18 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 51


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.


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."”



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.”

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

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