01 February 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...Day 27

Sunday, 01 February: 7:30PM:

Beautiful day in Islamorada: The wind, always a factor in our fishing decisions, was coming in from the northeast at 10-15 kts., so Wayne and I discussed going Ocean-side to the barracuda hole; however, by the time he got here the wind had shifted to the right, so Ocean-side was rough. We headed out across Florida Bay towards Everglades National Park.

BULLETIN: Most important: Deb sent us this link to an ABC News Video regarding the tires on your car. The video shows that people are dying on the highways because of their tires...not because they are worn, but because they are old. Apparently tires dry out and go bad after six or more years. The video explains how to check the age of your tires, and how to ensure that your tire dealer gives you new ones next time you buy tires. Click here: VIDEO

I know some of our readers have been rubbed the wrong way each time I've mentioned it being cold down here, but here's the proof: ice washing up on a flat in Everglades National Park.

We've also written about ditches. These are cuts through sandbars and flats, or between keys, that are formed by the action of the tides. In this photo the green ditch can be seen running between the gray/brown of the surrounding flats. Whereas one could get out of the boat and walk on the flat [might sink in a bit], the water in the ditch is up to seven feet deep.

We fished two ditches and caught nothing, nada, rien, zip,zilch...not even a lizard fish. Then we struck fish gold. In this pic Wayne's holding a snook [rhymes with "look"] that grabbed the shrimp he had on as bait. We put the snook back.

Keeper-size mangrove snappers, on the other hand, are a highly prized food fish...and we caught so many keepers that we were culling...taking smaller fish out of the livewell and replacing them with larger fish as we caught them. We couldn't keep all we caught as there's a daily limit of 5 per person.

Back at the dock, Wayne started to process our snapper catch into fillets. This activity instantly draws pelicans who seemingly recognize human activities that will result in leftover fish parts.

Processing over, Wayne tossed the leftovers to the pelicans...

...which created quite a bit of squabbling over who should consume what.

Back at the kitchen, some pepper and lemon pepper, a non-stick pan, and the catch-of-the-day is converted into dinner.

Islamorada, FL; Everglades National Park; Florida Bay; Florida Keys; fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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