Using this series of photos I took, I want to share with you the things I observed about the red drum–the fish we commonly call “redfish”, all one word!
I’ve never observed these fish underwater before, and I think this was the most fun I’ve ever had at a fishing rodeo weigh in. This past Friday and Saturday was the Louisiana segment of the Inland Fishing Association’s Red Fish rodeo, wherein 86 teams launched from Falgout Canal down here in Bayou Dularge, LA and headed to waters far and wide in search of a 2-day, 2-man, 2-fish catch.
This rodeo was unique, at last to me, in that after the living fish were weighed in, they were then placed in a holding tank owned by the Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans), and an employee tagged them. At the end of the weigh in, the tank was then dumped into the bayou, and all the reds were left to live another day.
And I must confess that I thought more than once about getting my rod and reel and sitting on that dock just waiting for the big dump. But, being the sports woman that I am, that would not be “fair chase fishing”, and I figured those reds had done their good deed and were probably already traumatized enough.
As an afterthought, I must put your mind at ease . . . none of the fish were floating belly up early next morning, either, which I was very glad to see.
I’m going to do this a little differently. Instead of writing about what I observed, I’m going to post the photos and let you decide what YOU see. Then, you can comment about OR ask questions about what you see. Just refer to photo number when you post your musings.
It will be fun to see who knows what and who has some creative ideas about what they might be looking at.
Remember, these were taken inside a tank, with the reflection of the glass, the sun, and the incidental flash having an impact on final result and glitches in some of the pics.
Regardless, I hope you enjoy them. And at the end of it all, I think I’ll enter your comments into a little contest . . . . prize to be announced later!
Here we go . . . .
So, bring on those questions and observations of these up close and personal photos of reds in their not-quite-native habitat, but it’s about as close as I’ll ever get to seeing them underwater.
Post Script: So it looks like this post was a royal flop, in spite of the faithful few loyal reader-commenters. I’m so grateful for y’all. Any way, I’ll go ahead and mention some of the things I observed.
1)In the water, when the light shines just right on the side of the fish, there is a darker, bronze-colored stripe down the length of the fish’s body.
2)Not all red fish have the same color skin, fins, or eyes.
3)When they feel threatened, they bunch together, with all their heads touching OR all their tails touching.
4)Some fish have eye spots randomly placed on their bodies and not just on the tail, but ALL of them have the eye spot on the tail. Not one of them, in over 100 fish were missing the eye spot.
5)In just the right light, the tip of the tail fins are a beautiful blue color
6)The color of the fish is determined by what they eat and the water they came from; and the color we see is from the skin, showing behind the scales, as the scales are translucent white.
7)The scales are not uniquely visible, but appear to form a honeycomb pattern on the skin.
8)The tags that were used are marked with a message that says, “Reward. Call 800—–” but I can’t read the entire message.
Well, folks, that’s about it for now, and I hope this makes the article a little more interesting!