north florida - wild florida - deer island

By: marsHen , 3:10 AM GMT on May 10, 2014

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22:00, 76f. waxing gibbous moon high in the east. partly cloudy with a mist. guardian barking down the lane. yearling deer in back yard.
sampled the fish populations between deer and rattlesnake key. catches were low. water was extremely high most of the day. tide turned at 13:00 but stayed high. water temperature, 25C, 77f. about the same offshore. we are no longer wearing waders. waters very dark - like day-old coffee. all from the suwannee flooding. salinities are lower than usual. a moderate chop, with spray. not many birds all the bars were flooded. even the spartina was flooded.
bait seine, in 5 sets mostly in back creeks, pulled in 3 types of "anchovies," some young-of-the-year menhaden, 1 very large blunt-nose stingray, and a few young pinfish and spot. numbers were low. the large 600 ft. haul seine did not do any better - some mullet, some stingrays (large and smaller,) a few hardhead catfish, a nice atlantic croaker, a gulf flounder, a 2 ft long gar, 2 small redfish which got their fin clipped for genetics, and a small trout that disappeared when we got the catch in the boat.. plus a few spot and pinfish. 3 sets, not big catches..
a partly sunny, windy, pleasant day in the upper 70's, lower 80's. another day on the water. another day in paradise..

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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.