12 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 72, 73

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Becky sent this weather map. Thought you'd enjoy it too.

Click on it to enlarge.


Wednesday Jer went fishing with Wayne and me. We went back country, got beaten up by the waves, and caught a bunch of small fish out of some muds. We got the feeling that the fish may be returning to Florida Bay now that the cold snap is, hopefully, finally over. Just in time, of course, for us to leave...and Wayne & Linda will be leaving in a few weeks as well.

On the other hand, there are scientific-types who are saying that it may take Florida Bay as long as five years to recover from the record low temps we had this season.

Pic shows Thursday morning's clouds; it turned out to be a better day than the early clouds had indicated.

Bridget and Jeremy left Thursday morning...got their planes all right and should be home as this is written. Was fun having them here.


Both Egbert and Pietro stopped by for a quick visit Thursday afternoon. Guess they know we're leaving soon, so they wanted to bid farewell [and see if there was any food I'd throw to them].

Things are sort of winding down here now. I started the clean-up/clean-out of the boat and began packing up some of the countless, accumulated fishing gear for the trip back home. Friday, will finish cleaning the boat. Saturday, take it back to the Marina for storage, and Sunday, apply all the ingenuity I can possible muster to pack all of our stuff into the car. Monday, we're out of here.


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Fishing Show in RI

"The New England Saltwater Fishing Show will take place from March 19-21 and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. Industry manufacturers, guides and seminar speakers will be on hand daily."

ESPN

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Report fromCharlie W. on the Lower Housatonic River

“Made my first trip to Smith's Point [1] yesterday as temps warmed to 57 degrees (chilly NE wind). Just thought you'd like to know The Point survived the winter.

"I guess it's been tough conditions down in Florida. My friend George up by Naples says he hasn't left his house since January.

"Heard a report that the DEP police [2] handed out $2000 in no-license fines at the Derby Dam recently.

"I'm going to give the spot below the Parkway Bridge a shot tomorrow just for the exercise.” Charlie [3]

[1] a good spring fishing spot near the mouth of the Housatonic River where it flows into Long Island Sound
[2] Connecticut game wardens
[3] I'll be joining you soon; save a few for me

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NOAA: Winter Colder than Normal

No! Really! You Coulda Fooled Me!

“For the winter season, 63 percent of the country experienced below normal temperatures. In contrast to this national trend, Maine experienced the third warmest winter.

“February’s average temperature was 32.4 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees below the long-term average.”

NOAANews


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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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