Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Looks like a crew of guys from Jack's work are all getting together and heading offshore tomorrow in Mike's boat. Seems like a lot of fishermen are either not fishing or sharing in gas expenses. We're praying for good weather to hold out as long as possible and then also for when it hits, not to have lightening involved.
I'm missing fishing but tomorrow isn't a good day for me. Too many other prior obligations (i.e. schooling) & I'm still dealing with some fibromyalgia pain. Jack will just have to pull them in for me (& take pictures).
Today, we skipped our original plans of Sea World and ended up putt-putting at Pirate's Cove in Orlando. We learned so much about Blackbeard's life as we walked around the course. Then, we had an early dinner at Margaritaville at City Walk (by Universal Studios). The guys were craving "Cheeseburgers in Paradise." I had salad and conch soup. We had a cool booth, sitting under rods & reels & fake outriggers filled with fishie flags. Lots of atmosphere in there. They even have a timed volcano go off twice during your meal. Lights flickers & you hear thundering noises, much like it does at the Rainforest Cafe. Orlando has some really interesting stuff in their restaurants to attrack tourists. I don't know how often will eat there but I'm willing to try new places that involve fish replicas and lots of saltwater character.
Happy Fishing and don't forget to check back in to see what Jack caught.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
When she hits Daytona, this will be her 3rd landfall in Florida. (1st Keys, 2nd near Marco Island) I have some great video of the wind from tonight, just prior to dusk. Maybe I'll have time to post it tomorrow. I'm sure the gusts are back in the 40's if not more.
UPDATE: Looks like a good day to go fishing tomorrow. Waves are down from 16' early this morning, now at 12 ft. - 20 nm offshore.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES:
Some of the first easy bands of rain have come and gone. It's 6:30pm on Tuesday and one of the first severe bands has arrived. I hear thunder, see lightening, feel wind & rain hitting my face. The eye should hit about 3am.
I will update on this site as long as the power stays on. I will continue to edit down below. For now, enjoy the video out our back screen door.
Monday, August 18, 2008
On Friday, Jack took a coworker & his son-in-law out for a day of offshore fishing. In a sense, it was a charter. Coincidentally, our friends Mike & Helen and their kids were also offshore fishing. All these guys work together. I think that's nice for them to have a friendship outside of work as well as at the office.
I don't know any of the specifics other then Jack trolled from probably 100ft to the weather buoy, then south to Pelican Flats or there-abouts. They had plenty of morning knock-downs. His friend, Jeff, lost 3 fish in the fight or at the boat. Then, Jeff's son-in-law, takes the reel & he gets a keeper kingfish weighing approx 10lbs+. (sorry about the strange camera settings)
They had another "freight-train" hit a line, which was likely a wahoo or huge king. They lost that one too. At some point, they also caught a barracuda, nicknamed the spotted hoo or bonehead because their head is really hard. While out & about, they ran into Mike's family who were also trolling.
They were fortunate to have boated 7 mahi mahi the entire day. Of course, they stayed out longer. They have weather radar. Big storms blew through our area right after lunch, forcing Jack to make the decision to come back in by 2pm. I know Jeff was disappointed but that has happened to us numerous other times. There were 2 big cells which Jack passed through (with lightening) and behind it was another line of clouds. What Jack didn't know and I couldn't reach him to tell him via cell phone was that those set of cells dissipated as they went offshore. Oh well. Some days are like that when you're not Chief Meterologist with Viper or Dopplar Radar on your boat. We want to live to fish another day. Here are some of the clouds that Jack was looking at.
(Above - approaching the cell. Below - passing between them.)
Looks like this upcoming week will also be a bust thanks to T.S. (or Hurricane) Fay coming up through the state of Florida.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Not all offshore fish are HUGE. So, when we come across a situation where the fish are much smaller, we take that as an opportunity to excite the kids with fishing on their own. My eldest, 12yo, is able to work his own rod/reel and put on bait; but, my 8yo still needs some assistance. Here is a video of Jack helping him. You can hear the excitement in Jack's voice, as we've never seen a fish so aggressive that he ate a bare hook. Let me back up: He ate the bait & spit out the hook, but when my son reeled it back in to rebait, the "peanut" dolphin (mahi mahi) attacked a bare hook. It's actually common to do this since they are ravenous eaters.
(In fishermen's lingo, a peanut dolphin is anything below legal keeper size, which is 20" at the fork of the tail. Some fishermen will call a peanut anything below bragging size but still kept in legal limits.) The fish in the video is a baby - 1 ft. We did manage to find 2 keeper fish off the raft.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I smell Christmas card contender!
Friday, August 08, 2008
10:05 hook-up w/ Sail.
10:10 Snap Sail pic (in all the excitement, we forgot to lift him up better and spread the beautiful sail)
(Click thumbnail to see colors!)
Released back to the water.
I'll have to write more about this another day and express my emotions better. That's me on the business end!!
1:05 - John tells us to get over by them & get some of what they've got (20 lb snapper, scamp, porgy). So we practically fish on top of them (sorry 'bout that guys) and ......
1:15 - Two suicide dolphin show up. Those are fish that come to you, out of curiousity, and you grab your light spinners and catch them. We boated one cow, John gets the other cow.