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Thursday
Dec112014

Gator Bait

This guy followed my bait back to the boat, as I was fishing Lake Okeechobee. I was wishing that I had saved a Fig Newton from lunch to offer him. He didn't want to leave either, so we finally did.

I was fishing the Big O with Sam Griffin, my good friend and a legendary guide and luremaker.

More later about that trip, including what we caught and how. Right now, I'm still on the road.

Wednesday
Dec102014

Kite Courtship

I took this photo today of what appears to be courtship between a pair of snail kites (Everglades kites) on Lake Okeechobee.  Fishing was tough both days that I was there, but Sam Griffin and I managed to catch a few this afternoon, as sun warmed us and the water a bit. We also had a close encounter with an alligator. Will post more later.

Saturday
Dec062014

Reflections on a Foggy Saturday Morning

I wonder if the fish are biting.

Friday
Dec052014

Life Returns

Newly flooded shorelines are bursting with life these days in central Florida's Clermont Chain of Lakes, as water levels are their highest in eight years. As the water rises, it floods grass and shrubs, providing habitat for insects and other invertebrates. Minnows and other forage species move in to feed on them. And they are followed by predatory fish and birds.

The great blue heron (top) gobbled up minnows yesterday evening, while the wood stork sifted through the grass and muck early this morning.

If the water stays up long enough, bass and other species should have spectacular spawns in these resurrected shallows during late winter and spring. That could translate into much better fishing in a year or two--- if the water remains high enough for anglers to access this chain of lakes.

Sadly, that probably won't be the case. Most likely because of so many withdrawals and diversions --- some legal and some not --- the Clermont no longer sustains historically "normal" water levels. 

Friday
Dec052014