Various species inhabit most of the worlds seas. The west Pacific boasts of the Pele merfish, with dark hair and eyes, bronze torso, and a firey red orange tail. The North and Baltic seas are inhabited by the great white merfish, mostly white with translucent light blue tail colors. These incredible creatures can be over seven feet long and weigh up to 400 lbs. (How would you like to have one of those flopping around on your deck?) There is a Canary Island merfish, the only true deep water merfish, with red hair and a chartreuse tail. There are Pacific green merfish known to populate the tropical east Pacific and the California valley merfish that is mostly silver with some rose colored accents.
Everyone I talked to had their own opinion about how to attract merfish. One old salt from Portugal told me "it's not how deep you fish em, but how you wiggle your bait." The general consensus is that merfish are way too smart to be caught with a hook and line, or a net. in fact many fishermen told of having exotic merbaits taken off the hook and replaced with such oddities as rubber boots and sea cucumbers. We left no shell unturned in our search to find someone who had actually caught a merfish and with my conversations with fisherpersons who knew someone who had, I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't warn you to a man they couldn't tell me who caught who. "Sam had seen this mermaid a couple of times, we were walking on the beach late one afternoon. I heard this soft singing and looked, sure enough she was playing in the surf. Sam said I'm going to go say hello to Morganna. He just kept walking out to sea, we never saw him again. Didn't even turn around to say goodbye. All merfish love music. Seamen have know this for centuries. No strategy for attracting a merfish is complete without it. The ageless choice is classical chamber music featuring violins and cellos. If your in the tropics you might try Mexican guitar band or steel drums. I hear the California valley merfish have been known to show up for Beach Boy music. But you know how it is fishing, if something doesn't work, try something else.
A mermaids best friend is diamonds, gold, and maybe, if it's a Pele you're trying to impress, fire opals. Seamen for centuries have been wearing gold earrings so that if they fell overboard they could pay tribute to a merfish for saving their life. (Great white mermaids have been known to demand tribute.)
The way to a merman's heart is through his stomach. What these guys like is steak.
and a lot of it. Try fillet mignon, two nice thick ones. Mermen also love melons, so
include that in your merman menu. Bring top quality ale, by the gallon. You bet they
drink like fish. Finish up with an exotic french desert.
Copyright 1996 Fishingtrip.com The next time you're out trolling and see an
anomaly on the old depth finder, pipe some Bach down the transducer, toss a couple of
coconuts over the side, and see who shows up!
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