Back from vacation

I’m back. Car is unpacked, family is reunited. I’ll have more to report, but for now, here is a video capture of the best fish of the week. Its the 22″ redfish caught at sunset. I got two meals out of him. Video report coming soon.

redfish

UPDATE: This is the “Red Drum” species that was just referenced in President Bush’s Executive Order that he signed this past Saturday. The order extends protection to redfish and to striped bass, and effectively eliminates them as commercial species. Good news for sportsmen!

best day yet

The weather finally cooperated; light breeze to keep the bugs off, I was on the waterbaby lobster before sunrise and managed to find a pretty good trout bite. Got about 9 or 10 all told. Also drifted and saw several big redfish, but they were not hungry.

I was hungry, and motored to a riverside restaurant, Linda and I have been there before, and had a big juicy hamburger for lunch.

In the afternoon, I went for some surf fishing and caught 3 nice fighting bluefish.

The photo here is of an 8″ lobster I caught in my cast net while seeking bait. I tried to get my hand in the photo to give an idea of the size, but the little wavelet crashed and washed him away.

racoons ate my bait

baitbucketI’ve been fishing mostly artificials, but I’ve been able to castnet some finger mullet right from the campground in the midday. So I take the mullet out to fish in the late afternoon/evening, and then I’d like to keep the mullet alive overnight. So I hang the baitbucket off the side of the boat.

First night: the racoons raid my mullet and break the lid off my floating bucket. Second night, I use a plastic tie wrap to secure the replacement bucket, and still, the racoons pry it open and liberate the mullet.

Otherwise, I had a great sunset bite. Jack cravalle on every single cast. And in the middle of it, I beautiful 22″ redfish hit and he went in the cooler. I grilled half the fillets over an open fire. Great!

breaded and fire grilled redfish

B.

camping/fishing

I’m spending a week at Longpoint park in Brevard County. Its my favorite getaway. I get waterfront property for $25/night, with electricity and water!

I’ve been here often enough now. The snowbirds in their RV’s kind of take over after christmas. It’s always packed on weekends, but right now in midweek its about 10% occupied, which is real nice. Kevin H. and daughters will join me in the adjacent campsite this weekend, and possibly Harold and Nancy. Daughter Gina has crew practice and won’t be joining us.

Sunrise this morning from the water:

One of the reasons I came down this month was to fish the fall mullet run, but things are pretty quiet. According to the groundskeeper, “I shoulda been here last week”. He said the bait was so thick right off the campsites, that he saw a redfish beach himself chasing mullet. People were catching flounder right off the campground!!

No such luck this week. In fact, I was skunked for the first 24 hours. Finally, at sunset sunday night, I ran into a good bite. I got a fat 23″ trout, a baby grouper, and a flounder in about 30 minutes. I kept the flounder for dinner.

Baby Grouper:

Today (monday) was windy, not much biting, until, again, sunset. Then I caught several ladyfish, and a bunch of jacks, one after the other!! lots of fun. Then back to the campsite for one of the best steak dinners in recent memory. I had some fresh sweet corn (from south america), organic farmed strip steak with mushroom gravy, and skillet grilled texas toast. All prepared over an open fire.

chainsaw

Before I departed for my annual fishing vacation, I had this little problem to deal with.  A tree limb had fallen on top of our pool screen.

bummer

I called for assistance and Harold responded and served as safety and logistics consultant.  Gina arrived home and grabbed the camera to take these pics.  Here’s me in the act of cutting the limb.

It was precarious, but successful.

Thanks Harold, I was pretty spooked and glad for your advice and support.

Bacon Cheesburgers for everyone!

New York Times science writer Gary Taubes has released his new book, titled “Good Calories, Bad Calories“.   Taubes thoroughly expands and sources the controversial 2002 thesis of his NYT published column “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?”  He seriously debunks the fat-is-bad nutrition orthodoxy, applies some social science to explain the orthodoxy, and also claims that the foods at the bottom of he USDA pyramid are the actual culprits in our national obesity epidemic.    NYT writer John Tierney profiles the book and the arguments here.