Monday, July 30, 2007
Ashley Spalding is a local Junior Fishing Angler. She is already infamous on the fishing forums as her Dad is her biggest fan. Her catch during the tournament is now in "Pending" status with the IGFA (International Game Fishing Assoc.) as a World Record. She battled the 155 lb Swordfish for 1 hr 45 min. She is a stronger woman than I!!
God bless her. We saw her riding on the bow of her Dad's boat several weeks back and we radioed to her Dad to keep Ashley away from our fish. LOL. They had a good laugh over that.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Paula Deen on Food Network
Our day started at 6:30am with hooking up the boat and heading down the road only to u-turn back for home because the clouds threatened early thunderstorms.
By 8:30, we were back on our way out, now to the market to find our ingredients for Paula Deen's Seafood dish - The Lady's Bouillabaisse. We saw it on her show (Food Network) and it reairs on July 30th if you want to see her make it.
A trip to the Seafood Market really should count as a homeschooling field trip because I have to answer dozens of questions about the animals we see there.
For our dish, we needed 4 Blue Crabs. They come LIVE, so watch out!
Kids, don't play with your food!!
We also picked up a pound of white Canaveral shrimp and the recipe calls for 1 pound of mussels but we choose pasta clams since they're my favorite. Our fish monger gave us extra clams incase some didn't open up. THROW AWAY the ones that don't open up! We also thawed out a pack of our snapper caught earlier in the month. We're substituting this for 2 lbs grouper.
This was a fun day for Jack and I. He loves to cook and I'm a good assistant. We put on some Smooth Jazz and flirt around the kitchen. We even had time for a slow dance between one of the steamings. Here he is chopping up the snapper into 1 inch pieces while the blue crab are being boiled. My job is to boil 2 cups of water in a big pot and steam the clams (6-8 min) or until they open.
Jack finishes up the crab work and I'm off to make the Bouillabaisse .
Heat the oil in a large pot, add the garlic, onions, tomatoes, fennel, saffron, salt and pepper. Add the mussel/clam broth to the pot and 2 tablespoons of butter (we use Smart Balance). Add the 2.5 c boiling water and clam juice.
Bring to a rolling boil, add the crabs and fish, and continue to boil for 6-8 minutes. (keep the lid on)
Make some garlic bread & broil it. Serve the bouillabaisse in a large individual bowl lined with the bread; pile in the seafood and ladle the broth over it. Paula adds more butter at this point, but we didn't.
Next, call the kids and let them dig in. This is my seafood boy. He loves everything we love to eat.
As you can see from the first picture, I got large glasses and filled them with lemonade. My sister went last weekend to Paula's restaurant and she said Paula makes great lemonade too.
Ingredients in the Bouillabaisse sauce:
1/3 c EVOO
1 1/2 Tbl chopped garlic
3/4 c chopped onion
2 cans of Italian whole tomatoes (or 5 Romas peeled & sliced)
1 tsp fennel seed (don't leave out but you can back it down to 1/2 tsp)
Pinch of saffron
1 Tbl, plus 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt (we used Sea Salt)
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbl butter plus more for bread
2 1/2 c boiling water
8 oz clam juice
"It wasn't a very deep dive, roughly 75-80 feet," said friend Gary Heidelberg. "He was coming up when we expected him to, but the bubbles just stopped."
http://www.wftv.com/news/13765595/detail.html (the rest of the story is here) Also, check out the video link and you'll see the docks where we put our boat in.
Gary H. is a member of our fishing forum and wrote in twice yesterday about what he saw and did to try to find his friend & diving partner of 12 years.
"Not wasting time to pull on wetsuit top or gloves, I jumped in and made a beeline to the bottom. Pretty quickly I found his net, spear (he used for a tickle stick) and lobster inn lying together on the top of the ledge. I stuck my head under the ledge to see if he was trapped, but he wasn't there. I turned around and saw Blake had jumped in behind me. We had a quick underwater conversation, and started zigzagging back and forth across the ledge going out on the sand in both directions and looking under every ledge. We burned our tanks finding nothing but the lobster gear."
Another two of our forum members were there in their boats, one being No Doubt (in video) to look for Johnny. It has been a very sad day for our local fishing/diving community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sandbury family, Gary & the diving partners, the community of divers that participated in the rescue and US Coast Guard as the are still searching for the body.
Rest in Peace John,
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Ok, I'm really not plugging this place (on US 1 just south of Port St. John) but we eat here often. The food is fantastic. The seafood is always fresh. The waitress knows that my youngest will spill his drink while he's there (Six spill streak). If we get the brunette, they get free ice cream sandwiches. It's one of those quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurants that the tourists don't know about. Did I mention the atmosphere? They have prized fish pictures on the walls, plus mounts of fish too. My favorite is the Mako shark with an arm sticking out of the mouth.
BUT, that's not what I wanted to write about today......
I wanted to tell you that Jack couldn't wait to get out to the car to tell me something. He overheard the lady at the table next to us tell the waitress that she was going to treat herself today. What do you think she ordered?
Not even close.
Can you say GATOR TAIL??? Yep, she was treating herself to the infamous delicacy of Florida Gator Tail.
We thought that was pretty funny.
Well, that's all I wanted to say about our FL homeschooling lunch break today.
Monday, July 23, 2007
May God continue to bless you with large fish and many safe days on the water. May He enlarge your territory with more secret numbers of fishing holes in your GPS. May He keep your freezer full with bounty from the sea to feed the family. And may you always wear a smile on your face like the one you had this day.
Your wife & fishing partner
Friday, July 20, 2007
This is mostly for my notes (not too interesting for anybody else). It was a blessing to stay home today and not fish. I read three fishing reports on our local forum and all of them told the same story with the same ending. Cold water on the bottom w/ slime on weights, bait hard to find, 86-90 deg on surf temps and current ripping at 4mph = no fish. Unless you were fishing 27 fathoms with 3 lbs of weights, you weren't touching the fish.
I'm glad we didn't waste the gas today. Tomorrow, Jack and I get to attend a wedding just off the beach at sunset. Should be beautiful! Can't wait to dance with my hubby and then have a walk on the beach with my babe.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Anyhow, me and my big guy were out there first. The clarity is perfect across the pool, so I got the idea to take pictures as if I were underwater with him. The trick is to go down with no held breath and hold still for as long as possible. You sink right down and then pose.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
As you can see, Jack and friend, John C went far east of Port Canaveral and caught their limit of Red Snapper. Jack says the big guy was his first and it nearly gave him a heart-attack to bring up. They limited out on keeper snapper in a very short time and tried trolling but it was some awful weather today.
While Jack hit the port at 2pm, he did not make the house until closer to 4pm. He cleaned fish for an hour!
We had 2 huge popcorn bowls filled with meat from the 4 fish. We always do our best to keep the meat chilled during the whole process.
Monday, July 09, 2007
It was our intentions to have a quick couple hrs on the ocean to hunt for tripletails and then be back in for lunch.
We saw a few barracuda and Jack got one nibble. "Nobody home."
Buoy #2 is one of the furthest buoys at our port.
Nobody here either. We are seeing some small number of baitfish.
I just knew you'd want to see the actual buoy. We hung around here for a while because Jack and I were pretty certain that we saw a "doormat"-sized tripletail that popped out for just a brief second. I'm sure that fish was pushing close to 20 lbs. We tried and tried but gave up and went to..........
I bet you thought it was going to be buoy #6. Well, it was busy with other folks so we basically headed in to the jetty area to use up our shrimp.
Happy Fishing..... I've got to go wash the skunk off of me.
Friday, July 06, 2007
"The Lord supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills." Psalm 147:8
However, all this rain and lightening are making it impossible to go fishing. We had to cancel today's trip. Instead, we ended up doing a lot of shopping instead. All 3 boys were very happy to make their purchases from Toys-R-Us for their transformers.
Stay dry & watch out for lightening!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The thunderstorms have taken over each afternoon, but we're planning on making a Friday fishing trip.
Here I've posted a picture of our afternoon shower. Captain Jack and I enjoyed our time sitting under the tin roof, listening to the sound of rain. Sometimes I think that I've bought property in the middle of a rainforest.
After the boomers had passed, we let the boys back into the pool water to enjoy the rain. They had finished up a big lunch and cheesecake for dessert.
Last night, I muralled for my youngest a ME-262 jet on his wall. (14" across) He loves WW2 aviation. This is the first in a series of WW2 planes that will make up a bigger picture on the wall. The 262 was the first German jet fighter plane (Messerschmidt). I believe that I have a P-51, BF-109, FW, P-38 and Flying Fortress on my list of other planes to mural. Then at some point, I have to paint Bionicles portraits for my older son.
UPDATED: July 4th... I did the Flying Fortress (B17G) in the top corner of the bedroom.
Stay dry and enjoy your 4th of July safely. We will be firing off an arsenal of fireworks that we bought from the store.
“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.”– Thomas Jefferson
“May that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation.”– John Adams
“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”– Abraham Lincoln
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Well, these are the dog days in Florida. If your have some decent seas that are fishable, the thunderstorms will rob you of fishing time. If you don't have t-storms, then you have high winds & hurricanes. This weekend started pretty bad with a Tropical system bringing us some much needed rain. As you can see, the weekended ended with more sun than storms.
Tomorrow is a possibility to fish with 2-3 ft seas but the wind is from the wrong direction and Jack doesn't like to start off his work week tired. We're hoping and praying for Friday to be the day. We have a summer guest (in photo) staying with us and that will be his last Friday with us. It sure would be nice to be able to take him offshore with us.
For now, we were playing in the pool after church today. When Capt Jack is in the pool, everybody wants to go airborne. By 4pm, the boomers were building. I uploaded some fun pool flips onto You Tube.
I am truly enjoying my summer in this new home. It is very relaxing here. We have lots of privacy and some great neighbors on the one side. The man cuts our front yard every week because he *wants* to. We have taken all of June off from homeschooling in order to move in and enjoy time with family. We will return around July 9th for the new school year all refreshed and renewed.
Happy Summer Days!
PS: Congratulations to all our fellow CFOA members in their many wins at the CFOA tournament June 23rd. There were some beautiful trophy fish brought in.