north florida - wild florida - econfina river

By: marsHen , 2:30 AM GMT on May 15, 2013

05:15, 53F, foggy. stars. woke roosters up. cardinals tuning up. dixie at back door. pup out. guardian shows up. packing a lunch. meeting crew at 7:00 in cowtown.
09:30, high tide falling on the econfina river. 68F, no wind. no-see-ums terrible. we got out on the grass flats as fast as we could. like a mirror out there. waters dark with tannin. sunny. trawling offshore for young-of-the-year (YOY) gag grouper, hogfish, black sea bass, and snapper. only found 1 target species - less than a dozen black sea bass. but pulled in lots of YOY pinfish, pigfish, and spot tail pinfish and a few YOY flounder. there will be lots to eat for the target species recruiting into the estuary. only found 3 very small scallops. all fish measured, counted, and returned to water. wind picked up quickly making it hard to see the bottom. water temps low 70's. pulled in a lot of algae by-catch.
almost every trawl, (after the banana appeared on the boat and was blatently eaten,) brought in about 25 gallons of algae, along with a few urchins and some mixed seagrass species, which we picked through for the fish. did 10 trawls. not many birds. some herons in marsh on the river.
15:00, 73F, west wind, 11 knots. still sunny. napped on way back to cowtown.
17:30, 75F at back door. tired. walked jack russell. pup on tether which didn't last. pup out romping and swimming in donkey water. finally got her inside with a piece of fried fish.
19:50, 72F, lovely red sunset. got 3 eggs. draggin' through the chores. deer passing through donkey woodlot. a lot of barking.
20:50, 67F, partly cloudy. some stars. waxing fat crescent moon behind thin clouds. very lovely..

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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.