vacation

things are wrapping up..my last night. Weather is fine, after a very wet and rainy friday night, saturday was mostly sunny, a little bit breezy, but nothing like last week.

There is a still alot of hurricane damage down here, one of the big ones came ashore hereabouts. This county beach park was destroyed. I had lunch at the covenience store here, and chatted with a construction supervisor who told tales about the wealthy and celebrated who he’s worked for in the area (Bernadette Peters, Roger Waters, more) and who have frequented this dumpy beach store. ha. Years ago I once slept in my car in the parking lot here:

Other damage on the river:

I did finally catch something suitable for the campfire; spanish mackeral with breadcrumbs and mustard. yumm.

back to the world tomorrow.

B.

WIND

It’s been a couple of days, and still not good fish to speak(write) of. The weather turned; tuesday night was in the 30’s, with a strong wind, which got stronger on wednesday. Too strong to take my boat out. Here’s a picture of the north winds hitting the causeway on the Indian River.

So I scouted some areas and looked for bait. I was worried about the wind blowing down my tent, and when I got back to the campsite in early afternoon, everything was still intact. But while I was there, the wind caught the edge of the tent….I was right there and grabbed it. I thought for a minute I would go flying into the lagoon! One of the fiberglass poles snapped. I got everything under control.

I returned to Orlando to get some spare tent poles I had, and see the family. Had a great night sleeping, with the wife, and no wind, and central heating! Returned Thursday morning for an uneventful fishing day.

But the weather has turned and as I write this, its a balmy 65 degrees with light winds. My tent is restored; the tv/vcr survived its fall (it was inside the tent when it went); and I look forward optimistically to my remaining few days of vacation

how geeky is this

I’ve got a campsite with internet, television and cellphone service. Ha!

Fishing was soso, nothing to bring back for the campfire, but, lots of action. I kept seeing pompano skip in the river, and I’d cast the classic lure, a nylure green jig, but that lure also attracts slimy sail cats. so I caught sail cats which fight like a redfish, and some big lady fish, which fight like tarpon and jump a lot. here’s some pics

my campsite

I took some time out in the afternoon to do some reading

some white pelicans on the flats:

and here’s one of these ugly catfish which insist on grabbing my lure, usually, i’ll cut them off, but I had to retrieve this lure:

wireless at longpoint

I’m posting this from Longpoint campground in southern Brevard County. I’ll be camping here for 6 or 7 nights, and fishing. The campground is barely recovered from the hurricanes, and only reopened a couple of weeks ago, but they are honoring my reservation that I made months ago when I scheduled my FSU commencement (Dec 11) and planned a week long fishing vacation.

I only got here shortly after dark, and it is a little cool, about 60 degrees, and dead calm. Pitched my tent on my assigned site, its got electricity so I can charge my trolling battery, and my notebook, and I can make hot coffee. I’ll try to post some pictures here later this week,

ttfn,
Bob