Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sheepshead Extravaganza !

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My Brother and I set out last Monday on a fishing trip that proved to be very successful! I have been desiring to scrap fish and modified some old broken fishing rods and a shovel for that purpose the week before. The following is our experience.

Let me first describe what we call scrap fishing. My father taught us this technique many years ago. To scrap fish, you simply scrap marine invertebrates and other various crustaceans from the surface of whatever substrate they are attached to. Scraping this surface when located over water will cause the delectable morsels to drift down the water column to waiting fish of varied species. We then hook Oyster chunks collected from the same surface we are scraping and allow them to drift down where the fish attempt to consume them without being hooked. More often than not they accomplish the removal of the bait without getting hooked.

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My brother pulled up the first fish and we were happy to know they were down there. I think this is a Spot Tail Pin Fish (Diplodus holbrooki).

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On this occasion we learned quickly that our hooks were not strong enough which ramped up the excitement level a bunch. Now we know there are quality fish down there. We re-rigged our line with size 4 Mustad hooks!

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After that we had some reel fun!

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Most of the fish we hooked were Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus).

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Joe caught one of these beauties Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber).

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Thank you Heaven Father for another great day on your wonderful creation!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clear Winter Waters

Diving the clear Winter water

My friend Scott recently made mention of the clarity of the water in Tampa Bay and we did something about it. I met he and his wife at an agreed upon location for some chilly skin diving!

Diving the clear Winter water

It was clear and it was chilly and we had an invigorating time flailing around above and below the surface.


 There is a lot to see under the surface!

Diving the clear Winter water

We had a great time and we will go out again soon Lord willing!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Squirrel House Repair !


A very determined momma squirrel made her home in the old bird house out front. The only problem is the bird house was split down the middle and had part of the roof missing. Something had to be done. 



This Squirrel reminds me of another momma squirrel that used to live in the front yard.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Capt. Scott catching Red Drum!

Capt. Scott with Red Drum!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mothership

Evening cruise

Made a small deck for the front of the canoe and took mom along for the test ride under an amazing sunset.

Evening cruise

There she is with the blazing sky in the background.



New year on the way. God sure has been good.