Results of the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks (Tidal Schuylkill River)

Hello, Blog Readers!

As planned, yesterday I held the "5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks" from 9-3 p.m., between Locust and Market streets (on the River). A nice picture of the event is below:

Participant Kevin Cordelli sleeping during the competition, since there was no action from 9-3 p.m. whatsoever. Heh.

Overall, the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks had the biggest prize amount among all 5 competitions (thus, the biggest number of participants), but it also had the lowest catching-ratio as well (3 fish during the whole competition). Below is a little summary of all 5 competitions that were held so far:

1st Catfish Tourney (May, 2013): 7 entries; $-- collected; $-- to local 501(c)(3) non-profit; 25 fish caught; total fish weight: 57.53lbs. (For more information on it, click here).
2nd Catfish Tourney (June, 2013): 24 entries; $480 collected; $96 to national 501(c)(3) non-profit90 fish caught; total weight: 143.81lbs. (For more information on it, click here).
3rd Catfish Tourney (September, 2013): 18 entries; $490 collected; $98 to local 501(c)(3) non-profit; 31 fish caught; total weight: 66.26lbs. (For more information on it, click here).
4th Catfish Tourney (October, 2013): 12 entries; $290 collected; $58 to local 501(c)(3) non-profit14 fish caught; total weight: 39.41lbs. (For more information on it, click here).
5th Catfish Tourney (March, 2014): 25 entries; $630 collected; $126 to local 501(c)(3) non-profit; 3 fish caught; total weight: 6.07lbs.

For the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks, I had a total of 25 individuals/teams. Therefore, the number of overall participants is still increasing a lot. It's always pleasant to see that more and more people are coming for the competitions! More people participating means bigger prizes for each competition; more money for the local non-profit that focuses on environmental conservation and/or aquatic sustainability; and a stronger local fishing community. Many thanks for everyone's support, guys! 

As a tradition, I always like to take a group photo after the competition. I usually send it to all participants as a memo of the day. Above are the participants who didn't give up -- the ones who stayed until the end of the competition! 

The total amount of cash collected for this competition was $630. From that amount, 20% of it  (126 dollars) went to the SRDC 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Schuylkill River Development Corporation). As a matter of fact, I made and confirmed the donation today.

The SRDC is the organization responsible for the Schuylkill Banks, from the Fairmount Dam until the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail. They do their best to maintain a clean environment for anglers, runners, bikers, and so on. Their job includes removing graffiti on a weekly basis, providing a clean and neat space for everyone to use, etc. They also hold many different Summer events: free movie nights on certain Thursdays, kayak and boat tours, etc. If you want to know more about them, you can click here to access their website.

Below is the ranking for the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks:

Joe J. & Jacob J. -- 2.53lbs
Vincent B. & Michael B. -- 1.96lbs
Joe S. -- 1.58lbs
Bill C. & David J. -- 0.00 lbs
Cahn H. & Phong N. -- 0.00 lbs
Chris R. -- 0.00 lbs
Donald G. -- 0.00 lbs
Ed S. -- 0.00 lbs
Emre O. -- 0.00 lbs
Jeff S. -- 0.00 lbs
Kevin W. & Jim J. -- 0.00 lbs
Kyle M. & Stanley -- 0.00 lbs
Matthew C. & Colleen K. -- 0.00 lbs
Mike S. -- 0.00 lbs
Patrick G. -- 0.00 lbs
Sy N. & Thuan N. -- 0.00 lbs
Rahsaan B. Dean -- 0.00 lbs
Robert T. & Rodney -- 0.00 lbs
Henry L. -- 0.00 lbs
Jim C. & Jake C. -- 0.00 lbs
Ryan MCF & James C. -- 0.00 lbs

James M. -- 0.00lbs
Matt MCC -- 0.00 lbs
Eric S. & Joe MCB -- 0.00 lbs
Kevin C. -- 0.00 lbs

Above are the winners of the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks: 1st Place and Big Fish (left): Joe and Jacob Jellison; 2nd Place (right): Vincent Borgia and Michael Boylan; and 3rd Place (center): Joe Scott. Congrats, fellas!

As everyone can see, this last competition was really unstable -- anyone had a chance to win until the end of it! One fish would have made a big impact in the ranking. Thus, as Pro-Bass angler Mike Iaconelli says: NEVER GIVE UP! 

The prizes for the 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks were the following:

20% for the SRDC non-profit organization -- $126
1st Place -- $202 + Trophy
2nd Place -- $151 + Trophy
3rd Place -- $101 + Trophy
Biggest Fish -- $50 + Trophy.

People who participated: thank you very much for your support! As I have mentioned previously, you guys are making a difference in the Philly fishing community, not to mention that you are staying active in the field. The 20% of your proceeds will make a difference for the SRDC! Everything counts towards the big scene. 

Also, many thanks to Joe and Jacob Jellison (the winners of this competition) for coming all the way from Maryland and Tennessee. Many thanks to Sy Nguyen, Thuan Nguyen, Cahn Huynh, and Phong Nguyen for coming all the way from Allentown, PA! 

Extra thanks to Jim Crown, Jake Crown, Ryan McFarland, James Crown, James Martin, Matthew Coale, and Colleen Keenan: fishing is certainly MORE fun when you bring your loved ones with you! Therefore, having kids and loved ones around is always an extra plus. Fishing is definitely not just about catching.

For those who didn't catch anything, be not sad. It was a tough day on the Banks, and sometimes that's how it's is. Unpredictability is one of the factors that makes fishing unique. Thankfully, the experience counts a lot!

Below are the photos of the catches for this competition (2 out of 3):

Participant and winner Jellison with his $252 Channel Catfish (first place + Big Fish). 

Participant and winner Borgia with his $151 Channel Catfish (second place).

Hopefully the next Catfish Tourney will be better (it's gotta be)! The next Tourney -- 6th Catfish Tourney on the Banks -- is scheduled for April 27th, 2014. A post on it will be coming soon! 

Best of luck for all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive (Cancelled)

Important note:
All events are cancelled until further notice. Sorry for any inconveniences.

Hello, Blog Readers!

After a long time, I'm finally bringing you the post on the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive. All rules and regulations are below!

NOTE: The new date for the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive is May 18th, 2014.  

The 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive will be held on Kelly Drive, after the Girard Ave bridge (For more information, google "39°58'37.66"N  75°11'38.11"W" without the quotes). The scheduled date for the competition is May 18th, 2014 (a Sunday). In case of bad weather, the rain date is May 25th (the next Sunday).   

Regarding parking: there's a little parking lot right next to the Girard Ave bridge, on Kelly Drive (less than 5 minutes away from the site of the competition). There's also plenty of parking along the Boathouse Row and close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (15 minutes walk from competition). There's also a Porta Potty under the bridge, in case of emergencies. heh.

Before I state the rules for this competition, be aware that fishing for Common Carp is certainly an art! Thus, if you have never fished or caught a Carp, but you are interested in participating, I highly recommend you to look through the following links:

-- Visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Carp page. They have a very good and useful article there, written by my friend Louis Cook -- owner of the Philadelphia Angler's Club and also an international Carp angler. The article explains the concept of chumming, different rigging techniques for Carp, etc. It's a good place to start!

-- Watch videos on Youtube. This video, for example, shows a traditional setup for Common Carp -- similar to the one that you will be using at the site of the competition (rod holder, chum, bait). If you think his drag is making an AMAZING sound, keep in mind that the Carp at Kelly Drive are way bigger than the ones he is landing in the video (range: 6-20lbs). This second video gives you an idea of how to properly use a "hair rig." Although not necessary for Carp fishing, a hair rig is extremely useful and usually increases your changes of catching the big ones. The second video also the range that you will be casting in this competition -- very close to shore (not more than 30 feet out).

And, of course, google about Carp fishing! I'm sure you will be able to find many interesting articles and guides that will help you catch this elusive fish.

Now, let's go for the complete set of rules and additional information regarding the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive. Interested readers and future participants: read it carefully! 

1. The Event and the Rules.

A. The Event:

-- The First Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive will be held right after the Girard Ave Bridge, on Kelly Drive. This will be the first Carp Tourney series for the year of 2014, and the first non-Catfish competition held by Extreme Philly Fishing. The official date for the event is May 18th, 2014 (a Sunday). In case of rain or extreme weather, the "rain date" is set to be a week after -- thus, May 25th, 2014. Registered participants will be contacted through e-mail and/or/phone call one day prior to the event, in case of bad weather and/or rescheduling. Regardless, an e-mail will be sent out to all registered participants one day prior to the competition as a reminder. Thus, make sure to submit and PRINT your e-mail on the registration form, so we don't miss you. =)

 -- Contestants may enter the competition "solo" or as a team of 2 individuals. Entering by oneself is allowed; however, teams are highly encouraged. An extra pair of hands helps a lot during the landing and measuring process. The entry fee for the competition is $20 dollars -- cash only. The fee will be collected right before the beginning of the competition, during the check-in around Girard Avenue Bridge (next to the parking lot). Notice that this friendly tourney is profit-free! For more details, see the prize section (section #3).

-- Public Transportation around the area is available (i.e. Septa bus #38); however, it's not highly recommended. There is a 15 minutes walk from the Philadelphia Art Museum to the site of the competition. For vehicles, there's a parking lot right next to the Girard Ave bridge, as well as parking along the Boathouse Row and the Art Museum. Recall that public parking is free on Sundays! 
-- The minimum number of participants for this competition will be 10 individuals and teams combined. If there are not enough participants a day prior to the competition, all registered competitors will be contacted about its cancellation through e-mail or phone (if provided). The competition will be rescheduled if there's a lack of participants! Note that a higher number of participants results in a higher amount for the cash prizes (see prize section; section #3)! Thus, feel free to invite your fishing buddies and/or family members to come! =)

-- Instead of the traditional tourney format of 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (9 hours total), the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive will start at 9 a.m. sharp and end at 3 p.m. (a total of 6 hours). It's highly recommended for people to show up 1 hour or half an hour prior to the beginning of the event in order to set up or pick a good spot there! Late registered participants will not be disqualified; however, they will clearly have a disadvantage in terms of time and location. Therefore, plan your schedule carefully!

-- Prizes will be awarded up to half an hour after the end of the competition, in sity. The winners: 1st, 2nd, and Big Fish (not third place), will immediately walk out of the event with their prizes: cash and trophies. The distribution of the cash prizes is defined in section #3.

-- Since this is a friendly competition, participants are free to leave the site at any given moment. There's a Porta Potty under the Girard avenue bridge, and there are usually some food vendors at the parking lot right next to it. Participants MUST get their rods out of the water if they are to leave for any reasons. That's to avoid rods falling into the water or tangled lines, in case a fish gets hooked and runs.

-- Children that are 15 years old or below are highly encouraged to participate in a team. According to the PA Fish and Boat Commission's laws, they are not required to have a fishing license to fish. Note that the parent/adult is responsible for his/her child's safety in situ! See the liability waiver in the registration form for more details (this document will be sent via e-mail, once the participants contacts EPF about the competition).

B. The General Fishing Rules:

Important Note: All fishing participants will abide by all PA Boat and Commission regulations and safety guidelines (click here for more details). This certainly includes having a valid PA fishing license for the year of 2014, for those who are 16 years old or above (as emphasized below).

-- A PA fishing license is required for anyone older than the age of 15. The license must be shown at the check-in, before the competition, and placed on an outer garment during the entire period of the tourney (9:00-3:00 p.m.).Participation without a license will not be permitted. The license can be purchased online or in certain local stores (i.e. Dicks Sporting goods, Walmart, or Bait Shops -- Brinkmans bait and Tackle, Bob's bait and Tackle; Sportsmaster; etc). 

-- Fishing spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, no one has rights to complain if the same comes late! You are being advised way in advance and you should time yourself for the event. Also, participants/teams must be at least 25 feet apart from each other (for chumming reasons). 

-- Each participants or team is allowed 3 rods to fish. However, only 1 hook per rod is allowed. Anyone who disrespects this rule will be given an initial warning and a penalty of 3lbs on the total weight of the bag (see weighting below). A second time will result in disqualification and no refund.

-- Weight-in: there's no fixed weighting station for this competition. If a participant catches and successfully lands a Carp, shouting is highly recommended. I'll come over as soon as I can to properly measure and record the fish. Every Carp will be measured and recorded in paper (this is a must). 

-- There will be a penalty for mishandling fish (5lbs per injury or death). Landing mats for this competition are recommended, but not a must. Every fish should be perfectly CPRed (caught, photoed, and released). Please follow the appropriate guidelines for safely practicing CPR: (1) once landed, do not let the Carp flip on the grass; (2) keep the Carp outside of the water for as little as possible; and (3) release the Carp through the net! DO NOT throw the Carp back into the water. Place it into your net and release it gently.

-- A net is fundamental for landing big fish (drop net or 8-feet long net for the non-tidal Schuylkill River). A Balzer Metallica fishing net is highly recommended for this task. Participants should NEVER land a Carp by the line: that will only hurt the fish and the participants' equipment. A net will be available for rental: 1lb out of the bag per fish.  

-- Only Carp will be counted as a part of this tourney's bag. That includes the following types and mutations from the non-tidal Schuylkill River: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, and Koi. Note that there shouldn't be any Ghost, Leather, or Fully-Scaled Mirror Carps in the non-tidal Schuylkill River. Therefore, if you catch one of those, make sure to take a good photo of it! Each participant must weight-in all of his/her Carp catches from 9-3 p.m. The three biggest ones in terms of weight will determine the final bag/result for given participant.

2. Registration

In order to register for this event, please send an e-mail to "" with "1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive" as the subject line. 

Once I receive the e-mail, a proper response will be sent back in a matter of 3 days or less. The e-mail will contain two formal Microsoft Word registration files (.docx): one with the registration form and liability waiver (do not worry about the signature portion of it), and the other document with the set of rules portrayed on this post. Once the competitor fills up the registration file and e-mails it back to me, the same will be officially registered in the tourney! In case of a team registration, please make sure to include the names of both participants in a single file.

On-site registration will be available on Sunday, April 16th, from 8:00-9:00 a.m.. I'll be under the Girard Ave Bridge with printed registration forms. Please note: I would prefer everyone to sign in in advance since the event will not happen if there are 10 or less participants a day prior to the event!

3. Results and Prizes

The prizes will be distributed for the following positions: 1st and 2nd places, as well as the "Big Fish" (biggest Carp of the day, in terms of weight).

Also, please note: PA fish and Boat Commission's Angler Award forms will be available during the Tourney. Apart from the competition prizes, anyone who catches a Carp exceeding 28 inches in length and 14lbs in weight will also receive a certificate of excellence from the PA Fish and Boat Commission for his/her Trophy Catch! =)


Note that the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive is a non-profit competition, meaning that Extreme Philly Fishing makes no money out of such an event! 20% of the total cash amount will be donated to the SRDC non-profit organization, which focuses on maintaining a clean environment and trail for everyone. Read more about it here. In other words, $4 dollars of your registration fee will go directly to a local non-profit organization. That part of your money will be focused on the well-being of the local community. 


-- 20% of all proceeds gathered in the tourney will go to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation non-profit organization. Therefore, as mentioned above, the "Carp Tourney" series is a profit-free event.

The remaining amount will be put together for the following cash prizes:

1st place: 40% of remaining cash + 1st place Trophy
2nd place: 35% of remaining cash + 2nd place Trophy
Big Catfish: 25% of remaining cash + Big Fish Trophy

Therefore, the minimum prize amount for the 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive will be (based on 10 participants/teams):

10 participants = $200
20% of 200 will go to the non-profit organization: $40

The remaining $160 will be distributed as it follows:

1st place: 40% --> $64
2nd place: 35% --> $56
Big Carp: 25% --> $40

Note: if, for example, the first place is also accounted for the biggest Carp of the day, that person will be taking $64+40, and he/she will be receiving both trophies.

Another example: if the number of participants are actually 15 instead of 10, then 15*20=$300. The same calculation is performed (1st -- $96, 2nd -- $84, Big Carp -- $60). Therefore, the higher the number of participants/teams, the higher the amount of money distributed.

A formal e-mail from the non-profit organization will be requested after the donation is in, so every participant will receive a gesture of gratitude.

Here are some photos of Carps that I've caught at the site of the competition:

I'll see all participants in a couple weeks. For those who are planning to participate -- best of luck for you guys!

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.

March Fishing Sessions (Last Update: COMPLETE)

Hello, Blog Readers!

After a long and painful Winter, Spring is finally coming! It's still a little bit chilly; however, expect temperatures to rise steadily over the next couple weeks.

Before anything else, just a quick update for upcoming fishing events:

-- The 5th Catfish Tourney on the Banks will be on March 23rd -- a Sunday! In case of rain, it will be held on March 30th (the following Sunday). For registration and more information on it, you may access this link! Trophies for this competition are already on the way, and they are coming with a new design for 2014! Also, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) was kind enough to add this event on their page. Please, be aware that all competitions held by Extreme Philly Fishing are profit-free, with 20% of all proceedings going to a local non-profit organization that supports environmental conservation and/or aquatic sustainability. Therefore, you will be helping your local community by participating and having fun in it. =)

-- The Trout Opening day for 2014 is on March 29th, a Saturday! If you don't have your Trout Stamp yet, this is the perfect time of the year to get them! Both Pennypack Creek and Wissahickon Creek will be stocked for the Spring, and we should be expecting a fair number of Golden Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout! I'm definitely going for a Golden Rainbow Trout this year! You may click here for more information on the Spring Trout Stocking in Philadelphia.  

-- Be aware that the Approved Trout Water legislation is already under work! In other words, all Approved Trout Waters (i.e. Pennypack, Wissahickon) are CLOSED to all anglers from March 1st until March 29th, 8:00 a.m.! You WILL be fined if they find you dandling around those Creeks with your fishing equipment. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is very strict when it comes to this rule! 

-- The Spring Striped Bass migration is finally coming! However, who knows when it will be coming. Heh. Due to this "change" in weather, water temperatures are colder than they are supposed to be at this time of the year. As my friend Kevin W. says: "Going to be a very small window of opportunity to catch big cows this year." If you are interested in Striped Bass fishing, don't forget to stock on clams and blood worms (apart from the regular lures)! For more information on the run, you may click here.  

-- The 1st Carp Tourney on Kelly Drive will be held on April 13th -- a Sunday. Rain date for it will be on April 20th! This competition will have a slightly different set of rules, and the post about it will be coming ASAP. Note that participants WILL need to have some basic expertise on Carp before the beginning of this competition, since the weight range per fish is 5-20lbs! A net will also be required! I would definitely recommend a Balzer net.  

-- Apart from the Spring Striped Bass migration, there's also the Shad migration. It's about time for anglers to prepare their noddle rods and shad darts -- the American and Hickory Shad will be coming soon. However, don't forget that there are CPR only on the Schuylkill River (Catch-Photo-Release)! Click here for the 2014 legislation on American/Hickory Shad. 

Now, here's your photo of the month:

March 8th, 2013 - Common Carp from Audubon Lake, NJ. Carping is golden during the month of March, and soon they should be feeding very actively. =)

And now, for the fishing sessions...

--- March 7th, 2014 --

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- None.

Believing that the day would be quite nice, I went to the Schuylkill River with chicken livers for some Catfish. Guess what? It was windy and cold as hell! Heh. I fished the River for 2 hours in the afternoon -- not a single bite. Ended the day getting skunked.

At least the River was clear and pleasant. =)

--- March 8th, 2014 -- 

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 12:15-3:15 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- 1 Channel Catfish

After 3 hours of fishing, I finished the day with a nice Channel Catfish -- 5.57lbs, 24 inches! For low metabolism and cold water temperatures, this fish fought great! It was a great catch, indeed. 

One funny thing I would like to point out: as I was fishing, someone approached me and asked me questions about fishing (nothing unusual about that). But then, the same asked me if I was fishing in brackish water...!! Then, the person asked me if there were Flounder around. I swear -- I thought the individual was joking with me, but no...he was dead serious.

Anyways...the Schuylkill River is entirely freshwater, and there are no Flounders around. I wish there were Flounders around, though! Yum...

Photos of the Catfish are below:

5.57lbs on the digital scale! 24 inches long. A nice Channel Catfish from the tidal Schuylkill River.

Same fish, another angle. =) 

--- March 9th, 2014 -- 

Location: Newton Lake/Cooper River Lake
Time: 9:30-1:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- None

--- March 15th, 2014 -- 

Location: Schuylkill River
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- None

--- March 19th, 2014 -- 

Location: Tookany Creek
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- 3 Spottail Shiner

--- March 20th, 2014 -- 

Location: Linden Lake
Time: 3:45-6:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- None

--- March 22nd, 2014 -- 

Location: Schuylkill River/Manayunk Canal
Time: 11:30-5:30 p.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- 1 Largemouth Bass

--- March 29th, 2014 -- 

Location: Pennypack Creek
Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Fishes caught: 

-- 12 Rainbow Trout

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Best of Luck for all of us!


Leo S.

New March Quiz and Results of the February Quiz.

Hello, Readers!

First of all...many of you have been e-mailing me recently about my lack of updates in the Blog. I do apologize for that; however, I had many good reasons for my absence here. Summarizing, I haven't had enough time to work on the Blog because of my painful Physics classes at Temple University...

Sincerely, I don't think my fishing season will really start until May. As you may have noticed, I didn't even bother to create a "February Fishing Sessions'" post because I only did one fishing session in the whole month of February. That's when I ended up catching the 4.05lbs Channel Catfish -- my first fish of the year.

Regardless, let's have a little discussion about last month's Quiz:

The question was: "What was the game fish that Americans hooked the most in the 1840-1870?"

And the results are below. The answer to the question is in red:

1. Schuylkill's Catfish: 4 (13%)
2. Salmon of the East Coast: 13 (44.%)
3. Native Brook Trout: 10 (34%)
4. European Carp: 2 (6%)

Fact: the Native Brook Trout was the most loved game fish for recreational anglers during the 1840-1870's! As a matter of fact, the Largemouth Bass (known at that time by Black Bass or Oswego Bass) lost in position only to the Trout and Salmon family during that period of time. The fact is that the Brookies were very ignorant due to the low fishing pressure; therefore, they were easily caught on anything that floated on top of the water! Soon enough, recreational anglers depleted the Brook Trout population by over-harvesting, especially since the Trout were one of the finest table shares at the time. The damage was so great that in order to cope with that, Brown Trout started to be imported after the 1870's.

As for the other answers...

1. Schuylkill's Catfish:

If you thought that this option was put it as a joke, think twice! Before the industrial bloom in Philadelphia, the Schuylkill was in an awesome shape -- clean and crystalline. The "Schuylkill Fishing Company" was founded in 1732 -- the first of a number of recreational groups with sprang up in Pennsylvania. A small group of settlers finally took fishing as a pastime, becoming the first "Multi-Species" group around! Mostly the folks went for Perch, Striped Bass, Catfish, and Shad, which they cooked on the riverbanks in the early evening. The ladies were permitted to fish too, and there were distractions such as singing and bird watching and bathing in the stream. Amazing, huh? =)

 2. Salmon of the East Coast

The Salmon of the East Coast was highly harvested during the 1840-1870's, but rarely taken by hook. Very few recreational anglers would go for Salmon on dry flies, using techniques from Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler." The book itself was very difficult to obtain at the time, and only a limited number of copies were shipped overseas. Even if one had obtained the book, very few people were able to understand the English and the literature behind it.  

Therefore, the Salmon of the East Coast was fished mainly for food. Most of them were taken by coarse-meshed nets through the water and out to the banks, where helpers clubbed the fish to death, barely keeping up with the hauls of the seines. Other men, covered with blood and scales, tossed the fish into wagons, where housewives with bonnets and aprons would dexterously slit and gut great piles of fresh fish. These fish were a welcome change in diet and a food supply for coming months, until hunting season took over! 

4. European Carp

The European Carp was another consequence to all the over-harvesting of the earlier ages of the American fishing history. As various food fish became less readily available, live Carp were imported from Europe for personal and commercial use (farm and private ponds). Here is an interesting story, though:

One such importer was a Captain Robinson, who got his Common Carp from Holland in the 1840's and placed them in his ponds near the banks of the Hudson River, in Orange County, New York. His Carp flourished until one season when the River rose, carried away his dams and floodgates, and released the fish...

The government at the time was trying to establish the fish as a source of food; therefore, they passed a law that prohibited anyone from taking Carp from the Hudson River for 5 years! Well...if you look at our government nowadays, we have spent hundreds of thousand of dollars to eliminate Carp from American waters, using the excuse that they are destructive to the growth and welfare of game fish. Interesting, huh?

Now that you know the answer for the previous Quiz, give it a try on the March Quiz! The answer will be coming up on April 1st. =)

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Best of luck for all of us,


Leo S.