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Old 06-10-2018, 08:20 PM   #1
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Crazy Day on the Bay

Launched from Shelter Island around 6:15am. I fished the Coronado side from the crane on Shelter Island to the Military dock across from the bait barge. I used a 1oz sardine Hookup bait and lost count of the total but it was a good day. Lost one very large halibut early in the day by miss gaffing it. That sucked; however, the coolest thing I have ever seen happened a little later.
As I was jigging the lure, I felt what I thought was a huge strike. So, I set the hook and immediately felt "head shakes". It was not coming up off the bottom. Finally, it gave way and a couple seconds later I saw the leader. Hoping for another chance for redemption after the botched gaffing, I was set and ready. To my surprise there was not a huge halibut, but instead it was a shrimp. Yes, an actually shrimp. Known as a Mantis Shrimp, this thing has a powerful punch. When I was unhooking it, the other puncher reached out and tagged me on the finger nail. It still feels like I hit it with a hammer. Definitely, one of the coolest things I've seen up close and personal.
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:22 PM   #2
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mean critters lucky you didn't lose that finger. sorry for that hali that got away. thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-11-2018, 06:28 AM   #3
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That's super cool! Looks like a good sized tail on that thing. Know wonder you thought it was a fish. I had no idea they got that big.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:48 AM   #4
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How did the mantis shrimp taste?
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:57 AM   #5
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After looking it up, I couldnít keep the shrimp if caught from a hook. However, you can keep them if you hand catch them. One more crazy California law. What Iíve read, they taste more like a lobster.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:57 AM   #6
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:42 PM   #7
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What a great day you had, including keeping all of your digits more or less intact.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:19 AM   #8
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Thatís so cool! I didnít know we had Mantis shrimp in our coast.. I thought they were more Indio pacific
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Old 06-30-2018, 11:27 PM   #9
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They are tasty
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Old 06-30-2018, 11:33 PM   #10
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Dude, you pretty much have an appetizer and a main course on hand, now you gotta decide a beer pairs well with that.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:22 AM   #11
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What an amazing catch!
I didnít even know they were local.

Iím case you havenít seen it, any excuse is a good excuse for the.. ah... eloquence and artistry of the oatmeal

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:51 AM   #12
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Cool!

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What an amazing catch!
I didnít even know they were local.

Iím case you havenít seen it, any excuse is a good excuse for the.. ah... eloquence and artistry of the oatmeal

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp
That link reminds me of Bill Nuy the science guy in a dark sort of way.....Good reads.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:39 AM   #13
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Maybe mantis shrimp are destined to evolve into the next dominate life form on earth?
Maybe they will lead life on earth to other planets?

When they grow legs and migrate onshore, then take the reins of technological advances, humankind will be doomed.
Lower and more rudimentary in the food chain, maybe we will become a vulnerable and abundant food source for evolved mantis shrimp.

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Old 07-04-2018, 05:48 PM   #14
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Those Mantis shrimp are nasty. I've taken them home twice, trying to cut something edible, but there was just nothing there. The ones I've gotten were smaller than the one you had.

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