02 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 62, 63


It's so cold down here that the Phantom of the Keys is beside himself.

Sunday: 54° at 0800 with winds on the reef at 25 mph gusting to 29 [small craft advisory in effect]

Ever wonder what becomes of the losers on So You Think You Can Dance?

This person's job is to climb up on a trailer parked out by US-1 and do the boogaloo in an attempt to lure motorists in to the flea market. [America voted, and you're off to the Floriada Keys!]

Ol' Egbert dropped in for a visit on Monday morning.

It really is amazing when a creature of this size [abut 42" tall] and beauty lands about six feet away from you...and then stares you right in the eyes.

Egbert strutted to the end of the dock and then peered over the side to see if any unsuspecting small fish were lurking in the shadows

Nope. He's not having a lot of luck fishing either.

Vessel stands ready at the Snake Creek Coast Guard station to rush to the rescue of hapless boaters.

Wayne and I went Bay-side Monday and fished long and hard to put two speckled sea trout in the livewell.

Wayne took them home to a elderly neighbor who likes them for dinner but finds it difficult to get out on the water himself.

Here's a look at our upcoming weather:

Tuesday: South to southwest winds 20 to 25 knots and gusty... shifting west during the afternoon. Seas beyond the reef building to 5 to 7 feet. Seas inside the reef 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters very rough. Showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Northwest winds 20 to 25 knots and gusty...decreasing to near 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas beyond the reef 5 to 10 feet...highest beyond 20 nm offshore. Seas inside the reef 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters very rough.

Expected high temperatures:
Tuesday: 76
Wednesday 61
Thursday 59
Friday 58
Saturday 61

This series of below-average temperatures [normal high is 77 for this time of year] ought to just about put an end to catching any fish Bay-side for me this year. Only chance will be if winds calm down enough to get out Atlantic-side.

What a season this has been for the Keys. Must be terribly tough on the guides down here. Not much is being written about the weather, the fish kill, and the lousy fishing as so much of the economy depends on bringing in those who want to catch fish. But anyone who does any real research before coming down here this year will go somewhere else.

Question is: How long will the effects of this weather pattern last?

Can you imagine: This year I haven't seen a single shark [normally they're all over the place]. Saw barracuda [live ones that is] only twice [usually we catch dozons of them]. Haven't seen a single tarpon, permit, or bonefish.

Am now looking forward to getting back to Connecticut where there are some fish to catch.


Cold Wreaks Havoc on Florida Fisheries

“With another blanket of nippy Northern weather settled on Southwest Florida, questions remain about fish populations hammered by January’s record-setting cold.

“During the second week of 2010, tens of thousands of fish died when local water temperatures dropped into the low 50s and high 40s.

“’It’s going to take time to figure out what the effects have been of that cold kill,’ said Aaron Adams, head of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Charlotte Harbor Field Station. ‘… in general, there is a period of time after a disturbance before we really know the impacts.’”



Weather Also Sucks in Connecticut

“The poet T.S. Eliot made April famous as ‘the cruellest month.’ This winter in Connecticut, most residents would pick February.

“It may be the shortest month, but this year only five dayswere truly sunny. The rest were cloudy and threatening snow….”

Waterbury Republican-American


Stratford’s Shakespeare Tragedy

“July 12, 1955: Long-awaited $1 million American Shakespeare Festival Theater, planned since 1950, opens at 14-acre Elm Street site on the banks of the Housatonic River with a production of "Julius Caesar." Cast includes Raymond Massey, Christopher Plummer, Roddy McDowall, Jack Palance and Jerry Stiller. John Houseman becomes artistic director.”



Online Fly-Fishing Magazine

This Is Fly Magazine No. 22

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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