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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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Shark Fishing from a Canoe in the Middle of the Night

Last night, I went out to Card Sound to tool around, try to catch some snapper, and maybe even a couple sharks.  I gotta say, Dave V is a maniac!  It’s almost midnight, and we are in a canoe buzzing around through the mangroves with a couple of lights, life jackets, a cooler, tackle boxes and fishing poles.  We stayed in the canoe for about 20 minutes.  LOL I am brave, SOMETIMES, but when we almost tipped and I started thinking about losing my cell, wallet, tackle, etc, and then I would have had to swim to a shallow enough area to flip the boat back over and all the hassle that would take, I just told Dave, lets head back in and hit a couple of bridges.  The fish were there, though.  We had a large snook, tarpon, or cuda feeding right beside the canoe at one point.  It was pretty big too.   Anyway, we ended up catching a schoolmaster and mangrove snapper, waded around scoping an area out for some more lobster (I did grab a big one, but it took off) for regular season that opens in a couple days, and we had a great time.  Oh yea, a large shrimp jumped in the boat, too.  I will not be heading out in the middle of the night any time soon in a canoe for shark, but maybe I will give it a try during the day.

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Thought bearing lobster

  • I woke up this morning at 5:50 AM on my day off: the phone was ringing. My work was calling to find out if I wanted to come in to work. Not today!
  • I was expecting the call to be from Dave to make sure I was up and ready to go for a day of lobstering. Dave called at 6:30 AM to let me know he was heading out of the plant.
  • I was glad that Dave would take the time to go out there with me, since Trav ditched me to visit the family in Louisiana. 🙂
  • We loaded up the car, grabbed a couple of Jolt Ultra’s and a cooler of ice, and headed to Card Sound road.
  • We had a great time, but after about 2 1/2 hours in the water, we caught only 1 lobster (short) and found about 5 large lobster carcasses. We did see one stone crab, quite a few large snook, some mangrove and schoolmaster snapper, a couple shark, and even some drum. No keeper lobster though.
  • A couple of guys in a nice Angler 204 with fishing rods came over to see how we were doing, and they ID’d themselves as FWC. I guess they were undercover. They couldn’t believe we were not from a boat, considering that we were quite a way from the bridge. After they saw that we had our flag, our gages, and we were in the legal side, they wished us good luck and went on their way.
  • Dave is a maniac, the guy was climbing up in the mangrove roots. I kept getting tangled in the dive flag line and my legs got a little itchy from what I think were jellyfish. I will go back in a few days to do some snapper fishing and try again for some lobster (August 6 is the regular season opener).
  • Due to my wheeling and dealing at work, I now have to work 4 straight to make up for my miniseason time off.
  • Tonight, Dave and his family are coming over for some chicken and burgers on the Q. I think we will play the Wii too.
  • I spent some good times this week watching movies and going to the mall with Marcela. I still didn’t get to see Hancock yet. Maybe Tuesday.
  • The blogroll/links section of the blog have been updated. Also, I have created a “Top 5” page to make it easier to find all of my Top 5 lists.
  • Tomorrow, I will unveil a new weekly feature.  It will be a fun one.
  • On a different note, the economy grew at 1.9% in the last quarter, oil prices are dropping faster than ever in history, and faster than they grew. But if you watch the news, you would swear we are in a recession.
  • The violence against our troops is at an all time low in Iraq, but you hear absolutely nothing positive in the news. Apparently the mainstream news outlets do not report good things, especially if they reflect positively on Bush administration or the Republican party.

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Powdered Thoughts

  • I am seriously tired! I just got back from a fishing trip to Islamorada with my friend Tony on the Sea King. We caught yellowtail, mangrove snapper, lots of grunt, and got snapped off several times by mackerel and ‘cuda.
  • I drank 5 of the 20 ounce bottles of water while out, but I still got overwhelmed by the heat. I actually got really sick when we got back. It was a combination of the heat and the fumes from the diesel engine on the boat.
  • Marcela will be back in 2 days! I can’t wait. That makes today the 19th day of my bachelorhood.
  • I have been experiencing record blog traffic for the past two weeks. I am currently the number one search on Google for the Top 5 Muscle Cars, top 5 rock guitar solos, most annoying songs, beetlejuice shrunken head, and differences ways to cook fish for dinner. I did not alter the search terms, so you can save your comments about my grammar.
  • I will be working over the next couple weeks to create a fantasy football league for the LPC folks. If you think you can hang with Pastor Trav and yours truly, join up and prepare for a beating.
  • I have to clean the house between today and tomorrow. Marcela is going to kill me if I don’t. 🙂  If I told you that my plan was to leave the house a wreck so that Marcela would not want to go away again, I was only kidding.
  • I was worried about our little hermit crab “Obi” because I haven’t seen him since Marcela left. I dug around in his cage and has been burrowed in his sand for the last 3 weeks. He’s ok! He must not like my company as much as Marcela’s. So I took him out of the sand and he just dug back down again. Oh well.
  • This weekend’s “Saturday Top 5” is going to be one of the biggest undertakings in this blog’s existence. I will see if I can pull it off without being too presumptuous. Please don’t be angry with me if it does not include something that it should. But it will be big!
  • Sunday I will be working so I will try to have a guest writer take on the Talk Soup. For some reason, guest writers just can’t get it done on Sunday. I guess it’s just my dedication to bringing you excellence in blogging and being the first with the most! Right Chris?

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Life Pointe Goes Fishing

One of my favorite hobbies/activities is fishing. Fishing can be tiring, thrilling, fast-paced, and super productive, or it can be slow, boring, frustrating, and unproductive. But one of the things I have learned about fishing is that the better bait I use the better the results I have.

Life Pointe Church goes fishing nearly every day. In the community we have billboards, mailers, phone calls, and massive community outreach events. In church, we have dramatic presentations, exciting music, flashy lights, creative videos, and life-oriented relevant messages. Online we have emails, blogs, twitter accounts, flckr, myspace pages, youtube, and other social networking forums that get out the message.

I have heard it from some people who don’t understand LPC’s purpose or method. Many people asked why we left the “sanctuary” we owned that seated hundreds of people to rent a theater that seats fewer people. Some people say that all the flash, music, videos, etc. are gadgets. One sincere person suggested that if you use gadgets to bring them in, you have to use gadgets to keep them there.

Jesus saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew who were fishermen, casting their nets in the lake. Then he says to them in Matthew 4:19 “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Many Christians through the years have taken Matthew 4:19 to be Jesus’ call to all of us. I agree.

I have never caught a fish with bait. Bait does not hold fish on the line. If I want to keep fish in the water at the back of the boat, I can throw chum and bait in the water all day. It will draw tons of fish. But in order to get them in the boat, I need a hook or a net. I have caught the occasional fish on a bare hook, but it’s not very often that it can be done.

“Gadgets”, marketing, creativity, charismatic speakers, and great music can definitely draw people to “the boat”, but they have to get hooked. But if people are being discipled, are in fellowship/community with fellow believers, are being saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit, it’s Jesus that keeps them.

Life Pointe has done a wonderful job under Pastor Travis’ leadership of casting a wide net over concentrated schools of people and bringing them in the boat. The expectation from Trav is that the bait is the freshest and most effective bait possible. The bait is not there to keep people, but to bring more people in. The fish that we can’t handle due to distance or other factors have been given to other boats that are more suitable. Regardless, we are in the same fleet.

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Thought Omelet

-Day 12 of my bachelorhood is here. I am doing OK in case you wanted to know. The birds and plants are still alive.

-I have not heard from Marcela in two days now. She is at a camp with no electricity so she cannot charge her phone. I can hardly wait for her to get back.

-Life group last night was great. Jason facilitated and we discussed the parable of talents and it was a great discussion.

-It’s looking good for a fishing trip on Monday and/or Thursday. Overtime at work has almost totally disappeared.

-I have a trade and a special request not to get mandatory overtime on July 30 and 31. That would be lobster mini season. My brother and I will be catching some bugs.

-No overtime is good and it’s bad. It’s good so I can relax a little. It’s bad because I wanted to work as much as possible until Marcela got back.

-I decided to save on gas mileage and drive Marcela’s beautiful little Chevy Cavalier (it’s a gorgeous little car!) to work instead of the truck while she is away. A few people at work have laughed at the little thing. I don’t blame them one bit, but I will continue to save the money.

-I found a site for free games for my Blackberry. I have sudoku now. 🙂

-The Citizen Cane is now the #1 result when you google the term “annoying songs” because of this post which is now my #1 most visited post of all time, and also #1 when you search google for pictures using the term “beetle juice shrunken head” because of this post.

-I’m really look forward to church this week. Word on the street is that the videos this week are going to be some of the funniest ever.

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Thought Foo Yung

-Today is day 5 as a bachelor. Marcela is in Idaho with her mom and dad. She has been seeing some fawns and doe’s and other various wildlife. Today, she is heading to another camp site that has even more wildlife. She also got to do a 7 mile hike in the woods and a swim in an ice cold mountain lake. I told her to watch out for bears and mountain lions.

-The word for the month is fishing! I plan on going fishing as much as I can over the next two weeks. I got to enjoy a day on the water in Boynton with my dad on Monday and we had a blast. We trolled, snorkled, and spear fished. If anyone wants to go next week, I should have Tuesday or Wednesday off.

-I love our church. Life group at Paul and Annie’s last night was great. We discussed the vineyard, that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, and what a fruitful Christian looks like. I am so proud of the steps that the members of our group have made as both mature and baby Christians who are hungry for more of the Lord.

-My mom has made fish for the past three nights for dinner. Since Marcela is out of town, I was happy to take full advantage of my mom’s generocity and join her and my dad for dolphin sandwiches and fried catfish with grits and hush puppies.

-I have been discussing Starbucks with some poor ignorant fella who believes that Starbucks coffee is for effeminate men. I tried to explain to him that Starbucks brews the strongest cup of coffee around. The cute little fru-fru stuff like the latte’s and machiatto’s are for the chicks when they acompany the men to get a real cup of mud. I admit that I do like the fraps and the iced coffee. 🙂

-I watched a blast from the past with the Jimmy Johnson’s Hurricanes vs Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl from January 1988. The Canes won Jimmy Johnson’s first national championship by dominating the Sooners. Just a few years later, Jimmy won two NFL Superbowl Championships with Dallas, then Barry Switzer took over the team and won another.

-I am getting a little excited about college football this year. I am a little miffed that the Canes will be playing in Dolphin’s Stadium near on the county line. I don’t like the idea of driving an hour for the game as opposed to 30 minutes and probably paying $20 for parking instead of $5. That doesn’t even take into account the increased ticket prices and playing in a stadium so far removed from the field. I will miss the Orange Bowl.

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