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The Thought Bite

  • I have been dreaming about fishing constantly lately. I actually got to go out again today into the gulf stream and slam some dolphin with a few friends from work and one of their son’s.
  • We were on the water by 6:30 AM (an hour later than planned) and filled the live well with baby jack and pinfish. Allen (the kid) had fun just catching bait. That’s one of the cool things about catching your own bait with kids, they get to participate.
  • We ran from Bayfront south to Pumpkin Key, then out through the cut into the ocean side, past the reefs and into open water. Immediately, we were in blue water and found weeds. They didn’t hold any fish though.
  • We decided to go deeper so we headed about 10 more miles east to roughly 700 feet of water. We scanned the seas for weeds and found them finally. Trolling north, the weed patches were full of dolphin (mahi-mahi), triple tail, bait fish, and shark.
  • I put out the planer and Tony put out two rigged ballyhoo and we were on fish immediately. It was like total chaos, fish flopping all over the boat, blood everywhere. We lost two nice dolphin trying to keep the school close, but overall it was successful for a bunch of rookies.
  • One crazy thing happened. In the middle of the school of dolphin was what appeared to be a cobia. I threw a jig at it and boom it was on. I fought it pretty hard and it wasn’t until it got pretty close that I realized it was a reef shark. I got it close enough and Tony gaffed it. That sucker was trying to bite everyone! It was great.
  • We ran north to the Pacific Light and found more weeds. By this time it was around noon so it was HOT. That is usually not a great thing for dolphin.
  • Regardless, we got a hit after trolling a large patch of weed and it had two followers. We got on the other one too, and we ended up with two more decent gaffer mahi in the boat.
  • After this, it was getting hot and the bite was off so we headed in to Caesar’s Creek for some snapper. We got about 12 mangrove snapper and I caught one more shark that we released.
  • Overall, for a bunch of rookies (with the exception of Tony) we did pretty good. With some preparation, I know we can really mop it up next time.
  • BTW, even though I am sunburned and exhausted, the shark steaks are in my fridge right now. Grilled shark will be on the menu tomorrow night. Now we will see who bites who!
Shark!  The shark was cruising with the school of dolphin.

Shark! The shark was cruising with the school of dolphin.

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The Fishing Report

Yesterday (June 30) Greg, Tony, my dad, and I joined Captain Clay in Boynton Beach for a day of fishing. The weather was nice; it was overcast with 10-15 mph wind and 2-4 ft seas. We were in the water by 645 AM expecting to get an early morning wahoo.

We trolled for three hours with nothing to show. The wind must have been inconsistant because we couldn’t find any good solid weed lines, just patchy scattered stuff. We didn’t even see a dolphin the whole day. So around 10 we headed for shallower waters to look for the kings cruising the beach. I landed a decent ‘Cuda and then we got into a school of large bonito (a type of tuna). One broke my line off, one spit our deep running ballyhoo, and one was landed by my dad. It was a nice bonito of about 20+ lbs.

We then headed to an artificial reef in about 30 ft for some spearing. There were some small tails and mangrove snappers but nothing in the area worth shooting except a fast moving cero mackerel (I missed). We saw some large stingrays and a loggerhead asleep on the bottom. Greg had a little illegal interaction with the protected creature when he tapped it on the shell. It just look up at us and stared.

To finish the day, we anchored in about 60 ft of water for some tailing. The current was ripping but the fish showed up immediately. I lost a big tail, then I caught a nice almaco jack. Tony also caught an almaco and then a little barjack. When I started flat lining (that doesn’t mean I was dying) I hooked up a,d landed a legal mutton snapper. Next, something toothy broke my line off and we didn’t see any more fish in the slick. Our time was up and we headed to the dock.

Overall, we had a very fun day, but it fell short of my expectations in terms of the quantity of dolphin and kings. It was great to get to hang out with my dad and see him haul in the big one of the day.

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Another day on the water.

Day #2 without Marcela began at 350 AM. My dad and I headed out to pick up my friend Tony and his nephew to head out for a day of fishing. It’s great to have my folks living in town. The last time my dad went fishing, we had a great trip to Key West and caught lots of snapper and grouper. This should be a very productive day!

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Thought Salad

-Marcela is going to Idaho and Wyoming for almost 3 weeks to see her mom and dad. I will be “baching it” for that period.

-I foresee a couple fishing trips in my future. I believe I will be heading out to either Islamorada or Boynton Beach Monday morning.

-If all goes well, I will have a mess of snapper and grouper, or I will have some dolphin, wahoo, and kingfish.

-Fresno State became the first regional 4 seed to win the CWS ever. That is about the same as a 16 seed in the NCAA basketball tourney winning the championship. They are a true Cinderella story; they almost missed the tournament completely and made great comebacks in the regional, super regional, and CWS.

-Fresno St also hit the cover off the ball. They may have set a record for most homeruns in the CWS.

-Two nights ago, my mom and dad joined Marcela and me for fresh dolphin tacos. Marcela and I drove out to Robert is Here and another local fruit stand to get some fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, tomatos, and avocados for the tacos and some mangos to go on the side. We had a blast.

-I don’t what the deal is, but those jals were some of the hottest I have ever had. I actually had to ask Marcela to remove the seeds and membrane for the salsa to cool it down a little.

-My mom and dad made banana icecream that night, too. It was great! We had quite a bit leftover but it’s all gone now.

-We played the Wii for a while after dinner and had a great time. My mom beat my dad in one of the shooting games, but my dad’s pretty good.

-I will be at church alone Sunday. Music should be fun, but I will miss Marcela.

-Something is going on with my internet connection at home. I thing that it is either my DSL modem or my wireless router. The connection just resets every 10 minutes or so.

-The interruptions are not noticeable unless I am playing my Wii online. It boots me out of the game. Just before I kill somebody on Medal of Honor 2.

-Blog traffic has been spiking and dropping just about every other day. It looks like a stock ticker with peaks and valleys. Based on the web search traffic, I assume it is going to take off very soon.

-This blog started at the request of Travis who has been pushing the blogging concept as long as he has been down here in Homestead (from what I can remember).

-I can’t wait to attend the Life Pointe Web 2.0 Seminar this Sunday afternoon. I’m going to call and reserve my spot this morning if there is anything available. I think Chris is going to be there and hopefully Bill, too.

-Maybe we can get Chris to start twittering, too.

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Saturday Top 5: Fish for dinner?

I love fish. I like to catch them, I like to look at them, but most of all I like to eat them! If I had to choose only one protein source to eat, it would have to be fish. So here are my top 5 ways to prepare the best food source on earth. Trust me. You need to know this information.

#5. Let’s have us a fish fry! Deep fried country style, with grits, hush puppies, french fries, and cole slaw reminds me of when I was a youngin in the bradenton area. I prefer fillets of snapper, grouper, trigger fish, dolphin, sea trout, cod, catfish, and flounder, but I also dig some blue gill, speckled perch, tilapia, or even bass for a fish fry. Simply dredge the fillet in some egg then coat it with a mixture of corn meal, salt, pepper, and cayenne powder and then drop it into some hot oil. Dip it in some good tartar sauce. I like batter dipped fish well enough, but some good corn meal crusted southern style fish fry is my favorite way to fry.

#4. Grilled. This is better for you and not as heavy on the gut as #5. Be sure to have a clean grill, spray it with no stick spray, and make sure it is hot. Don’t over cook unless you like fish jerky! I like to use a little salt, pepper, dill weed, and finish with some fresh lemon juice and maybe a little pat of butter. For a richer flavor I prefer steaks of salmon, kingfish, and spanish mackerel. For a cleaner or milder flavor, I prefer steaks of tuna, cero mackerel, (my favorite) swordfish, or fillets of grouper.

#3. Ceviche. Did you know you can cook fish without heat? That’s right. Personally, I prefer my ceviche HOT HOT (as in spicy) but nice and chilled. Making ceviche is about the easiest way to prepare fish. First, you start out with fresh boneless fillets of a mild and flaky fish, preferably yellowtail, or mangrove snapper, or even grunt. Cut them in half inch chunks. Add fresh chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and finely chopped jalapeños or your favorite hot pepper. Drench it with a good layer of fresh lime juice. Add a little salt and pepper to taste and pop it back in the fridge for about an hour. You can watch the fish go from opaque to white as the acids from the lime juice cook the fish. Serve it on a bed of lettuce with some good chewy or crusty bread or crackers. Now you’re talkin! Or is it eatin?

#2 Raw baby! Sushi (nigiri or sashimi). The Japanese know how to do fish. If you are going to eat sushi, it had better be fresh (never frozen). Pull a yellowtail up out of the water, off the hook, fillet it right there, slap some wasabi and soy sauce on it, and you’re eating some of the finest cuisine in the world! I would not ask you to try something I never have. I prefer ahi tuna, white albacore, and salmon for sushi, but yellowtail or any snapper, and yellowfin or bluefin tuna are all excellent choices.

#1. Taco time. Hands down, the best way to eat fish is with a slice of avocado, some fresh salsa, jack cheese, and sour cream on a warm soft flour tortilla. I have seen recipes where the fish is deep fried, but I prefer it charred on the grill or in the pan with some chipotle, salt, and pepper. Marcela makes some excellent salsa, so I just focus on getting the fish right. Sometimes I like to grill some onions for this tasty treat, almost like fajitas. My fish of choice for tacos or fajitas is good old dolphin/mahi mahi/dorado. Man, you wanna talk about good south Florida food? This is one of the best things about living in So Fla. When I’m out fishing for dolphin, when I see a school, it looks like a bunch of gold and green tacos swimming around in the ocean! If I have my choice, you can keep your fancy little blackened fish sandwiches, or your cute little flounder with lemon butter and capers over linguini. Give me some tacos!

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Scrambled Thoughts

  • Last night I went to a club in the new/improved Overtown area to be with The Saturn Project where Jesse and Alex and Brent (a friend from college) really tore it up. These guys were awesome. They were definitely salt and light.
  • Travis is dealing with some stuff over on his blog where someone who has known him for a while is posting some critical comments. I like one of Trav’s comments,”Anonymity on the internet is a misnomer.” And “Ela, I’m going to have to put you in a headlock” was a good one too! 🙂
  • The Celts are struggling with the Hawks, but they are about to close them out.
  • The Cavs have their work cut out. Winner takes all in their next game against Washington. The refs gave the Wizards a helping hand and the Cavs blew a couple of opportunities. Now the Wizards who were on the edge of elimination being down 3-1 in this series have a legit shot to advance.
  • I will start day shift again on Tuesday. It’s official and I have a letter in my hand to prove it.
  • They distributed information about a Turkey Pointe Dolphin Fishing Tournament on May 31. I wish I had a boat.
  • Anyone with a boat that can handle open water and who knows dolphin fishing and who wants to compete, give me a call, shoot me an email, or text me!
  • Summer is almost here. I might have to slim down a little so I can look good in my bathing suit. COL (chuckle out loud)
  • Obama is reeling again after Pastor Wright confirmed to many that his statements of Anti American sentiment were how he really felt. Obama now had to go back on TV and radio to explain that Wright was wrong and that he deplores those comments.
  • Obama’s negatives are up 11% since Wright spoke again before NAACP and CNN. This is not good news for the democrats or Obama’s campaign.
  • It was so good to see Arlene Rance in church Sunday!

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Saturday at the Seaquarium

Dolphin at the “Top Deck Dolphin Show” at the Miami Seaquarium.

I snapped this cool picture of a 41 year-old dolphin jumping through a hoop on the top deck dolphin show at the Seaquarium Saturday afternoon.

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