People rush to the Eastern Shore for early morning jubilee

Baldwin County
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People rushed to the shore of Mobile Bay in Fairhope early Tuesday morning as a jubilee made gigging hundreds of flounder and mullet easy.

The jubilee, a summer phenomenon caused primarily by a lack of oxygen in bottom waters forcing bottom-type fish and crustaceans ashore, brought jubilee enthusiasts to the Fairhope Yacht Club. 

Jubilees often happen several times each summer, but no one knows when or at what area of the beach the next jubilee will occur, which is what makes it such an elusive event.

It’s believed jubilees of this magnitude only happen in two places in the world: Mobile Bay and Tokyo Bay in Japan.

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