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Shelley and I had the pleasure to meet up with Jeff and his son this afternoon in Tampa and swap a few stories...., anyones ears burning around 2:00PM or so..., hmmmm.

sj

We had a great time, and enjoyed some good cold frozen yogurt on a hot Saturday afternoon..  Next time, treat is on me Jeff...., Flounder time Gandy Bridge Style...

 

~Best,

John

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that is an excellent pic of both of you!!!  thx 4 sharing.  ps, where is shelley?

dj

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Like!

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Jeff & John,

Breaking News source of ears burning nationwide traced to big bull session in Tampa.  Two jokers with frozen yogurt questioned.

Matt

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ahhhh, SWEET !!

it's always so great to meet another warrior.  You both look super.

But where or where is your lovely Shelley ??

 

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What a wonderful way to spend a day.....with someone from this site.  Sounds like you two had a great time.....and some laughs, no doubt.  My right ear was burning....hmmmmm....I wonder if that is a sign of anything (besides flies, I mean)...Laughing

p

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You have a great disposition that brings people together or maybe because you live in the right place. I enjoyed my time just can’t seam to get back to Tampa.

 

Thanks

Hondo

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She was the photo taker.....

She was about worn out today, LOL...

Up early to head toward Tampa Covention Center Super Boat Show at Harbor Island.

Cracker Barrel first for breakfast in Brandon...., Momma's Pancake Breakfast.

Boat show, and drooling over this bad azz Hewes Redfisher RF18 with Yamaha's newest 150SHO motor hanging from the back, sitting on an AmeraTrail ZT trailer (all aluminum and SS);

RF18

Awesome boat..., I have the RF16 & Yamaha F90, and the AmeraTrail, just one size down...

Then headed a little north toward the University of South Florida and a meet and greet with Dugster and his son..., was to be at Starbucks, but finding a seat at a coffee shop next the University didn't work out... 

So we sacrificed and opted for some frozen yogurt sundaes..., it was rough I know.

Awesome meet...

JG

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"I have the RF16 & Yamaha F90, and the AmeraTrail, just one size down..."

 

Ever take it out to Egmont Key?  

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There's a 90' hole out by Egmont...

Which is kind of weird as most people don't realize that the average depth of Tampa Bay is only around 12'... Of course it does have several channels that have been dredged to around 45' for the large ships that come in.

John

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What a great pic!  Sounds like y'all had a great time :)

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shines thru those grins..glad you got to meet

 

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I had a really good time with John and Shelly. We toastred Matt while we ate our yogurt. John I didn't buy my son did, remember I have always said I am spending the kid's inheritance money. So that means next time we meet I will buy again because you do so much for so many on here.

My last night down here and I just found out my sone had this computer with a printer so I printed out the boarding passes and while I was on I had to come and visit my CSN family

John thanks again for all you do.  I look  forward to meeting up again.

      Jeff

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Hope you have/had a safe trip home... Always nice to get home...

I like to travel, but pretty much everywhere I go, I'm about ready for home in a few days, LOL...

 

I mean really, I live in Florida, where most be come to vacation, great house, awesome swimming pool, reliable boat, and tons of fishing spots...

Annnnd, I have great people like Jeff, Tim, Pat and others that usually find their way here once in awhile...

 

Topping all of that off with a beautiful wife, my best friend..., and two chocolate chip lab sisters... I have it all...

 

Actually I finally get to meet Dawn (Sweetblood22) next month, she's finally breaking away from PA and heading down this way for a few days...

 

Thoughts & Prayers,

John

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During my radiation treatments, I often visualized fishing in the gulf, Tampa Bay, off Joe Island, up to my chest in the water, bait bucket full of small mullet, shrimp, or pinfish, sun shining, water the temperature of bath water, waiting for that foot long torpedo redfish or trout to hit (more than likely a black tip foot long shark or a catfish).  Or doing the same off Alligator Point north of Tampa close to the panhandle.  John you live in paradise.    

 

 

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So you two goofing off and not out there reeling in the flounders? Oh well, good day to grab some ice creams! Pic looks great.

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There was an offer made, LOL....

But Jeff figured it might not go over so well with his limited time to see the grandbabby, then out fishing with me....

But then again, he could have brought fresh fish home for dinner...

JG

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As John stated, he did make the offer to do some fishing but then we would be obligated to tell a few fish stories. Instead we decided to just flounder around.

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Geez,

I was really waiting for that fresh box of flounder to show up so it could keep company with the biggest flounderer of them all.. LOL 

Really feel like a lot of flapping and floundering around here lately. The old engine is having some difficulty staying running and sputtering on a few down cylinders.

I was hoping that box of flounder would flush the system. Oh well next time. :-)

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John, stumbled across an article this mornin' that claims hard-head catfish are good to eat.  I have always considered them a useless nuisance and waste of bait.  Just wondering if you had ever tried eating the dang things.  Here is a link to the article ...  


http://www.louisianasportsman.com/printer_friendly.php?id=2009

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Catfish, especially farm raised is wonderful! Beer battered and fried it's unbeatable! Add some hush puppies to it and you have a true Southern delicacy.

"T"

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I mis-typed my original 'Subject' ... meant Hard-Head and not Hard-Heat ... and hope nobody was offended. Hard-Head Catfish or Mudcats are nothing like "farm-raised", T.  The ones we catch in the gulf waters are slime-covered, and have venomous barbs that can cause nasty puncture wounds which make them very difficult to handle safely.  I just never knew that anyone would consider eating them.  

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Ahhh... you're talking about sail cats. I've caught them before. They have long pec and dorsal fins that are pretty nasty. I've caught them but not tasted them.

"T"

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Sail cats (Bagre marinus aka gafftopsail catfish) are good to eat if you skin them ... be careful handling them because they can also stab you ... but they are NOT the same as hard-head catfish (Ariopsis felis).  I think the sail cats have a graceful look ...those long fins on sail cats kinda make me think of the way shrimp boats have their net rigs draped so beautifully on either side. Another interesting thing about the sail cats is their "crucifix fish" legend which has to do with the shape of their inner bone structure ... see link:  http://www.lafishmag.com/CrucifixFish.html

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Alligator has been said to taste like chicken but they're not the same. Six of one...half a dozen of the other.... 

"T"

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Was just a visitor to the gulf area a few times, but I never heard of anyone eating them.  Cast netted mullet and fried those up.  Delicious.  But the ocean cats-caught a zillion of the them, same with the small black tip sharks all while wade fishing.  Had a receipe for the black tips but never went through the effort to clean and cook them.  The cats I just threw back. 

 

Wiki says:

Hardhead catfish are edible but, like all catfish, require some effort to clean. It is one of the thirty most recreationally harvested species in the 5-county area (Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin) encompassing the Indian River Lagoon (IRL)in central Florida.[8] From 1997-2001, 361,022 hardhead catfish were harvested within 200 miles of the shore in the IRL region.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardhead_catfish

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I haven't eaten either, hard-heads or sail cats...

But I do catch tons of them, might have to give a try, LOL... But usually darn cat fish are just more work to clean than I want to put into them...

 

I do like some fresh water Cat Fish though, especially Channel Cats.., again, a pain to clean, or more specific, to skin. You have to stick their tails through a nail in a board, and use pliers to pull their skin off. I don't even scale my fish, just fillet them, and slide a knife between the skin and meat, easy peasy... Other than Pompano, which I just fillet, cut the rib bones out, and broil skin down. The flesh comes off easy once broiled.

 

When I fish for Pompano around a few of the bridges here, there is one specifically that I call Cat Fish Central... That's the Howard Franklyn (I-275 Bridge). That bridge holds tons of cat fish, and if you let your lure sit even a second or two on the bottom, a big old cat fish is gonna eat it.

But it does hold Pompano..., and those huge 50# Black Drum to play with occasionally.

 

The Howard Franklyn is a bridge in the upper part of Tampa Bay where the bay up there is at it's widest. So when the tide is ripping at the other bridges, it tends to be slower there, because of the width of the bay.

JG

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Jeff and John, so jealous would love to have been there too, but i live too far from Florida.  Trying to save what i can while waiting for SSI appeal, and plan on buying our house next year and taking my Faith to Disney before she is too old for princesses! 

When anyone is in Lower Bucks County Pa let me know wiuld love to get coffee(Jeff lol)!

Glad two people who help so many got together!

 

rachel 

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