Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recipe of The Month: Shrimp and New Potato Stew

Another recipe from The Cooks Encyclopedia of Four Ingredient Cooking by Joanna Farrow:

1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, scrubbed

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

12 ounce jar (or can) tomato and chili sauce

11 ounces peeled shrimp

(I added some chopped celery, Vidalia onion, crushed garlic and corn)

Cook the potatoes in lightly salted water, boiling the water for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Drain and return to pan.

(I browned the garlic in some olive oil, and added the celery and onion, ) then

Finely chop half of the cilantro and add to the pan with the tomato and chili sauce and 6 tablespoons of water (I forgot the water). Bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp and cook a few more minutes until they are cooked. Spoon into bowl and sprinke with remaining cilantro pieces.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sure Catch Jigs - Pro Style

Sure Catch Jigs now has a "Pro Style" jig that has two collars formed onto the jig. You can choose between the standard "Bait" jig or go with the Pro Style. I've found that the Pro Style works just fine with live shrimp and mullet AND you can use them to fish with artificals, such as the popular Gulp products. When you slide the Gulp onto the jig and push it up and over the collars, the artificial is held securely so you don't have to reposition the bait after each cast. Ask for the Pro Style Sure Catch Jig's at your local bait and tackle store!

Fish Bite Turning On

Carol and I were able to get out and do some fishing yesterday afternoon. We launched at the Holley Pointe boat ramp, which was slam full of boaters, and eased across the Nassau River to fish some run-outs. We still had a couple of hours of the outgoing tide and didn't have any real bites so we anchored up at Broward Island and picnicked until the tide slowed. As it reached slack Carol hooked up to a nice, fat 2lb trout that agressivley took her Sure Catch jig with a Gulp root-beer colored mullet. We caught a few more trout and a keeper sized flounder. All of the fish hit aggressively. The water temperature was 73 degrees, up 5 degrees from last week. As we motored into Christopher Creek we noticed some good signs of bait fish along the marsh grass. It looks like the fishing is going to start heating up!

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Projects Finished

I was able to complete a few leather projects this weekend. The book cover/journal pictured was actually the 2nd attempt - I ruined the first. I had completed it and just needed to dye the interior raw leather. I daubed some dark brown dye on it and it bled through and ruined the picture. OUCH. Lessons learned. To see more examples click hear for The Anglers Mark Art blog NOTE: We will not have a booth at the Amelia Island Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival this year, but plan to pursue more consignment relationships with area Fly Shops.

Father and Son fishing trip

I had the opportunity to fish with Todd Sack as he treated his son, David to a fishing trip. David will be graduating soon and heading off to college so it was a great time to get out on the water. The weather cooperated fully as we experienced a nice sunny day with a light breeze - to begin with. I haven't been to the Jolley River in a while so we headed up and started tossing the jig and shrimp combo on the last of an outgoing tide. David hooked up first with a nice trout and then Todd joined in with another. We made a few stops up the Jolley and they caught a few more trout. David even reeled in what looked to be something from prehistoric times - a 34" gar of some sort. It really reeked! The wind picked up out of the northeast so we ran to the Tiger Islands and sure enough, out of the wind. Todd ended the day by catching a keeper sized flounder. We did have a neighbor who caught their only fish, but what appeared to be a 22" fat trout, fishing deep on the bottom. We toured Cumberland Island to see a herd of wild horses, crossed to historic Fort Clinch, and made it back to the dock in time wrap up the day. Good luck David up at school!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jennings Fishing Trip

Caroline Jennings and her family were staying at Summer Beach Resorts here on Amelia Island and took in a fishing trip with me yesterday. In addition to Caroline and her son Charlie, we had brother-in-law Sam and his two kids Caroline and Jack and we also had grandmother.....Caroline. The sun was out and the weather was warm as we left the dock at 11:30AM but the wind was already up to 15mph out of the southwest so we headed up Bell River to the docks of Pirates Woods in hopes that the tree line would block the wind - and it did, somewhat! All bait shops were out of live shrimp so we were fishing with mud minnows. With only a few casts, Sam hooked up to something big and the fight was on. After some drag ripping runs, we eventually netted a 21"+ Seatrout. All were optimistic that we were in for some serious catching and everyone joined in with rods in the water. We fished and fished and fished and moved from spot to spot (and away from the wind block) and ended up with just some bait stealing action for the rest of the day. As we came out of the Jolley River we were greeted with some rather fierce winds -and salt spray, but the air temperature was still warm and we all survived.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Race with an Osprey

I fished with Michael Fuhrman and his two sons, Zachary and Austin, yesterday. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon as we left the South end of Amelia Island at 2pm. We stopped at the docks of Longpointe and with his first cast, Zachary hooked up to a fat trout and then shortly after, another. We eventually pulled anchor and ran up the intercoastal where we got into a race with an Osprey just off his perch. We clocked him at 33mph! We stoppped at Jackstaff Creek and fished a couple of spots then ran to "Bubblegum Reef" and were joined by a Crane fishing for his early dinner. Austin and his dad got in some action catching a few croaker and a neat Sail Catfish. All of our fish were released to be caught another day. We visited Broward Island, then wrapped up the day at Middle Marsh to try our hand at some big Drum fishing. What a great day out on the water with two polite young men!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Times Union Redfish Spot Tournament results

Don Hughes and I fished the Times Union Redfish Spot Tournament this past Saturday. Should have been a trout tournament! We ran up the intercoastal to get to some of our "home" waters and at the first stop picked up (3) trout. We fished a number of spots throughout the day and picked up more trout and eventually a flounder, but no Redfish. The weather was beautiful with very little wind. The winning fish was brought in with 17 spots; second place had 9 spots with 3rd and 4th place each having 7 spots.

Rodney Mills and Roy Carter Trip

I fished with Rodney Mills and Roy Carter who were staying with their families at The Addison House this past weekend. We had moved the start time of the trip to 9:00am to let a storm front pass through that morning; the weather cleared but we had wind of 15mph from the south west so we headed up Lanceford Creek to get in behind the trees. The trick worked and we were able to enjoy some pleasant fishing. Rodney and Roy fished hard, picking up about 7 trout, a small redfish, a blue, a black tip shark, a small drum and a spanish mackerel. Rodney did me a favor and initiated the new "custom" rod I made down at Mudhole a few weeks ago. We tried a couple of spots after leaving Lanceford but the wind kicked our butts!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Boaters World Sale now at 20-50% off

The Boaters World at S.R. 200 and C.R. 107 in O'neal that is going out of business now has posted their prices at 20-50% off. FYI!