Archives: May 2007 - April 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sun Anemone Shrimp

   I found this Sun Anemone shrimp hiding on the underside of a Golden Sun anemone. Once he saw me he marched right out on top and posed for his picture. The shadow that he is in was caused by my underwater housing blocking the camera flash on macro. It usually is a problem but I like the effect in this shot.
Sun Anemone Shrimp:
 

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Needlefish being Cleaned

    The needlefish in the picture below is being cleaned by Sergeant Majors (Abudefduf saxatilis). Needlefish signal fish that they are ready for cleaning by opening their mouths. The cleaner fish even pick around their patients teeth but do not have to worry about being eaten. The needlefish that I watched being cleaned only stayed for a few seconds at a time but groupers are known to stay at cleaning stations for up to an hour.

Unfortunately I had the camera on macro and couldn't change the setting fast enough for this shot but I played with the contrast and light levels on the computer and made the picture a lot clearer.

 
 

 

Saturday, March 22, 2008

    Here's another picture of a Cuban tree frog. This one is bigger than the frog on our Oyster Lilies. This guy was hanging around our window at night. I used the flashlight along with the camera flash for this shot too.

Cuban Tree Frog:

 

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cuban Tree Frog

     I took this picture of a Cuban tree frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) a couple of months ago. I was walking around our house in the evening when I saw this frog hopping around on our Oyster Lilies. I grabbed a flashlight and our camera and took a few shots, but they were all over exposed. I changed some settings and used the flashlight to light him up before the flash fired. Only one shot came out but I was happy with it.


Cuban Tree Frog:
 


Saturday, March 15, 2008

African Pompano

    Here's some 16 pound African Pompano (Alectis ciliaris) I caught with my friends Kirk and Jake. I have a story coming that I'll post soon.

 

 

Friday, November 2, 2007

Black Jack

    I went out fishing at sponge beach with Kirk and his dad. We launched their 11 foot whaler - Mini Me - from the beach and started trolling right away over the shallow reefs. We didn't get any bites on the reef so we went out to some deeper water around 50 feet. I had a medium sized barracuda but he got off, and then a little while later I got a big bite and my drag started screaming out. I thought it must be a big barracuda but it down too deep for a barracuda. After we got the fish closer to the boat I looked down expecting to see a big grouper and I saw two Black Jacks (Caranx lugubris)! One of them was shadowing the one I was fighting.
Black Jacks are an uncommon jack that lives from 50 - 1200 feet. This is the first one I have caught. We threw him in the fish box and started trolling about the same distance out and I caught a small 'cuda that we let go. Later Kirk got a big four pound (23") Bar Jack. My Black Jack was 25" and weighed 7 pounds. I caught the Black Jack and a small Blue Yozuri and Kirk got the big Bar Jack on a white and silver jig. We only got some smaller fish after that so we decided to go diving on the reef inside. There were lots of parrotfish but that was about it.

    I can't upload any pictures now because of the speed of the internet, I'll post some later.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fishing

     I caught a Bar jack (Caranx ruber) off the north point of our beach yesterday. There were Cero mackerel everywhere but none of them got hooked. I caught the Bar Jack on the silver Got-cha and the day before that I got two mackerel and a big Blue runner off the Jetty at Cupids Cay in Governors Harbour.

    I went out in Mini-me today with Kirk and Jake and we caught 5 Almaco Jacks (Seriola rivoliana) in front of the Cove. A school of about eight showed up to investigate a small yellowtail I was using for bait. We used live pilchards to catch them. Jake caught three of them and Kirk and I each got one.

    We caught the pilchards at a secret place Barry (Captain Z) told us about. The pilchards hide in a pile of rocks that are up against a cliff. Mini-me can barely fit in between the rocks. Kirk and Jake navigate in while I stand on the bow and net them. We only get one cast before all the pilchards get spooked and dive too deep to net. We got more than enough Live Pilchards in one cast for a days fishing.

 

Silver Got-cha that I was using for bait.

 

 



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