I could have sworn that shark has higher mercury content too. But as Stuart said, I've also read articles that say you would have to be consuming fish 5 or 6 times a week which is almost once a day. I love all types of fish/seafood but I could never eat fish 6 days a week. I think once a week or once every couple of weeks is great. Most of my protein comes from chicken/pork. I cook a big loin or a couple of pounds of chicken thigh at the beginning of the week and then we can make multiple meals out of it throughout the weak. Basically, meal prepping.They are okay to eat. Where mercury becomes an issue is more in pelagic fish (like bluefin tuna) that have a higher fat content. Those big ones can have a high mercury content. Also, the longer lived the fish, the higher the mercury content.
You'd have to eat a lot of fish over a long period of time though for the mercury content to become a real issue, but it does happen. I'm talking about eating fish 4 or 5 times a week.
On Edit: Here's a really good link about mercury levels in fish.
Mercury in fish can cause serious health problems. Get expert advice from Consumer Reports on low mercury fishes to eat and high mercury fishes to avoid.www.consumerreports.org
Stuart, someone recently caught a 21 lb'r out of Plez a few months ago and the regular catches that I see posted on AZ Striper page are consistently getting bigger in the average 4lb range. Another picture I saw in the last month from Plez was a HUGE 20lb class Striper that had ingested or tried to ingest another Striper and it had choked itself to death just like you're speaking of. The boaters came across it and pulled it in for pictures. Pretty sure Striper are considered PELAGIC. The last 3 summers I've been taking the jet ski out there to chase the FOAMERS. I figure it's actually really good practice for ocean fishing. Locating bait balls on the sounder and then jigging. I absolutely suck and or the Striper are VERY fragile lower in the water column. I still have yet to jig a striper. Top water is a different story. I really need to try and get a video of it but these things absolutely go OFF!!! FOAMING so hard just like tuna. The water becomes white, literally FOAMING. 100 + Striper in unison absolutely crashing the surface. Nuts.Go get 'em!
I used to take my boat up to PLEZ. We were in a back cove and I kept hearing something hitting the surface hard. Motored slowly over and there was a huge striper struggling just under the surface. Netted his happy ass.
Upon close examination, the pig striper had a damned large bluegill wedged sideways, stuck in his gill plates and couldn't swallow it or expel it.
Took my knife, cut the bluegill out, a little worse for wear, but still alive, then released him. The striper was still alive, but was toast. He went into the cooler and a nice dinner was had that night.
One of those weird fishing adventures!
I watch this guy John Skinner on YouTube. He's out of the Long Island Sound area. He's written a few books and has some online courses that you can purchase on Salt Strong... One of his books is called Striper Pursuit and the other is about Fluke fishing. I've basically learned everything I apply to flounder fishing from this guy. He's apparently very good at what he does. He basically uses a high/low rig for both. His bread and butter is SAND EELS... There's ones called pork strips and other variations. I think GULP makes some too. Apparently the Striper love these sand eels. His go to for Fluke is the bucktail jig with a dropper loop grub above it. I've caught a handful of Flounder with that rig.I've had similar experiences chasing the stripers at Pleasant. They are there, along with the bait balls, but damned if I could get one to hit anything.
Back east, we'd slow troll surgical eels for them in the Chesapeake. Never tried it at Pleasant, but would be worth a shot. Don't know if you could even find one around here, but maybe online? Yup... these guys.
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Same fish, just a different environment, and it's in their DNA to eat eels.
Due to covid or in general you mean? In general, yes, there is a hole in the fence and we've been taking my truck over there and hanging out on our own personal beach just west of Reef RV fence line. Water access at anything other than high tide is a little daunting as you would have to walk across that sharp volcanic rock over there... may be doable for you. Impossible for me. After they closed Tucson Beach to vehicles this was the next best thing for me.A quick question for the inshore fisherman. I am heading down this weekend and would love to wet a line. Can I launch my float tube around the Cholla or competition hill area without getting arrested? My wife would rather not have to bail me out of jail even though I am game. I need to fish.