Growing Up Fast...
The following day Gabe and I spent the morning off the beach on anchor. About 2:30 we picked our buddy Dave from the Dunedin Causeway and spent the next 3-hrs. poling the flat off Caladesi. We got 20 or so good shots on fish (all in the 100-lb. range), but they were acting funny and would not eat. We had thrown all the flys that normally get the nod.
On Friday Gabe got to visit his “Ti-Ti” while Jim Nielsen and I went south to fish Anna Maria Island at the southern tip of the county. We got one good shot on a smaller 60-lb. fish, but the sky was clouded over by 11a.m. We spent the next couple of hours staring into the mirrored reflection of the sky, hoping conditions would improve. Finally, the building storms started pushing out to the Gulf and we headed in.
Driving an hour south to hit a spot we were sure would deliver fish, ended up being somewhat of a bust. But, it only reminded me that we’re incredibly fortunate to live in Dunedin, which has two active Tarpon flats within 10 min. of the marina. If the weather builds up and conditions get bad while we’re out on the water, I can easily run back in and give it a go the next day.
Developmentally, Gabe has focused on balance and hand-eye coordination this week. He has been practicing walking the gunnels of the boat. He even figured out how to crouch down fast when the rolling waves would rock the boat and shake his balance. He is really growing up fast!