north florida - wild florida - salt creek

By: marsHen , 11:35 AM GMT on February 04, 2013

06:10, 36F, clear. waning horned moon over the farm house. roosters up. yellow dogs at back door. lamb bottles heating up. cold out. foggy.
09:10, high slack tide at suwannee river. 54F, NE wind, 3 knts. not enough wind to keep the no-see-ums down in the back creeks. catches were low in both large and small seines. water temperature, 14C, 59F. tide turned after second set. only caught a few mullet, a sheepshead, and a small juvenile trout in 3 sets with the 600 ft. seine. the pulls were tolerable - no deep mud, algae, or heavy current pulling against us. 2 sets of the bait seine pulled in a lot of YOY (young-of-the-year) spot (L. xanthurus), mullet, and pinfish (L. rhomboides.) otherwise, not much at all. overcast and chilly all day. one large flock of seagulls resting on an exposed sandbar. only a couple flocks of ducks. grebes. two red mangrove seedlings growing on a peat island at west pass. pretty far north for them. was glad to be out on the water. tide turned to outgoing after our 2nd set. wind switched to south, 5 knts. no-see-ums never gave up. 58F.
15:00, 62F at back door of farm house. overcast. dropped by feed store to get more decent hay and it was back to the old dry hay. no sale there.
19:00. (salmon sunset earlier. pretty.) 49F. clearing enough to see a few stars and orion and jupiter. re-routed dog walk after many deer eyes showed in cactus field. a mist forming. something close to the ground with shiny eyes in sheep woodlot. the guardian can sort that out.

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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.