north florida - wild florida - back creeks

By: marsHen , 11:56 AM GMT on February 17, 2014

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05:40, 39f, foggy. waning gibbous moon with several rings setting over sheep barn. lil rooster crowing, big rooster sleeping in. guardian sleeping by truck. short walk with pup. oatmeal..
09:00, low tide rising and very foggy on the suwannee river. east wind, 5 knts. 53f. as we left east pass and headed south, fog diminish to nothing. sampled the fishes with trawl, bait seine, and 600 ft. seine between barnett creek and long cabbage key. catches are improving. still a lot of YOY (young-of-the-year) spots, pinfish, and mullet showing up in trawls and bait seine sets. the big seine netted a lot of finger mullet, increasing numbers of stingrays, still mostly males, 8 YOY black drum, half dozen redfish and trout of different sizes. one ladyfish and no catfish.. plus the usual pinfish and juvenile flounder. all fish and a few crabs measured, counted, returned to the water. a few juvenile pelicans came to the boat but were disappointed with anchovies after an offshore trawl..
water was very dark and murky. 0.5m visibility. temperature was around 15C, 59f. the incoming tide was very strong but it took until noon for the tide to cover the bars enough so we could get into the back creeks and back to preacher's hole. sunny with enough breeze to keep bugs away. lots of mud and oysters back there.
east pass sports many osprey nests in the cypress out in the spartina/juncus marsh. most of them have ospreys resting near-by. a lot of cormorants in the river and offshore. some white pelicans out by the reefs. oyster catchers on the shell bars. ducks flying off. large flock of ducks congregating offshore.
14:40, high tide at the boat ramp. 60f. NW wind, 5 knts. made for a choppy ride back but beautiful. a great day for work out on the water in february
17:50, 58f, mist rising. did chores. unloaded feed and hay. everyone happy with the expensive hay.. got 2 eggs.
dynamite flourescent orange sunset. deer floating through donkey woodlot. .20:40, 49f, a mist. no moon yet. some stars. deer eyes in donkey woodlot. pup on alert. guardian shows up barking. zzzzzzz

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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.