04:50, 73F. full moon setting over the sheep barn. PI wants to be on the water by 07:30. I told him people in hell want ice water, too. but I still have to be at the lab at 07:00. dixie at back door. roosters quiet.
06:55, medium tide coming in. at CK. why am I the first one at the lab? and the PI was 15 minutes late!
temps, low 80's, wind, W 5-8 knts., water temp, 28.5C, 83F. a light chop. water felt great! oystercatchers, willets, gulls, brown pelicans, spoonbills on an oyster bar, cormorants. current was strong due to the full moon. moderate catches. mostly baitfish except for one pull with the 600 ft. seine when we netted some trout, sheepshead, one black drum, one snook with a damaged gill raker from a previous hooking and the usual stingrays and catfish. all identified, measured, and returned to the water. had 3 more pulls with the 600 in mud and current. hard work, and low catches back in the back creeks. there was one surprise - a YOY cobia - ~ 5" long. enough wind to keep the bugs off. mud past my knees. fell into a hole on the last pull and lingered there. the water was delicious.
14:00. super high tide at #4 bridge. frigate birds. brought home a fried shrimp dinner from annie's.
14:40, 74F and raining at the farm. lil pup making a racket to drown out the thunder. a lot of lightning and noise. all over by 15:20. got 0.5" of rain. took the dogs for a walk. got 1 egg.
20:10, 80F, mostly cloudy, calm. 2 deer in donkey woodlot. walked out into the pasture after feeding the sheep, with newdog. it was so humid fog was forming. my glasses fogged up.
21:10, 78F, fog. cloud bank to the east. no moon in sight. no fireworks in CK tomorrow except for individual family extravaganzas.. oh well.