"Don't bug me, I'm fishing."
One of the attractions of being at the camp is fishing any time the urge hits you.
Wanna' fish at 2:38 am?
No problem, just step out on the deck and cast a line.
We didn't catch a lot of fish on this visit, but we SAW a lot of fish. The most likely fish to be caught and kept for eating at camp would be the seatrout clan. Early in the morning, seatrout could be seen cruising the camp perimeter hunting the spottail pinfish that clustered around the pilings.
I hope the seatrout had better luck catching pinfish than we did trying to catch seatrout, because mostly, they eluded us.
We did catch some interesting fishes while trying to catch trout though.
Needlefish like the pretty little thing above were omnipresent around the camp. They cruise in schools barely beneath the surface snatching up any small creature that floats past. They are beautiful underwater with their silvery sides flashing and their effortless movement.
This one is just posing for a quick picture and was released unharmed.
Lizardfish like this toothy guy are common in shallow Gulf waters like the area surrounding the camp. They are ambush predators who specialize in lightning fast strikes from their hidden location in the grass or sand.
While snorkeling for scallops last year, I watched a big lizardfish take a pinfish and gulp it down right before my eyes. He zipped out of the grass and grabbed the fish I was watching, adjusted it so the head was pointing inward, and then gulped it down. A big lizardfish is only about 16 inches long, most are smaller, so they may look scary, but lucky for us they are a small fish.
I let this one go after he smiled for the picture.
I couldn't get this cormorant to smile ( or IS he?), but I have a feeling he's laughing at our feeble attempts to catch the fish that he outswims on a regular basis.
Sorry ... I'll go wash my mouth out with soap now ...