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By: marsHen , 10:09 AM GMT on August 01, 2013

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05:50, 74F, mostly cloudy. foggy. waning crescent moon to east over house. woke up roosters. guardian running around barking. short walk for pup. mosquitoes annoying.
08:30, forgot my hat and had to purchase one at the gas station in old town - a camo duck dynasty one. high tide rising on the suwannee river. river high and current swift. sampled the fish populations from moccasin to little trout creeks. 83F, south wind, 5 knts. mostly cloudy. front coming in with thunderheads. catches were low. the water is so high the fish are very dispersed. salinity is low around the delta. caught a black crappie and a blue gill in 2 different pulls in the salt marsh. front moved in with a lot of lightning and wind picked up from the west, 10-12 knts. we were in the marsh at dan-may creek pulling the 600 ft. seine. lightning was popping all over. was glad to be in the marsh rather than in the boat. did not catch a single thing in that pull. after the storm moved off to the SE we pulled the big seine again and caught some of everything - redfish, sheepshead, large and small black drum, a snook, ladyfish, mullet. identified and measured them all. just a few baitfish, a few small stingrays, catfish, and one little florida gar. rather unusual for august. water temperature was 28-29C, 82-84F, and dark with tannin. these water temperatures have been steady throughout the summer. the heavy rains have kept the temps into the low-mid 80's. slightly cooler in the river. not too many birds - ospreys, herons, gulls. no alligators. beautiful cloud-scapes all day and just enough breeze to keep the bugs down. came back to the boat ramp totally soaked, even my new hat.
15:30, 79F, overcast. got almost an inch of rain at the farm. damp guardian met me at the gate and got a corner of my pulled pork sandwish on texas toast.
20:30, 76F, overcast. not a star showing. dark. got 2 eggs. pleasant walk with pup up and down the lane. a lot of spiders out. hoping they get some mosquitoes. tired.

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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.