Question for Bill Horn and other Conchs

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Posted by Doug Jeffries on 2013-03-18 14:38:51

I'm reading a book titled "Florida Enchantments" by A.W. Dimock. It was originally copyrighted in 1908 and again in 1915. It's a compilation of tales about the 'good ol' days' in southern Florida. In a chapter abut salt water fly fishing, he talks about a fish they called "cavallies". The way he describes them I think it is a species of jack, maybe crevalles. Here's a quote: "The great splashing around a bunch of little fish is made by cavallies. One of them will take your hook with anything you choose to put on it and you will get it back with the fish, after strenuous effort that may consume hours. From the back of the cavally, at the base of the dorsal fin, you may cut the curious "lucky bone" and insure your own good fortune, at the cost of his, while from the flesh of this dark-meated fish you may cut steaks that will remind you of tender beef."

My question is, does anyone know about this "lucky bone" Dimock is talking about? Is it a horsehoe shape or something? I've not heard of it before.

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