Friday, July 23, 2010

TS Bonnie

Currently it appears that Bonnie will stay well to the south and west of Apalachicola, but hopefully we'll get some rain out of it.

Best wishes to our neighbors to the west.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why I look forward to the 4th of July

The 4th of July is day that brings forth patriotism and feelings of pride in many of us. To others, history is lost and it's just a day off and fireworks, but to me it's all of the more! My brown turkey figs will be ripe.  

 I only have one fig bush, but it must love Apalachicola's climate. Every year it keeps me,  and my friends and neighbors in sweet, succulent figs.

While I love figs straight from the tree, what comes foremost to mind is fig preserves. Not just fig preserves, but fig preserves and steamy hot cathead biscuits! Truly the breakfast of champions!

A couple of mornings of picking figs yielded enough figs for preserves.

After a good washing, I removed the stems and covered in sugar (5# bag)

Just let them sit on the counter overnight and the sugar will pull the moisture out. The next morning add a touch of cinnamon and some lemon slices. Cook slowly for about 3 hours and then can or  freeze your preserves.

Make you up some cathead biscuits and cook some of your home cured Canadian bacon. What a way to start the morning!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mason the tarpon slayer

This past weekend, three generations of the Edwards clan from Montgomery, AL. came to Apalachicola to take on the silver king. They consisted of grandpa Chuck, son Charlie and grandsons Mason and Sam.

After an early start the fish didn't get turned on until about 0930, when Charlie hooked a bull shark. While he was fighting it, Mason's rod went off...but it sure wasn't a shark!

Two hours later an exhausted Mason led an equally exhausted tarpon to the side of the boat.

Just as the leader was grabbed, the tarpon tried to make one final run. The 60 pound bite tippet parted and the tarpon headed for deeper water. After nearly 2 1/2 hours, 11 year old Mason had bested a tarpon twice his own weight. A day he will remember for years to come.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oil and Apalachicola

I'm getting a lot of calls and emails inquiring to the location of BP's oil. Here is the latest information, that I've found.

As this chart indicates, we are not in any immanent danger from the spill. Come on down...we've got more fish than fishermen right now.