Kayak fishing

 Kayak fishing

We have been fishing from our kayaks about 4 times so far. Any of you who have been fishing from a kayak knows how tricky it could be if you get something big, esp if you do not have an anchor. The other challenge is how do you get the fish back to shore? We used a bucket but unfortunately did not catch anything worth keeping. The best part of it is the paddle out. The worst part is the paddle back especially if it is against current and you have disk problems in your neck. I keep seeing people here with foot paddle kayaks with nice comfortable seats and wish I could afford one.

I don’t know if I told you about the time we went out kayak fishing and Mark yells …”Shark”… That’s all I needed to here. I made a bee line to shallow water. He yelled again “Can you help me with this thing?”  Here Mark had actually said ” I caught a shark” and all I heard was shark. So I paddled over and helped hold the rod while he pulled it in enough to unhook it. . It was a 2.5 foot black tip shark. He said it was the most fun he ever had fishing. That shark took him for a nice ride around the water way.  I was just glad it was not a bull shark. Yikes.

Bate stealers

 

 

 

IMG_0900Birds and fishing do not mix! #batestealers

The egret on the left was quite persistent in trying to steal our bate from the bate bucket. We had to chase him away several times. The birds here are not afraid of humans and get quite close to you on these public peers.

The pelicans are troublesome because as I have said before they try to steal your bate on your hook. I image part of the reason is people must feed them their left over bate because often you see them waiting close by  when you are baiting your hook. I even saw one with a hook and lead hanging out of his beak.  I often had to real in very quickly to keep them from getting mine. Needless to say I will not be fishing from public peers anymore. It would really upset me if I hooked one of these beauties.

Skyway pier looking back

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/1932/May-9-1980-The-Sunshine-Skyway-Bridge-CollapsesImageImageImage

On May 9th, 1980 the Sunshine Skyway bridge (built in 1969)collapsed when The SS Summit Venture a freighter over 19,000 tons crashed into the bridge. Causing a collapse and 35 people died in tragedy. The ship apparently lost it’s radar in a tropical storm.  Wesley MacIntire was the sole survivor. He somehow survived after landing on the ships deck and rolling into the bay. There doesn’t seem to be a memorial for those who died. In 1993 the bridge was demolished after the new skyway bridge was built. The fishing piers are the only thing left standing.

http://www.sptimes.com/News/050700/TampaBay/Horrific_accident_cre.shtml

In Memory of the 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!