Friday, October 31, 2008
The 5-day forcast is pretty much 5-7 ft waves every! single! day! Fishermen are suffering along the entire coast from withdrawls. It may be a Mosquito Lagoon day again next week.
Tuesday, we're going to be voting, but Monday is possible.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday is Jack's next day off and the seas are forecasted at 4-6 ft. Not good. Thursday will be 1-2 ft. Unfortunately, that is NOT a good day for us.
We'll keep trying until we get another good weekend...... I'm having wishful thinking of filling the cooler with red snapper.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Seas should be 3-4 ft next week. We'll see if we will be able to make a trip out.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Left by 9am, stopped for fast food breakfast, 4 dozen live shrimp and then dunked "her" in the Indian River. Captain Jim Ross - fishing guide - had already beaten us here. I'm sure he gets up at the crack of dawn each morning. LOL.
I need a polarized lens on my camera for high glare moments like this. Here we're zooming up the Indian River heading north towards Haulover Canal and eventually Mosquito Lagoon.
I love when Photoshop overrides my command to straighten up a picture. Sorry. I had the camera angeled and thought I could crop out my mistake. But, nooooooo..... Kinda artsy. Here, we are past Haulover Canal and back onto the Indian River, which is better known at this intersection as the Intercoastal Waterway.
Because it is the IC, we saw boats coming down from Canada, NY, MA, VA and NC. Nice yachts, sails & cats. Everybody wants to cruise in protected waters because the seas are still 4-6 ft. Below is the city of Oak Hill. The mainland has primarily small houses or trailers waterside.
This entire area is a No Wake Zone (so is Haulover). In the winter, we have hundreds of manatees and young dolphin hanging in this area, feeding on easy fish dinners and staying warm. There is also plenty of grass bottom for the manatees to feed on.
Oh my..... my mouth is salivating at this point..... it's a sheepshead.
Fortunately for us, this one bit through the line right as we got it in the boat. We were so glad to have a net around him. He's going to be dinner tonight.
Don't you love those classic bars on him? They are sometimes called the Convict Fish. They have delicious filets great in part because of their high shellfish diet. They don't strike aggressively but they sure do fight nicely because of their flat body.
Here is another guy with a flat body and non-aggressive strike. The Summer Flounder. These are also delicious but again, this one was just a hair short of the legal limit. Legalities aside, we wouldn't have kept this one anyhow because there just wouldn't have been enough meat on him to justify the kill. If he'd been another few inches bigger, he'd probably come home with us.
Here is my eldest with his catch before we released him.
By 3:30pm, we were out of the 4 dozen shrimp. Jack washed down the deck while I got a late lunch out of the cooler. Sun was getting lower in the sky and we had intended to get back to church; however, that didn't happen. We were much further north than we had realized and it took over 1.5 hrs to get to the dock.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You'll have to forgive me that this is a very imperfect movie and I'm too tired to make it more perfect. The sun played against the camera. I have no fish pictures on here. This is primarily to give you a feel of our cruise up & back. The waters were filled with dolphin & manatees everywhere, settled in for the winter. It was too hard to actually catch it all on camera. By the time you get up close to either one, they dive under.
Fish pictures to follow next.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
NOT LOOKING GOOD -
TUESDAY -NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. A LIGHT CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS.
WEDNESDAY -NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS INCREASING TO 10 TO15 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
THURSDAY -EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
Wednesday morning could be a possibility but it's a long-shot for sure. Northeasters are never very good for fishing. The Gulf Stream will be grumpy. Oh how I long for those smooth summer days.
On another note, Snook season opened up and so that seems to be the hot bite while offshore seas are blow up. Redfish are also a good catch right now. You catch these in the river and at the mouth of Port Canaveral.
UPDATE: New plan.....
I love Jack's new idea. Wed or Thurs, we're going to go through Haulover Canal and head north until we make it to Ponce Inlet. A simple pleasure ride but we'll make a nice picnic and bring some spinning poles in case we come across some schools of fish. We're also going to bring our chihuahuas for their first boat ride. I promise to take lots of pictures.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
As you can tell, we've not been fishing in quite some time. We were hoping that we could fish on Tuesday next week but only if the wind calms down. Right now, they're calling for 4-6 ft. (Not good for my stomach)
We are all ready to go but our free time doesn't ever match the weather. We're praying for good weather soon!!
Still, we're enjoying frozen mahi from back in August.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday evening, our family went out to Brevard Community College to listen to a lecture on underwater archaeology. It was part of a larger "In the Dirt" fall series presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
Because we were in a dark lecture hall, I was unable to take personal photos so all these photos you see here are taken from the http://www.museumsinthesea.com/ website. Thank you. Our speaker for the night was Jeff Moates who spoke specifically on preservation & nominating specific sites as underwater museums or parks. These aren't just Spanish Gallions which carried treasure chests of gold but everyday industrial vessels carrying precious cargo like mahogany wood, molasses, sometimes hidden treasure & everyday people.
In the above link, there are also interactive tours of the underwater shipwrecks for several of the 14 ships that are registered underwater museums around the state of Florida.
Below is a photo of the U.S.S. Massachusetts, which is the oldest existing battleship. Her career with the military was from 1906-1916. She was later used as a training ship in the VA area until 1920 when she was brought down to Pensacola, FL to be used as target practice. She is an icon of Pensacola Passe and currently owned by the public citizens of Pensacola as of 1994. She makes one of the best dives in Florida, sitting in 26 ft of water.
Below is the Copenhagen which went down in 1902. She was coming down from Philadelphia with her cargo when her captain ran her aground onto the reef. A salvage ship was sent to pull her off the reef but instead pulled her apart. Her bow still sits on the reef and the back end of her sits a little bit further offshore.
Below is a lumber schooner named Lofthus. She has fake, painted gun ports on her side. She originated in the city of Manalapan, NJ, but her remains can be found on the West Coast of Florida. She was dynamited and her wood salvaged. Her scattered debris is sometimes covered by sand, depending on what blows through the area.
For example, the Urca De Lima, off Ft. Pierce's shores, had gold wedges smuggled in the bottom of a barrel back in the 1700's. This is one reason why they call that part of Florida the Treasure Coast. The City of Hawkinsville was a steamer than went down right at an Olde Town dock in 1922. The SS Tarpon traveled from New Orleans to Panama City. It & its Captain went down 9 mi SW of P.C.
The Half Moon was a Germania racing sailboat, seized by the British in war times, remodeled as a restaurant then sunk in Miami. This vessel carried over 15000 sq ft of sail. Amazing history there! There was lots of mystery surrounding the Vamar in Port St. Joe when it sunk back in 1942 in the middle of the channel. It its youth, it has been to Antarctica. The Regina, AKA Sugar Barge, lies off the beaches of Bradenton, FL. She gets her name from the 350,000 gallons of molasses that went down with her, the cook & his dog. The George Valentine sunk in 1904 off the coast of Stuart, FL taking down loads of mahogany wood which was later salvaged.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I know I left you here all week, with baited breath I'm sure, waiting for some inspirational story on Stormwater Treatment. Sorry.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sorry, there has been no boating the past month so you will have to put up with water-related topics. At first, we were breaking in the new suburban's engine. Now, we're still waiting on weather to clear. It looks like it is going to rain again this weekend (or technically, Jack's new weekend).
Our eldest is in the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League studying Climatology and more specifically flooding effects. Our last field trip was the NOAA weather station. Today's trip was on stormwater treatment. I have a couple pictures that I'll post up tomorrow. It's been a long day of lessons & field trips & club activities. Hopefully I'll be more fresh tomorrow.