Carteret Wildlife Club outing
Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:23 PM
We have had a considerable amount of rain recently so my expectations were low. Our first stop was Tucker Creek, a turbid and over the banks creek just outside Havelock. It's claim to fame is that the oldest (and for a long time only) record of the Bridle Shiner was here. Taken in 1962 and never seen again. The fish has subsequently been found at several locations in eastern NC, especially when we sampled its
preferred habitat - deep water with lush vegetation. Alas we did not find it here but Scott did dip net a large Redfin Pickerel and we both caught Pirate Perch whose Latin name amused everyone, Bluepsotted Sunfish, Warmouth, and a Sawcheek Darter
Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:32 PM
We then headed to Brice Creek in the National Forest. Beautiful blackwater stream but not much in it. Got a beautiful Brown Water Snake
On to Island Creek, also in the Forest. It is unique in having exposed limestone outcrops. I was very optimistic as we jumped in but very few fish were to be seen. The one that got the group excited was an American Eel. But what got my heart pumping was a Cottonmouth in the water with us and not very happy with our presence.
We quietly slunk downstream and got out.
Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:43 PM
We decided to end the day on western Bogue Bank in the town of Emerald Isle. Scott had discovered the northernmost population
of Sailfin Molly in pools adjacent to a public boat ramp. In addition to mollies, we caught Mojarrs, Spot, Pinfish, Fat Sleeper,
Sheepshead Minnow, Mummichog, shrimp and crabs,
All in all a good day!
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