28 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 61

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At 3:00 Saturday afternoon winds on the reef were blowing at 34.5 mph. There was a Gale Warning in effect that, as of 8:00 pm, had been reduced to a Small Craft Advisory for southwest to west winds 20 to 25 knots and gusty early...shifting west to northwest and increasing to 25 to 30 knots with occasional gusts near 35 knots. Seas beyond the reef 5 to 9 feet. Seas inside the reef 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters extremely rough. Scattered showers early...becoming isolated.

Couldn't resist taking a photo of this sign.

Sunday’s day is scheduled to start with more of the same: Northwest to north winds 20 to 25 knots and gusty early...decreasing 10 to 15 knots late. Seas beyond the reef 5 to 9 feet early...subsiding to 3 to 6 feet late. Seas inside the reef 2 to 4 feet...subsiding to around 2 feet late. Nearshore waters very rough...becoming a light to moderate chop.

Despite the weather, and as Wayne and I are basically nuts, we decided to try to find some places to fish. The winds were mostly out of the south which would gave us access to the shoreline of the Keys along the Bay side. There've been no fish in those areas since the cold weather started...but what the heck.

So we motored out onto Snake Creek which, as you can see from the photo, was totally stirred up with sediment.


We hit a barracuda spot first. No barracuda there.

Then we went to Hippy Harbor to try for mangrove snappers. Caught a few...only one keeper that we threw back as we would have needed several to make a worthwhile meal.

We even fished Snake Creek [photo] for a while on the way back to the house. More small snappers.

Winds got worse.

We got off the water.

Caryl and Bridget went off to the flea markets and reportedly had a good time.

I'm wondering if Aunt Jane would give me some knitting lessons.

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

27 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 60

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Thursday was a blustery day. When it gets that way the winds stir up the sediment from the shallow waters around the keys and turn the water to the color of a greenish milkshake. You can see in this shot--taken from the house--that the water in the canal we're on is sort of clear, but as you look further out to Snake Creek, where the wind can really get at the water, the water appears nearly opaque.

Click on the photos to enlarge.



48.7° in Islamorada Friday morning….with a small craft caution in effect for north winds 15 to 20 knots early...shifting northeast and decreasing to near 10 knots. Seas beyond the reef 4 to 6 feet...subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Seas inside the reef 2 to 3 feet...subsiding to 1 to 2 feet. Nearshore waters choppy...becoming a light chop.

Wayne said it was actually warmer where he and Linda live in Quebec than it was down here this morning.

The winds did die down as forecast, so Wayne and I ventured out Atlantic side to see what we could find in the way of fish. At one point a pod of 5-6 dolphin came by. I grabbed the camera but they dove deep below the boat and all we could see [photo above] was dark shapes passing under the boat.



We put out the chumbag and quickly attracted a lot of fish in the rocky area where we started to fish...but these were all small and mostly undesireables, sporting-wise and eating-wise, so we moved off nearer to the reef where the water suddenly becomes deep.

I hooked a large fish that broke my line [probably cut me off on a rock], plus a mackerel that was on the line for only a few seconds. We caught other small fish but nothing of value.

Fact is, we've done almost entirely Bay-side, shallow-water, sight-fishing down here. But the cold spell has driven the fish out of the Bay, so we're trying deep-water fishing on the Atlantic side. Wayne said it was like Fishing 101 for us; I suggested it was more like Remedial Fishing 99...the course you have to take before they let you into Fishing 101.

So we're still trying to figure out this deep-water stuff.



I checked Caryl's camera to see what pix she may have collected in which readers might be interested.

Wabbits are always good.



She had some shots of the Ibis at work as well.



More information to come on this house.



Ditto.


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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

26 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 58, 59

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These first two photos are of the sunset from Tuesday night at the Lorelei. At least the waitress couldn't screw that up.



Wednesday it was cloudy all day with rain a good part of the time.

It all changed in the evening, however, from cloudy with rain to cloudy with rain and wind. Thank goodness. The cloudy with just rain was getting a bit boring.



Back to Winter Again

58° in Islamorada at 0900 Thursday morning….with a small craft advisory in effect for northwest to north winds near 25 knots with occasional gusts near 35 knots [40.25 mph]...decreasing to 15 to 20 knots by afternoon.

By 1 pm on Thursday the temp had zoomed to 59.8°. The normal high temp for this date is 77°.

The Phantom of Islamorada appeared again Thursday night. Didn't hang around long, though...just a couple of quick swirls and then pfffffffffffft! Gone!

Probably too cold and windy here even for phantoms.

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Researchers Issue Outlook for a Significant New England 'Red Tide' in 2010

“Today, scientists from the NOAA-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity project issued an outlook for a significant regional bloom of a toxic alga that causes ‘red tides’ in the spring and summer of this year, potentially threatening the New England shellfish industry.”

NOAA News

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Connecticut: Winter Home for Many Birds

“With more snow on the way and many of the state's lakes dotted with ice-fishing shacks, it's hard to think of Connecticut as a sort of Florida for wintering birds.

“But that's exactly the role the state plays this time of year, with thousands of predator birds, ducks and water fowl commuting here to escape frigid habitats in Maine, Canada and even above the Arctic Circle.”

Courant.com

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News We’ve All Been Waiting to Hear!

“Barbershops in Tennessee could add fish tanks under a measure making waves in the legislature.”

[You can’t make up some of this stuff.]

Tennessean.com

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Angry Fishermen Angle for Reform

“Thousands of saltwater fishermen, some from as far away as Florida, Texas and the Pacific Coast, will descend on the U.S. Capitol this week seeking reforms to federal policies they view as increasingly hostile to recreational fishing. They plan to march Thursday under a banner of "United We Fish" as the anglers are joined by members of Congress who are backing revisions to encourage more....”

WashingtonTimes.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

24 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 57

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Hey Everyone, We’re in Florida!

[And it only took 57 days to get here]

Tuesday, 10am, it was actually 74° out with 84% humidity...has the New England weather finally left?

This good-looking chap is Mark who works at Smugglers, the place where we go to gas the boat and get bait. Mark's a fine fly fisherman, a great fly tyer, and a very knowledgeable guy about fish and where to find them.

Unfortunately, all of Mark's tips for today were for places too far for Wayne and me to consider with the time we had available.



So we went out nearby on the Atlantic side and anchored up to chum for ballyhoo figuring we'd troll for...whatever comes along.

We picked up a bunch of bottom fish while we were there...mostly small stuff including this handsome grouper.



The colors of the water were amazing shades of greens near shore where the water was still cloudy from the previous day's rains/winds...to blues where the water finally cleared out by the reef.



For those of you who've eaten yellowtail snapper and never seen one, here it is. Very pretty fish.

While trolling we did get one run-off from, perhaps, a sailfish...but it didn't hook up and we never saw the fish.



It's alwaays a treat to see dolphin.



We first spotted this small pod of dolphins where birds were diving onto baitfish on the water. We thought there were probably gamefish pushing the bait up to the surface, but it turned out to be the dolphins. The dolphins were pushing the bait [pilchards] so hard that the fish were leaping out of the water to get away.

In this shot you can see a bird diving on the baitfish that have been spooked by the dolphins.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and you'll probably be able to spot where two dolphins are in the water.



The dolphins came past our boat and gave us the eye [they roll over on their sides and look up at you].



This photo is not clear, but the odd shape is created by two dolphins swimming next to each other...what appeared to be a mother with a pup.



The dolphins were busy chasing that school of pilchards and, having seen that we weren't very interesting, they soon took off for the horizon.



Bridget arrived this evening; she's always a lot of fun and it will be great having here with us.

We finally had our first bad experience eating at Lorelei. Not the food. The food seems always to be good there. But the restaurant was understaffed and our waitress was a snot. We had to get our own utensils. My dinner never arrived...but they tried to charge us for it...etc., etc. We got the manager's ear and told him what we thought.

In the restaurant's defense, have to point out that this was the first day when the weather was decent enough to sit outside at night for quite a while...so the place was packed. However, management should have seen that coming; and, the behaviour of the waitress was completely out of control. First time we haven't left a tip for a waitress or waiter in...can't remember when.

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Four New IGFA Records

“On Sept. 17, Richard C. Keatley, of Norfolk, Va., USA, landed a striped bass (Morone saxatilis) weighing in at 23.27kg (51 lb 5 oz). He used a clouser minnow fly tied to 10 kg (20 lb), tippet while fishing Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The current IGFA men's tippet record is 43 lb 12 oz ( 19.84kg) caught Dec., 2006, from the same area. It took Keatley 30 minutes to land.”

FlyFishing.about.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

23 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 55, 56

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Sunday and Monday were almost unremarkable days.

Sunday Caryl and Linda went flea-marketing. Wayne and I hit the Nautical Flea Market. He found a very nice, new Okuma spinning rod that retails for close to a hundred bucks for $30.

I got some circle hooks [buy 3 packs get 1 pack free] and two 3-inch chef's paring knives [for cutting bait]; stain-free, high-carbon steel with what looks like rosewood handles, made in Brazil for $4.00 [four dollars] apiece. How on earth can anyone fabricate a knife as nice as this and sell it for a profit at four bucks?

We decided to go out on Florida Bay to see if there was any sign of the fishing coming back from the recent cold weather.

We saw nothing. No sharks, no barracudas...not even a ray. We caught nothing. It's like the Dead Sea out there.

We saw this squall coming in from the west and used it as a good excuse to head home. Caught a few sprinkles as we were putting the gear away.

Monday it rained all day. Winds out on Molasses Reef hit 29 mph with gusts to 32.

But Tuesday the forecast is for the winds to lay down and temps to hit 77. This may permit us to get out Atlantic-side where there are some fish.

Let's hope so.

Bridget arrives here Tuesday evening for a visit. Linda leaves here Wednesday to return north...which means we may not see her again until next January.

January seems a very long way off right now.

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Farewell to Jack Gartside

“I was now looking for the local fly fishing hero. I went to his booth at the annual fishing show to take some photos but he wasn’t there. The guy in the next booth told me he was out near the north entrance of the building near the telephones. I headed to the entrance and there was Jack Gartside wearing a tan sport jacket, purple framed glasses and smoking up a storm. I walked up to him and introduced myself. Jack began talking to me like we had been friends for years.”

HeraldNews.com

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It’s All Over for Sardines

“The Prospect Harbor cannery was the last in the country, so its closure is symbolic. At one time, scores of sardine packing plants were strung along the coast. The former cannery in Lubec has been redeveloped into a waterfront hotel, studios and fish market. Yet efforts to redevelop the plant in Belfast as condos and a marina have failed.”

BangorDailyNews.com


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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

21 February 2010

Islamorada Jouranal 2010...Day 54

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King Kong Loose in Islamorada!

Throngs of Keys residents were scampering in all directions as King Kong slashed his way through a local rental center.

Apparently he overheard someone saying he looked silly in the sunglasses he'd rented.



It Was Actually Warm[ish] in Islamorada Today!

We got to sit outside this morning to have coffee...for the first time in maybe five weeks.

It was almost like being in Florida!



Thousands of folk crowded into the annual marine flea market in Islamorada which runs Saturday and Sunday.



All sorts of boat and fishing-related stuff for sale...everything from junk to high-end gear.



Of course there were the usual t-shirt vendors as well as purveyors of fine jewelery.



Lots of fishing gear for sale.

Only thing I bought was a sticky pad. It's made of this strange plastic that's gooey on both sides...but the goo doesn't come off...so you can stick it on the console of your boat and it will hold a pair of pliers in place even if you move the boat. Neat! Maybe I'll be able to find the pliers once in a while now.



Of course the quality of the people-watching was at an all-time high.

Nothing like a light beer to refresh one's self...at 12:30 in the afternoon.



Shirtless! Some people are old enough to know better.



This bird was best-dressed of the day.



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Hartford Fishing Expo

“The "13th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Expo" is coming Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2010 to the Connecticut Convention Center.”

StamfordAdvocate.com

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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

20 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 53

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Caryl and I went to the Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada for the first time today.

And probably the last time.

It's not on the water...which in itself is not a disaster, but after they:
[1] brought Caryl the wrong drink [seltzer instead of tonic]
[2] gave us a sandwich in a roll one could pound nails with
[3] made us wait 20 minutes for desert to arrive, and then
[4] brought a wrong desert...

...we'd had it.

Of course, we have to try new restaurants once in a while...and the word on this place had been good...but we'd have been much better off going back to one of our favorites: Snappers. Lorelei, Lazy Days...and they're on the water.



However, the restaurant was right next door to one of the Wyland Galleries.

Located at 81219 Overseas Highway in Islamorada, the Galleries display the work of Wyland, an artist who does lots of water-themed work...even paints entire buildings, covering them with fish, dolphins, and coral.



If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you'll get a much better idea of his subjects and the vivid colors and strokes with which he paints.

Other artists are featured at the Galleries as well.



Here's a detail cropped from the photo immediately above this one.

For more infomation on Wyland Galleries go to: http://www.wylandkw.com/



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The normal average maximum temperature for Islamorada on 18 February is 77 degrees. The highest temperature here on Thursday was 63.

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Winsted Woman Caught Fishing for WC Benefits?

"A Winsted woman who was videotaped hauling in a boat anchor while claiming to be too badly injured to work as a department store greeter was arrested today on workers' compensation fraud charges.
"CHARLOTTE M. PADEN, age 51, of…Winsted, was charged with one each count of Perjury and Fraudulent Receipt or Claim of Benefits. The charges are felonies carrying a maximum possible total sentence of 25 years in prison.
"According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Ms. Paden was assigned in 2008 to work on light duty as a door greeter for Wal-Mart following work-related injuries in March 2005 and October 2006.
"Ms. Paden claimed she was in too much pain to continue working as a door greeter in 2009, although in May of that year she was observed on a fishing trip casting a fishing pole, twisting and bending over the side of a boat to haul up the anchor, the warrant alleges.
"In June 2009, she claimed at a deposition that she was unable to move without a cane for support and that her ability to stand, kneel and lift was difficult, the warrant states.
* Source: State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice

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Dolphins Provide Clues to Human Health Issues

“A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or seafood.

“Dolphins and humans are both mammals, and their diet includes much of the same seafood that we consume. “

NOAANews.noaa.gov

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Tying One On…Fly-Fishing-Wise

“Unlike freshwater flies, which imitate insects, saltwater flies are artful creations that resemble bait fish, intended of course to attract striped bass, false albacore, bonito and bluefish.”

MVGazette.com

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Adding Weight to Fly Patterns

“You see a flash in the water ahead, and a fish suddenly materializes, cruising down an edge in search of food. Your reactions are instinctive. Judging the distance and angle just right, you lay out a beautiful cast only two feet ahead of your quarry.

“The fly settles into the water and slowly drifts beneath the surface. Everything's playing out perfectly — or so you think. As the fly descends, the fish swims just underneath without even noticing.“

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

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Fly Selection…

“Unlike those which are mostly tied to resemble insects, nymphs and worms, many saltwater flies are tied to resemble small bait fish and crustaceans such as shrimps and crabs. There are hundreds of productive saltwater fly patterns but three of the most famous a beginner fly angler should never leave home without are the Lefty Deceiver, the Clouser Minnow and the Crazy Charlie.”

New Strats Times

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

19 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 52

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Wedneday night's sunset...what we could see of it.

Wayne and I went out on the Atlantic side Thursday afternoon. It was really brisk out there with temps in the low 60s and winds 10-15 from the northwest.

Here's what I was wearing:
Long-sleeve tee shirt
Long-sleeve fleecy shirt
Long-sleeve fishing shirt
Insulated vest
Long trousers
Socks
Gloves
Buff around neck that can be pulled up over the face
And sun screen!

This is about the same layering of clothes that I'd use fishing Long Island Sound in April or November.



We went out to the rocks to try some bait fishing for snappers. We used the same baiting procedures I described yesterday...with the chum bag out creating a slick to attract small fish that...hopefully...would attract large fish.

It attracted an appropriately named black-headed gull that would swoop down to pick up any tidbits that floated to the surface. You have to watch out for gulls as they'll follow your cast throught the air, and then try to dive and pick up the bait at the end of your line. As a result, hooking a gull is not at all an unusual occurrence...and they can be a real pain to get off your line.


We caught all sorts of snappers including mangrove snappers, lane snappers, yellow-tail snappers, and, in the photo, a mutton snapper. All snappers are excellent eating, however, most we caught were undersize and had to be thrown back.

We did get four "keepers" though.


Imagine if you can: You're out on a rocking boat in 12 feet of crystal-clear water intently watching your line and bait, concentrating so as not to miss a bite.

Then suddenly into your viewing zone rockets this huge spotted eagle or leopard ray. Whoa! That'd wake you up.

It was probably 6-7 feet across the wings and had a tail maybe 8 feet long. Beautiful creature. It circled the boat twice and then took off for part unknown.


Back at the dock the pelicans gathered for the fish-cleaning seminar.



Pelicans know that when a boat comes in off the water, they've got to check it out to see if anyone's going to [a] throw out any unused bait or [b] clean some fish and throw out the heads and other assorted parts.

If one of the boaters walks over to the fish-cleaning stand, the crowd really gathers...and they're quite attentive.



Pelican excitement rises to a fever pitch as soon as the boater's hand goes up in the air...they know something's being thrown to them.

If you click on this photo to enlarge it, you'll see the piece of fish Wayne has thrown [marked with an X for easy viewing]. A couple of the pelicans have a bead on it and their beaks are open in anticipation of making a sure grab.


Freqently more than one pelican gets hold of the piece of fish and a real battle then ensues.

So the pelicans at the fish-cleaning station are pure entertainment for the boaters, but for the birds it's serious business. They'll scoff down any fish parts...heads, tails, skin...it's all put to good use. This is functional for the boaters as well as they don't have to deal with the left-over fish parts. A quick rinse of the cleaning station with the hose, and clean-up is taken care of.

Nothing goes to waste in the sea.

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Fisherfolk to March on Washington

“Over 2,000 commercial and residential fishermen are expected to march on the nation’s capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 24…. Fishermen allege the untended consequences of the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) caused severe hardship for many small family fishing businesses, recreational anglers, supporting businesses, and local fishing communities.”

GulfBreezeNews.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

18 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 51

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Here's the left-hand corner of Tuesday night's sunset [best we can do from our new location].



Wednesday I went out in the boat and anchored up in some rocks about a mile offshore, Atlantic side.

Put a bag of frozen chum [ground-up menhaden fish] over the stern so that as it melted it would produce a slick of fish oil and small pieces of fish. This "chumline" will attract bait fish that can then be caught and used for bait for larger fish.



Hundreds of "hoos" [ballyhoo fish] queued up behind the boat to partake of the free grub.

It's difficult to see them in this photo, but they're there. [Click to enlarge maybe.]



Some of the hoos ended up in the livewell [a below-deck compartment on the stern of the boat that is filled with water and fed a stream of fresh seawater so the bait will stay alive and lively]. They're the long-nosed critters in this photo; the others are shrimp.



So I put some of the hoos out on bobbers hoping to attract some mackerel or other tasty sea denizens, but none came by and took the offering.

Did have one hit from a barracuda on a plastic lure, but he didn't stay hooked.

Fishing has been really tough down here this year...and another near-record cold is predicted for tonight.



We went to Snappers for dinner.

Why do we go there so often? It's one of our favorite restaurants and one of the few of our favorites where we can sit inside. It was in the low 60's out on the deck and you can see how many of the patrons were taking advantage of the fresh air. Almost everyone was inside.

Food at Snappers is always excellent anyway.



Caryl's desert.



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Florida Visitors Bundled Up But Still Glad Not to Be Home

“"This is the coldest we've seen it in 27 years," he said, while unloading groceries Tuesday morning at Melbourne Beach Mobile Park, which is along the shore. "But my daughter called from Connecticut last night and said they were expecting another big snow storm.

"This isn't too bad, if you stay out of the wind."”

TCPalm.com

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Norwalk Aquarium Has “Go Fish” Exhibit

“..one of dozens of fishing stories featured in the permanent exhibit, "Go Fish! Long Island Sound & Beyond," at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“… the exhibit includes a boat play area, where kids can pretend to reel in and release their own fish; a Sustainable Seafood Theater, featuring the 20-minute film, "Can The Oceans Keep Up With The Hunt"; and a new 30,000-gallon tank stocked with striped bass, tautogs and an enormous seven-foot Atlantic halibut.”

NewsTimes.com
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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut