28 January 2016

• #16: Islamorada Journal 2016…28 January

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Not much has been happening here thanks to the weather.

This was Monday night's sunset.


Some clouds.



On Tuesday Wayne and I did get out on the water for a few hours.

Here we about to go through a ditch with shallow water on either side. This ditch is named...


..."toilet seat" for obvious reasons.

What isn't obvious is why someone decided to start marking the ditch with bathroom fixtures. It's been this way for years; I can remember coming through here with Capt. Chuck Nolan back in the early 90s...and the seats were already there at that time.


We went over to Charlie's place as he had some bait fish collecting under his dock that we wanted to catch.

The baitfish had attracted a number of birds including this odd pair. I think the pelican was hoping his smaller buddy would dive down and get a fish that the big bird could then "talk" him out of.


I was in a lousy position to try to photograph Wayne using the castnet...

...but here you can see he'd made a decent cast...


...resulting in a net full of baitfish...



...called pilchards.

Just about every fish that swims loves pilchards.


We saw a flamingo...

but couldn't get close enough for a good photo as it was on the other side of a sandbar.


Saw a bunch of sharks.

See those fins sticking up there? Click on the photo to enlarge.


Wayne hooked something...shark or barracuda...we never got to see the fish as it took off...

...and broke his line. We got into some decent-sized ladyfish after this.


Sunset on the 26th.



Ibis.



Iggy the Iguana showed up for the first time this year.



Cloudy sky and rain on Wednesday.



Rain most of the day on Thursday.



These standup-paddle-boarders got caught out in the rain...

...and they must have been fairly well chilled by the time the got wherever they were going.

25 January 2016

• #15: Islamorada Journal 2016…25 January

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Water in the boat basin was chilly this morning...



...but the sun was supposed to come out and the wind was dropping...

...so Wayne, Rich, and I went to one of the barracuda spots.


We had no luck with cudas but there were sharks all over the place...so we cut up some bait...



...and put it out on bobbers...



...which resulted in several hookups with...



...the toothy critters.








The sharks were likely blacktips and/or spinners.



All were released safely.







23 January 2016

• #14: Islamorada Journal 2016…23 January

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Thursday lunch...

...at the Lorelei.


Thursday evening's moon:



Friday rain...



...rain...



...rain.



You might have seen the news report about...

...the crocodile that got into someone's swimming pool down the road a ways from here.


Saturday wind...



...driving waves up against the boat basin...



...but Shoo-Fly was safe and sound.

20 January 2016

• #13: Islamorada Journal 2016…20 January

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Tuesday evening's sunset:



At least one person enjoys the wind:



Wednesday evening sunset photos:









See the straight line in the clouds, top-center of this photo? Click to enlarge if you don't see it.



It's the shadow of an airliner's vapor trail against the cloud layer.




19 January 2016

• #12: Islamorada Journal 2016…19 January

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Sunday's sunset:



Monday's sunset:



It was 58°F here this morning at 0900. Jumped up to all of 60° now.

I realize this is warm compared to Connecticut...but it's not good for here.

The water temperature in Florida Bay where we fish reacts very quickly to the cold as it's so shallow; it's hard to find water more than, say, 8 feet deep. As a result the water temp out in the Everglades National Park is down to almost 60°F, as much as 20° below where it was a couple of weeks ago.

This will not help with the fishing at all.



Of course, first we need to be able to get out on the water.

There's currently a small-craft advisory in effect for north winds to 25 kts. [29 mph].