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Old 07-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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I was working on my boat this afternoon at the marina in Bayou Chico (west of the bridge). As I was walking down the dock I saw a flying fish swimming around right next to the dock. It first i thought it might have been a sea robin that wasn't aware that it was at the surface and not near the bottom, but then it spread out its pectoral fins and was obviously a flying fish! He was just cruising around in about a 10-15 ft area for 5 or so min.

I heard the other day that boats have been seeing them right by the beach...
I thought they were strictly pelagic fish? Is it common to see them by the beach...more off...is it common to see them in the bays? Displaced by the oil maybe..?
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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I would venture to guess it is lost. I think everything is running from the oil in one way or another.
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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That was my thought also
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:48 PM   #4
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A freind saw one in Star Lake when we were boys about 45 yrs ago... That is the second one I 've heard of in the Bay.../bayous...
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i saw one a few years ago right next to a dock and ive also seen some close to the beach in past years
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im sure the oil has something to do with it, but oil aside the water has been wonderful blue this year. its a shame probably would have been a really good year.
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I just read an article in Florida Sportsman Magazine (an older issue) about fish appearing in strange, out of the way places. I'm sure the oil has something to do with it as well but apparently its something thats not unheard of.
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they feed on plankton and very small crustations. their food source in the gulf is dying and they live on the surface where the oil shean is heating up the water. they either have to move out of it or die. i have caught them at bay front pier in a cast net before but that was when i was around 18. been a while.
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A boat could have caught some for bait & ended up releasing it . Happens all the time around marinas. Not necessarily flying fish but all kinds of small bait are released. Snappers, Rubys, hawas, cigs, etc.
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