Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Short Horned Sedges
3. American March Browns
4. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
5. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
6. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
7. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
10. Slate Drakes
11. Giant Stoneflies
12. Light Cahills
13. Little Green Stoneflies
14. Golden Stoneflies
21. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Gulf of Oil Report - a Sea of Death
Several days ago, I wrote about the oil spill and used the phase that apparently
"What you don't know want hurt you". I was referring to the death the oil that
covered a huge part of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico was causing. The news
media was constantly reporting the "potential" danger of the oil when it was
killing every thing it came into contact with at the time. It's just a simple matter
that most everyone is completely ignorant when it comes to knowing anything about
offshore water that makes up two-thirds of our World. Everyday that I wrote about it,
I would be forced to think even more than I normally would have about all the fish,
birds and mammals it was killing and had been killing since the start of the problem.
The water where the oil rig sank is prime offshore fishing waters where Blue and
White marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo and several species of Tuna swim. The
entire food chain for the Gulf was being drastically affected while it seemed
everyone was afraid of the "potential" danger.
Then the oil begin to cover areas of water that were inside the continental shelf
where all the pelagic species of fish would normally be (I hope they got out of
Dodge) such as Cobia, Spanish and King Mackerel, Pompano, Jack Cravelle,
Bonita, Blackfin tuna and many other species.
It began to cover the same waters where reef fish lived off of the coast of Louisiana;
then Mississippi; including the Chandelier Islands where redfish and speckled trout
are plentiful; then Alabama, off Dolphin Island.
It has covered areas of the Gulf from where the leak occurred to the shoreline
where I have spent hundreds and hundreds of days fishing throughout my entire
life. I worried about the Amberjack, Grouper and the valuable Red Snapper, among
many other reef species. It was rarely mentioned by any of the news media, even
after much of the Gulf had been closed to fishing.
From the first week of the oil problem I worried and wrote about the fact the oil
wouldn't stay in one spot in the Gulf, that it would get caught up in the loop or rotary
currents and eventually travel through the Florida Keys and possible up the Atlantic
Coast. This will still take place. It is just a matter of time.
About a week or ten days ago, when oil first reached the coastline, all hell broke
loose. The news went solid with the subject in all forms. BP started catching hell.
The President finally got involved to some extent. When the oil reached some of the
white sand beaches, oil began to have the same effect that it has from the get go. It
begin to affect the publics number one love - money. The thoughts of the
tourist business declining or someone getting oil on their feet was horrible. It never
really mattered that next year's world supply of Bluefin Tuna that spawn in the Gulf
would most likely be destroyed. It didn't matter how many fish were affected. The
important news was people would lose money because the tourist would go to other
places. It didn't matter that the balance in the Gulf's food chain could and would
affect other seas and marine life far beyond the Gulf. It didn't matter that what was
being destroyed would take years and years to recover. Everyone was worried
about a few balls of oil washing up on the white sandy beaches where tourist are
getting a tan and drinking beer. How can anyone sit on the beach of the
Panhandle of Florida and scan the horizon knowing they are staring at a
sea of death.
The entire thing makes me sick at my stomach. Not just sick from what is happening
but also sick from just how stupid the majority of the public, news media and our own
government is. BP's president flew over the hundreds of square miles of oil that
could be seen on the surface, and probably much more that couldn't be seen below
the surface, and declared the damage would me minimal. He said it was far less
than what it was being perceived to be. They added to the problem by dumping
thousands and thousands of gallons of poison into the water. Our
government let the by with it.
The worst of all of this is that no one, including me, knows the extent of the dire
effects this is going to have on sea life. I think we will be learning about things it
destroyed, and how it affected us in ways we never thought of many years from
now. You cannot destroy that much of God's creation without suffering severe
consequences, the lack of which is yet to be seen.