north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:49 AM GMT on January 05, 2012

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06:30, 30F, calm. rooster's crowing, dogs howling. oatmeal for breakfast. going out on the water, CK.
09:00, 50F, NW wind, 2 knts., med. low tide coming in. lots of small flocks of ducks, saw 2 loons. cormorants, willets, brown and white pelicans on oyster bars. water temp. 10C (50F.) did 4 sets with the 600 ft. seine and 4 sets with the bait seine. catches low. could feel the water's chill through the waders. cold on my hands and my sleeves stayed wet all day. sunny. got a few red fish, some small trout, some small flounder (par. albigutta), and some big needlefish. the young-of-the-year (YOY) (15-20 mm.) spot and pinfish have just started showing up in the bait seine. last year, in 2 weeks, we counted over 200,00 YOY spot (lei. xanthurus). all of us are hoping that the recruitment will not be so robust this year. we beat all the other labs last year but generally the year following a hefty recruitment is more mellow.
14:00, 60F, wind NW, 6-8 knts., high tide.
16:00, 62F at the farm. light NW breeze, sunny.
locked young rams in the horse barn at sundown and added the wether with bruiser's help. got a call last night from a buyer interested in them all, maybe even the ram with the injured eye.. supposed to show up around 09:00. sounded sincere.
19:00, 52F, calm. waxing gibbous moon following jupiter. venus bright in the west. saw 5 deer at sundown gleaning acorns in the brushy part of the donkey's woodlot. might build a fire but I'm kinda tired. between pulling the 600 ft. seine and wrangling that wether my back isn't happy.

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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.