Damn, it’s gonna be cold in Calgary for the next few days! I thought perhaps it might cheer you up to feast your eyes on some tropical saltwater photos, graciously supplied by my Grand Cayman guide friend, Joel Jefferson. Joel is a really great guy who has put me on many fish and hopefully will do again in future (although he’s mostly just fishing with friends and existing clients these days).
For the saltwater-uninitiated, Joel is shown with a beautiful common snook (love the golden colour) and a pair of bonefish. Snook are often found right up against the beach, feeding on baitfish who are feeding and trying to hide in the surf tumble. Interestingly (at least to me), snook are “protandric hermaphrodites,” beginning life as males, then becoming female later when they are big enough to make large numbers of eggs. So Joel’s big snook is likely a female.
Bonefish are commonly the gateway saltwater species that get anglers hooked on saltwater sight-fishing, which leads to later obsessions with other species, like tarpon, permit, roosterfish and milkfish. Bonefish are notoriously “spooky,” using their big eyes and sensitive lateral-line hearing system effectively to avoid predators and anglers.
Thank you Joel for providing a little much-needed sunshine and hope… and a whole lot of jealousy! Haha.