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

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