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From: "kahley" <kahseven-in-ptd.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 4:17 AM
Subject: NANFA-- Report from Reefbuilder 6/29
> Hiya all!
> If you live in the mid Atlantic area, you have probably guessed why
> there were no reports last year. The river was high and muddy most of
> the season and I was able to get in the water only EIGHT DAYS! Those
> eight days were all work, digging out the accumulation of sand silt and
> clam shells dumped by the flooding. The only fish I saw that I knew
> were Betsy, (bass) the chubs, Moey (catfish) and Sunny (sunfish).
> We couldn't even get into the River until around the fourth of July and
> then the next week it started raining and that was it until a week in
> August. Sunny wasn't there in August.
> I made some major changes in my strategy last summer that has paid off.
> I totally dismantles the cross current structures between the middle
> and outer reefs for the winter, to allow a more natural flow and cut
> down on the sediment build up. I have only had three days this year and
> the water is still deep and murky but from what I can see it appears to
> have worked. This cuts down the sediment issue by 70%. Less
> work...MORE PLAY...WOOHOO.
> There is still a lot of muck in between the inner and middle reefs but
> I have it about 1/3 clear. I had to stop because there is a Blue Gill
> nesting and I don't want to disturb this. Betsy is there and right in
> my face. she has been caught and has an injury to her lip but if
> fungus doesn't set in, I think she'll be OK. There seems to be only
> three of the resident old chubbs left and so far, none of the new
> generation that were there last year. No sign of the catfish yet. I
> know they are are pretty old but I am going to miss them terribly when
> they are all gone. Last year I did see some resident little cats,
> probably from Moey's brood but they are still hiding in the rocks.
> The water hasn't cleared yet. Only about four foot visibility so there
> may be more fish in residence than I have seen so far.
> I replaced the cross current section of the reef on Sat. and the white
> tip shiners were already laying their eggs in between the rock layers on
> the roof of the "garage"by Sunday. They really love that set up for egg
> laying. I wish the water would clear so I could get more pictures of the
> mating. The get such high color ! But by the time the water clears, the
> mating slows down.
> I hope I haven't jinxed the summer by posting this. I'll go crazy if we
> get a lot of high water again. Weather report looks OK for this week.
> Keep your fingers crossed for me.
> PS....The body glove works well but I forgot it on Sunday with water
> temp of 69, air temp of 74 and wind gusts to 30. I am sore all over
> from shivering.
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