13 January 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...13 JAN

View of the clouds to the southwest on Thursday evening.

Yes, I messed with the colors a bit.

Deb and I went out Ocean-side today and had fun with the barracudas.

Think we landed four of them...this was by far the largest and is actually a bigger fish than it looks in the photo.

Fish smashed Deb's lure, splashed water all over the place, ran off line, and finally came to the boat as Deb fought it perfectly from her rod and reel.

I should have taken a measurement/weight on the fish but after that battle the cuda was tired and we didn't want to risk killing it, so we got it back in the water asap.

I got one cuda on the fly rod with one of my needlefish imitations; it was nowhere near the size of Deb's fish, however.

Her barracuda is now back out there making life miserable for other, smaller fish again.

Deb's shot of these white pelicans.

They're very photogenic birds.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

Out on Shoo-Fly with Wayne on Thursday we saw several sharks in shallow water, including this fellow which may be a lemon shark.

We plan to go back and fish for them with proper gear.

I threw a fly to one of them; he followed it for about 10 feet, then turned and departed.

Deb's photo of these reddish egrets shows the one on the left giving the one on the right the bum's rush.

Guess these birds are a bit territorial.

We've seen dolphins every time we've been on the water...so far.

This is Deb's photo of the group we saw on Thursday.

Didn't get pix of today's pod as they weren't much interested in playing.

And now for something completely different:

Striped Bass with Grapefruit and Pickled Radish

”Begin by laying the fish, skin-side down, into a hot pan. It should sizzle instantly. Cook for a few minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Then transfer the pan to the oven for a few minutes longer. Roast the fish until it is just opaque, then remove the pan from the oven and carefully flip the fillets (a fish spatula comes in handy here). Let the fish sit a minute more in the hot pan. When done, the meat should be succulent and easily flake apart, and the skin should make a tapping sound when struck with a fork.”


Stripers Wintered Over…in Maine?

”Native fish wintered over in the Kennebec River until their wintering areas were discovered in the 1860s and these fish were reduced to a small, remnant population. The river was stocked during the last fishery crash in the 1980s with good results, but this was discontinued with the return of migratory fish in the early 90s. Permissive fishing regulations allowed most of these fish to be fished out.”


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