north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:33 AM GMT on March 02, 2012

05:40, 66F, foggy, mizzling. eaves dripping, ground wet. woke up the 2 roosters. dogs barking.
06:30, wolf light. all songbirds singing. clearing. oatmeal for breakfast. might go on the water today..
08:05, low tide at CK. tide coming in. went out on the water! misty, overcast, no breeze. water temps in the back creeks, 19.9C = 68F. felt good on my hands. did 8 sets, 4 with the bait seine and got mostly YOY blue crabs. 4 with the 600' haul seine. got a shitload of stingrays, mostly Das. sabina, the Atlantic stingray, but several very large Das. say, the bluntnose stingray. also pulled in some redfish, trout, hard-head catfish, mackerel, whiting, one small sheepshead, and a lot of baitfish - finger mullet, spots, pinfish, pigfish... since the waters are warming up, the fish are coming back inshore. just a light chop. lots of ducks flying off, and several large flocks of skimmers and oystercatchers. the white pelicans and the cormorants had all the oyster bars covered.
a great day even though we had a lot of fish to work up for mercury, heavy metals, and plastics when we got back. I still smell like fish.
high tide at 11:00 but it was still high when I left CK at 16:30.
17:30, 75F at the farm. not a peep out of any of the roosters but I assume they are roosting. got 2 eggs. sheep and donkeys were waiting for their hay.
19:05, 71F, mostly clear, fog forming. still on the ground but whispy clouds are flying across the moon from the SW. waxing gibbous moon, venus and jupiter bright in the evening sky. nice to see them all again. what a super day!!

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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.