Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My favorite fish, this time I mean it!

Yes the toad fish or if you are feeling less regional the oyster toad fish or Opsanus tau if you will. When I was a boy we would visit the Atlantic coast of North Carolina (the Pacific Coast of NC was to far of a drive) and hang with my grandparents. My grandfather would as a rule take us fishing freshwater and then for a week or two we would be on the coast fishing in big blue aka the Atlantic Ocean. My grandfather was not flush with cash so we normally found very creative places to dip a hook.
Shrimp and squid was the bait of choice, my grandfather would scoff at my collection of lures and try as I might I always went back to real live dead bait, because the lures never worked and the dead bait would produce. We would use a 2 oz weight with two hooks, drop it into the water and most of the time you could real in two fish! Pin fish, blow fish, croakers, preacher dicks, eels, spot, mullet among others but my favorite was the toad fish! The toad fish is ugly and not good to eat but it was a fighter and the sense of danger you would feel when trying to take it off your hook was addictive, the thing had jaws like a vice and always in the back of my mind I would think "what if this thing latched on to my daddy parts"?
The ocean is about fished out, I cant remember the last time I caught a toad fish ~` I t makes me sad but then again I don’t fish that often if I am on the coast so maybe the sea still has a bounty but its lost to me, I miss the I caught bottom like tug of a toad fish and the adrenaline rush I felt when I would ask my grandfather to help me get it off my hook.
Attention Readers: This could become a book review provided I find a book it fits. Kind Regards JW

Otoad.jpg (10192 bytes)
Oyster Toadfish
(also known as the oyster cracker)

Family: Batrachoididae

Species: Opsanus tau (Linnaeus, 1766)

Range: western Atlantic from Maine to the West Indies.

Habitat: found on mud, oyster shell, rock, along sand bottoms and garbage dumps in shallow water.

Food: preys on crustaceans, mollusks, fish, and just about anything else it can get its mouth on.

Characters useful in identification: bulging eyes; fleshy flaps (whiskers) on cheeks and jaws; broad, flat heads.

Color: skin is yellowish to brown with dark brown oblique bars and brown reticulations.

toadfisht.jpg (10661 bytes)
Image courtesy: Fisherman's Guide: Fishes of the Southeastern United States.
Charles Manooch, III, author. Duane Raver, Jr. , illustrator.

Reproduction: toadfish are known for producing vocalizations, accomplished by rapid muscle contractions. The male produces a "foghorn" sound which may attract females to a nesting site. The spawning season lasts from April to October.

Maximum size: 38 cm TL (1.25 ft.)

Other interesting tidbits:

  • The toadfish has no commercial value and is generally considered a nuisance due to its powerful and potentially dangerous jaws which make it tough to remove from fishing hooks; however, it is edible.
  • It can survive out of water for extended periods.
  • This fish is also plays an important role in medical research.
  • NASA and the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole just completed experiments in which toadfish were sent to space. To read about this research, go here.

References:

Murdy, E.O., R.S. Birdsong, and J.A. Musick. 1997. Fishes of Chesapeake Bay. Smithsonian Institution Press, 324 pp.


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Date last modified: 07/14/99

51 Comments:

At 4:37 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Well I'll be damned, it did become a review! Old Man and the Sea my pen name is Jonathan Williams... I cannot wait to see how helpful I was to the gentle readers at Amazon. JWW

 
At 9:05 PM , Blogger ing said...

Another great book review, JWW. Man, you impress me. I can't wait to run out and buy Old Man and the Sea. You've got to stop this; I'm running out of cash -- I thought I had $84, but now I can't seem to find it.

The only fish I ever caught was a rainbow trout. And ugh! a couple of eels. No luck.

 
At 9:22 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

haaaaaaang on. firstly there is a guy holding a book on Bass Fishing up then next post you proclaim to adore Toadfish. This all smells fishy.

Ing i lent your $84 to Josh. He swears he's good for paying it back. You can trust him - some guy in Africa is sending him $33.5 million real soon.

 
At 1:41 AM , Blogger ing said...

Shoot, JJ, I promised that $84 to Roscoe and he's not going to get JWW to slip us a cut unless I pay him off. Could I borrow $84 from you, JJ? I'll pay you back, plus millions more.

 
At 2:01 AM , Blogger FFFrapgirl said...

oh yea fish make me weak!

 
At 3:05 AM , Blogger jungle jane said...

aw jesus Ing. Normally i would spin off some crap about blah blah i am so broke but i dig you man. so yeah sure - my $84 is your $84. here, lemme just grab Josh's stuffed monkey to sell off and i am SURE you can square it off with him later....

 
At 6:21 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Something stinks! First I discover that ing and Roscoe have known one another since fourth grade and then. Well this is the $84.00 question...Wheres my money? Where is my monkey?I'll write another review if this is not cleared up soon, umless that one guy in Africa sends me the millions. I am confused

 
At 7:12 AM , Blogger kellywalters said...

I like fish

 
At 8:10 AM , Blogger honeyhive said...

So, that's your favorite fish?

 
At 8:24 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Roxi: Fish is brain food
Honeyhive: I stand corrected.

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger jungle jane said...

Christ. I thought sucking dick was brainfood. i have been duped. men are such liars. except for Roscoe.

 
At 11:03 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Yup. Ain't it the truth~`

 
At 11:35 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

JJ: I am so sorry men have lied to you and some of the best liars name start with an R and ends with an E. I aint saying who, but beware. However I can be trusted, believe me I can be trusted!

 
At 12:11 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

you can't fool me Josh. Rosie is a girl's name. Nice try, but.

 
At 12:58 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

JJ: No,no,no! OK take the first and last letter and add an o and say an s and another o and c not in this order because if Roscoe found out what I was doing he would skin my hide, hes as mean as satan and you piss him off he makes more noise than two skeletons fucking on a tin roof using a tin can as a rubber! ( love to slip that line whenever I can, it fit just right) JW

 
At 1:21 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

Hang on. Lemme get this straight. Roscoe is fucking Rosie? Christ Josh. Is there no woman in the world that has not fallen for his rakish good looks?

 
At 2:03 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

JJ: I hate to be the one to break it to ya, you know this, right? Roscoes one of them Casanova types, he cant help himself. Looks like the only honest man left in this world. Be Strong JWW

 
At 2:17 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

oh, you mean he's Italian? The pieces of the puzzle falls into place. i now know why why my grannie smells faintly of garlic.
I am gutted. I can't take much more of this cruel world. i feel so foolish.

 
At 3:01 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

JJ: Be strong and resist his charms, you will feel better about yourself. The world is cruel, but you make it a better place. Hows that? Feel better? I'm tired so very tired, recovering the wreckage that Roscoe leaves in his path can be exausting. Chin up JW

 
At 3:06 PM , Blogger madman said...

"Characters useful in identification: bulging eyes; fleshy flaps (whiskers) on cheeks and jaws; broad, flat heads."

This describes half the people in the trailer park on the edge of town!

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Josh, YOU LYING SHITBAG! Don’t listen to his siren’s babble. JJ, sempre il mio amore!

 
At 3:21 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

MM: You forgot hard to extract fish hooks from mouth.
R: You speaking in tounges again, anyone know a good discount exocist?

 
At 8:36 PM , Blogger ing said...

I tried for Roscoe, back in the fourth grade. He forsook me for one of those tall, hot Australian chicks.

Sigh.

 
At 11:15 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

that was my grandmother, Ing.

 
At 4:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

good morning josh ... now i understand what went wrong, yourblog title! - i misread it as "for those who real and RIDE good" ... that's where the misunderstanding came from ... now it all makes sense - the cold, abrupt rudness and the cleansing of my comments ... it's ok, there are plenty of guys in nyc who RIDE well - with horses larger than yours too! ... i went to the 6:00 showing of Brokeback Mountain with anderson cooper ... i would recomend it to even non-cowboys josh - not that it would correct your homophobia, but you may accidentally pick up a fun STD from the theater seat ... as we gays approach the new years ( it is 2006 for us ) i wonder if you would prefer i cease communicating to/about you or do you have a foundness for deleting comments? one good lesson i did learn from reading My Mule was that i never realized how many older "earth mother" hippie-type organic free range women there were scattered throughout the more boring states in our US of A ... they just love teasing you about sex josh! - how very contemporary, almost advant guarde in a four score and five years ago manner ... i read in oprah's O magazine that the majority of chicks who speak of damp and moist panties in public forums spend from 3% to 5% of their take-home income on batteries for their toys ... hope you celebrate YOUR new year with a bang! later handsome, billyboy

 
At 5:15 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

ing: Roscoe...what can I say.
JJ: I have some good news and some bad news, I think you better sit down and I will tell you on your site.

My Mule offers anonymous postings. My Mule reserves the right to delete any post. My Mule does not respect harrasment from anonymous posters with out a web site for a response.(Double meaning for flamer)Go for that New Yorker he sounds like a real nice man.

 
At 5:30 AM , Blogger scott enema said...

josh williams - you are correct, what you say seems more than fair, i clearly have misdirected some anger ... for that, and anything hurtful or offensive i said to you or your friends/fans, i do apologize ... i wish you a safe, happy and wonderful New Year ...Billy

 
At 10:48 AM , Blogger ing said...

JJ:

Your gran was hot, and I always admired her for re-enrolling in grade school and attempting to complete her primary education at that age.

 
At 12:11 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Yeah, I could see how that thing might do some damage to the daddy parts!

 
At 12:49 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

josh you have a disgruntled fan. i want one too! you are so cool, josh!

Ing i agree - it was so brave of her. she would have passed too if she hadn't been expelled for having "an encounter" with a fellow pupil....

 
At 1:46 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

ing: zing!
Mike: Let me tell you!
JJ: Becarefull what you wish for, and please why cant you and ing get along I need your help with this new global experiment!

 
At 2:12 PM , Blogger scott enema said...

josh - i was nice and apologized to you and your friends and fans and you like totally ignore me - even though i feelings are slighty hurt, i shall remain a gentleman and say nothing of which you would disaprove

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger honeyhive said...

I've collected 123 shitters so far.

 
At 5:18 PM , Blogger jungle jane said...

Josh i love ing to bits. it's your Toadfish i find nauseating. I am ready to help with your global domination. can i do my part stoned?

 
At 5:21 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Honey: You the gal!
JJ: Your hired!

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

I have Roscoe back in my good graces and discussed on the Ameche the minitue of the experiment. He agreed that it was more than a general speculative conversation and is committed, big time. We discussed the whole plan .He is the only person that is privy to the idea and has agreed at great danger to himself and his family to participate in the great experiment.
We will need a number of spare commodes and a kings ransom of marine toilets...I dare not say more, other than something good will come of this. Something real good! Now get to fetching!
Bill of Materials:
186 identical pristine toilets plus at least 10% spares. 24 sea/land rovers worthy of the worst conditions mother nature has to offer.
75 desalination machines (industrial).
24 plus reverse Osmosis machines. Plus those suits you wear that turns your urine into drinking water.
240 Eunuch volunteers.
864 females. I better stop or the whole experiment could be corrupted. Gawd I think this could be the best thing to happen to our Earth since the sun shone on its face. More later, I need to do more research and consult
with Roscoe and other experts in the field.

 
At 9:34 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

On a personal note concerning toad fish. "Ugly is in the eye of the beholder". Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

 
At 9:56 PM , Blogger ing said...

Josh:

I'm so happy that old heartbreaker Roscoe is privy to the privvy thing, but right now all I have to contribute is $84 -- wait, now it's $50 -- worth of beer, one hollow-legged Jane, and a full bladder. So on the 18.6 spares, could you possible make that 19.6? I'm afraid one of those things isn't going to be so pristine, unless I can hang with the outback/jungle thing and find a nice eucalyptus to water.

 
At 10:50 PM , Blogger honeyhive said...

I am so fucking wasted right now.

 
At 3:21 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

ing: Hell yea! I am happy with any support you have to offer.If everything goes as planned I will have an address to ship the shitters to. They are new, correct. Double kilned so as to stand the rigors of the greatest expedition this millinium has seen. Of course they are I feel silly for asking. JW
Honey: God Bless

 
At 5:17 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

"I need 864 toiletd plus spares." he says.
"Need to know only" He says.

So I contact a friend in the Russian Army surplus business ("organizatsiya"). He sets us up with stainless steel, prison grade crappers. He wants serious jing for them and he won’t separate the bunch. I fooled him with some of JJ's arse pills to negotiate down the price.

I'm back and Ing and Honey have scored already because Josh has EVERYBODY looking for toilets. "Your he only one who knows about this" he says. What was the point in the gunplay and testical shocks? GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER JOSH!!! Happy Freekin' New Year Everybody

P.S. And Josh, you can put the ointment on Tater's nuts!

 
At 5:32 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Why in Gods name would you put the monkey in peril!
I need marine toilets and selfcomposting ones as well. 864 is the my target but I will need spares. I like the idea of the stainless steel. Strong work Roscoe, and take care of Tater or I call Peta!

 
At 6:17 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Roscoe: Do you think you could get "organizatsiya" to come off with some of their navigational systems and also I need some massive all terrain vehicles. Oh, you are the only one privy to the entire plan, its best this way for now in case "organizatsiya" catchs one of the group they will not be able to reveal any secrets. Hopefully the Europena navigational system will be up and running because I like to have some back up and hell Lorans I am sure are a dime a dozen. Promise "organizatsiya" whatever they ask via Freak Show and then run out on the tab. More later...

 
At 10:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a piece of crap. Can't you do any better than this? I thought that this place was for people who read and wrote real good. I mean c'mon! Half of the posts are from you or Roescoe, or the same person, and who really gives a shit about a fish? I also know that the anonymous post are from you as well!

Curious rocket to success? Me thinks me smells a rat. I am curious how many vacuous minds are in the world. When I read the posts and then the menions praising in hope of a post on their site I taste my own stomach bile.

I know this was you! You just targeted the wrong blogger!

 
At 6:57 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Methinks thou doest protest too loudly

 
At 7:03 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Archived for my enjoyment in my golden years. 56 minutes into the new year and I'm already being flamed. Coool. Fish are cool! The flamer must have something against me and fish...

At 12:56 AM, Anonymous said...

What a piece of crap. Can't you do any better than this? I thought that this place was for people who read and wrote real good. I mean c'mon! Half of the posts are from you or Roescoe, or the same person, and who really gives a shit about a fish? I also know that the anonymous post are from you as well!

Curious rocket to success? Me thinks me smells a rat. I am curious how many vacuous minds are in the world. When I read the posts and then the menions praising in hope of a post on their site I taste my own stomach bile.

I know this was you! You just targeted the wrong blogger!

 
At 10:02 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

He got me too. I spent New Years Eve sleeping constructively. It did not occur to me to spend all night worrying about my blog rank.

 
At 10:08 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Toadfish are apparently not the biggest fish in the puddle.

 
At 11:15 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Pour fella used poor grammer "people who read and wrote real good"? Gaw it sickens me. I did like parts vacuous the stomach bile and minions, that was real good. Although the toadfish is small in stature in my eyes she is the greatest in the sea! What kind of person could not admire a toadfish?One that could not read and write real good I spose.
As for you being me did our friend not read the famous "Pith Helmets and Hula Poppers" (see January's edition of Lattitudes and Attitudes page 47) and your version of the same story which I did not submit because I am selfish and my brother Chucks version posted directly below my post. I don't think this one has much movement behind their eyes.

 
At 11:34 AM , Blogger ing said...

I thought maybe that flamer was a caveman, what with the "me thinks me smell," though he doesn't stick with it.

But I like all that fancy decorative language that you like, Josh. It's written real good, for sure. Also that bit about his curious rocket -- that caveman has a sense of humor, though he tries to play it all closeted-goth-dude.

But anyway, happy new year to you and to Roscoe, which, I thought you were brothers. Are you just friends?

 
At 12:04 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Roscoe I have known since 3rd grade he was in fourth.Roscoe, my brother Chuck, Roscoes brothers Joe and John would all get together and either ride our dirt bikes or work on the track in the back field. We lived in the country for seven years so had the luxury of space. Still reamined friends with Roscoe and all almost 36 years later, its true!

 

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