Friday, February 1, 2008

Caught, cleaned, cooked, consumed

Port Charlotte; on the water, 60 at sunrise, 74 on the beach, high of 80.

Buffalo Pete took me to a new fishing spot and it paid off. We went to the small island called Manasota Key. At the end of the island is a state park with clean restrooms and parking close to the water. We fished the Gulf side and hit paydirt immediately. We caught so many whiting, I lost count. I caught two pompano, which was fun landing. The best was about 15" long and weighed 2-3 pounds. We kept him and the 3 best whiting. We cleaned them and took them back to the condo for frying. That was dinner tonight, see photos above.

While there, we were able to fish the Gulf side, with 2-3 foot breakers crashing in the beach. We then walked 45 seconds across the island and fished lemon bay, on the intracoastal waterway. I got skunked on that side, but Pete used his home field advantage to land 2 sheepshead, a couple whiting, and a nice lady fish. He explained the lady fish is known as a "poor man's tarpon," because of the leaping fight they put up. All I got on the ICWW side, was snagged on the grasses. I did enjoy some huge dolphin which came by.

This was a really good day of fishing fun.

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