Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Start by taping off your area with painter's tape. Put in your background color.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
The ride out - beautiful. Blue upon blue.
They're strong fighters at first, but then they give up and lay on the water like their dead. When Jack went to get the hook out, all of them came back to life and started thrashing with teeth. Stinkers! One jumped his way back into the boat. Some people eat smaller barracudas but we released all three of ours.
Friday, June 08, 2007
To start our trip, I remember asking Jack is the clouds were suppose to burn off this morning and he replied, "Oh clouds are good for mahi fishing." Hmmm.....
Our offshore morning turned out to be not so very far offshore. After 11 miles of vrooming (kid talk), we saw an active thunderstorm cell NE of us. We stopped dead in our tracks and put on NOAA weather radio and then tried to raise a few friends on the VHS radio. As it turned out, not only was the storm cell heading towards us but multiple rain clouds ended up filling the rest of the skies. We had no choice but to head back west to shore as the sky seemed to grow into one large black cloud.
We had some very disappointed people onboard, including Bill our fishing partner. He and I had high expectations of catching our first mahi mahi. For me, technically, I've made a few assists but never a solo. As we neared the beaches, we noticed clean, green water. This is the King fish's favorite type. We tried one last ditch effort near the beaches for them since Mahi was no longer an option. We saw a few fish jump, which vaguely looked like good size Crevelle Jacks. We trolled around them as well with no nibble on our poles.
By this point, it is 11am, we're still in light rain sprinkles and lunch looks like a better option. We went to Lagoonz on US1, which makes some of the best taco salads, salads and seafood platters in the area. We treated Bill since he was also disappointed to not catch fish.
In the afternoon, we finished up our boat chores. The boat needs a washdown and engine flushing no matter what ends up in the cooler. Soon, we hit the pool.
Here are the kids showing us every single jump known to mankind.
The kids loved it that Mommy and Daddy had time to enjoy the pool with them. (picture edited for G-rating- ha ha- Jack hates when I photoshop.)
Now, we're getting ready for dinner and in an hour, the shuttle will launch. We only need to walk to the edge of the yard to get the complete view down the street. When we moved, we actually moved much closer to the VAB building and the shuttle launch area.
It's been a beautiful day inspite the off & on showers. There is always something fun to do in Florida.
Edited to add:
Here, I'm leaving you with a series of photos that I took of the shuttle, Atlantis, leaving earth and heading to the International Space Station.
This is our first shuttle viewing from our new home.
This would have been the angle of the shuttle from our driveway. Not bad, but still you miss the best part when the shuttle is closest to the ground thanks to our superb tree coverage.
Our boat had a great view. ha ha
Have a wonderful weekend with your family,
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sadly, there is little to report tonight. It was a very disappointing and costly day on the water. Five men, $650 in gas, over 88 miles offshore, seeing tuna and pilot whales and the radar screen goes *blip* and dies. Not good. They tried what they could to bring it back to life but it wasn't happening. Without radar, there is no tuna fishing. You need the radar to see where birds are feeding off the surface of the water. When you find the birds, you find the fish.
The guys tried to catch the tuna in their immediate area but they wouldn't bite. Jack saw one tuna go airborne. After that, it was a loss and they headed back in for the quietest 2 hr ride home.
We will continue with our original plans of fishing on Friday for mahi mahi. I'm just so excited to be getting out of the house.
Offtopic - the weather was suppose to be wonderful today and we had t-storms pop up around 4 pm. I was rather glad to see the guys come in early because these would have been no fun to run around when offshore.
I found this picture that comes close to describing Jason's boat only with twin engines and radar.
Jack took along with him the camera, lunch and his new "ditch" bag with the emergency EPIRB system (see below post).
I'm so excited for him. This is a life-long dream to be 80 miles offshore and see a pack of birds working a tuna frenzy and then have the strength to pull in a 50-100 lb yellowfin. Yellowfin can actually be a couple hundred pounds, but that would be too much to ask for. Regardless, the whole thing is a treat for Jack.
Check back tonight or tomorrow for pictures and stories.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Check back Friday or Saturday to see how our trip went.