08 March 2014

• #47: Islamorada Journal 2014…08 MAR

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Winds continued to rage on Friday...gusting to 30 mph.

Some larger boats ventured out, and took a bashing in the process

Palm trees took a thrashing...

...but some folk were in their element.

Since when did "Floaties" become a USCG-approved PFD [safety vest] for toddlers?

Shoo-Fly remained snug in her basin.

Friday night's sunset finally marked the end of the storm.

Wayne and I fished on Saturday...saw this sculpture-like dead tree on the bank of a distant key.

Wayne hooked a spinner shark and got three jumps out of it before it broke his line.

Another dead tree sculpture.

This was the first crocodile Wayne or I have seen in this part of the Everglades National Park. We saw a total of three of them on this day.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Bluefish in the Surf

“Anything – literally any lure – will catch these bluefish. When they are in a feeding frenzy like this, they strike anything close to them that moves. Surf anglers stand on top of their beach vehicles with binoculars watching the surf in both directions, looking for a school of feeding fish. Once fish are sighted, these specialists run the beach to the fish, hop out and begin casting to the frenzy.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: Saltfishing.About.com

• Stripers Forever: Angler Survey 2013

“Without a reasonable doubt the fishery is continuing to decline. 78% of fishers report catching fewer fish compared to 4% reporting catching more.

”Also, 60% said they were catching smaller fish compared to only 18% claiming they were larger.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: StripersForever.org

• Gear Maintenance

“…a handful of tips on maintaining your fly fishing gear.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: Deneki.com

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