north florida - wild florida - corrigan's reef

By: marsHen , 10:08 AM GMT on September 11, 2012

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05:50, 72F, mostly cloudy. no stars. waning crescent moon, a thin bowl, in the pines by the workshop. roosters quiet. reddog is barking.
I was in the field 11 years ago and did not hear about the other infamous day until I got back to the lab late in the afternoon.
08:05, high tide coming in at CK. upper 70's, overcast. NE to SE wind, 12-16 knts. choppy with a few white caps. water, 27C, 80F. sampled around corrigans and atsena otie with the 600 ft. seine. varied catches except for the bait fish which were the same in most pulls. young of the year trout, YOY mackeral, flounder, young sharks, croaker, 2 very large black drum, 60 cownose rays, and the usual atlantic rays, hard-head and gaff top-sail catfish, were scattered throughout the sets. the cownose-ray/black drum catch was tiring. we got splashed all up. spoonbills and egrets roosting in the black mangroves. a bald eagle in a pine. gulls diving for the baitfish as they got measured and thrown overboard. a pelican visit. choppy, windy, gray, but extraordinaryly beautiful. sargassum washing up on the beaches. got some more hickory nuts to plant in the cactus field from that pignut hickory out on cedar point.
15:30, low 80's. low tide at #4 bridge. mud flats just getting exposed. 1 spoonbill and some egrets working the tide.
18:20, low 80's, overcast. no breeze. got 2 eggs. doctoring a sick ewe lamb. a lot of the flock have pasty stools from their fresh grass diet. their water consumption is half of what they drink when they're eating hay.
20:40, 76F, fog/haze. some stars showing. enough mosquitos so that you don't want to linger in one place too long.

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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.