north florida - wild florida - barnett creek

By: marsHen , 12:09 AM GMT on March 15, 2014

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06:10, 38f, clear. bright planet in the ESE. roosters crowing.
09:00, low tide rising on the Suwannee river. east wind, 10 knts. 51f. sampling the fishes between deer island and east pass with the 600 ft. seine and the bait seine. catches were moderate depending on the ferocity of the tide. the bait seine pulled in young-of-the-year (YOY) pinfish, spot, mullet, and anchovies. on half moon reef, the anchovie catch exceeded 1,000. in back creeks, the other YOY fishes predominated. 2 sets with big seine brought in disparate catches. behind deer island in a rushing tide 1 ladyfish and 1 pinfish were snagged. a bank near dan-may creek yielded redfish, sheepshead, and a white catfish. all fishes measured, counted, and returned.
water temperatures dropped again to 14-15C, 57-59f. waters were dark with tannin from the river and muddied from the wind and chop offshore. lots of cormorants, pelicans, and ducks offshore. bald eagles, mature and immature, on dead trees by barnett. ospreys in nests on east pass cypress. a pleasant day with some sun and enough breeze to mute the bugs.
14:00, high tide falling on the delta. south wind, 3 knts. 63f.
19:00, 62f on the farm. clear. sun sinking. waxing almost full moon to the east. several deer in back yard browsing on emerging virginia creeper. got no eggs. hay to all. dogs playing rough by sheep barn. had to get on them. mellow fire in fireplace.
21:50, 56f, a mist. waxing almost full moon shining brightly over the farm. stars muted in the brilliance. guardian down by farm gate barking. pleasant walk with pup around the yard. good night, fishes..

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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.