north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 10:17 AM GMT on April 03, 2014

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05:50, 58f, slightly foggy. roosters sleeping. let them sleep. pup spots something in front yard. mostly asleep guardian rushes in opposite direction. stars out. venus blazing in the east. roosters just woke up..
08:00, mid tide falling at CK. a neap tide. south wind, 12 knts. 67f. oyster bar covered. fed cat,
sampling the fishes of suwannee sound and the grass flats of the out islands with otter trawl and the bait seine. 1st set was 8 miles offshore in the teeth of the wind. whitecaps. catches were extremely low in all trawls. did get one flounder. mostly sea robins, pinfish, and jellyfish. several large stingrays. saw a big shark jump clear out the water. dolphins playing inshore. offshore sets with bait seine yielded even fewer fish - a few silversides. rather strange that the water's warming up but catches remain low..
water temperature, 19C, 67f. offshore, water visibility to 2.5m., 7-8 ft. water the color of weak tea. tide turned at 10:30. birds congregated on flooding bars - willets, oystercatchers, sanderlings, dowitchers, gulls. one loon offshore, a few ducks. cormorants, brown pelicans, royal terns...
16:50, high tide falling at #4 bridge. heading back to farm after long day on water.
20:00, violet and pink sunset with crescent moon. wowser!
21:30, 66f, fog forming. lovely waxing crescent moon in the west surrounded by bright stars. had a great birthday!!

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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.