Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Now they never did land any of the big fish they had on but they had found a spot and when he invited me and another friend, Tim, we both jumped at the chance to catch some black grouper. Two days later we had a live well full of fresh bait, pinfish and mullet caught with our cast net.
Now it all depended on the size of the seas and sadly we soon found ourselves in five footers. It was obvious that it was simply unsafe for us to continue so we headed to a pass with protected water and tried our usual drifting techniques.
Shortly after a new frenzy took place so we decided to continue fishing the pass. Drift after drift followed and finally Tim caught a nice keeper Atlantic sharpnose shark, As soon as it was landed Alan set his circle hook on a large bonnethead shark and we actually had fish in the live well.
Feeling left out we tried another drift and it was my turn as I felt a weight on my cut mullet, set the hook and actually landed a really nice southern flounder. On the same pass Tim landed a nice keeper black sea bass and surprise surprise we all started to discuss our favorite ways of cooking fish!
We didn't add any more fish to the live well but it didn't matter. Mother nature had thrown us a loop with big waves but when you can't fish for one species then go after another. The day turned out to be a five species day with good friends, good stories, and fish for the table. Clear skies
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Of course I jumped at the chance and a few days later we were launching his boat at the Fort Desoto boat ramp. Now Alan is an expert walleye and salmon fisherman and I could see right away that I was in for a treat. Just by watching him it was obvious that he knew how to handle a boat.
Now if I could only meet my part of the bargain. That was that I had told him how the flounders were migrating to the Gulf for their spawning run and how you could usually find them alongside passes.
Trying other places the fish refused to cooperate so the day turned into the usual dues day, which is a day where you have to pay your dues before you finally figure out the local fish. Still it was a really nice day in Alan's boat, a day of sharing fishing stories and talking about the differences between fishing for salmon and walleye on the Great Lakes, and my techniques for fishing the western reservoirs.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
While we were at Zolfo Springs, we stopped at the museum and learned that there was a fossil show. It was the first show being held by the Southwest Florida Fossil Club and so of course we had to check it out. Mike, Mona, Melanie, and their granddaughter Heather all wanted to come along and so we loaded up the truck and headed south to Punta Gorda.
It didn't take long for us to find more weight for our fifth wheel and we quickly purchased three dugong ribs, (a ancestor of today's manatee). A little further we added a bison tooth, alligator scutes and teeth, and even two cave bear molars. Of course I found a heavy rock from New Mexico that we had to have and now we have a five pound chunk of green silica gel, (needed some weight for the fifth wheel;)).
While there we met an author of numerous fossil books, Mark Renz, who told us about a great beach to hunt for sharks teeth. As it was on our way home we decided to stop for a short try and we quickly fell in love with the place. People were everywhere, walking the surf, snorkeling, and using long handled scoops to drag up the shells and sort through the material looking for megladon remains.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Mike developed his love of botany and zoology and so became an expert himself, (he later earned a doctorate in zoology with a specialty in herpetology). So of course he was looking for lizards and snakes with his trained eyes while I was trying but missing so much.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
So we checked into the SKP Resort, its a beautiful park by the way, and settled down into our routine. In other words we started to make a few pieces of jewelry and kumihimo and before you know it three days had passed and we hadn't gone anywhere. There was a knock on our door and we met a nice Skp Sue,( a skp is short for Escapees which is a group of fellow full time rvers), who warmly greeted us with two giant oatmeal cookies. She had just gotten a lot there after eight years on the waiting list and so we talked about the application process.
The county park there, Pioneer Park, has lots of rv spots, They were mostly empty as were most of the parks we drove by., There were also exhibits of historic buildings, a museum, and an old locomotive.
Two cold fronts were approaching, with gale force wind gusts, and so we cut our visit a day short heading to nearby St Petersburg and our location for the next two months, We always get nervous when ever we have to cross high bridges, crosswinds don't you know, and the Skyline Bridge in Tampa definitely qualifies as a high bridge.