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. Pale Evening Duns
8. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
9. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
10. Giant Stoneflies
11. Light Cahills
12. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
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More Gulf Fish In Danger:
There are approximately 3500 oil rigs, platforms or towers in the Gulf of Mexico. I
haven't counted them, of course, but the chart is doted with them from offshore the
mouth of Mobile Bay to the southern coast of Texas. There are many in
International waters as well as the state controlled waters of the Gulf. Each of these
rigs have created a fish habitat or artificial reef.
Those in the shallow water of Moblie Bay, mostly natural gas rigs, have many
species of fish that live around them. Most of these rigs have oyster shells on the
bottom around the rigs to prevent erosion. These shells, foundations and legs of
the rigs create the perfect (provided there are not any leaks) habitat for speckled
trout, white trout, flounder and redfish along with many other species of fish. Anglers
catch huge numbers of these fish from the inshore rigs. These fish are currently in
the area the oil has already spread to or certainly in danger of being in the oil spill
disaster in the near future.
Out in the Gulf, close to the shoreline of the estuaries located close to the barrier
islands, such as Dolphin Island, Horn Island, the Chandelier Islands and others, the
oil rigs congregate many of the same species during certain times of the season.
This is also true off the coast of Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas but so far, as far
as I know, only those areas just inshore and north of the rig that fell are affected.
Those south and west of the rig along the Texas coast have escaped the danger so
Oil has been found along the beaches of Dolphin Island which is directly adjoining
the mouth of Mobile Bay. The tides carry huge amounts of the water in and out of
the bay daily, so it's a fact the oil is carried into the area of the rigs in the bay as
well as all of those offshore Dolphin Island and the mouth of Mobile Bay.
All of the inlets from the Gulf that are east of Ft. Morgan on the Alabama coast and
the Florida Panhandle have the potential of bringing oil into the bays along the way.
It depends on when and just how the oil continues to spread around the Gulf.
The oil has already reached the coastline of Louisiana to the west and north of the
leaking oil rig. The coast of Louisiana is probably home to more speckled trout and
redfish than any area of the World. They are doing everything they can to block it
from entering the inlets and inland waters of sounds and bays in the area. It will help
but won't stop the oil's damage in many areas. If a hurricane comes to this area of
the Gulf Coast, it will carry the oil into all of the inshore waters, including the creeks
and rivers for many miles inland destroying not only all the saltwater species, but
many freshwater species, not to even mentioned the seafood. I also haven't
mentioned the millions of birds and animals affected in this area. I have fished on
the barrier islands many times when I had to watch every step to prevent crushing
the eggs on the nest of birds that breed and raise their little ones.