Saturday, February 14, 2015


by Robin

Well, technically, this isn't my special gift but I thought I would blog it that way since he's working on putting it together this afternoon.

(Underside of the chair.  They do not make the original size any more so we had to do some changes here.)

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Our boys are growing up and one is working and the other has a Valentine's Day dance to attend.

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So, we find ourselves just hanging out and enjoying each other.  Little projects are nice and they help pass the time in the winter.

Since my chair was removed to put in the new live well, I got an entirely new base for my seat with a reinforced wooden "footprint" to help spread out the weight of weakening wood in the boat floor.

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Happy Fishing and Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2015


by Robin

I suppose it is also about time I show you our live well.  First, the new pump we put in.

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Works great!!

Then, he filled this up to check it for leaks.

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No leaks here either.   One little drip, but I think he tightened that clamp right away.

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And it drains out nicely, also without leaks.  This is a new through-hull fitting.

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And our batch of test shrimp were happy as clams  can be.  We have an adjustable knob for how much water flow you want for different baits.

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Jack even put his last sticker on the barrel to "claim" it as one of our upgrades.

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Happy Fishing,
I can't wait to fill this and catch something!



by Robin

Ok, my garden is set and we finished up with colds around here.  We've been facing high winds yet again this weekend, but Jack and I thought about fishing Sebastian Inlet.  Maybe inviting another couple to join us.

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So, while I'm in complete homesick mode, I was looking at photos that I've not converted from raw to jpeg.  Here are some cute pelicans/ ibis/ heron/ cormorants birds.

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I even have a great series of splash-downs.

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Here is a doctored (color-wise) photo of a dolphin from last month.

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Hope you all can get offshore soon!


Saturday, January 31, 2015


by Robin

Ok, so Jack liked the picture but said it made him look like he was memorialized.  I think that's a compliment.  AND, btw, he shaved off his beard today.  My sink is full of whiskers. Nice sweetheart.

So... I'm looking back on last week's photos.  Still got to do a live well update too.

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So, I'm just taking photos of birds heading to the island for the night.  I thought a nice picture of the boat coming through the channel markers would be nice.

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But, then the birds caught my attention.

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Then, splashing.

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And more splashing...

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What is that??

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No silly, they are dolphin.  A good many of them in double pods.  I do feel like there were 2 girls at least in estrus.  Many males were chasing them down.  I think this one has a baby still by her side.

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Whew, that was a close call!

Happy Fishing,



Photo by Robin

This man works tirelessly at a thankless job and still puts in full-time work here at the house with honey-do's and boat projects.  I am so thankful for him loving and providing for us.

I'm also excited that next weekend, he's got a 4-day weekend pass to hang with me!  Hello concert and fishing!!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

LIVEWELL INSPECTION (Sunset & dolphin!)

by Robin

Jack and I splashed the boat after church to see if all Jack's new holes in the boat were sealed well and if clamps were clamped down well enough.

We kept him on the trailer while he filled the livewell and did some inspections in the bilge and around the hoses.  Everything went very smoothly and there will be pictures showing all that tomorrow.

However, since we were at the docks for inspection, and since we had to test the shrimp to see if they would drown or survive the new pump, we set out for Haulover Canal.

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We actually went east of it and up the Intracoastal to find some less crowded waters.  We made several drifts to check for flounder.  Honestly, the only thing that were interesting were the dolphin and birds.

There were 2 pods of dolphin.  I think both of them had a female in estrus and the boys were harassing them.  I will make another blog with interesting dolphin photos but for now, I have to share my favorite of them all.

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This is a happy boy. I guess he was showing off for the little lady.

So, then we headed back in as the sun was getting very low.

I stayed down in the cuddy for we were totally unprepared for such nippy wind.  Temps were dropping fast.

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However, the sunset did not disappoint at any phase of its setting.

The skies were marvelously painted with every single color you could think of.  We even saw a partial rainbow before we got to this stage.

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And then we came up on the docks and I had to capture a few pictures that included the sunset with my favorite walking bridge.

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Well, more later.  Wanted to share the cream of the crop with you!!


Saturday, January 24, 2015


by Robin

Let's take a virtual tour of the new  Port Canaveral changes.  I already showed the new recreational boat docks in an earlier blog, but here are the changes down George King Blvd and Flounder St.

Ok, pretend we're coming out of Jetty Park, headed back to A1A/ Beachline Hwy (528).

First thing you will notice is the new cruise ship terminal.

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Here is the opening to the Terminal Parking deck.  The cruise ship is behind it.

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(Above) From here, we turn right down Flounder St. You'll see the parking deck from the other angle.   Nice drop-off area here.

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Past the parking deck is the check-in area.

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Above is a different angle of the same building.

Below is the left side (inlet side) of the terminal.  You can see the Ron Jon booth and probably some other time-share booth.

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You can see down the side of the large cruise ship here. This is Explorer of the Seas' new home.  This all used to be the former recreational boat docks and parking lot.

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Ok, at this point, we have to turn 90 deg left and pass Grills on the right.   We have a new shark now and a new title of "World Famous" shark kabobs.   Ok??   I didn't know that all the times we have been here.

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Grills added a new front to their building.  There used to be a gazebo here.  That's gone. It is super beautiful inside.  Love the look of the sports fishing bar with great mahi wood carving.

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If you were to look back to get a size comparison, this is the perfect shot.  That boat dwarfs the restaurant.

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If you look to your left, you will see the new bait/tourist shop. They have a great fish tank in there and plenty of fiberglass fish. Lots of little gifts you can get before returning home. This used to be the former home of the motorcycle parking and some parking.  Sometimes a boat would sit on the corner.

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This is where the old bait shop was and it was torn down this week.

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Ok, so we're past Milliken's Reef, which hasn't had changes and we turn down past Bluepoints Marina and Cape Marina, this is just a shot I took from the docks and fishing area under the bridge.

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If you go over the bridge to Cruise Terminal A, north side of the inlet, you will see a great view of all the restaurants, marinas and cruise ship.

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On the north side, there are usually Carnival and Disney lines in there.  Maybe even Royal Caribbean.  There were 3 in there today, plus a 4th in this picture.

How would you like to play on this??

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If you don't like this, some have rock climbing!!

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Ok, here, we've done a 180 from the northern terminals and heading back towards Hwy 528.  This is the bridge that overlooks the locks and Banana River.

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This is not the same road (below) but this was taken from the road that heads out to the locks.  Nice little fishing holes.

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And you might even see some mysterious old boats left out there.

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Hope you enjoyed my tour!
Happy Fishing,