal and anal fins. These streamers, however, are not nearly so long and flowing as those of the juvenile African Pompano. The head of the Moonfish is less blunted than that of the Lookdown, and all its fins are short.
SIZE: Both run from hand size to more than 1 pound. World record 4 pounds, 10 ounces.
FOOD VALUE: Excellent panfish.
GAME QUALITIES: Both are aggressive strikers and spirited fighters for their size.
TACKLE AND BAITS: When a good spot has been identified, ultralight or very light spinning and fly tackle provides the most sport. Both fish are good strikers on small jigs and tiny plugs. They also take live minnows and shrimp, but don't much care for dead baits.
FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Still Fishing.
Here is the stringer I ended up with. Notice my daughter in the pic holding her nose. Just a little FYI. The big speck had a 10+ inch ballywhoo in it, head first. Big baits catch big trout.
All in all it was a good day. I met a few more fellow fishermen and got to put a little fish in the frig.Until next time.
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Great report. I have seen the fish you caught at the Marine World aquarium. They are a schooling fish. They had them displayed in a huge cylindrical tank and they swam in a tight circle around the perimeter of the tank. The ocean is filled with marvelously diverse creatures![/font]