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A bunch of these fish eggs came up on the hooks of my deep umbrellas today while trolling mouth of Choptank. Biggest ones were about diameter of a dime or penny. Anybody know what species they are? The grass shrimp, minnows, and mud crabs in my fish tank are doing a good job cleaning them off so we can have a good look at them!

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Jason -

I think what you saw were tunicates or sea squirts, a type of invertebrate animal -- not fish eggs. They often are found around clumps of oysters. I occasionally get them on a jighead when working over oyster bottom. When you bring them out of the water, the two siphons shown on the attached web page are not as obvious.

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Jason -

I think what you saw were tunicates or sea squirts, a type of invertebrate animal -- not fish eggs. *They often are found around clumps of oysters. *I occasionally get them on a jighead when working over oyster bottom. *When you bring them out of the water, the two siphons shown on the attached web page are not as obvious.
I agree with Mr Veil.
 

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I too concur with Mr. Viel... sea squirts... and I seem to bring up a few every year while bouncing jigs on the bottom. While taking them off the jig they will sometimes squirt like a grapefruit... right in your eye:eek:
 
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