Deer Rib Cage
I don’t know the story behind this photo but I can see that the deer who took this arrow survived evident by how the rib bone grew around the shaft of the arrow. Also, given the angle of the arrow I would also surmise that it was shot from above the animal and that the deer was facing away from the hunter. Not a great and one that obviously didn’t pierce or damage any vital organs allow the animal to live long enough to heal considerably. This should be a lesson to all to take the right shot and not rush it since I am sure this animal suffered some in the time between this wound and it’s final demise.
That Exact Moment
I can almost hear the thwack of the arrow as it hits and pierces flesh in this incredible photo. Notice the arrow exiting the other side of this buck. Most people don’t know this but many times deer react to the sound of a loosed arrow and start to crouch in an attempt to jump and run. When this happens the archer at times shoots over his prey as result of the deer crouching. It is a good idea to aim a little low to avoid a miss. Bow string noise is why you see silencers attached to the bowstring to minimize the noise of released bow string. This arrow shot here looks to be near perfect and most likely punctured the lungs of this deer which would lead to a relatively quick death. Bow season is going on in most parts of the country right now.
Lionfish meets its match
I’ve heard recently that with the population explosion of the invasive and exotic lionfish that local sharks have recently learned that these slow swimming fish are easy prey. This is good news since maybe sharks can keep the lionfish population in control whereas before the lionfish population was out of control. I’ve heard spearfisherman have been feeding sharks speared lionfish in an attempt to acclimate sharks to the taste and sight of lionfish. Lionfish have become of pest overtaking many reefs and feeding on important juvenile species and the ornament fish.
Photo by Mathieu Foulquie
Beach Fishing Hero
You too can be a beach fishing hero if you learn how to throw a cast net. My fishing buddy, Tim O’Connor (the man in the middle of this photo), became the envy of every man and the heartthrob of every woman on the beach one fall day last year when he landed this plank of a tarpon on a finger mullet he caught with his cast net. Another reason why it is good to learn how to throw a cast net.
Throwing a Cast Net
Now and especially with the fall mullet run that could start any day in South Florida it is a necessary to know how to throw a cast net. Even if you don’t bait fish much or at all throwing a cast net properly is a good skill to learn. If a girl can throw a cast net you should be able to as well. There are a number of things to consider when purchasing a cast net and it is also a good idea to get a lesson. Some of the local fishing shops that sell cast nest will teach you if you ask and certainly if you are purchasing a net from them. Picking the right mesh size is important especially if there is a certain bait you are targeting. For instance too large a mesh and small baits like pilchards may swim through or worse get gilled in your net and you pull up what they call a Christmas tree. Gilled baits die quickly and it can take a half hour or more to clean a net of a couple hundred gilled pilchards. Larger mesh nets sinks faster which is good for larger baits like mullet, sand perch, pinfish and ballyhoo that can swim pretty fast and get out from under a descending net. Learning how to throw a pancake (an open net) like the above shot as opposed to a banana ( a collapsed net) can mean the difference of netting bait or pulling the net up empty. Another net skill to learn is how to throw a net low over the waters surface when trying to net fast moving baits like mullet or ballyhoo in deeper waters. I high net can be seen fairly easily by wary baits that swim on the surface and if there are only a few baits in your target cast you again may come up empty by throwing a high net. I know some cast netters who dip their nets in special paint not only to make the net last longer from the rigors salt and sun take on monofiliment but also to color code the mesh size of the net if they happen to own several nets or more. There are several ways to hold and load a net for throwing based on the size of the net. Becoming familiar if not expert with each method will prepare you for whatever baits or conditions you may find yourself throwing a net in as well as net size you might have to throw.