Casting for Immigrant Species in Central Park

Casting for Immigrant Species in Central Park . . .

Harlem Meer on the day I fished with The New York Observer. (photo taken 05 24 2013)

Harlem Meer on the day I fished with The New York Observer. (photo taken 05 24 2013)

The story of the alleged snakehead in Central Park continues. Last week. Matt Kassel, a reporter from The New York Observer, contacted me and asked one question to which I answered an emphatic “YES!”

“Would you be willing to go fishing?”

We arranged to spend a gray and windy Friday angling beside Harlem Meer. We were in search of the northern snakehead in one regard, that being the story of this fish and how what I prefer to call an immigrant may have established a tenuous presence in the pond. The answer I posited involves another immigrant, one of the human fishmonger variety.

The two of us fortunately failed to catch a snakehead during our outing, but I did manage to coax two bluegills from the lake, which resembled lentil soup laced with cooked spinach on account of two unbroken days of torrential rains. My highlight of the trip was successfully guiding Matt to a healthy largemouth bass. Fishes caught, story set, we parted as new friends beside the Meer now bordered by a third immigrant, the delightful yellow flag, a wildflower mentioned in American literature as far back as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

Matt’s story, including several excellent photos by Observer staff photographer Fernando Gomes, appeared in the newspaper on Tuesday, May 28th. Here is the link to the online version:

http://observer.com/2013/05/gone-fishin-casting-for-invasive-species-in-central-park/

On the Bright Side: immigrant Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus) lines the bank of Harlem Meer. (photo taken 05 24 2013)

On the Bright Side: immigrant Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus) lines the bank of Harlem Meer. (photo taken 05 24 2013)

— rPs 05 31 2013

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