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Old 01-20-2018, 09:42 PM   #1
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St. Johnís River Fishing

Iím on my annual shad fishing trip. This year itís only me and my friend Darrell.
We rent a cabin in Blue Springs State Park as our base and then fish different sections of the River. Yesterday they counted 408 Manatee in the spring run.

Yesterday we drove up and had lunch at the Jolly Gator Fishing Camp. They have Swamp Cabage that is worth killing for.

Last night we could see an Atlas V leaving earth to the east of us.

Today we fished the Lemon Bluff area of the river. Only caught one shad but it was pretty big for this river. Doesnít matter, just love being on the river.

Tomorrow weíll fish my favorite part of the river, Puzzle Lake and the Econ River that feeds the St. John. This is real old Florida. Lunch at Jolly Gator again. More swamp cabage!

Monday weíll leave the St Johnís and fish Mosquito Lagoon with a guide. Should catch some fish then.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:37 AM   #2
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What's bag limit on manatees this year? If you catch one, do you filet it like a flounder or chunk it like a tuna?

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Ask Big Fish Irv.... he remembers back when he was a kid and people ate them.

Behind Islamorada there is an anchorage named Cowpens.... supposedly a pen area when they used to eat them.....

Sorry Parks..... back to the regularly scheduled fishing show...
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What's bag limit on manatees this year? If you catch one, do you filet it like a flounder or chunk it like a tuna?

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No bag limit on manatee.
You know how Texans roast whole cows on a rotisserie? Thatís how you cook manatee.
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Fished the stretch between lake Harvey and Puzzle Lakes yesterday. Caught one poor little thing and threw it back.
We went way the heck up the Econlockhatchee River. It is truly beautiful up there. You start out winding through a flat prairie that is only about a foot higher than the river. As you get further in you pass more and more Sable Palm. Further along you run into oak scrub forest.
The birds are everywhere. In addition to the usual herons and egrets we saw eagles, spoonbill, storks, Sandhill cranes, and tricolor heron.

There were signs that the water had recently been three or four feet higher than the banks. Iím guessing that was hurricane related flooding. Note the water mark on the sign.

Weíre headed for Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast today. Back in salt water where I belong.
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If you guys are ever in central Florida you’ve got to try the swamp cabage at Jolly Gator.
Heart of Palm, bacon, sausage, celery, onions, vinegar and spices I can’t identify. Outrageous. Route 46 and the St John’s river.
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If you guys are ever in central Florida youíve got to try the swamp cabage at Jolly Gator.
Heart of Palm, bacon, sausage, celery, onions, vinegar and spices I canít identify. Outrageous. Route 46 and the St Johnís river.
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You don’t eat bacon? What wrong with you? Is it the sausage?
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You don’t eat bacon? What wrong with you? Is it the sausage?
Wifey B: I don't eat anything named swamp anything. I don't eat swamp food.I don't eat cabbage or cabage. I don't want onions, vinegar and spices I can't identify. I do eat bacon and sausage but not all scrambled up into some swamp dish. Lost me at the name. Lost me further with the ingredients.

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Wifey B: I don't eat anything named swamp anything. I don't eat swamp food.I don't eat cabbage or cabage. I don't want onions, vinegar and spices I can't identify. I do eat bacon and sausage but not all scrambled up into some swamp dish. Lost me at the name. Lost me further with the ingredients.

And....

I don't like this band either....

Would it help if we called it Hearts of Sable Palm?
Oh well, more for me.

Thanks for the tip on the band, I kind of like them. Who knows, I may be related to the lead singer, Michael Parks.

Donít worry, we can disagree on this. As long as you wear your high heel Topsiders, Iíll still love you.
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We left Blue Springs State Park at six this morning and headed to the Mosquito Lagoon in the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. It was closed today but since no government workers were there to prevent us, we went anyway.

This time we got smart and hired a guide. In a half day charter we caught so many big Black Drum that we got tired of it, so we went somewhere else and caught sea trout.

All this catching was done with Pad 39B and the Vehicle Assembly Building in the background. I was hoping SpaceX would have tested the big rockets engines. Didnít happen. The government was closed.

Staying tonight in Melbourne and headed home tomorrow.
Iím going to have Poutine with dinner tonight. Never tasted cheese curds but how bad can they be? More gravy please.
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We use guides and charter captains when visiting different areas. Not avid fishermen. At home on the lake, I knew my way around, but not most places. Now we have close friends who are pros, ran charter fishing boats themselves. However, we want to be sure we catch fish so take no chances.
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