Thursday, December 31, 2009

OFFSHORE - Hunt for Red Snapper
by Robin

Jack and friends are offshore today, searching deep waters for red snapper. He's not on our boat, but on a friend's. John is an awesome bottom fishermen and he always puts Jack on big fish. One of the other guys also has great locations for bringing home his limit of reds. So between the three guys & 1 wife, they should do well.

It has also been posted that mahi have been spotted 180' depths and cobia closer inshore.

I did not send him w/ the camera, so I will take a pic of whatever makes it to the cooler.

Saying prayers for safe journies & lots of fish.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

by Robin

Much like a lot of the bottom fishing in our area, my blog is undergoing regulations, limits & closures. I hope I did not forgot to invite any friends or family.

It was my hope & dream to provide valuable information to other local fishing friends while entertain family & friends with photography of the sea. What has happened is a much different story.

For those unaware of our situation, in October, we received a knock on the door from NOAA-NMFS (Nat'l Marine Fishery Serv) field agents who had been watching my blog for months! It seems that we broke the law, admittedly, by being within 500 yds of a N. Right Whale back in March. Somebody photographed us (& another boat) from the beach, but also, they managed to find my blog and copy my photographs & use my testimony to build a file against us.

We were let off with a warning. The fine is in the tens of thousands. God protected us through that rather quick trial, as I believe He knew in our hearts ut was only to be in awe of such a magestic creature and never to harm it. We had no intentions of drifting so close to Mama & calf. I still believe she was just as curious of us, coming over to us.

Regardless, my sitemeter tells me that folks from all around the world are coming to view my images that have been taken without permission and put onto a google image site. I'm getting rather tired of that too. Once, I was linked to and by CNN for my opinion on the woman who was killed by an airborn stingray down in the keys. Nothing ever came of that, but it kinda freaked me out.

So, with that said, I have decided to close my blog to only people I give permission to view. It's so sad that we live in these times, but that's the way it is.
by Robin

It was in the 60's with some building winds on Monday. But, the sun was out and we wanted to dunk the boat to keep her running smoothly.

We didn't leave the port 'til noon. Waves were rolling over long periods, but the worst part was the wind wave.


We tried to troll for kingfish but before we could get started, the seagulls were all over our live baits. That did not go well. Trolled a short while, gave up because of the wind and headed to the beach for wind-protected waters.

Caught some small whiting, which we threw back. I sent a live bait down and it manage to survive a long time w/ no attacks so he was released when we were done fishing.

Came in and threw some shrimp to the pelicans in order to catch these photos.


Tomorrow, Jack and a bunch of coworkers are heading offshore for some deep-water dropping. They want to come back with some nice red snappers. I am unable to fish right now until a couple body parts get stronger. Snapper fishing closes in a few days. Inshore snapper/grouper fishing closes on Friday.

I think that pretty much leaves us pompano, flounder, kingfish for the rest of winter until the cobia show up in big numbers in March.

Happy Fishing.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

by Robin

These are from the Monday before Christmas. I kept meaning to post them up, but kept forgetting. They're not really memorable. Two small fish.

But then again, Jesus fed a multitude with two small fish and five loaves of bread. If those little guys could make it into the Bible, I guess mine can make it to the blog.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

by Robin

Checked some weather reports and had lots of free time today, so the kids and I headed to the beach.


Ok....... stop that. Just get IT out of your mind. It was NOT HOT.

55 deg with some wind.

BUT, I will saw the water was much warmer than the air. I did not mind putting my feet/legs in it to cast out.

When the sun disappeared behind bizarre clouds, it was downright cool.


I brought 2 poles although only 1 was used. Here is a self-portrait of me surf fishing.


I only caught 2 little fish right after arriving there about 8:30 am. One was a whiting and the other a Crevelle Jack which looks very similar to the Pompano, which I was seeking.


As the sun went up, the waves were building,


tide was coming in,


which would have been a good thing.


However, my holiday truffles, filled with evil dairy, decided to attack my body and my joints started swelling hour by hour. I've never felt an attack come on so quickly.


So, by 11 am, we were back in the car, heading home. The kids were happy. They had done what they set out to do. (Dig a huge pit and sit in it.) They were getting some fast food fries. And I was headed to my recliner with half a muscle relaxer & an anti-inflammatory. Whew....... that was a close call.

I hate taking medicine, but am so thankful it is there for when I really need it. I'm already able to stand up a couple hrs later with minimal pain.

We're watching the weather for some New Year's Eve fishing. Pretty soon, the bottom fishing will be closed down and so Jack is gathering a crew together. I'd like to go too, but we have to see how I'm doing in a few days.

Happy Fishing!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

by Robin

We only caught 4 whiting, 2 thrown back to grow up more. Still, it made a nice dinner last night for the guys.

Canaveral National Seashore. Those waves are suppose to be 1-2 ft high. NOT! I love the mist rolling off the top of the wave below.



Here's a self-portrait of myself. I didn't want to scare anybody with a jumbo size photo of me with barely any make-up.


Here's why the fishermen go here for the pompano. See the steepness of this beach? Practically a 30- 45 deg angle. This makes for a nice deep drop-off in the water and lots of bigger fish come in to feed. I really wanted to be back out there today, but it will have to wait since I have some last minute Christmas shopping to do.


I have pictures of the fish, but they're still on the camera. It is rather insignificant when you compare 2 whiting with the big mahi that we've caught.

Merry Christmas!! I may not blog again for the next few/several days.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

by Robin

Yes... I know I spelled "turn" wrong. Meet the Least Terns. They're cousins to the Royal and Caspian Terns, which are much bigger.

We found these beauties while surf fishing on Monday at Canaveral National Seashore. We were in search of pompano in the Lot #2 region. After we were done, we drove up to Lot #10, which is known to have topless sunbathers in the summer. It has been prohibited by law, but people still do it (or are rumored). I've never seen it because I'm too chicken to go up there in warm weather. I digress.........

It was about 50 deg with whipping wind approx 20 knots and only a handful of wool-wearing fishermen were around. I was so happy to catch some photos of these guys. They were adorable.


They're all facing into the wind.

Aren't they cute??

They tuck their beaks in to stay warm. The guy with a black beak is a baby. His beak is turning orange on the tip.

And this is my favorite picture of them. Sharie, did I do good? Not bad considering my batteries died after this shot.

Tomorrow, I'll post up pictures of Jack and I surf fishing. The kids were smart to stay home with watch tv & play video games.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

by Robin

..... taken from Monday's trip in the Indian River.


The sun had popped out for a short hour or two as we were headed back to the docks. The camera was so entirely confused so it created a starburst out of the sun. Then, I put high contrast to the photo to darken out the edges & the water below. I really like this effect it created. It makes me think of a little town in Bethlehem.

God bless & Merry Christmas!
by Robin

Your right to fish are being taken away from you, species by species.

Sea Bass fishing was voted to be closed, effective TOMORROW, the 20th. This goes for the entire NC to Key West coast until June 1st 2010. This is entirely ridiculous because there are soooo many of them out there, keeper size. Most fishermen don't even keep them when they catch them. They're considered the nuisance while out snapper fishing. Utterly ridiculous.

Also, Vermillion snapper season will not be reopened in June.

Shallow-water Snapper & Grouper has a closure Jan 1st 2010 to April 30, 2010. This includes gags, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney grasby, yellowfin, yellowmouth and tiger groupers.

As a reminder, Red Snapper is closing Jan 4th until June 2, 2010 - as an interim rule. This is subject to change (i.e. be closed indefinitely)

They're also considering closing & debating kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.

So, pretty much... fishing and eating American-caught fish will be considered extinct in the near future.

If you find this disturbing that the entire S.E. coast of USA is being closed down from any fishing, call or write your local Congressman to get them into the fight against SAFMC.


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Office:
4055 Faber Place Drive,
Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
phone 843.571.4366
toll free 866.SAFMC-10
fax 843.769.4520

Friday, December 18, 2009

by Robin

I'm pretty certain I have one of his songs in my head.

"Fins to the left, fins to the right and you're the only bait in town."







You see....... we're the only "bait" in town.

Good thing these are just dolphin and not sharks.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

by Robin

We anchored near the mouth of Haulover canal, catching nibbles from crabs that stole our old shrimp. But better than fish, I captured some awesome wildlife & scenery photos.

This first one was my 2nd favorite of the entire trip. I may just have to put this on next year's family calendar. Believe it or not, it is a color photo but the sky was so gray that it looks black & white.


Offshore had 5 ft waves, but in the canal, it was totally calm. The only movement was from the pod of dolphins that stayed just out of reach of my camera lens. I must have taken dozens of photos, but couldn't capture but a few fin shots.

There were a few folks that motored by in their john boats or kayaks. That was nice.

I captured a few photos of this osprey. The original is stunning. Too bad I have to downsize everything for the blog.

On the way home around 3pm, the sun popped out enough to light up this island covered in birds. (primarily seagulls, pelicans & loons)

Tomorrow, I will share some of the dolphin dorsal fins. You'd think we were surrounded by sharks. ;o)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

by Robin

In Florida, we may never get a day of snow or even frost this far down, but we still get our version of whiteouts. When the dewpoint comes within degrees of the temperatures, we get fog. And, we've gotten a LOT of fog lately.

Our poor boat hasn't been used in weeks (again). We've been watching the weather but the seas were very, very high this week. It looks like we may not be able to make our offshore run for Christmas red snapper before the closure takes effect.

So, out of desperation for a day on the water & a day of relaxation after one of the busiest weeks in years. LOL. It may not be deep or blue, but we were happy for it.

We motored out into the white abyss very slowly. Guessing here, but it was probably 50-70 ft of visibility in some spots.


Thank goodness for technology, gps & navigation chips. Jack knew where we were the entire time.


We passed by a marina/harbour and could see anchored sailboats - barely.

We had only 2 big boats pass us and they were going slow too. They seemingly "popped" out at us. I can totally relate to how the Titanic hit that iceberg in the fog.

At one point, we made the turn northeast toward Haulover canal. Ok........ I have to trust Jack on that one.


Not long after that, we made this dolphin very mad. We were in his territory and he approached the boat with tail slaps. Generally speaking, river dolphins duck down until our boat passes. They fairly shy. But, not this one. He deliberately slapped the water at us.


And then, there was land.........

A pocket of visibility amongst the whiteout.

I'll share more photos with you tomorrow. Must run & start chores now.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 04, 2009

RED SNAPPER - interim rule for the next 6 months

As of January 4th, you are not allowed to target or keep Red Snappers off the coasts of N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic coast of Florida.
This news came out Wednesday.

The council hopes to recommend a long-term closure measure in mid-2010.

Coincidentally, I received a letter TODAY from Governor Charlie Crists' office. Here it is in its entirety. I have no idea where this leaves us.

Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist's Office and sharingyour concerns about recent decisions by the South Atlantic FisheryManagement Council ("the Council"). The Governor wants to know how people feel about the many critical issues we face and asked that Irespond on his behalf.Governor Crist supports the Council's efforts to protect our precious natural resources; however, the Governor believes this action will haveserious ramifications for Florida's recreational anglers and our economy. The requirement to establish strict catch limits for all federally managed species that are undergoing "overfishing" by 2010 is affecting Florida in ways that were not anticipated. A closure effectively puts Florida's fishermen out of work in an already challenging economic time and would severely diminish the multi-million dollar annual contribution the South Atlantic fishery makes to Florida'seconomy.Governor Crist has contacted Charles Davis, Chairman of the SouthAtlantic Fishery Management Council to encourage a prompt review of the science used to validate the Council's decisions in the fishery management process. The Governor also contacted U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and asked that the Department do everything possible to lessen the impact on Florida's anglers while still protecting our natural resources. Governor Crist firmly believes that a fishery-wide closure must be a last resort only after all other options have been exhausted. Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Crist. Please do not hesitate to write again to share your concerns and ideas about issues that are important to you.

Warren DavisOffice of Citizen Services
by Robin

For years, this has been one of the ultimate quick seafood fixes in our house. For approx $1.25 per can, one can eat smoked oysters which is relatively cheap when compared to eating Snow Crab legs or Shrimp (which God loves).

I keep a couple cans handy for the pantry and I even stuff some in our emergency "ditch" bag on the boat. It's protein in a can which is very handy if stranded offshore.

Anyhow, I put up with the original orange packaging for years because it made it easy to find on the shelves. But today.... I must protest. If I had true grit, I'd ban these from my house, but I won't because we have such a weakness for them, topped w/ hot sauce, salt and lemon, while sitting on a Ritz cracker. (Excuse me while I catch the drool.)


This makes no sense. They are cow patches on a seafood item. For all I know, I could mistake this for cream cheese which is about the same size. What has happened to our country? Is this CHANGE we can count on? Change that doesn't make the outer packaging resemble the product inside?

Good grief WALMART executives........ does this make sense to you? Can't you at least make the blue things into fish shapes or shrimp shapes or ......... wait........ are my eyes deceiving me? Are those suppose to be oyster shapes? Oh no...... Am I the only fool who didn't get this the first 20 boxes?

What do you bloggers see?

Wait..... what did you see first? If this were some type of psychology examination, would you say, "Cow patches" or "oysters"?

Now, compare this with the Ritz cracker box in the background. Unmistakably a cracker, not a flower. A Ritz cracker, no doubt. Awesome marketing. Undeniably Ritz.

So, who's the fool now? (Please somebody comment....)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

by Robin

Jack was able to head offshore to fish with friends. I stayed home to take care of sick kids. However, by evening, I was wanting to make the drive all the way to the port to see what everybody caught. When I pulled up to the docks, I saw my man. I could recognize him (& his back) anywhere.


I don't have the complete breakdown, but in short, from what little I heard, they went through dozens & dozens of short red snapper to be vented & returned to the bottom. They caught & kept many large black sea bass, some trigger, lots of lane snapper and two keeper Red Snapper. I was too late to photograph those.


I think I also heard something about a lot of sharks down there.

The guys cleaning fish next to Jack came back with a couple snappers and a cart full of amberjack. I think he said the big one was 40 lbs. WOW. I'm thinking they were off of a big offshore boat.


So, it is short but sweet. Got a few filets for the frig. Many boats were coming back in the dark. It's strange to have such short days when making long runs offshore. All your evening chores are done in the dark, or under lights.


Happy Fishing. Tomorrow is suppose to be a great day on the water, but we'll probably just stay home to get ready for the work week.
brought to you by Robin

Jack actually made it offshore today, fishing with Mike & Helen on their boat. I stayed behind to sing up at church and then run home to be with my sick boys. I will update you on whatever they catch tomorrow (or Monday).

Meanwhile, I amuse myself with my free time by glancing over various fishing forums to see the fishing reports. I found this little gem that I wanted to link you to.

BUT.... before you go there, know this... I don't believe this. I just thought it was humorous that somebody had gone through such lengths to condemn shrimp. What's not humorous to me is the twisting of God's Word.

The Old Testament is a beautiful story book of those who had great faith, without seeing. Sometimes it is of those who lost their faith too. It is where the law is given to the Jews. However, (John 1:17) "the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." Jesus came to fulfill the law, so that we may be able to live under His grace.

Paul writes in 1 Tim 4:4 “For every creature of God is good and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.” I think that if your heart is thankful for the food that you've caught or purchased, that is more important. Secondly, shrimp probably wasn't something that could be preserved well in the OT times, so disease or dissentary may have been a cause of concern. With refrigeration now, that is not a problem for us in contemporary times.

More importantly, dietary laws were made to set apart the Jews from the gentiles. After Christ, the two people groups had to come together since they would become believers in Christ and partners in ministry work for further God's kingdom. In Acts 10, you will see a change from the dietary laws (v12) to (v13) "a voice [came] to him, 'Rise, Peter, kill and eat!'" The dietary laws are gone. He was freed to eat pork, beef and even shellfish. But, he was to do it with a thankful heart. This is also why we say grace before each meal. It slows us down to remember who gave us the food to eat, each day, each meal.

So, does God hate shrimp? I think not. He created them on day 5!! Does God hate us eating shrimp? Not if you're thankful to be eating some of those most delicious, scrumptious, dripping with butter, salt and lemon juice, heavenly shrimp like we do.

Whew!! My mouth is officially watering now onto the keyboard. You see, there's another reason to love Jesus besides saving my soul from hell. LOL

As for this "religious" group of radicals, 1 Tim 4:1 says, "Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the last times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having consciences seared with a hot iron."

I wish people like this would go spend their time more wisely - - like eating shrimp for dinner.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

by Robin

It just occurred to me that I haven't been fishing in 2 months. No wonder I have "the itch" so badly to head offshore, fish and feel the sun on my joints.


It has been far & few between trips this year.


This is the mahi we ate yesterday. It's nice to reconnect with your lunch. LOL
by Robin

Yesterday looked like it was going to be another quiet day after the holidays. The boys both are fighting small colds. Shopping was last on my to-do list, right after emergency surgery. ;o)

Jack and I made a beautiful mahi mahi lunch to go with our holiday leftover side dishes. We did bills. I had just started a grocery list when the phone rang. Our friends were heading to their marina to fish for bait. Saturday, they would head offshore for some nice bottom fishing.

We made the decision to leave our eldest in charge for a couple hours of babysittng and keep the germs contained to our household. Jack and I met our friends at the dock. Most of us had poles w/ little hooks and the fun began.

We brought up little jacks, pinfish, sailor's choice.... and then, the mangrove snapper started biting. Granted, they weren't huge and a few were released, but they were nice panfish overall. A couple hours later, the sun was about to set and the temperature dropped significantly.

We hugged good-bye and parted ways. It was so good to get out, share some laughs and catch bait & dinner. We drove home toward a beautiful sunset. It's little moments like these that make us to glad we live in Florida and are so accessible to great fishing waters. It also reminds me that it won't be long before the beach fishing gets on fire with pompano. I love eating pompano.

Happy Fishing. It should be a beautiful weekend to fish. I'm grocery shopping today and then heading to church tomorrow. Maybe Monday will be nice too.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

by Robin

We're closely watching the weather for Thurs or Fri to go out fishing. It has been a LONG time since we fished and we're hoping to load up on some holiday Snapper.

I know to many it may seem crazy to forego the usual holiday traditions; however, we're already traveled to see our families this fall. We're also not much for turkey nor ham. If the weather fails us, we'll roast some chickens, but otherwise, we want to fish. These are the next available days.

(Oh and I'm not much for Black Friday craziness. BUT, I have noticed that many husbands are out there on Friday while their wives shop.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Psalm 114

The Power of God in His Deliverance of Israel

When Israel went out of Egypt,
The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion.
The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back.

The mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs.
What ails you, O sea, that you fled?
O Jordan, that you turned back?
O mountains, that you skipped like rams?
O little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the rock into a pool of water,
The flint into a fountain of waters.

(Highlighting mine to point out how the water even obeys God.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

by Robin

On Wednesday night, Jack attended the SAFMC public hearing to discuss the closure for Red Snapper. It was much different than the one I attended earlier in the year, which was much more civil.


Jack says they used the huge hall which sat a couple/few hundred people. He heard some of our friends speak-out against the proposed closure. Many scientists have become aware of the issue and joined the fight against the full-closure. They brought their knowledge and analysis to the debate. We have a lawyer friend from Orlando who has made this is pet project and he walloped the council with a great speech. There was a State Representative who was in attendance and spoke on the economical impact to Florida. Three news stations covered the event, plus the Florida Today newspaper. Prior to the public hearing, FL Today made this proposed Snapper Amendment their front page story and then announced the time/place of the hearing. Every local angler's club was represented as well. Commercial boat captains came with concern & questions. The average Joe had a voice.

People were mad. Every angle was covered. Bad science was questioned. Fake "green" movements were challenged. It was heated.


Snapper stocks are coming back and people aren't going to take a large closure like this one go down without a fight.

Let me bunny trail here for a moment..... I live in a county where my friends & neighbors are already in a holding pattern about whether or not their jobs at Kennedy Space Center are going to be lost. We're talking several thousand jobs, potentially. Obama/Congress could potentially kill our entire community by discontinuing the space program. Businesses would leave or shut down. Our area exists primarily because of the space program.

So, to tie all this together, people feel like they need to fight for their rights & livelihood. Pressure is building in our community. It's going to escape in some form or manner. I believe in the American people to go with their gut instincts and fight for the truth. This public hearing is simply another outlet for that because we're sick & tired of our rights being taken away from us.

Will Brevard County survive? Will fishermen survive? Will we be able to pursue happiness? Will we keep our freedoms to speak, write, assemble, worship and fish? And while I'm on a rant and it is still my blog, will we be able to call a terrorist a terrorist? Ok, maybe that isn't where I want to go today.

Doesn't the government have something better to pursue than shutting down the majority of bottom fishing in one swift move? They have proposed amendments against kingfishing and upcoming regs on mahi too. Pretty soon, the only thing we'll be able to catch are puffer fish & sting rays. Fishermen are natural conservationist, I believe. We love wildlife or else we couldn't risk our lives and spend our paychecks being in the water or in the woods each week. We have seen redfish and billfish come back to high numbers. It is "poo-poo'd" in the fishing community if you were to come back with a billfish to eat (Swords seem to be the exception to this). Don't even post up your undersized fish on the Florida Sportsman Fishing Forum. You will be called out for not being responsible. We police ourselves because we are a prideful group of scruffy, windblown, salty fishermen. (And I say that with love...) We want to teach our kids to fish and our grandkids too.

Strict Snapper regulations are already in place. Give them a chance to work. Stop mass, indescriminate netting and longlining. But please shut up about recreational fishermen being the major cause for snapper stocks being depleted. That is such a joke since most of us are still trying to figure out how to pay for gas before the banks come and reposess our boats. (not us, just making a point)

I'm just really tired of the lies, and honestly, the fight simply to have freedom. I feel like we've regulated ourselves into a chair with ties on it and the next wrong move we make is going to result in electrocution. I mean, honestly, I'm afraid to exhale or fart because my carbon emission may be measured & taxed.

I'm sick, sick, sick of it. I just want to be able to head offshore on a nice day and pick up a couple fish for dinner. I'm sure many of us want that. I wish those councilmen with hidden socialistic agendas could see that too.

Fight for your right to fish!