Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FL shameless lifelisting part 4 - The Keys on fire

Our second full day in the keys was spent east of Long Key. Michael, Ken, and Miciah set up early at the end of a long pedestrian bridge. Ruoxi and I decided to hang around the rocks by shore to see what small fish might be lurking. We saw sergeant majors and damselfish that we wanted to catch, but first we had to negotiate around the small snappers and grunts.

Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus) - new hook & line species #179

French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)

We were able to catch the smaller fish we had our eyes on by downgrading to a Tanago hook and fishing in the crevices between the rocks.

Sergeant Major (Abudefduf saxatilis) - new hook & line species #180

Dusky Damselfish (Stegastes adustus) - new hook & line species #181

I also caught this houndfish and made sure to get a photo showing that the dorsal and anal fins are rather long and line up with each other.

Houndfish (Tylosurus crocodilus)

We headed out to the end of the pedestrian bridge to join Michael, Ken, and Miciah. I caught another needlefish, and by looking at the fins I was able to ID it as an Atlantic needlefish. The fins are shorter with the anal fin starting forward of the dorsal fin.

Atlantic Needlefish (Strongylura marina) - new hook & line species #182

At the end of the pedestrian bridge I began working hard at catching new species with the Sabiki. It's not the most difficult type of fishing, but I experimented with every different type of structure and open water that I could think of. The variety was nothing short of amazing!

Yellow Chub (Kyphosus incisor) - new hook & line species #183

Scamp Grouper (Mycteroperca phenax) - new hook & line species #184

Leatherjack (Oligoplites saurus) - new hook & line species #185

Slippery Dick (Halichoeres bivittatus) - new hook & line species #186

Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) - new hook & line species #187

Yellowhead Wrasse (Halichoeres garnoti) - new hook & line species #188

Striped Parrotfish (Scarus iseri) - new hook & line species #189

Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus) - new hook & line species #190

Puddingwife (Halichoeres radiatus)

Redband Parrotfish (Sparisoma aurofrenatum) - new hook & line species #191

Ruoxi didn't fish quite as much as I did, but when she did she caught quite a few different species as well! She especially made everyone in the group jealous with her brilliant blue parrotfish.

Blue Parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus)

Yellow Chub (Kyphosus incisor)

Puddingwife (Halichoeres radiatus)

After dark the bite switched over to grunts and snappers. After watching other people catch these two species for a while I was able to catch one of each myself.

White Grunt (Haemulon plumierii) - new hook & line species #192

Sailor's Choice (Haemulon parra) - new hook & line species #193

Michael and I poked around back at the base of the bridge to see what might be lurking near the wall and rocks. We were hoping for moray eels, but the current was too strong to see anything. However, I did get this surprise catch, a nocturnal squirrelfish!  It was a nice bonus at the end of the most productive lifer day of my species fishing career - 16 new species of fish in total!

Squirrelfish (Holocentrus adscensionis) - new hook & line species #194

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Ben.

    I am Pablo Burchardt, I read from Argentina. I have come to your blog looking for pictures of one of my fish (Halichoeres bivittatus). I really loved your blog and especially the photos of the fish you captured, congratulations!
    I am an aquarist but also a fisherman, although what we fished here in Argentina is very different from what I have seen in your blog jejeje

    I commented on the reason why I contact you, I also have a blog / website (https://pabfishroom.blogspot.com) which is intended for fish (aquarism, fishing and scientifically since I am about to start the race of Biology specializing in Ichthyology) In my page I am creating an atlas of species (fish and invertebrates both freshwater and marine) Each species with its own tab, in each species I place your photograph. Here we come to the case, I have and I have maintained many species which I have photographed, but other species that I have not kept or I have not photographed, as is the case of H.bivittatus that is very elusive to take photos. For your listing I use photos I found from the internet, I would like to know if I could make use of his photos for the creation of my atlas. Obviously I will mention that he is the author of the photos and if you like, you could add the link of your blog.

    I leave an example of the fichas that I realize although this one in Spanish

    I hope I did not bother you, since a big greeting and thank you for your time!

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