Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DOCK REPORT - 4/11/15

by Robin

I'm going to preface this by saying that we did not have anything to brag on, as we took an easy day going up and down the beach and looked for manta rays & cobia.  Didn't find either.

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So basically, I have some really nice pictures of fish around the dock.

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Jack was rigging poles up while I just hung out with the camera.  It was a lot of fun.

Not sure what this was that went by.  Definitely not one of the little guys.

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Baby fry.  Super cute.

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Very relaxing day with my hubby, watching fry to by.

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Last one... I promise.
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Later that evening, we hung out at the docks again and I caught some magnificent Frigate bird pictures.
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I'll spare you all fifty of my pictures (jk) but here are my 3 best.  This is a female.  They say you will see these when mahi are around.  Very true on Saturday.

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 photo DSC_0104-1cleanLogo.jpg And then, we had this cool dog which had no interest in us, as humans, but only when we brought up bait fish from the bottom.

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Intense but cute.
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Then, we saw that boat after boat were all flying the mahi flags or were putting mahi into other's coolers for heading to the cleaning tables.  Probably should have gone out for mahi.

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I was taking cool pictures of the cruise ships heading out for the week.

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Disney heading out....
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And then, while my camera was still in my hand, we saw these guys who came in and had no idea how to drive a boat. They hit the dock about 3 times before they gunned it under the walkway.

I snapped this and then a few of us ran over to help grab lines and tie them off in a proper area.  I didn't think at first about how somebody could have really gotten hurt.  I was mostly worried about them hitting us.

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Yes, they drove it right up under the walkway ramp.  Anyhow, it ended well for the humans, but not very good for the boat.

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Busted their bow rail, bimini top, and one side of their windshield.  I'm pretty certain their friend will never get back in a boat with them again.

Back to our business, Jack was playing with the pin fish and watching the fish go for his squid.  We were just killing time, watching the front approaching and watching the follies at the dock.  It was such a beautiful day together.

I think maybe this was a mangrove snapper but he was too smart to let us catch him eating any bait.

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So, that's our dock report.  In a 2nd report, I'll show you the Cape pictures I took.

Happy Fishing!  Go get yourself a mahi!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FLORIDA AQUARIUM - Deep water fish & Bait Balls

by Robin

I think this may be a squirrel fish but not 100% certain.

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Pompano.... which is not a deep water fish but in that tank.  Oh well.

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I am look-down obsessed.  They are fast-swimming and I took dozens of photos just to get a couple clear ones.

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I think red snapper, but the color is absent under the blue water.
I dunno.... the eyes don't look right.  Maybe it is something else.
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Alamo or lesser amberjacks.  Maybe some Crevelle Jacks thrown in (bottom) too.
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My buddy!!

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Nurse shark.

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Black grouper!!

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Sea Turtle - star of the show!

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Sand Tiger shark pictures!

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Why hello babe!

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Who needs a dentist??  Not you!

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When you see bae with someone else..........       (you may have a loose tooth!)

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I just loved these bait ball pictures.

The first two are taken from the top of the tank during our behind-the-scenes tour.
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This is from down below.

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And here are pictures of the boys together.

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I had a little free time with my eldest while the class was doing a squid dissection.  Seems like I just dissected a LOT of squid on Saturday while offshore fishing, so I opted out of that.  Hope you think these are as funny as we think they are.

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We ended up at the show, watching the divers and answering questions about sea life.  I didn't downsize any of those pictures.  Maybe next free day.

This is the walkway out of the tank area.  It is actually smoke falling down and then a projector runs a movie onto the smoke.  Then, they walked through it.  Cool, almost-stain glass, effect!!

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Happy Spring Break everyone!