Still cool though but with bright sunshine, so all in all a good day. A
work day. I pulled a bunch of big rocks to add to the shallows to provide
for the young bass. Hopefully, it will also make the area less attractive
to the folks
who have been dumping their kids off near the island and said kids crawling
and knocking apart my reef.
Today I saw the change.
I feel increasingly ignorant here ...among people who can rattle off the
names of six
kinds of shiners and same of darter. To me, little fish are minnows til
they grow into
something recognizable. Today, some of them have grown to the point that I
they are chubs. For years, I have tried to figure out which fish were true
which just fry but I never can tell till some of them reach the five or six
Someone referred to white tipped shiners. I think I know that one....fiery
rainbow opalescence and white tipped fins? On the reef, these are the
Can't wait till the Peterson's comes..maybe then I will make some sense.
The reef has always had a good population of somesortof chub. They are
so constant in behavior and so fast in their movement, that unless one shows up
with some egregious scar or wound, I can't tell them apart and refer to
"the Guys". I think there are five in residence this year...one with a
wound on it's back.
Curly and crew arrived for clean up but as I had little to offer the
regulars, there were
few crumbs for the clean up crew. About three, the clouds rolled in, and
I started to get cold.
After an hour without the sun, I headed home as the sky opened for a face
stinging half hour
An early muster tomorrow AM. The fourth of July and if I want any peace at
all, it will come
in the AM. Water has cleared to three feet +.
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