28 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…28 FEB

Wind was wild on the Bay-side today, so Wayne and I went trolling Ocean-side.

Picked up a few jacks and had some barracudas follow and not bite, but this grouper was the fish of the day.

Fish was a keeper, but the season is now closed, so it went back in the water to swim another day.

An osprey has been perching in one of the coconut trees that overlooks our boat basin.

Today, for the second time, it came out of the tree, grabbed a fish [probably a mullet] out of the basin, and took off for parts unknown.

All the lunkheads are not on Long Island Sound.

This couple apparently rented a boat and had no clue about operating it in the Keys.

As you can see, they'd gotten stuck in shallow water and had churned up the bottom trying to get out of there.

On top of it all they were in a no-motor zone [a protected bonefish flat, actually] and if any of the law enforcement boats had come along, they'd have been fined [note I've blurred their boat registration number on purpose].

We offered to pull them out of there if they had a long enough line [aka rope], which they didn't. So we yelled some instructions to them to get their motor up and they finally drifted off the flat.

Two Coast Guard boats took off under Snake Creek bridge as Wayne and I headed back to the dock.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• New Issue of Sound Outlook Available

“A newsletter from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection exploring Long Island Sound - issues and opportunities”

Source: CTDEEP

• “The Best Fishing Movies of All Time”

“…not every major film about fishing has been nominated for an Academy Award, and there might be a few you don’t know about. So, without further ado, WFN is pleased to present our list of the best fishing movies out there.”

Source: World Fishing Network

27 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…26-27 FEB

Tuesday's sunset pic #1

Tuesday's sunset pic...a little later.

Yes, they have tree rats in the Florida Keys.

This one appears to have a peanut in its mouth...must have swiped it from the neighbors.

The various gods [weather, health, etc.] that have conspired to keep us off the water for several days finally relented on Wednesday...

...so Wayne and I put together our weapons of choice...

...and threaded our way out of the boat basin onto Florida Bay.

It was a fish farts day.

That means the water was so flat that if a fish had broken wind, we'd have known about it.

We spotted a permit almost immediately; Wayne threw a live crab at it...good cast...but the permit reacted by heading for deeper water.

We saw no more permit after that despite more than an hour of scouring the mirrored waters.

We saw signs of fish movement. You can see the telltale wrinkles on the water here.

Wayne threw at one such wrinkle which turned out to be a tarpon of major proportions. The lure must have about hit the fish on the head as the tarpon exploded...making a splash about the size you'd expect if someone had dropped a Volkswagen in the water.

Other water movements turned out to be jacks...

...and spotted seatrout...all returned to the water.

We saw several sharks...from small two-footers to maybe eight feet long.

Click on any of these photos to enlarge.

We also saw a pod of dolphins but at a distance not worth attempting a photo.

This shark grabbed my plug and headed for the horizon. Took several minutes to get him to the side of the boat and Wayne risked fingers getting the fish on the boga grip so we could take a photo.

Apparently this is a spinner shark [although the lack of a black tip on the anal fin could indicate that it's a blacktip shark]. Spinners can get to ten feet long, so this is a smallish one...nevertheless, with the teeth on this animal, one could easily loose body parts by coming in contact with its mouth.

Spinners can have lovely coloring, bronze on the back, black tips on fins, white streak down the side and are very similar to blacktip sharks in color and configuration.

The spinner had at least this one remora attached to him.

The little suckerfish fell off the shark into the bottom of the boat. We put him back in the water so he could wander around and find another, bigger fish to hang onto.

Further proof of there being a lot of sharks around.

Wayne hooked a nice seatrout...but when there was a lot of commotion on the end of his line we knew that something was after the hooked fish.

Turned out to be another spinner shark, about the size of the one we caught earlier.

We threw the remains of the trout back in the water for the crabs to feast on.

Nothing goes to waste in the sea.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Attack, Stroke In High Risk Groups

“ About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.”

Source: NYTimes.com

Hey! I know it's not about fishing, but if this diet would save one of our readers' lives...!

• Unique Fishing Tourney Targets High-Jumping Asian Carp

“Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a unique fishing tournament in March.

”The Carp Madness Tournament March 12-13 is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

”The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian carp in two of the state’s largest and most popular fishing lakes. Five teams that bring back the highest poundage of fish will split $20,000, with the top prize being $10,000.”

Source: KYForward.com

25 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…25 FEB

Sunday's sunset.

Just about a full moon...

...as can better be seen in this photo.

Iggy making an escape through the chain link fence.

Monday's sunset #1,


and #3.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• “Scientists Claim ‘72 is the New 30’”

“Human longevity has improved so rapidly over the past century that 72 is the new 30, scientists are claiming.

”Indeed, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, say that progress in lowering the odds of death at all ages has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve from hominid species.”

Source: DailyMail.co.uk

• Resveratrol In Grapes And Wine Protects From Deafness And Alzheimer's

“There's new hope for a natural way to prevent two of the most dreaded conditions that most often hit elders - hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease. According to a new study just published online ahead of print in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, resveratrol, a substance found in red grapes and red wine; known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may offer protection against hearing and cognitive decline.”

Source: NaturalNews.com

24 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…22-24 FEB

Sorry about the lack of posts, but we've had a member of our Islamorada crew suddenly in hospital in Miami; fortunately, all has worked out well and we should be back to normal by Monday...

...about as normal as things ever get, that is.

Happy birthday to Deb who, as you can tell from the warm clothing, is back up north now.

Captain of this ketch was pretty courageous bringing a keel boat of that size into the shallows a few houses to the south.

Must have known the water as the boat went straight into dock without incident.

Saturday evening after sunset.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• January Global Temperatures Ninth Highest On Record

“According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged temperature for January 2013 tied with 1995 as the ninth warmest January since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive January and 335th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.”

Source: NOAA

20 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…18-20 FEB

Playing catch-up with photo posting:

Sunset on Saturday.

Jesse and James climbing the tree.

We experienced a nasty cold front that resulted in Ukraine-like sun-bathing conditions.

Even the sunset on Monday looked icy.

Hard north winds churned up Florida Bay; here at the boat basin one couldn't see two feet below the surface of the water.

James and Jesse got to feed Egbert; interesting that he liked cooked shrimp.




Weather finally relented on Tuesday and we were able to take a boat ride; wind still chased us everywhere we went.

Doggie keeping an eye out.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• Ask Lefty

“How much backing does your fly reel really need?”

Source: FlyFishinSalt.com

17 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…17 FEB

The current crap weather pattern started on Friday when this rain front came through...

...as can clearly be seen on the radar [hint: the green stuff is rain].

By Saturday the winds were howling out of the northwest at up to 32 kts [36 mph] which pleased certain individuals no end.

And caused the rest of us to put on long trousers and hide out from the wind.

Wayne came over for a visit while his doggies were being groomed at a nearby pooch salon.

At the same time the Jesse James gang headed north to the Everglades National Park where they saw dozens of gators and all sorts of birds and fish.

Weather just seemed to get worse and worse here.

As of Sunday morning the temperature is 51° and the winds are 28 kts [32 mph] straight out of the north resulting in a wind chill of...well the weather service doesn't seem to provide wind chill data for temperatures above 40°...so we just have to say that it's cold out there.

Hopefully we'll get back to having fish destroy our lures one of these days.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT [Updated to increase winds this morning]

Sunday: North winds 25 to 30 knots and gusty early...decreasing to 20 to 25 knots by late morning...then decreasing to near 20 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters extremely rough...becoming rough.
Monday: Northeast to east winds near 20 knots. Bay waters rough.

Source: NOAA