Date: 25 January 2018. Snook Surface
(cold weather consequence)
It has been
cold here in St. Pete. Even the water temperatures have dipped. The
consequence is that fish are coming to the surface. Of late, snook
have been spotted. Often when one says "the fish was THIS BIG" the
statement is met with skepticism. Well, I have proof.
Those of us who dive know that the further deep we go
the cooler the water. Bottom dwelling fish will come to the surface
when water temperatures are colder than normal. I've seen mullet
almost lethargic during extreme cold snaps.
It has been cold here in St.
Chilly of late, I have been inside enjoying the
luxuries of an electric power cord at this dock by the mangroves.
The wildlife is interesting too.
Look at the size of these snook:
A school of snook have been resting by the mangroves.
The baby is about 18" long while most are about 3'.
Golden Guide to Fishes has Snook listed on page 111.
Side Note: I have a Golden
Fishes that I find useful when I want to identify what
specific fish I'm seeing. This is my copy. Newer versions have
I've checked. It matters
not what edition you buy. The content is exactly the same.
What does happen is the glue
in older versions dries out. My binding is fraying too. It
should be noted that this Fishes is the 1955 edition.
Fishes is a useful reference in my boat library.
Any item still in use after
is a-okay in my book. Including myself!
The fish on the right has a 3" gash
in her side just behind her fin.
That is the back of my swim platform
↑ at the bottom of this picture.
The fish are CLOSE.
The snook have been simply floating, not really
swimming around. They stay in virtually one place.
These fish hold their position and only flee when something splashes
I do admit that watching the snook congregate behind
my Seaweed and under the mangroves has been quite an experience.
This is what boating's all about. I enjoy watching the wildlife
Observing nature has brought me much
delight. I am
fortunate to have the perfect vehicle for doing so: Seaweed!
The weather warmed up a bit and
the fish disappeared. Still it gives me pause to wonder what other
denizens of the deep live in this small corner of paradise.
Wish you were here. Happy boating!
Have you seen out-of-the-ordinary behavior from local
wildlife now that the winter is here?
And, do you take pictures of the oddities?
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