north florida - wild florida - the back creeks

By: marsHen , 11:03 AM GMT on September 16, 2013

Share this Blog
0
+

05:50, 72F, ground fog, clear above. stars shine brightly. orion overhead. dark walk down lane with pup. guardian comes into yard. doesn't want to play. roosters waking up. next week we fall behind. lighter for morning chores, darker for evening chores. we try to go by sun time here at the farm but not always possible..
08:00, low tide rising at CK. NE wind, 4 knts. 76F. woodstork flying over road. egrets in shallows. white pelicans crowding on a disappearing shell bar. fed cat.
sampling the fish populations with the 600 ft. seine and the bait seine in the back creeks between little trout creek and shell mound. catches were moderate. the big seine caught a lot of hard head and gaff topsail catfish along with some speckled trout, a few sheepshead, singrays, ladyfish, pinfish, mullet, one big gar, a small mangrove snapper, and a large mackerel which might have been a king but was probably a spanish. brought it back for i.d. the bait seine caught scaled sardines, a lot of anchovies and silversides, and a few pinfish and spot. fish measured, counted, and released.
a sunny day with not much wind but a light chop. water temperatures ran 28-29C, 82-84F, warmer than offshore due to shallower water. water the color of green tea and pleasant. a fair amount of birds - terns, cormorants, brown pelicans, osprey. dolphin fishing alongside of us in several places. had to put the bimini top up in late morning when air temperatures climbed into the low 80's with a lot of reflection from the sun. an enjoyable day. the back creeks, most which are not named, drain the woods and have salt water vegetation along their banks that gradually changes into fresh water plants, such as bullrush and sawgrass, as you motor up them. most are shallow, less than 6 ft. deep at mid-tide, but some have steep drop-offs, and most have oyster bars guarding their entrances. alligators frequent them as well as rattlesnakes and moccasins. contrary to popular belief, none of the above avoid salt water... alligators doze in the marshes in cooler weather and the snakes swim across the creeks and even sun themselves on oyster bars. deer swim from island to island and racoons peruse the bars and flats at low tide. it's a wild and beautiful community.
15:20, south wind, 3 knts. 84F. high tide at #4 bridge. think I got a mild sunburn despite the sun screen.
16:00, 108F at back door in the sun. walked pup down south end of cactus field where there was shade. got 2 eggs.
19:00, 85F, clouding up. thunder grumbling from the south. several deer on edge of sheep field under grape vines. pup charging around in donkey woodlot, jumps fence to be with guardian. pup's an athlete.
20:50, 80F, overcast. cloud-shrouded waxing gibbous moon in the SE. pup and I jumped a deer in front yard. deer disappeared into cabbage palms and over sheep fence. disappointed pup was reined in. good night, deer..

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 1 - 1

Page: 1 — Blog Index

Viewing: 1 - 1

Page: 1 — Blog Index

Top of Page

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.