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Capt. Whiting Gets His Dogfish

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 17:37

Howard and a dogfish Another image from December last: Lord Seabrook on Galloper proudly posing with that rarity, a Clacton lesser-spotted dogfish. Magnificent creature. The dogfish ain't too shabby, either.

  A little-known fact about dogfish is that they - uniquely among fishes - have nictitating eyelids. That is, they can wink. Presumably they wink because they feed largely on the bottom and their ocular apparatus has evolved so as to ensure non-blurry vision even in silty, sandy, just-off-Clacton-Pier conditions. So that's one for next week's pub/Zoom quiz.

Pre-lockdown action....

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 17:23

Into a roker ...on Scott Belbin's Galloper, fishing out of West Mersea:
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day (December). There were whiting in abundance, and lesser spotted dogfish, and (for some of the boys fishing) roker (thornback rays), small bass and a solitary pouting. We were uptiding, a method entirely new to me and one that allows gentle and sensitive presentation of different baits away from the boat and its potentially fish-scaring vibrations. I was intrigued to learn that uptiding was invented on the Blackwater estuary, pretty much where we were fishing, so has a great local provenance about which I'll write another time. (See entry above.)

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