15 February 2013

Islamorada Journal 2013…15 FEB

Capt. Grampy had a fish on when the ZCM crew made its final fishing trip of the vacation week.

As did Zachary.

Zachary's catch was a feisty bluefish.

Ms. Caroline boated a keeper seatrout that we released.

Egbert came around to say goodbye to the ZCM crew now headed back to Snow City, CT.

Tuesday's sunset

And here are Zachary and Caroline on the snow pile at the bottom of their street in Snow City, CT.

Wednesday's sunset.

Laughing Gull.

Thursday afternoon Wayne and I forced our way through 20 kt. winds to get behind a few keys and catch fish.

We caught all the usual suspects: Jacks, ladyfish, seatrout...even a puffer fish.

Birds were crouching out of the wind as well as we were.

Two-pound ladyfish gave me a nice fight on the fly rod.

I'd love to hook a really big one of these...guess they can run up to ten pounds although many ladyfish in the IGFA record book are in the 3- to 4-pound class.

Meanwhile, in other news...

• Salmon’s Magnetic Map Shows Problem for Hatchery-Raised Fish

“For sockeye salmon coming home after years spent at sea, a magnetic map is apparently responsible for their remarkable sense of direction. That's according to an analysis of data collected over 56 years and reported online on February 7 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.
"’To find their way back home across thousands of kilometers of ocean, salmon imprint on the magnetic field that exists where they first enter the sea as juveniles,’ said Nathan Putman of Oregon State University. ‘Upon reaching maturity, they seek the coastal location with the same magnetic field.’”

Source: EurekAlert.org

• U.S. Shark Attacks Set Record in 2012

“Shark attacks in the U.S. reached a decade high in 2012, while worldwide fatalities remained average, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File report released today.
”The U.S. saw an upturn in attacks with 53, the most since 2000. There were seven fatalities worldwide, which is lower than 2011 but higher than the yearly average of 4.4 from 2001 to 2010.”

Source: UFL.edu

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