My Brother and I set out last Monday on a fishing trip that proved to be very successful! I have been desiring to scrap fish and modified some old broken fishing rods and a shovel for that purpose the week before. The following is our experience.
Let me first describe what we call scrap fishing. My father taught us this technique many years ago. To scrap fish, you simply scrap marine invertebrates and other various crustaceans from the surface of whatever substrate they are attached to. Scraping this surface when located over water will cause the delectable morsels to drift down the water column to waiting fish of varied species. We then hook Oyster chunks collected from the same surface we are scraping and allow them to drift down where the fish attempt to consume them without being hooked. More often than not they accomplish the removal of the bait without getting hooked.
My brother pulled up the first fish and we were happy to know they were down there. I think this is a Spot Tail Pin Fish (Diplodus holbrooki).
On this occasion we learned quickly that our hooks were not strong enough which ramped up the excitement level a bunch. Now we know there are quality fish down there. We re-rigged our line with size 4 Mustad hooks!
After that we had some reel fun!
Most of the fish we hooked were Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus).
Joe caught one of these beauties Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber).
Thank you Heaven Father for another great day on your wonderful creation!