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Bumbling through Florida

December 31, 2015

Part 2:  Christmas gators

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Christmas day was executed in perfect bumbling, tumbleweeding fashion.

As the sun rose, Elijah struck first with a fascinating burfish and I retaliated with a tiny, but mysterious blenny.  My fish had a fitting colour scheme…

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It’s tough to call between puffcheek and downy blenny.  After some ID work and consultation, it is most likely a downy blenny.

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Elijah proceeded to put on quite the spectacle, landing angelfish after angelfish.  I tried my best to replicate his success, but I just couldn’t nail the angels.  My deficit would be further highlighted in the coming day.

Instead, I caught a santa-sized porkfish.  You might say he was a porker of a porkfish…

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I also found my new life list shot for redtailed parrotfish.

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In search of somewhere to buy worms and eat lunch on a holiday when everything is closed, we stumbled upon an unlikely bird sanctuary.

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After a classy Christmas lunch at Hooters we off to the Everglades!

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The tumbleweeding continued, and  we eventually found somewhere to buy the worms we needed to pillage the Everglades.

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The gar were holding at the far corner of this canal edge.  I practiced some steelhead-style spinner pitching and got some hits.

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As the sun fell it was time to move on to a spot for brown hoplo catfish.  Along the way, Elijah noticed we probably weren’t going to have enough gas to make it all the way there.  Our tumbleweeding for a gas station led us to Everglades City.

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Eventually we made it to the brown hoplo spot.  We weren’t alone…

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As a group of gators slithered closer and closer to the dock we were standing on, we gave up on the fishing.  I had a lot of rotting bait in the cooler so I decided to give the gators a few Christmas presents.

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