Shad Identification

In North Carolina, members of the family Clupeidae include the herrings, shad, and menhaden. Although members of this family can be found year round, we wanted to specifically mention them today due to the annual spring spawning runs that a few of these species make. Starting in about February, and running through May, the sexually mature … Read more Shad Identification

Amberjack Identification

Introduction Today I wanted to touch on amberjack identification, specifically, how to properly ID them. Amberjack identification is not the easiest task in the fish world, but with a little practice you shouldn’t have any problems. This is a question we see on a regular basis, and one even experienced captains get wrong repeatedly. I … Read more Amberjack Identification

Blue Marlin Sampling

Ever wonder what becomes of a blue marlin after all of the photographs, interviews, and fanfare of a fishing tournament? How exactly do you dispose of a 900 pound fish? In order to answer that, I took a camera along to document the process! After all the crowds disperse, the fish is loaded onto a … Read more Blue Marlin Sampling

Parasitic Isopod

I was lucky enough to catch a ride on a commercial gill net boat recently, and while the fishermen were targeting spot (Leiostomus xanthurus), I was hoping to add some species and photographs to our collection. The trip was your typical Core Sound gill net trip, with a few hundred pounds of spot, butterfish (Peprilus … Read more Parasitic Isopod