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  1. By Captain Alan Sherman Seagrasses can be found all over the world in shallow bays, lagoons, estuaries and along coastal waters. Where there is water there are boaters navigating these waters successfully and often times not so successfully. In most areas the water is deep enough for their propellers to cut through the water without causing any damage to the bottom below them but the unsuccessful boaters that stray away from their appropriate depth of water can cause significant damage to the beds of seagrasses often unaware of how much damage they have created. As the propellers of these vessels make contact with the fragile seagrasses the propellers cut into the soft sand or mud bottoms creating a trench that is deeper than the waters adjacent to the freshly cut trench. Besides the propeller cutting the trench the propeller also cuts the fragile seagrasses leaving this deeper trench void of all seagrasses. The damage created is called a propeller scar or prop trail. A propeller scar may be just a few feet in length but can also be hundreds of yards or more in length. Almost immediately erosion of these propeller scars starts to take place making the trails wider and deeper and creating cloudy water from tidal flow and wave action. Seagrass meadows made up of one or many seagrasses such as turtle grass, shoal grass, manatee grass, star grass, widgeon grass, paddle grass and Johnson’s sea grass are very important to the shallow bays, lagoons and coastal waters all over the world because these seagrasses help provide protective nurseries and food sources for many marine species. These seagrasses also increase water qualities in the areas of the seagrass meadows and reduce wave energy along the coastlines. Columbia Sportswear, Bass Pro Shops and The Ocean Foundation have joined hands in an effort to restore seagrass meadows through education and habitat restoration. Recently I was invited take part in a two day event sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, The Ocean Foundation, Seagrass Recovery, Andy Newman, Bass Pro Shops and George Poveromo. The event was put together to bring awareness to how serious these propeller scars can be to our fragile bays, lagoons, shallow coastal waters and estuaries. During the event I had the opportunity to see firsthand propeller scars that had been accidently cut into fragile seagrass flats in Florida Bay off of Islamorada and then I got to take part in the actual repair of one of these propeller scars. With the guidance of the Seagrass Recovery project representatives, Kenny Wright and Beau Williams I was able to take part in repairing a propeller scar. Once at the sight of a propeller scar located just a few minutes from Wide World Sportsman in Islamorada it was quite obvious how bad a propeller scar actually is. I looked out on the beautiful green grass meadow only to see this horrific looking white stripe that had been cut into the meadow by a boater who thought there was more water under the propeller than there actually was. We anchored our boat and I donned a mask and snorkel and jumped into the crystal clear water that was just two feet deep. As I snorkeled the barren propeller scar it was obvious that the scar was deeper then the water surrounding it and that the seagrasses on the edge of that scar couldn’t grow into the trench. This scar was fairly new and had not grown much since the propeller scar had been created. Others joined me and then we started the repair of the propeller scar. First four foot biodegradable sediment tubes were place one at a time into the propeller scar. Once the propeller scar had been filled with these biodegradable sediment tubes long pieces of PVC tubing with wooden stands attached to the tops of the tube were driven into the ground and spaced out along the biodegradable sediment tubes. These biodegradable sediment tubes over the course of time will break down and completely fill the propeller scar bringing the depth of that scar back to its original level. The PVC tubes and stands are there to attract birds that will come and sit on the stands and eventually fertilize the area around the propeller scar with their guano. Three months after the biodegradable sediment tubes have been placed in the propeller scar, a crew from Seagrass Recovery will visit the site and plant seagrass plugs that were retrieved off the sea surface into the restored propeller scar. Twelve to eighteen months later the propeller scar will have been totally restored. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Seagrass Grow Project or would like more information on the Seagrass Grow Project than please visit these internet sites. Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) Sponsors of this Event were: Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) BassPro Shops/World Wide Sportsman (Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Online: Offering the best in Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Products) Andy Newman, NewmanPR, the Florida Keys (NewmanPR) George Poveromo, Columbia Athlete, (George Poveromo's World Of Saltwater Fishing)
  2. Greetings anglers Sunday I set out Sunday to see the snook impact from the recent cold spell on Tampa Bay inshore waters and flats. It was easy to locate the snook but was surprising was how many big female snook I found. I just watched as they were very lethargic and were swimming slowly. These fish are still recovering and should be left alone. Throwing lures are baits on these fish will only spook them causing them to expend more energy. The water temperature on lower Tampa Bay ranged from 56.5 to 61 degrees at noon. The 10 day forecast is optimistic with mild temperatures and no cold fronts. Daytime highs near 70 with low’s in the upper 50’s to 60 will slowly warm the water and turn on the bite. Best bet are sheepshead a winter time favorite on Tampa Bay. Sheepshead are famous for stealing baits, here are several tips. When using shrimp use only a small piece not the entire shrimp. Light fluorocarbon leader 10-15 pound test fishing with a size 1 hook. I use the smallest weight needed to keep the bait in the strike zone. The bite is subtle, even a large sheepshead 8-10 pounds will only feel like tap tap. Keep your line tight and watch for the slightest movement. Look for old docks and bridges loaded with barnacles and chances are you will find sheepshead. Look for spotted sea trout to come alive very soon. Drift deep grass flats tossing soft plastic lures or shrimp until you find a school. Typical when you get hit there are many more nearby. Remember to keep your presentation slow. Capt. Steven
  3. Monday morning, 8/31, I fished in 45 feet, out of New Pass, with Mike & Denise VanHorn. We fished for goliaths first, while the couple had their best energy--Good thing because Denise hooked one that was most likely over 300 pounds. Mike followed up with one that was around 100 pounds. We used Spanish mackerel, blue runners and a grunt for bait. After we released those two fish, we got serious about finding some fish to eat. We ended up with ten keeper lane snapper, all caught on shrimp. We released mangrove snapper just short of the twelve inch requirement, along with red grouper shorts. Estero Bay had good tides most of this week. Wednesday morning, the tide served us well, when I fished with Bob Flesch and his friend, John. Bob caught a nice red. We could tell it was going to be good-sized from the way it fought, and we were hoping it would be within the slot for keeping. We were lucky, as it measured exactly 27 inches (see photo.) We also caught five keeper mangrove snapper and a 14-inch sheepshead. We released two small snook, as well as a 50-pound stingray, which was an admirable fight!
  4. How many Carbon Credits will you have to pay for to go boating? I wonder what the Morning Star's carbon credit usage is? You don't think they'll raise their prices do you? Did you know Al Gore owns a company that designs computer software to calculate carbon credits for recreational boaters? So much for "nobody making under $250,000 a year will see their taxes raised, not income taxes, not payroll taxes, not taxes of any kind" Remember that little Gem from campaign 2008? Do you wonder why the media is not latching on to that lie like they did the "read my lips" thing? CHANGE is Here!!!!! From the new Energy bill that our "leaders" voted on without reading.... (d) AVERAGING, BANKING, AND TRADING OF EMISSIONS CREDITS. In establishing standards applicable to emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to this section and sections 202(a), 213(a)(4), and 231(a), the Administrator may establish provisions for averaging, banking, and trading of greenhouse gas emissions credits within or across classes or categories of motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines, nonroad vehicles and engines (including marine vessels), and aircraft and aircraft engines, to the extent the Administrator determines appropriate and considering the factors appropriate in setting standards under those sections. Such provisions may include reasonable and appropriate provisions concerning generation, banking, trading, duration, and use of credits. I wonder if this will motivate anyone to call their Senator?:director:
  5. Good dolphin fishing has finally arrived off the Miami area. There are large numbers of fish in the schools and they can be found through a wide range of depths and distances offshore. The fish range in size from schoolies to fish into the 20 pound range. If you come across a school of smaller fish, remember that there is a 20 inch minimum from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (LJFT) and a 10 fish per person limit. Keep a few and then move on to find some larger fish. With the large number of fish, catching your limit can be very easy. It is also very easy to get so caught up in the feeding frenzy that you go over your limit. Someone needs to keep track of how many you've caught so that if you get stopped and inspected, a good day won't be ruined by getting fined. There are still plenty of sailfish and kingfish being caught in the 90 - 200 foot range. Move inshore and the tarpon bite is still going off most every evening with the fish in the 90 - 150 pound range. If you've ever had a dream of catching a tarpon that weighs 100 pounds or more, now is the time to make that dream become a reality. Don't be put off by the afternoon rain storms as they have usually passed through and the skies clear up by 6 - 6:30 in the evening. Dennis and Don Cataldo along with Dale Cochrane and Peter Holehouse tangled with a large mean nasty tarpon that didn't want to give up. The battle started on the south side of the jetties at Government Cut. The fish played it very lazy to begin with and did little to no jumping. Without expending much energy, the tarpon had twice as much stamina as they usually have. The fish made its way into the main channel and with the tide going out, we followed it as it went offshore staying in the deep water. The fish finally came up and gave us a few jumps and then went right back down. It was a see saw battle back and forth for a very long time. Neither the fish nor the angler wanted to give in and we continued to move out the channel. By the time we made it out to where the channel dog legs to the left, the tarpon was finally wearing down, but not enough to pose for a good boat side picture. With two cameras going, enough pictures were finally taken and the fish was released. The battle lasted for well over an hour. Ben and Jenny Skinner along with their son Charlie got into to some hot and heavy dolphin action. We started the morning off with catching herring and pilchards in the Haulover area. We worked our way offshore checking each and every slick and scattered weedline we came across. At 10.5 miles out we found a large weed patch along with a heavy scattered line. As we slow trolled our baits down the line, we saw dolphin swimming along side of the boat and it was time for the dolphin frenzy to begin. Ben was hooking fish on Kaplan jigs, Jenny and Charlie were hooking up with the live bait. Charlie had never seen anything like this back home in Virginia and this was his first time catching dolphin. By the time the fish moved on, the boat needed a good hosing down and everyone needed some liquid refreshment. We regrouped and moved back to the weedline and within minutes, we were back in the fish again. All of the fish were schoolie size with the exception of a few throw backs. Between catching fish, Jenny was busy taking pictures of Charlie fighting his fish. Ben was busy with hooking fish and handing the rod off to either Charlie or Jenny. After the second blitz of fish, we hosed the boat down again and counted our catch as we were getting close to limiting out. We had room for a few more fish, so we moved back to the line. By this time we were joined by two other boats who were busy catching fish also. Once again we got into the fish and I counted down as we approached our limit. Ben and Jenny decided that we had enough and we called the trip at the half day mark and ran back to TNT Marine Center where Ben and I cleaned all the fish that they want to take back home with them. While we were cleaning the fish, they all got treated to the sight of the barracuda, jack crevalle, and large tarpon that were getting their fair share of the action by eating the skins and rib sections. Once again a family spent good quality time together catching fish, having fun, and making memories that will last for years to come. It's time to book your dolphin charter. Tarpon fishing will remain strong through the end of June before it begins to rapidly wind down for another season, so don't delay on getting in on that action either. And finally, think about an afternoon evening trip where you can catch dolphin offshore and finish the evening off with tarpon. It's the best of both worlds.
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It took me an hour just to get to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Skyway</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bridge</st1:placetype></st1:place> from the marina. The run to the Skyway is a very narrow channel with either side very shallow. A GPS is a must to navigate the channel safely. White bait was a dense as the fog when I finally arrived. With a slack tide I was able to motor up to my bait hole without having to anchor. Three quick tosses of the net and the live well was stuffed! Barry and his son Nolan from <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cincinnati</st1:place></st1:city> were my anglers onboard today. I picked them up at 830 only to have the fog still thick so it would be a slow run to Pinellas Point. As we headed east the sun tried valiantly to break through the fog with no luck. It was actually very serine, flat calm water with holes of sunrays. Tossing scaled sardines in 5-8’ of water we quickly got on the bite. Nolan was on fire as he could hardly go several minutes without hearing his drag scream. Nolan is a 7 year old hockey playing second grader with endless energy and a ton of really good questions. Spotted sea trout, mackerel, ladyfish, grouper, jacks, bluefish and 2 species of catfish rounded out his catches. Nolan asked me what type bait we were using so I told him white bait with a few threadfins mixed in. I was shocked as Nolan looked into the live well and quickly told me the differnce between the 2 baits! I was amazed how smart Nolan is, many adults can’t tell the difference. What’s the age old saying never leave fish to find fish? Wanting to get in the snook action we headed across the bay to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Joe</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">Island</st1:placename></st1:place>. With an incoming tide we hit 2 of my snook holes only to find both snookless! We moved outside the flats without success. With the forecast for freshening South winds by early afternoon I decided to head back to Pinellas Point as to not have to run the ship channel as it surely will get sloppy. The action started again as quickly as it did the first time. Nolan who is a very good angler landed 3 big mackerel all around 28”. Thanks Nolan & Barry for a great day on the water. Capt. Steven <o:p></o:p>
  7. March 28, 2009 INSHORE: March winds continued to blow strong again this week. Some of the brave dared to venture out some days, including myself. If you can stand the wind, you can catch fish! Look for more blustery days ahead, but the sunshine and warm temperatures will surely tempt you to head out. Luckily, this week I only had to fish a couple spots to find some nice fish on the Indian River. The most exciting catch this week was a 21" bonefish on the Fort Pierce flats. What a surprise when fishing for the usual targets. I was working a DOA CAL jerk bait when it gobbled it up. We also caught snook, redfish and trout in the shallow water. Snook have been numerous on the flats and there are some in the slot size soaking up the sunshine on any given day. The trout bite has continued to improve with the water temperatures. Most have been in the twenty-plus inch size and they are fat and sassy right now. Redfish have started to bite along the flats as well. Tom Hull was down and boated a very nice redfish right after he had boated his snook. Other than live bait, the DOA CAL jerk baits have been the best producing lure for us lately. Work them along slowly on the bottom and you should find the fish to hit them. Fishing areas have been limited due to the windy conditions, but clean grass flats will find you some fish this week. The inlet and jetties have been a little quiet this week. Snook fishing at night has produced some keepers as well as shorts and a few oversize fish. Some jacks around the mouth of the jetty for the brave at heart. Bridges and docks have held sheephead and jacks for those anglers. The surf has been very difficult to fish at all. Whiting and a few pompano for those brave souls on the beach. For the most part, it has been a fairly quiet week in the area. We are in a transition period right now as spring takes over and winter fades away. Tip of the Week: Fish the sand holes! That's the key right now to catching fish for me. No matter where you fish on the flats, fish will be sitting in those deeper holes on sunny days. Fish are generally lazy and don't like to expend much energy to feed. As they sit in washed out sand holes, they can wait for food to be carried to them by the tides. Sunny days can show you where these places are as you work the flats. Fish the slowly and thoroughly and it can give you some greater odds at success on the river. As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!! Good Fishing and Be Safe, A great week of fishing along the Indian River out of Fort Pierce!
  8. Here's a quick update to keep the report as current as possible. Yet another cold front has made its way through South Florida. This one packed the coldest punch so far this winter. As soon as the sun set, both the air and water temperatures started dropping drastically. The strong NW winds at 20 - 24 knots have kept the shrimp running and the tarpon bite remains OUTSTANDING. Tino Poo treated two of his employees, Jose Verez and Jack Perdomo to their first tarpon trip. We left TNT Marine Center at 5 pm for the short run to Haulover Inlet. We put out the baits and less than 2 minutes later, Jose was in a tough battle with a very stubborn tarpon. It was a back and forth battle with the fish holding the upper hand for the first 10 minutes of the battle. Slowly but surely Jose started to win the battle. After another 10 minutes, Jose had expended all his energy and Jack took over. Jack fought the fish for another 5 minutes before it came along side to have its picture taken by Tino and then released. The next strike came a bit further down the beach just after the sun set. Jack took his turn and this fish was just as feisty. Tino got more pictures at boat side and the tarpon was released. We had a short window of the right tide to fish the Bay and we ran to the first location. Out went the baits and in about 10 minutes we had our first hit. That location produced 2 more hook ups and we successfully landed 1 of the 3 fish. The action turned off, so we moved to the second location. This time it took about 15 minutes for the first hit. This location also gave us 3 shots and this time we landed and released 2 of the 3 fish. By now, the air temperature had dipped into the upper 40's and was continuing to drop. The tide was almost gone and it was time for the trip to end. To sum it up, we were 2 for 2 on the beach at Haulover. In the Bay, we were 3 for 6 for an evening's total of 5 for 8 with fish in the 40 - 60 pound class. Don't let the cold weather stop you from enjoying the strong tarpon bite that we have going. All it takes is to brings many layers of warm clothing and put them on as needed. Once you start your battle with the Silver King, you'll warm up in a hurry. Also, despite the strong wind conditions, the direction it comes from when these fronts pass through has quite calm sea conditions along the beach as we are on the lee side. In the Bay, there are plenty of buildings and land masses to knock down the wind so the Bay is also quite calm. Give me a call at 305 965-9454 or email me at nkostyo@bellsouth.net to get your trip scheduled and enjoy the action. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc.
  9. Red Hot Tarpon Action With The Passing Cold Fronts - January 31, 2009 Tarpon fishing has been excellent. If you're willing to dress warm for the cold weather or give up a little sleep it has been outstanding. With the passing through of the most recent cold front, once again the tarpon fishing got even stronger to the point of being on fire. The NNW winds in the 24 - 29 knot range had plenty of shrimp moving and the tarpon where there having a feast. Reeg William from Milwaukee and William Brooks from Dallas wanted to do some fishing, but not out in the rough conditions of the ocean. A quick check of the tides showed that a 12 midnight to 4 am trip for tarpon in the Bay would have us in calmer waters. They were both up for the trip as neither had caught a tarpon before. As we left TNT Marine Center, the hollowing winds had the temperature dropping at a steady pace. Once I got to the first location, it took 10 minutes for the first tarpon to hit. That location produced 4 tarpon before we moved to the second location. This time we had 3 fish in 15 minutes. At 3:15 am they decided it was time to head in after having done battle with 7 tarpon in the 50 - 70 pound range. Once the cold front mentioned below ran its course, the air temperature and water temperature quick shot back up to more comfortable levels. The wind died off to a more normal speed and the tarpon returned to the beach. Matt Vigliotti along with his friends Richard Chase and Mitch Scarlin wanted some tarpon action. Off Haulover, Matt fought a 70 pound tarpon that refused to jump and expend energy. This led to a much longer than normal fight, however, Matt was up to the task at hand and the tarpon eventually gave in to the pressure and was released. Next stop was in the Bay. Not as many shrimp were running as with the previous cold front. This had fewer tarpon at the first location. A move to a second location did the trick and Richard fought and released a very feisty 35 pound tarpon. Mitch was very happy just watching and did not want to fight a fish. With the more pleasant conditions on this evening, we finished the trip going 2 for 2. Fishing on the evening when another cold front came through the previous week had us once again see outstanding action with tarpon in the Bay. A cold front had passed through our area that afternoon. The air temperature and water temperature was dropping rapidly. Scott Dubiel and Ken Carman from Port Saint Lucie and Miami wanted to show Clay Norris and Joe Meyer both from Spirit Lake, Iowa what tarpon fishing in Miami is all about. After it got dark we headed into Biscayne Bay and the action started. To sum up the evening, it went like this. The four anglers tangled with 13 tarpon in the 35 - 80 pound range. Four of the fish were hooked using Gulp shrimp on spinning rods. The other nine ate live shrimp. The cold and wind was hardly noticed as the action was steady once it got dark. The ride back to TNT Marine Center was filled with lots of talk and laughter about the great fishing that they all had just experienced. Give me a call to schedule your trip and get in on this action. Who knows, the next strike could be that 100 pound plus fish that you've dreamed about catching. If not, the 35 - 80 pound fish will be more than a hand full to handle. For Bay action, call to find out when the tides will be right for the evening hours that you're willing to fish. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc.
  10. Well, it was inevitable that we would eventually get some cooler weather and with the onset of January, the weather has finally caught up with us. The hot fishing and hot weather we were experiencing through December has cooled off and our fishing has slowed. Warm one week, cool the next has the fish a little confused and on kind of an odd pattern for this time of year. I have been catching Snook along the south shore of Tampa Bay from the Skyway to Simmons Park using live whitebait, although I think with the cooler temperatures, shrimp will be the bait of choice in the upcoming weeks. When the water cools down, fish get lethargic. Imagine you are floating around in cold water, what happens to your body? You get slow, its hard to move, and you lack energy. Fish are the same way. With our cooling waters, look for the Snook bite to slow down. The fish will be moving to warm water areas such as dark bottom backcountry areas, local residential canals, and our local rivers. If you are targeting Snook, focus your fishing on some of these areas and you should continue to have some decent catches. Seatrout have come back into season around the bay area and the fish are making a pretty good showing. A couple years ago, Trout fishing was almost wiped out due to the red-tide that decimated out area, but the Trout have rebounded and the fishing is regaining its prowess. Look for Trout on all our local grass flats where water is moving and there is speckled bottom.(grass and sand mixed) I have been catching my Trout on everything from DOA shrimp under a popping cork, to live whitebait. Remember if you are not going to keep the Trout, try to handle them as little as possible and put them back carefully so they can keep adding to our stocks. Lastly, I have been targeting Mangrove Snapper around deeper structure in the Bay. Cut whitebait, or shrimp has been producing well during new and full moon periods. Moving water is key to this type of fishing, so find water movement, and you should find some happy fish. I like using as light a leader as possible when targeting Snapper, so I use 20lb. fluorocarbon tied with a loop-knot to a No.1 or 2 circle hook, and a small split shot. All in all fish are still there to be had so put in your time and you can have some decent catches. Wintertime fishing is here, so let’s bide our time and July will be here before we know it.
  11. Randy, I just wanted to thank you again for that awesome Big Kahuna. I had the pleasure of a large sand tiger getting tangled in both of my lines which ended up causing serious problems at night. I ended up about 50 yards down the beach with little light and a snapping set of teeth. I had to put my rod down (reel facing up) and had a rouge wave wash up and nearly cover my whole reel in wet sand. That is the point when I just about lost it... I finally got the shark back into the water and my sandy gear back to the jeep. First thing I did was plug in my BK and was able to wash everything out and it was just about back to 100%. Normally, I would have dumped out my drinking water with no pressure and still had sand issues. After driving 11 miles down the beach in the pitch black of night with cooler full of fresh bait and plenty of fishing energy, the last thing I need is sandy conventional reels. (Bird's nest time) This may look like a sponsor plug, but guess what? IT IS! Gotta love that fresh water shower on Assateague Island.
  12. Okay, a little question about tempers. I have seen the coolest, most collected folks on the beach absoluetely LOOOSE it when something happens. Think about it.. You put so much time, effort, money and energy into catching that one elusive fish. What is the straw that broke your camel's back? Mine happens to be when I have a casting problem and my line snaps. It's not really the birds nest that bothers me so much, but the shock leader I had to tie just right, the sinker slide, bead, $2.00 sinker, swivel, $1.50 Mustad Circle Demon and a nice, bloody, juicy fish head that I just tossed about 300 yards into oblivion. That is when I see red and smell smoke coming from my ears. Coop can attest to this... I have lost fish in the surf and I can maintain...
  13. Good read. They were gonna put one of the turbine asemblies in the IRI at one point, but public opposition halted it in its tracks, I think. Its expensive stuff to aquire now, but as the cost of oil increases, these new technologies will become more viable electrical alternatives. I also think solar power technology has yet to take off like it could. With fuel prices at over 4 bucks a gallon out west and a price like that coming to a town near you soon, most all of us are gonna have to make a few new adjustments. :eusa_shifty:
  14. I received this e-mail yesterday after checking with snopes and urban legends and could not confirm house #1 but did confirm house #2 with snopes and other sources. </O:p <O:p House 1:<O:p</O:p The four-bedroom home was planned so that "every room has a relationship with something in the landscape that's different from the room next door. Each of the rooms feels like a slightly different place." The resulting single-story house is a paragon of environmental planning. The passive-solar house is built of honey-colored native limestone and positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls of the 4,000-square-foot residence. Geothermal heat pumps circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground. These waters pass through a heat exchange system that keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer. A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof urns; wastewater from sinks, toilets, and showers cascades into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is then used to irrigate the landscaping around the four-bedroom home, (which) uses indigenous grasses, shrubs, and flowers to complete the exterior treatment of the home. In addition to its minimal environmental impact, the look and layout of the house reflect one of the paramount priorities: relaxation. A spacious 10-foot porch wraps completely around the residence and beckons the family outdoors. With few hallways to speak of, family and guests make their way from room to room either directly or by way of the porch. "The house doesn't hold you in. Where the porch ends there is grass. There is no step-up at all." This house consumes 25% of the energy of an average American home.<O:p></O:p> (Source: Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Oct. 2002 and Chicago Tribune April 2001.)<O:p></O:p> House 2:<O:p</O:p This 20-room, 8-bathroom house consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, this house devoured nearly 221,000 kWh, more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, the house burned through 22,619 kWh, guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of this energy consumption, the average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Also, natural gas bills for this house and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. In total, this house had nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for 2006. (Source: just about anywhere in the news last month online and on talk radio, but barely on TV.)<O:p</O:p House 1 belongs to George and Laura Bush, and is in Crawford, Texas.<O:p</O:p House 2 belongs to Al and Tipper Gore, and is in Nashville, Tennessee.<O:p</O:p
  15. ...but this really irks me: Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth” Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES). In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006. Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. “As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson. In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006. ### ­­­­­­­­­­ The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions.
  16. Well, didn't get to go fishing this weekend, however Ciara decided she wanted to go hiking. Knowing that I'd been trying to get her to do an overnight hike for a while now, she agreed since she knew I was passing up fishing to spend the weekend with her. We packed up friday night and had a leisurely morning around the house Sat while we loaded the car, had coffee and got ready to roll out. We were finally on the road around 10:30, with a short stop into Sunny's Surplus, where Ciara got new hiking socks and boots, I know you never wear new boots out on a hike, but no matter how bad new ones were, they were going to be better than the old ones...From there we jumped over to PetSmart to try and find a doggie backpack for the second dog, Maddie already had one, then over to Dick's Sporting goods to see if they had anything we wanted to pick up. With all the shopping done we jumped on 66 and headed west. We found Chester Gap, (where the Appalachian Trail crosses 522 just south of Front Royal) parked the car, strapped the packs on our backs and off we went. Man, let me tell you what...it was a beautiful day for hiking but I think I was a little over confident in our abilities. We planned on heading to the Jim and Molly Denton shelter, 4.5 miles away, staying the night there and heading back down to the car on sunday. Little did I know that (according to the GPS) we were starting at about 890ft then we were going to climb to 1900ft, then descend to 1300ft where the shelter was, all in 4.5 miles..actually , the ascent, was pretty much all in the first 1-2 miles....anyone who has ever done any hiking knows what kind of grade that is. Talk about pain....I guess thats what I get for letting myself get out of shape. Well we finally made it. It took us about 4 hours to get to the shelter but we did it. I immediately started getting a 2 fires started. One to cook dinner on, and another so we had a good fire to sit around. With the cooking fire going great and the campfire smoldering we ended up hanging around the cooking fire all night. We wrapped Chicken, Carrots, Potatos and Onions, seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Season All, Garlic and Paprika in foil and threw it on the grate...man what a great dinner that was. We had the shelter to ourselves, so we sat around the fires and talked while the dogs investigated every smell and sound in the area. Finally we crawled into our sleeping bags shortly after 8pm where I found it nice and toasty, but Ciara found it quite chilly The dogs wouldn't sleep in the shelter with us, they insisted on sleepin on the shelter's front porch where they kept guard all night long. They let us know when anything go close to the camp by growling or short choppy barks. Woke up slightly sore sunday morning, but ready to get some coffee in me. I lit up the stove and got breakfast and coffee going (instant oatmeal and instant cream of wheat). Loaded up we headed out. With the majority of the trip sunday being downhill, we shaved 1 full hour off our time to cover the 4.5 miles. Once in the car we were relieved and headed home...Let me tell you, we move no more than necessary yesterday. I hurt today, but not near as bad as I hurt yesterday.... now the pictures...Top left, Ciara and the dogs taking a break on the way up to the shelter, Top Right Ciara sitting with Brenna by the cooking pavillion waiting on dinner trying to stay warm, Bottom Left, Close up of the previous picture, Bottom Center, Shower (notice the icicles hanging from it needless to say we didn't use the shower), and last bottom right, is Maddie and Brenna playing around Sun morning before we left, I'm willing to bet that by the time we got to the bottom, they wished they had saved that energy for the hike.....
  17. The recent hurricanes and gasoline issues are proof of the existence of a new chemical element. A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Governmentium. Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take over four days to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 4 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium... an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
  18. I never knew it was this crazy..... :eusa_wall: Saw these 2 posts on Coastal Fishing Texas.com Elizabeth Murdock, 30, is the shark-conservation program manager for WildAid, an international nonprofit with headquarters in North Beach. One of her primary goals is to combat the cruel "finning" of sharks for shark-fin soup, an expensive East Asian delicacy. I interviewed Murdock as we strolled through Chinatown, inspecting the lucrative fins. Shark-fin soup -- who eats it? Shark-fin soup was just a regional delicacy in Canton, south China, until the late 1980s. The Beijing government had derided shark-fin soup as a symbol of elitism, but it ended this stance in 1987. Increased East Asian affluence quickly made shark-fin soup popular at wedding banquets, birthdays, feasts and business dinners, as a way of honoring guests. The demand has escalated astronomically in the last 15 years, and now it's a standard dish. Hong Kong has roughly 50 percent of the global trade in shark fins. I've seen entire streets there lined with shark-fin shops; huge burlap bags brimming with shark fins are stacked into warehouses. Its safe to assume that most of the shark fins in Chinatown are from Hong Kong. How expensive is shark's fin? Let's find out. (We enter Tung Tai Ginseng Company on Grant Street. A huge glass jar of dried yellow shark fins has a $328 price. We ask a man behind a desk what $328 refers to; he frowns and shakes his head. Suddenly, a woman appears.) (Woman) "Do you need some help?" (Murdock) How much do those shark fins cost? (Woman) $328 per pound. (Murdock) How many shark fins do you get per pound? (Woman) About eight pieces. (Murdock) How many fins do you need to make soup for 10 people? (Woman) We don't give out that information. (Murdock, to me as we exit the store): That price is $40 per fin. That makes sense. I've heard bowls of shark-fin soup cost from $10 to $65 in Bay Area restaurants. Wow! Is it delicious? How's it prepared? Is it healthy? It's cooked for a very long time until the shark fin separates into needles of cartilage that look like clear noodles. The fin itself has no taste, but it's served with a broth of chicken, ham and shiitake that it absorbs. The final texture is supposed to be interesting. Shark-fin soup is traditionally regarded in Chinese medicine as a tonic. [it's good at strengthening the waist, supplementing vital energy, nourishing blood, invigorating kidney and lung and improving digestion, according to the Compendium of Materia Medica] Modern nutritionists find it rich in protein, and the large amount of gelatin contained can help the growth of cartilage. But scientifically speaking, shark fin has little nutritional value--and, in fact, it may even be harmful to health over the long term, as shark fins have been found to contain high levels of mercury. Those shark fins we saw -- who buys them? Many of the local Bay Area Chinese restaurants that offer banquet dining have shark-fin soup on the menu. Lots of the fins here are also cooked up in people's homes. Which sharks are killed for their fins? Are they endangered? There are 400 species of shark, and many are used for their fins. Blue, hammerhead and silky sharks are the most highly traded in Hong Kong. Mako and thresher are also popular, and great white is also used. All these species are found off the California coast. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says over 100 million sharks, skates and rays are killed every year. We figure that's just half the total, because another half is unreported. This total threatens sharks because they reproduce slowly, more like mammals than fish. Some sharks only have 1-2 pups every other year, and they may take nine or more years to mature. Shark populations are quickly declining -- the dusky-shark population in the U.S. Atlantic has declined 90 percent. Does WildAid want shark fishing to become illegal? No. Sharks are an important source of protein in certain parts of the world, like India and West Africa. It's primarily the huge value for fins that endangers sharks--its like a global gold rush. What WildAid wants is an international ban on finning. What exactly is finning? "Finning" refers to the practice of cutting off only the shark fins and discarding the body. Sometimes sharks are dead when they're pulled into the boats, but often, they're still alive as their four fins are cut off with a knife. When they're thrown back into the ocean the sharks either bleed to death, or they drown, because sharks can't swim without fins, and they need to go forward to get oxygen. Divers have discovered hundreds of dead finned sharks at the bottom of the ocean in huge shark graveyards. Fifty percent of sharks are bycatch -- they're accidentally caught by boats that are looking for tuna, swordfish or other fish. Many of the boats don't want to keep the entire shark, so they just fin them. This greatly increases the amount of sharks killed, because a fishing boat can hold an enormous amount of fins. Are California fishermen finning sharks? Last August, a U.S. ship was apprehended by the Coast Guard and brought into port in San Diego. It was transporting no shark bodies, but 32 tons of shark fins, which represents between 14,000 and 29,000 sharks. Finning has been illegal in U.S. waters since 2000, but regulating this can be difficult.
  19. Ok - this might have been covered before and I just couldn't find it on a search. If so, just politely send me the link and we'll leave it at that, but if not.... I've decided I'd like to try using a shock leader - I've tried to keep it simple and reduce the number of knots, but it seems like that 17lb line gets nicked and abraided far too easily by the fishfinder, dogfish, sand, etc etc and I end up snapping off on a cast if I don't regularly cut off a few feet and retie. I'd like to hear opinions on what material works well with 17lb suffix tritanium plus - for those using this brand line, what shock leaders have proved reliable for them? (I've read that some lines are compatable more than others for knot strength etc). Shoud I stay with suffix brand - tritanium in 40lb or 50lb(is it available)? Should I bother with any of the special "shock leader" products, or are these just plain mono repackaged for a higher price? Or does anyone bother using flourocarbon shock leaders? (Useless expense???) Is it best to go with something that has more stretch to absorb the shock? or do you go with less stretch to preserve the energy of the cast and load the rod better? Just some pointers on material (and knots too - if you found one that is small, stong, easy to tie, and reliable). Main reason I haven't used a shock leader up to this point is that I am afraid of adding another knot into the equation that could fail as well as hang up on the spool or guides while casting. Thanks in advance.