29 January 2014

• #23: Islamorada Journal 2014…30 JAN

Tuesday night's sunset.

I didn't fish on Wednesday...needed to rest the old bones [and back muscles] after spending four straight days on the water. Besides, the morning started with thunder and a downpour, so that gave a good excuse to stay on the beach.

Did some cleaning up of the fishing tackle...bluefish always create a certain amount of chaos amidst rods, reels, line, and lures.

The bobber-popper has continued to be a successful [and cheap] lure. Here you can see a new one on the left, and the one I've been using for the past several days on the right. That's what bluefish, ladyfish, and jacks can do to a lure...so rather than have one that costs $8.95 partially destroyed, this one is less than a dollar [not including my labor at my newly adopted minimum wage of $10.10].

And, I've streamlined the manufacturing process. Just take an 18" wire leader that already has the swivel and clip in place, cut off the clip, and run the leader through the plastic tube inside the bobber.

Then tie the clip back onto the end of the leader, or attach a split ring and hook, or, as has been done in this case, tie the leader directly to the hook.

Before all this, you want to be sure to glue the tube inside the bobber so it doesn't slide out through the slit in the side of the bobber.

We had some stale bread, so Caryl and I went out on the basin wall and fed it to the birds. The pelicans wouldn't have anything to do with it and were highly indignant that we didn't have fish for them.

The gulls ate it all.

Here's a photo Charley B. took of me and Wayne getting the boat ready to go fishing a couple days ago.

So, a quiet day today. Got caught up on a lot of things. Not much else to report.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• “Fight Back: War On Lionfish Shows First Promise Of Success”

”It may take a legion of scuba divers armed with nets and spears, but a new study confirms for the first time that controlling lionfish populations in the western Atlantic Ocean can pave the way for a recovery of native fish.

”Even if it's one speared fish at a time, it finally appears that there's a way to fight back.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OregonState.edu

• Please: Don’t Eat Chilean Sea Bass

“Also known by the name "Antarctic toothfish," the cod-like fish can weigh more than 100 pounds and live 50 years or more. The fish had a sanctuary in the ice-clogged waters around Antarctica until 1996. That's when the international governing body that manages fisheries in the Southern Ocean, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, approved industrial longline fishing for toothfish in the Ross Sea. Ships chugged southward from all over the world, and their crews have pulled toothfish from the waters ever since.

”Since fishing began, O'Brien's colleagues studying fish at McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea have caught fewer toothfish each year. It is now a major event when one comes up on their fishing lines.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BellinghamHerald.com

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