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Uncommon catch for Nags Head area

Jesse Edelmayer of Mooresville caught and released this bonefish – a rare catch in these waters – while bottom fishing with shrimp in the surf zone at Jennette’s Pier on a recent morning.

Bonefish have an elongated, torpedo-shaped body with silvery scales. The rostrum, or snout, is rather pointed in appearance. The top, or dorsal, fin has a triangular shape similar to that of a shark, according to online resource Animals Network.

Adults typically measure about one and a half feet long, but larger individuals reach lengths of three feet long plus. Most weigh around 6 pounds on average.

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