Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Afternoon and Evening Afloat!

An Afternoon and Evening Afloat

Decided on Thursday that Sunday afternoon would be spent bobbing the bay. A little fishing but mostly just surveying some old familiar haunts.

An Afternoon and Evening Afloat

It was beautiful weather with spectacular skies overhead.

An Afternoon and Evening Afloat

Scott suggested we get some sustenance on the way back to the dock. We motored up to the Hula Bay and threaded our way through all the fancy people looking like a couple of commercial fisherman me with no shoes on. It was a mad house. I ordered a Hula burger and Scott a Blue cheese burger. Pricey but tasty. If you want to know what the Hula Bay is like it can be summed up by telling you they have a bathroom attendant.

An Afternoon and Evening Afloat

We decided to chug over to Rat Island just a few hundred yards to the South where we had some elbow room and the noise of the revelers was just audible enough to remind us of how nice it was to be on our own private island!’

An Afternoon and Evening Afloat

The food was really delicious! Here is the description of the burger I ravenously consumed: Hula Bay Burger Garlic teriyaki burger with honey dijon sauce, bacon, swiss and grilled pineapple.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TECO Energy Osprey Excluder

TECO Nest Excluder Install

Tampa Electric paid a visit to the neighborhood today. For the last two years we have a two attempts by a pair of pairs of Ospreys to construct a nest atop a power pole. This was very entertaining but they were never able to get enough material to make their nest a success. I do not know how TECO became involved but it was interesting to watch them in action.

Ospreys who built nests at the tops of power poles run the risk of having their work and possibly their offspring go up in flames so Tampa Electric’s arrival was timely. I am disappointed with the solution they chose but I understand the necessity of keeping the lines clear. Below is a video illustrating what can happen when rain saturates a nest that is constructed in a manner that brings it into contact with multiple wires.

Here is the approach they took in our neighborhood.

They did a fine job just wish they would have put the effort into erecting a nesting platform.

TECO Nest Excluder Install

TECO Nest Excluder Install

It will be interesting to see how long these two stick around. Below are a couple image depicting what I hoped they would do.

Update February 16, 2015

6 days later

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ordering Verizon Fios

Internet access and cellular service are just too expensive. I know this is America and I am all for free enterprise and market forces but we have become a pseudo socialist democracy. The fault lies with each of us for paying more than we should and for letting ourselves be treated as though we exist for producers rather than the producer existing for the consumer.

I have been dreading switching internet service providers but Bright House just keeps raising the monthly price and for speeds and performance that are dismal. Many time their services just cut out completely.

My dealings with verizon in the past have shown me that they are deceptive and greedy but they are the only viable alternative. Below is the audio of the ordering process.



It has been a couple weeks and I sit here typing the fiber optic cable is still laying on the grass unburied.



The line had to be spliced which I enjoyed watching. The Tech was an expert.



















Our phone service did go dead on the 18th a few days after internet was turned on. I do believe they shut it down in an attempt to get me to switch the phone to digital fiber signal but I will never be able to prove it. Years ago they shut off my DSL without my permission and despite many phone calls and much wasted time refused to reestablish the service. They have very little regard for what the customer desires and will do everything in there power to force you into their mold. It is demoralizing to have to do business with them.

Update:

Doing verizon's job for them

It was January 14, 2015 when the 4 techs came out and ran new fiber optic cable and hooked up Fios internet service to the house. It is now February 4, 2015 and I just finished burying the over 60' cable after getting tired of having it running all over the lawn.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sheepshead Extravaganza !

Sheepshead Galor

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.

Sheepshead Galor

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).

Sheepshead Galor

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!

Sheepshead Galor

After that we had some reel fun!

Sheepshead Galor

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

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

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

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

Sheepshead Galor

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!