....over winter striped bass are adapted to cease feeding by late November, and resume feeding once spring water temperatures elevate. Work done on YOY 'young of the year' (Hurst and Conover, 2001) indicated
- many temperate fish species lose energy throughout the winter relying on stored lipid reserves to fuel metabolism
- low environmental temperatures drastically reduce digestive enzymatic activity
- over winter feeding activity could increase when energy reserves become depleted, as gut fullness was negatively related to lipid energy reserves
I guess if we were to make some slight changes in timings we could be talking about another saltwater predator that evolved on this side of the world - occupying the same environmental niche, doing essentially the same things........
source Captain Al Anderson- IGFA