Home in Port Charlotte
Leaving at 4AM for Fort Pierce
I launched the boat for a couple of hours today in very windy weather. I had poured bilge cleaner into the bilge and needed to run the boat in order to slosh it around and make it effective. I definately got sloshed around in the 20 MPH winds. There were white caps all around but the boat handled it with high confidence.The coolest thing about today was that I didn't have to rush myself out even though the tide was high. I passed under the short bridge at 1.4 feet about mean zero tide with no problem. My old boat would have had the hard top ripped off at that height.
I zipped out the mouth of the Myakka River and trolled a 10' deep diving lure. I had two nice strikes...one ripping off 100' of line in an instant. I wasn't able to land either fish but it was still fun. When I came in the bilge cleaner was found to have cleaned about half the gunk from the bilge. I'll continued this process until I get it all cleaned up.
Saturday was spent doing projects. I mowed, fertilized and watered the lawn. I installed the 3 battery bank charger on the boat and got one of the two live wells working. Friday I tried to call the repair guy who has my trolling motor but he didn't return my call. I decided to drive over there to check on it and found my unit sitting in the middle of his lobby floor, where it's been for 5 days. They haven't even looked at it yet. (Grrrrr). He said they've been busy. Maybe me showing up will light a fire under them to get it going.
Monday morning I will awaken at 3:30AM to make the 3 hour drive to Ft. Pierce. My week will also take me to Stuart, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach. I'll be home late Thursday night. I have a fishing trip planned with some guys next Sunday. Hopefully we'll have good weather.