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EelEels: Weāre talking the American eel, (Anguilla rostrata), here at the Sports Port. It is a catadromous fish (Google that one) and is found on the eastern coast of North America. It has a snake-like body with a small sharp pointed head. Itās coloring is brown on top and a tan-yellow color on the bottom. This baby has sharp pointed teeth but no pelvic fins. Although many anglers are put off by the snake-like appearance of these catadromous fish, eels are in fact exceptionally good fish. The world record weight for the American eel is 9.25 pounds but you wonāt find any of that size in our tank.

Shiners: The golden shiner, (Notemigonus crysoleucas), is a cyprinid fish native to eastern North America and introduced throughout the continent. It is the sole member of its genus. The golden shiner's back is a green to olive shade, and the belly a silvery white, but its golden or silvery sides are what gets noticed. There may be a faint dusky stripe along the sides as well, and the lateral line has a pronounced downward curve, with its lowest point just above the pelvic fins. The prominent anal fin is indented in the middle and has 11-15 rays, while the dorsal fin has 8 rays. It is known to reach a length of 30 cm. The shiner is possibly the most widely cultivated in North America; it grows to any desired size rapidly.

Shiners are probably the best bait for catching bigger and better bass but Bass rarely hit bait that can't run away from them. Therefore, you want to handle them properly. You must provide them with plenty of oxygen and if water temperature changes occur, they need to be done slowly.

Sandworm: The Sandworm (Nereis) is opalescent green and coppery-brown in color with a well developed parapodia. The head has four to five pair of tentacles and the eversible proboscis has a pair of large, sickle like jaws.

The name sandworm is given to two kinds of polychaete worm: Here in the US, it is a worm of the genus Nereis (a ragworm) but, in the UK, a sandworm is another name for a lugworm (genus Arenicola)- just in case you wanted to know.

Nightcrawler: The Nightcrawler (Dendrobaena-Veneta) worm is light-sensitive and wiggles around frantically, thus attracting fish ö and isnāt that your objective? Due to their tough hide, you are advised to use a sharp hook, (if you stick them, they just get mad and want to fight. It's easier to hook a minnow when wearing gloves than a mad Nightcrawler with a dull hook). And, you want to watch the barb for a build up of hide because when the barb gets a build up of excess hide....fish find it easy to get off.

Mealworms: Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, (Tenebrio molitor), a species of darkling beetle. Like all holometabolic insects, they go through four life-stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Larvae typically measure about 2.5cm or more, whereas adults are generally between 1.25 and 1.8cm in length. For the fishing world (i.e., bait), a juvenile hormone is incorporated into the feeding process to keep the mealworm in the larval stage and achieve an abnormal length of 2 cm or greater.

Trout Worms: (Dendrobaena Eisenia veneta) has a coloring that is predominantly reddish purple and each segment has a dark purple band of pigment, alternating with a clear intersegmental area. They are 50-155 mm in length. Also known as Red Trout Worms, Red Wigglers, Belgium's, Georgia Jumpers and Panfish Worms (which makes it very confusing) but they go by the name Trout Worm here on Cape Cod. Its large size (but not as large as the nightcrawler, which is sometimes considered to be too large) makes it easier to fit on a hook. Although many anglers claim the worm secretes enzymes highly attractive to fish, these remain unsubstantiated. But many swear by this large, robust worm because of their durability and ease of storage. They are very hardy and are easy to keep alive. If you keep them in a refrigerator at around 38” to 42” F, they will last weeks with out much care.
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149 West Main St
Hyannis, MA 02601-3736
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