Friday, June 23, 2017

Fish Pic Friday - Jack Crevalle

or Crevalle Jack:
The crevalle jack, Caranx hippos (also known as the common jack, black-tailed trevally, couvalli jack, black cavalli, jack crevale and yellow cavalli) is a common species of large marine fish classified within the jack family, Carangidae. The crevalle jack is distributed across the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Nova Scotia, Canada to Uruguay in the west Atlantic and Portugal to Angola in the east Atlantic, including the Mediterranean Sea. It is distinguishable from similar species by its deep body, fin colouration and a host of more detailed anatomical features, including fin ray and lateral line scale counts.

It is one of the largest fish in the genus Caranx, growing to a maximum known length of 124 cm and a weight of 32 kg, although is rare at lengths greater than 60 cm. The crevalle jack inhabits both inshore and offshore waters to depths of around 350 m, predominantly over reefs, bays, lagoons and occasionally estuaries. Young fish dispersed north by currents in the eastern Atlantic are known to migrate back to more tropical waters before the onset of winter; however, if the fish fail to migrate, mass mortalities occur as the temperature falls below the species' tolerance limits.

The crevalle jack is a powerful, predatory fish, with extensive studies showing the species consumes a variety of small fish, with invertebrates such as prawns, shrimps, crabs, molluscs and cephalopods also of minor importance. Dietary shifts with both age, location and season have been demonstrated, which led some researchers to postulate the species is indiscriminant in its feeding habits. The crevalle jack reaches maturity at 55 cm in males and 66 cm in females, with spawning taking place year round, although peaks in activity have been documented in several sites. The larval and juvenile growth has been extensively studied, with the oldest known individual 17 years of age. The crevalle jack is an important species to commercial fisheries throughout its range, with annual catches ranging between 1000 and 30 000 tonnes over its entire range. It is taken by a variety of netting methods, including purse nets, seines and gill nets, as well as hook-and-line methods. The crevalle jack is also a revered gamefish, taken both by lures and bait. The species is considered of good to poor quality table fare, and is sold fresh, frozen, or preserved, or as fishmeal or oil at market. The crevalle jack is closely related to both the Pacific crevalle jack and the longfin crevalle jack, the latter of which has been extensively confused with the true crevalle jack until recently.
I caught a number of them when I lived in Florida. We weren't impressed with their flavor then, but they were OK smoked. Pound for pound they are one of the fighting fish around. They do come into Chesapeake Bay on occasion in summer, and one friend caught a monster out on the Middle Grounds.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Went Fishing Again

Another sunrise over the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Mike, Bob and I met Pete at 5 AM at a marina on the South River for a commercial hook and line fishing trip. We stopped briefly at Thomas Pt. Shoals Lighthouse (1 keeper, I caught it) and some dinks, and the Bay Bridge (dinks, no keepers)
 We found ourselves fishing for suspended fish up near the approach to Baltimore Harbor, where 4 of these sailed by in formation.
Bob caught this Channel Catfish on a jig. Fishing was tough, though best in the morning.
Finding fish wasn't that hard, but getting them to bite was, but ultimately we managed 42 keepers, up to about 30 inches long; enough that Pete won't lose money on the trip after paying for gas, but not a bonanza.  The life of a commercial fisherman is not always easy, even when you have free labor.
 5 PM found us back at Thomas Pt. If you enlarge the picture, you can see the Bay Bridge in the background, and . . .

Reason #5578 That Trump Was Elected

Report: As Many as 5.7 Million Non-Citizens Voted in 2008 Election
A report from the conservative/libertarian think tank Just Facts shows that up to 5.7 million people who cast their ballots in the 2008 presidential election were non-citizens. The group used data from a Harvard study as well as U.S. Census Bureau data to arrive at that conclusion.

Just Facts also estimated that up to 3.6 million non-citizens cast their vote in 2012.

Washington Times:
Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem nonexistent.
In one camp, there are groundbreaking studies by professors at Old Dominion University in Virginia who attempted to compile scientifically derived illegal voting numbers using the Harvard data, called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
On the other side are the professors who conducted the study and contended that “zero” noncitizens of about 18 million adults in the U.S. voted. The liberal mainstream media adopted this position and proclaimed the Old Dominion work was “debunked.”
The ODU professors, who stand by their work in the face of attacks from the left, concluded that in 2008 as few as 38,000 and as many as 2.8 million noncitizens voted.
Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on much higher numbers. He estimated that as many as 7.9 million noncitizens were illegally registered that year and 594,000 to 5.7 million voted.
With voter ID laws in so many states, how did the non-citizens get away with it?. . .
If you can get fake ID or a fake SS#, you can vote. Any determined teenager can get a fake ID, and many, if not most illegal aliens have them.

That's a pretty wide range, but let's take the central tendency, and assume, for argument, that only 4.4 million voted. What was Hillary's margin on the  popular vote? 2.8 million?  So really, Trump may well have won the popular vote when only legal votes, by citizens, are considered.

It's Tanlines Thursday Again!



How about some more celebrity tanlines?