Name Your Fish For Fun

Name Your Fish For Fun

By … Kevin Blouch

cwnose ray, sea bat, de bay big eye, sussex county, delaware, charter, head boat fishing, lewes, indian river marina
DE Bay Big Eye … aka Sea Bat … the cownose ray
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I was involved in a family fishing tackle business all my life.  We sold saltwater tackle too, but I was 3 hours away from the ocean in Reading Pa. I listened to tales from the customers and became obsessed and dreaming of fishing in the ocean or any saltwater.  So I did.  Nobody ever showed me, I learned by myself, and read a lot. I was consumed by the sea and it’s fish. I had a small summertime place here in Delaware after awhile and a boat. My true love was always surf fishing in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and here in Delaware.  Anyway, I moved here in 2002 and started working as mate on charter and and party boats for the next ten years.  So much fun and I’m here to tell some tales. First off….I write silly and also have weird names for the fishes …it added mystique for the patrons….so here they are …

Sharpita – small Dog Fish aka Sand Shark
Sea Bat – both Skate & Cow Nose Ray
Sea Rocket – large Sea Robin
Toothy Unit – any shark with teeth, excluding dogfish
Flat one – Flounder
Blue Unit – Bluefish
Black Wiggler – Conger Eel
Silver Bullets – Croaker
Big Beastlies – Black Drum
Blow Hole Units – Pufferfish
Horseshoe Crab – German helmet
Striped Cat…….Striped Bass
Goner – Weakfish/SeaTrout
Porkisette – Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphin
Fleet of Porkis – A school of these bottle nosed units………..
DE Bay Big Eye…….Cownose Ray ( see Sea Bat)
And last, but not least, my favorite denizen of the deep the dreaded Oyster Toadfish, AKA Oyster Cracker……………( their old nickname is a Mother-in-law fish, I don’t like that, I Love my MIL) … Somedays, I remove hundreds of these units from the patrons’ hooks … our bay reefs are filled with these alien beasts … on any random day, I may call them … Orange Roughies, Brown Bombers, Golden Monks, Orange Crushes [my new personal favorite] and also new … Calico Groupers … Special thanks to Kenny Derr for … Sea Rocket … Don’t ask why.

Kevin Blouch

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