The Cedar Key Poets celebrated their twenty years of learning and growing together on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Cedar Key Library at 5 pm. Some forty audience members enjoyed the group’s tenth annual reading to the public.
New poets to the group Stephanie Hostetter, Steven Westenberg, and Ann Webster, offered both light and weightier poems to the audience.
More seasoned poets Graham and Evelyn Duncan, in New York, Ginnah Howard, in the panhandle, Jackie Johnson, in Colorado, and Terri Brennan were missed.
Cedar Key’s Librarian Molly Jubitz said, “It is such a pleasure hosting these poets for ten years.”
Performing poets for the evening were: the three new poets, Hostetter, Westenberg, and Webster, and Nan McMillan, Hedy Havel, and Jim Hoy. Havel has been with the group the longest, McMillan the second longest.
The Cedar Key News regrets the lack of photographs.
That's right. It's a redfish haven around Cedar Key Florida. They chose this region to stay in this fall season. They are all over the oyster bars and little cuts leading up into the backwaters. Around grassy points in shallow water 3 to 4ft deep. We're limiting out on redfish each trip now-a-days. I must be living right 'cause I've had redfish for dinner twice this week.
Here are some pictures of folks with their catches from the last week, sept. 25 thru Oct 3. First pic is of Kate from Alaska with a huge speckled trout. That monster is 26.5in. long. Caught it right up next to an oyster bar at Seahorse Key fishing for reds.
Next pic is Kate's son Hoss with a nice red. Next pic is of Ed with his 'bucket list ' redfish. We fished and all fisher-folks caught redfish except Ed.
On the last stop with a few minutes left, Ed caught the biggest redfish of all. Ain't that fishin' for you?
Next pic is of the girls of the Villages retirement community in central Florida.
They caught their limit of redfish and more we had to release.
We're having another hurricane to watch this week, Oct. 5 thru 9th, then the water will calm down enough to get out again. The water should have cooled a degree or two and the fishing will be just that much better.
Eight poets in residence and two in temporary absentia charmed an audience of more than fifty individuals this past Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Cedar Key Library. The writers delightfully provoked emotions that ran the gamut from overt laughter, muffled chuckles, remembered romantic, risqué trysts, sweet remembrances of those passed, to political satire and lampoon.
It's warming up alright. We've had a few days when it reached a hundred degrees in this region of NW central Florida. It's always hotter in the cities. It's a few degrees cooler out floating and fishing on water 82 to 84 degrees F. The temperature of the water around the Cedar Key area lately has been between 82 and 85 degrees. That's not too bad especially with the Bimini top up and a little breeze blowing. The shade with the wind makes a lot of difference.
That's how it was June 21st as myself and 4 fishing folks motored around the flats and fished over the grassy bottom. We fished for speckled trout for the first part of our 4-hour trip. Ended up with 8 'keepers'. A keeper speckled trout is a trout between 15" and 20" long. Each of you can keep 5 trout. 1 of those 5 can be over 20". The FWC, (Fish and Wildlife Commission) doesn't want you to keep the juvenile fish or the big breeders. Just the ones in between. Plenty of those.
After the tide rose up enough we cruised over to the edge of Deadman's Key. One of the smallest keys in the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge. Its surrounded by oysters. An oyster bar is a world in itself. Fish and crabs and shellfish big and small live all over and around the bar. Redfish feed on all that.
We tossed out cut up pinfish and weighted down our baits so they would lay on the bottom just at the edge of the bars and waited just a few short minutes before a redfish picked up Claudia's bait and really gave her a jolt of 'red power'. Line was peeling off the reel quickly and lots of it. I had set the drag of the reel pretty snug so I knew it had to be a big red. Then he came to the surface over the edge of the partially submerged bar and thrashed around, tossin' water and showing off his big tailfin. Then down again and ripping off more line.
The rest of the crew had their lines in and yelling all different encouragements. It’s nice when folks pull their line up and out of the way when someone has a big, special fish on. The red went up one side of the boat and then back down. Splashin' and thrashin'. Finally, we had it alongside and I dip netted it up and into the boat. There is a legal slot size for redfish too. Its 18" minimum to 27' maximum length. Don't you know that beautiful creature was 28" long. I measured it 3 times. Sure enough it was too big to keep.
This fish fought hard and long. It was tired and would likely have turned over on its side and died in the water, if I had tossed him overboard like a catfish and gone on about my business. You could tell it was weak so I held it under tail and head just under the surface of the water and moved it back and forth forcing water over its gills and gently flexing its gills open with the tips of my fingers. I had a light grip on its tail and could feel a slight flexing so I kept moving it back and forth and then I felt a strong muscle from the tail and then he blasted off and away from me and back down and out of sight. It took 3 full minutes but he was well recuperated.
We all clapped and yelled goodbye. We caught 2 more reds there. One was 17.5" and the other was 17". Can you believe it? No keeper reds. We anchored up and rode back to the dock where I filleted their trout and they said they would see me again in the fall season.
The one good picture I got was Claudia Leedy with her redfish. She was tired too so I held it up for the pic. (I didn't have to resuscitate her). Folks, the reds are finally showing up in all the easy spots here in Cedar Key Florida and I'd love to fish with you.
Call me at 352-221-5463 and we'll go get 'em. thanks, Capt. Dan
I have a big wide pontoon boat, real comfy, call me at 352-221-5463 and we'll go get 'em.