Mike Marsh caught this nurse shark during Shark Week.
The latest deluge found us searching for some clear water. The crashing water temperatures from the cold rain and the turbidity from the runoff had the inshore fish a bit out-of-sorts. While we tried several places, I eventually, took my wife, Carol, fishing at Masonboro Inlet, where we were looking for the tide line.
The contrast of the brick-colored water dumping into the Atlantic from the Intracoastal Waterway with the cleaner ocean water was stark. Despite it being a Sunday afternoon, only a few other anglers were fishing.
"The fish must not be biting, or the inlet would be crowded," Carol said. "At least the fishing is comfortable."
Indeed, a southwest wind was blowing hard. Anchoring the 20-foot flat bottom boat in lee of the south jetty had been a good idea.
This Birdman Wingbone call was made by Jay Burnworth of Dola, Ohio.
Does a problem gobbler have you stumped? A wingbone call can bring him strutting into shotgun range when nothing else will because it makes turkey sounds he has not heard before.
Wingbone calls may be the oldest manmade turkey calls. Perhaps the Native Americans showed Pilgrims how to blow across leaves held between their thumbs to imitate turkey yelps, but we will never know because leaves do not survive antiquity.
Jay Burnworth of Dola, Ohio has taken the telescoping of a humerus, ulna and radius in a wing to the level of a modern art form. Now 77, he began hunting turkeys in 1980.
"I hunt six or seven states a year," he said. "I made my first wingbone in the early 1990s. I read that wingbones have been found in Pueblo Indian ruins, so there must be a good reason."
He made his first one from a wing he brought home after a hut in Southern Ohio. Now, he makes 100 Birdman Wingbones annually with bones from all over the U.S.
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