north florida - wild florida - cedar keys

By: marsHen , 11:10 AM GMT on April 09, 2014

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06:00, 53f, a mist. fuzzy stars showing. woke roosters up. guardian and dixie barking at us. zealous dogs.. pup wants to join in. comedy in the farm yard ...
08:00, mid tide rising at CK. north wind 5 knts. 59f. going out to sample the fish populations between snake and scale keys with the otter trawl, the bait seine, and the 600 ft. seine. catches were moderate. one pull with the trawl netted a bag full of algae by-catch and a lot of bait fish - pinfish, pig fish, a few small black sea bass, some batfish, anchovies, and one seahorse. catches were generally low with the bait seine - pinfish again and one set mostly killifish. the catches were varied with the big seine. stingrays and catfish, plus pinfish and mullet made up one set. another set snagged a snook and a sheepshead plus mullet and pinfish, another mostly batfish, catfish and mullet. all fish were identified, measured, counted, and most were released.
water is warming up - upper 60's - 70. water clarity is still low. spotted a large solitary loon during the trawl offshore. no ducks. cormorants, brown and white pelicans, willets, a few stilts, and laughing gulls were here and there. one pod of blowing dolphins. wind picked up as day progressed and riled up white-caps. a pleasant day with amazing atmospheric clarity - the islands stood out, the horizon was sharply defined, like being out on a vast bowl of dark water..
14:20, NW wind, 15 knts. 63f. mid tide at #4 bridge. cormorants on oyster bar. north wind hindered the incoming tide from becoming full high tide.
19:20, 64f. gathered wood for a fire that never got made. got 1 egg. hay to all herbivorous critters. someone's been digging in the marigolds..
20:50, 59f. waxing gibbous moon up high. stars out. guardian barking about something only she and dixie seem to know about. good night, world.

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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.