north florida - econfina river - appalachee bay

By: marsHen , 10:44 AM GMT on May 15, 2012

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05:30, 69F, foggy. waning crescent moon to ESE. woke roosters up. oatmeal. going to trawl the big bend seagrass beds to sample the fishes..
07:30, 70's, overcast but clearing. 2 hour trip to econfina. saw wild turkeys on the way. all swamps are dry.
9:40, high tide at econfina river. several night herons along the edge. alligator in the tide. 70's, no wind. horizon obscured by clouds. water like a mirror. pretty clear down to 4 meters. specifically looking for young-of-the-year (YOY) hog fish, gag grouper, red grouper, sea bass, gray snapper and lane snapper. got a few hogfish and more sea bass. also got file fish, pinfish, pig fish, silver perch, pipefish, grass porgies, spot-tail pinfish, etc.. fish that live in seagrass beds. did 10 trawls, identified and measured everyone. stayed calm all day. got sunny at noon and we put up the bimini top. by-catch was manageable.. a stellar day!! still high tide back in the river. saw more turkeys on the way home.
18:00, low 80's in the cow town.. got groceries, hay, and fuel.
19:00, low 80's at the farm. unloaded truck, fed stock. got 3 eggs. chili for supper.
21:10, 78F, occasional breeze. overcast with a few stars. tired.

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About marsHen

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