Bites and Nibbles - News Sept. 9th

Bite #1.)Spiders Eating Fish Twice Their Size

Spiders are known for nabbing insects, but many spider species frequently go fishing too, and researchers have the photos to prove it.

A new study in the journal PLoS ONE shows these fish-eating spiders all over the world. Most are semi-aquatic species that usually dwell at the fringes of shallow freshwater streams, ponds or swamps, keeping an eye out for a fish dinner.

1--kentucky-fish-eating-spider-670x440Spider takes a fishy meal.

The spider Dolomedes tenebrosus was photographed devouring a Creek Chub on the banks of Bullskin Creek near Brutus, Kentucky, according to lead author Martin Nyffeler, a zoologist and spider expert from the University of Basel.

Nibble #2.) Gigantic X-Files Shrimp

It's not every day that an ordinary fishing trip turns into an encounter with an oversized alien-like sea creature, but that's what happened recently to one Florida fisherman.

Steve Bargeron was fishing off a dock in Fort Pierce last week when a couple fishing nearby pulled up what Bargeron described as an "alien creature." The couple wasn't interested in keeping the strange, lobster-like animal, which was flopping its tail wildly. So the curious fisherman took a few photos and then threw the critter back into the water. (Let's see that spider eat that puppy!).

alien-mantis-shrimp-florida-3"Men In Black" have a shrimp on the barbie.

It could be a mantis shrimp, but so far no one is sure ... there is a power plant nearby! Gawd-zee-waa!

Bite # 3.)National and International Fisheries Management

The world of modern fisheries management is a complex and oftentimes contentious environment. Many of our favorite recreational fisheries are imperiled due to habitat degradation and commercial overfishing. Sadly, recreational fishing interests often take a backseat to commercial fishing practices. The reason for this is simple. Commercial interests are much better represented on management and political levels. Recreational fishing as an ecologically friendly and economically viable alternative to unsustainable commercial fishing is a relatively new concept. Thus, it is vital that recreational anglers are represented during the fisheries management decision making process. Fisheries managers need to be shown that recreational fishing is a growing and vibrant entity of its own that has considerable participation and economic impact globally. This cannot be done without active participation and interaction with fisheries management.

Part II -- Circle Hook Research

This study evaluates the performance of two types of non-offset circle hooks (traditional and nontraditional) and a similar-sized J-hook commonly used in the south Florida recreational live-bait fishery.

circle-hookIn Florida, law requires non-offset circle hooks when fishing for reef fish in Gulf waters.

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Nibble # 4.)Two Albinos and a Gold Lobster

The odds of catching one Albino lobster in a week are 30 million-to-one. The odds of catching two Albinos in one week are incalculable. And then ... within the same week ... a Midas Lobster!

1410058282000-AP Albino Lobster 001A golden lobster flanked by two albinos: Johnny and Edgar Winter.

Bite # 5.) Sweep a Bass into Your Boat

In the olden days we used to "noodle" for cats and such. Now this guy comes along in a kayak and sweeps a buzz bait at six inches from the tip of his rod and wham, bam, a fish? No casting necessary. In Florida you do not need a fishing license if fishing with a cane pole in the county you reside. Think about it, one cane pole, a bank and strumming your tip across the waters in playing up some bass! In the meantime, watch as Mike here shows us a method that to the best of our knowledge nobody has ever tried. A new method to catch a largemouth bass?

largemouthNo need to cast -- sweep those Bass up.

Sounds can often scare fish and at other times, sounds produce strikes (it's what makes a bass hit a topwater). I believe that between the rod tip bouncing across the water in tune with the buzz bait gets the bass to produce an anger strike! I'm sure that after watching this short piece you'll try it yourself. I wonder how many bass tourneys will be won this way in the future? We will see. Join Mike on a little outing where he catches bass in a most unconventional way.

Nibble #6.) Red Grouper Fishing Season Extended

NOAA Fisheries is implementing an in-season adjustment to the Red Grouper recreational fishing season that changes the closure date from September 16, 2014, toOctober 4, 2014, based upon updated landings. With this adjustment, the Red Grouper recreational season will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, October 4, 2014 and remain closed until January 1, 2015, unless changed in subsequent rulemaking.

redgrouper3We have more time to catch Red Grouper. Yee-hah.

The recreational Red Grouper daily bag limit will remain at three fish per day. This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.


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