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Here's my fly-fishing spot!
Here's my fly-fishing spot!
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Looking the other way...had this spot almost to myself for a good long time
Looking the other way...had this spot almost to myself for a good long time
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Flies for the salt
Flies for the salt
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Oh man...
Oh man...
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Oh that feels SOOOOOO good on my sunburned calves (from pier fishing)!!
Oh that feels SOOOOOO good on my sunburned calves (from pier fishing)!!
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Coming back to snorkel and kayak fish this spot!  One good pass from a jack or pompano but no hookups...this time!
Coming back to snorkel and kayak fish this spot! One good pass from a jack or pompano but no hookups...this time!
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Out to sea we go!
Out to sea we go!
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To my left sat two lovely young women from Nova Scotia...who knew how to fish! I ended up giving them the nickname "Porgy Girls"!
To my left sat two lovely young women from Nova Scotia...who knew how to fish! I ended up giving them the nickname "Porgy Girls"!
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A couple of very nice older girls sat to my right...and they caught fish too, nearly showed me up!
A couple of very nice older girls sat to my right...and they caught fish too, nearly showed me up!
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And in front of me...
And in front of me...
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HA! Connected at last, with profuse congrats from the ladies! mutton snapper 14"-ish
HA! Connected at last, with profuse congrats from the ladies! mutton snapper 14"-ish
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Whole boat catch from the Miss Islamorada, March 12, 2020...a mess of fish and how many spp?
Whole boat catch from the Miss Islamorada, March 12, 2020...a mess of fish and how many spp?
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Where's mine???
Where's mine???
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BIRDS!!!!
BIRDS!!!!
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Bold one!
Bold one!
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When in the Keys...conch chowder...
When in the Keys...conch chowder...
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...with tarpon swimming by!
...with tarpon swimming by!
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I wish...
I wish...
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Got papayas? In front of the hotel office
Got papayas? In front of the hotel office
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What the hell did we catch out there Ron? And yes, that's a new fishing hat
What the hell did we catch out there Ron? And yes, that's a new fishing hat
Jmd123March 16th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2473
I actually had this lovely little beach all to myself for a while, and I will be back! Much potential, deeper channel right near mangrove thickets on shore, looks waaaaay juicy to me! How about the color(s) of the water??? Gemstones are named for these colors...I got high on sunshine after a particularly ugly and gray Michigan winter, a serotonin buzz that hasn't quite worn off yet. Got to test 2 travel telescopes as well, not a good location for deep sky but Venus was right over the coconut trees so my new 72 mm refractor & 127 mm Maksutov saw first light right then and there! Venus looked very crisp and beautiful, like a tiny half-moon, at 150x in the refractor & 187.5x in the Mak. And it was even warm enough to look at it comfortably!!!

Here's some more of the trip, enjoy! Something to cheer you up as the world around you falls apart...and talk about timing!!! Pulled this one off in the nick of time!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfMarch 16th, 2020, 7:06 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3042
I love your reports, Jonathon!! Great photos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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