The Cape Fear area is rich with saltmarshes, creeks and grass beds. These areas are known as a nursery for young fish, crabs, and shrimp which contributes to the rich fishery we enjoy.
Because this life is hidden within these areas and underwater, most of us can’t see how rich and active this nursery truly is. Kayak Carolina’s resident marine biologist, Tressa Hartsell, explores and educates by pulling a seine net to find exactly what marine creatures are in the grasses.
You can find seine nets at most tackle shops and it is fairly simple to pull a seine net with two people. Keeping the net close to the bottom so little creatures won’t swim out, walk the net through the water and up on to a beach.
In the middle of the summer you should be able to find many varieties of small fish. Along with the mullet, glass, and mud minnows you can find juvenile blue fish, trout, redfish, flounder and more. You will also find lots of little crabs and shrimp.
There are books available at most book stores and through the Aquarium that will help identify all of these creatures.