A Fish TalePosted: July 14, 2008
I’m starting with Emma’s flowers, which served as our centerpiece for Sunday’s dinner. She picked them in our yard.
I figure the flowers can serve as the nice part of this post about food, or food possibilities.
Our pond is well stocked with fish. It was already stocked when we bought the property. There are blue gills, wide-mouth bass, and a couple of carp. There are also, if one were so inclined to catch and eat them, snapping turtles and frogs. Lots of bullfrogs with long legs.
Don’t go on if you’re easily grossed out by death or dead creatures (especially if they’re staring you in the face). You can’t say I didn’t warn you.
The pond is murky and kind of stinky this year. That’s because we killed off a large number of weeds which are now decomposing the way things do when they die. We’ve been pedaling around the pond frequently to help oxygenate the water which will speed up the decomposition and help clear things up.
Part of the stink has been caused by some of the fish dying off. The LM has said (and stuff we’ve read on the internet has verified his thinking) that it’s not a fish kill. A fish kill is when hundreds or thousands of fish die at once. There have been a few here and there, but certainly not enough to qualify it as a fish kill. I was worried that the decomposition of the plants might be using up too much of the oxygen, causing the fish to die from the lack of it. It’s more likely that the pond is getting kind of crowded with fish so some are dying due to lack of room, and some are dying of old age.
We occasionally let friends fish the pond. A few days ago we had a couple of fishermen out there and they came across a wide-mouth bass that had died, probably of old age judging by the size of it.
I don’t know if you can see that in the photo, but this guy was 24 inches at his longest points.
Since he was already dead and not a fresh catch, we couldn’t eat him. That’s too bad. He probably would have fed us for a few days.
I guess he is, in a sense, another of those big fish that got away. At least I have photos to prove it.