Image from page 27 of “The fishes of the east Atlantic coast, that are caught with hook and line” (1884)
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Title: The fishes of the east Atlantic coast, that are caught with hook and line
Year: 1884 (1880s)
Authors: Van Doren, Louis Otis, 1863- Clarke, Samuel C Kenworthy, Charles James
Subjects: Fishes — Atlantic Coast Fishing — United States
Publisher: New York, The American angler
Contributing Library: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
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ansverse order. The color of thetop of the head is greenish blue; the inside of the mouth yellow;the gill covers lustrous silver; on the lower jaw there is a salmontint. The fins also are of different coloration; the dorsals are biown;the jDectorals a yellowish broAvn; the ventral and anal are orange.On both sides of the head, upon the operculi, are two rudimentaryflattened points. The first dorsal fin is composed of eight rays, which might with])ropriety be called spines. The second dorsal is composed of raysmuch divided. The pectoral fins consist of seventeen branchedrays. The ventral fin of one ray and five imperfect rays, and thecaudal fin has seventeen rays. The weakfish gives amusement to more anglers of the metropolisthan any other fish on our lists. They run in great numbers duringthe summer months and early fall. July, August and Septemberwill be found to be the most successful months for weakfishing.Into every shallow estuary and creek and tide-channel the weakfish •<^;
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FISHES OF THE EAST ATLANTIC COAST. 25 swarm and it is their habit to run in from deep water on the incom-ing tide, the large ones swimming four or five feet below the sur-face. Before the rapacious bluefish came from the South in such num-bers and regularity, the weakfish were much more plentiful on ourcoasts, and though it is a sort oi jjost hoc prop hoc argument, yetmany claim that the gradual decrease in the supply of weakfish isdue to tho bluefishs advent. As above stated, the weakfish can be taken almost anywhere onthe Atlantic cciast from the Chesapeake Bay up to the Connecticutriver, and a few of the best places to take them are the fol-lowing: Princess Bay, reached by way of the South Ferry; Fort Lafay-ette in the Narrows; Newark Bay; up the Long Island Sound atWestchester Creek; at Atlantic City, and at the mouth of the Del-aware river. The nearness of many of these places to the great cities, NewYork, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, gives an opportunity to the an-gler with little
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