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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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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. ­čÖé┬á 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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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, jalape├▒os, 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 jalape├▒os 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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