north florida - wild florida - corrigans reef

By: marsHen , 11:19 AM GMT on March 07, 2013

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05:30, 38F, clear. waning crescent moon in the pecans to the east. roosters quiet.. yellow dogs under pear tree. lamb bottles heating up. lunch made. oatmeal for breakfast.
08:10, very low tide rising at CK. 39F, NW wind, 10 knts. cormorants on oysterbar. ducks, mostly scaups, by bridge. have to wait for tide to come in more before we can get out of marina. cold.
09:10, 40F. out on the water. sampling the fishes from porpoise creek to snake key. most of the sampling was in the corrigans reef area, a series of oyster bars and crushed shell bars built up by past storms. tricky to navigate. the porpoise creek area is a lot of exposed limerock, called the strawberry patch that most folks don't go into for fear of the lower unit on their outboards. water temps ranged from 8C, 47F, to 10C, 50F, depending where we sampled. catches were low. only one pull with the 600 ft. seine (and we did 4 pulls with that seine) netted more than a few fish. that one pull, on piney point, netted a variety of fish including a good sample of stingrays. otherwise in the bait seines, pulling in cold water less than a meter deep over various substrates, we got practically nothing except for 2 pulls in the mud where we netted a lot of young-of-the-year (YOY) mullet, about an inch long. should make the mullet folks happy. lots of ducks out there, flying off everywhere. and the usual shore birds.
14:40, high tide ebbing at #4 bridge. 51F, NW wind, 10 knts. ducks. running back to farm to do chores to get back to CK by 17:00 to read at a poetry reading.
16:45, low tide falling at CK. 52F, NW wind, 8 knts. tired. still cold.
19:00, reading was good. going out to dinner.
22:00, 43F at the farm. finished feeding dogs, fell asleep at computer trying to finish this entry. went to bed.............

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2. marsHen
3:30 PM GMT on March 08, 2013
in the 35 yrs I've lived on this farm I've seen 1 gator, down the road, during '98 floods. my outside dogs are all over 100 lbs. and can take care of themselves. probably can't take a gator down, but since the farm is in the piney flatwoods, the big dangers are very large diamond-back rattlers which the dogs understand. they leave them alone. besides, the sheep need guarding. can't do that from inside the house.
think before you judge..
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1. code1
4:27 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
You leave dogs out in this area? Interesting. Hope gators find u first. For shame! Have tried to follow you, being somewhat local. Nada, after last post.
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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.