north florida - wild florida - suwannee river

By: marsHen , 11:06 AM GMT on May 03, 2013

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05:50, 69F, overcast, damp, some fog. dixie at back door. roosters crowing. magnolias blooming. packing lunch and heading for the river!
09:00, high flood tide on the suwannee river. swift current! 70F, east wind, 10 knts. overcast, misty, drizzly. it was beautiful! yellow astors, red suwannee roses, and water hemlock blooming. sawgrass was putting out bloom spikes. early for that. ospreys in cypress. kingfishers.
catches were very low due to all the water reaching back into the swamps. the big catch was (drum roll!) a young-of-the-year sturgeon!! about 2 foot long. a beautiful bronze color that very sharp looking prehistoric fish. measured it immediately, put it back, and watched it dive for the bottom. we seldom catch them. the largest one we've ever caught was 10 ft. trawled it up in #4 channel off north key. it was too big and too strong to measure but it stretched across the entire net well which is 10 ft. wide.
13:00, tide still high on the river. water temps, 22C, 71.6F, on the surface. 21C, 69.8F on the bottom of the river, around 3 meters, 9.5 ft. deep. water very dark from the tannin flowing in from the swamps. overcast, NE wind, 12 knts. drizzling. saw no alligators all day but did see river turtles. most of the catches were a mixture of channel cats (freshwater) and hard-head catfish (salt water). this is fairly common towards the mouths of the river.
14:30, 73F at the farm. overcast. guardian met me at gate. dixie snoozing in horse barn. got 3 eggs. took a nap.
20:20, 67F, mostly cloudy. a few stars peeking out. cool NE breeze.

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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.