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Posted By: FishingSanPedro

Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 06:43 PM

Heeyy how u doin!


Well, the 14th is the big guy's birthday and I wanted to be the first to congradulate him on being older than ....(he can fill that in himself)

Happy Birthday buddy.

Steve
Posted By: RMT

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 06:48 PM

Happy Birthday CJ and many more of course!! smile

"Bussy"? What's that? you guys have pet names for each other?? :p
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 06:48 PM

Steve ,Thanks But I am not older than you .Anyway I feel like thirty and thats what counts. Here is to living the dream !!!!!!
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 06:50 PM

RMT thanks babe ,I have no idea what that means to early for him to be drunk?????? but then again he spelled his name wrong??
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 06:56 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPPY!!!!! Wish we get together and have one....or ten....! Have glorious birthday!!!
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:12 PM

Thanks carla one or ten what????????????
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:18 PM

adult beverage of your choice, of course! hbd cap'n!
Posted By: Denny Shane

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:20 PM

well you ole sea dog you... happy birthday... and here's to many more!
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:22 PM

Sweet jane thank you love..but of course!!!
Posted By: FishingSanPedro

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:23 PM

OK, OK, I fixed thwe original post.

Damn, I wisf I xould typr.
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:24 PM

Here comes the judge, here comes the judge !! Order in the court here comes the judge..Thank you denny !!!
Posted By: Chloe

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:36 PM

Birthday time again? Happy Happy birthday, hm you are the only scorpio male I know of.

LTD
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:41 PM

Steve holly, molly you are drunk..
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:45 PM

One or ten what????? Heh, heh, You funny funny man Cappy.....of course I meant panty rippers....the kind you DRINK!!! LOL!
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:50 PM

chloe, my hunny is, has a scorpion tattoo on his calf. we scorpios are much nicer than our reputations imply.
Posted By: GAY AND DAVID

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:51 PM

GREAT BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! cool
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 07:58 PM

Gay my love yaaaaaaaaaaaa thanks..
Posted By: belizegial

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:15 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Captain!!!!!!!!!

And may God continue to Bless you wink
Posted By: Nova

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:18 PM

Happy Birthday you lovable hunka man! (mrs. nuts here, not the mister)! laugh Hope your day is as awesome as you are!
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:25 PM

Happy birthday Captain! I hope you have a great birthday!!!

XOXOXOXO
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:26 PM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: RI Beth

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:26 PM

Happy Birthday, Captain Jeff!
Posted By: Gela

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:38 PM

Happy Early Birthday CJ! I will be sure to find you in person to wish you a belated one later this month laugh
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 08:41 PM

I will say no Happy Birthday before its time. laugh
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 09:14 PM

To all above you are my extendtd family !! Thank you from the bottom of my living the dream heart.
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 10:18 PM

Happy happy TO the Cappy, Have a GREAT LTD birthdy (My brodder from a nodder mudder).And very many more laugh laugh Mr and MS 2miles, and family
Posted By: deacon+

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 10:25 PM

Happy Birthday. Peace,love,health,prosperity,joy and fun.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 10:28 PM

Happy Birthday Cap! May your Karma shine brightly every day!
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 10:29 PM

Hoppie Birdy Two Ewes! Have a great day!
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/13/06 10:36 PM

Thank you all again ,love yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Posted By: iluvbelize

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 12:02 AM

Happy BDay Cappy!
Posted By: Sun&sand

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 12:07 AM

Hippo bird day two ewe, hippo bird day two ewe, hippo bird day dear cap'n jeff, hippo birrrrrrd day twooooooo ewwwwwwwwwe.
Hugsnkisses...hope it's a great day for you.
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 12:33 AM

Happy Happy Cappy!

Mine is a couple of weeks behind yours and this year, I get to celebrate it on AC - hee hee hee!
Posted By: Stilromin

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 01:09 AM

Capt,
I'll buy you a birthday drink on the 28th.15 days and counting...
Posted By: JeanH

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 03:38 AM

Happy birthday Jeff. One of these trips our paths will have to cross again and we can have a drink or three. Jean & Bruce
Posted By: denverdan

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 03:49 AM

HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS EVER CAPT. JEFF!!!
Ya know, I think Dan and I may have been one of the very first boarders you ever met on AC. Our fishing boats passed and I was a waving and screaming.... HEY, CAPT. JEFF, it's me denverdan (aka Hope).
CONTINUE TO LIVE THE DREAM AS YOU DO SOOOO WELL!
laugh laugh laugh
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE AGAIN!
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 06:30 AM

WHOO WHOOO!!!!!!HOPPY BIRDDAYE, CAPITAIN JEFF!!!
Posted By: J DOG

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 01:34 PM

OK It's official now HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPTAIN hope you have a great day. Big Dinner plans?
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 01:35 PM

Thanks to again my dear friends ,thank ,thank thank you sooooooooooooooo much.. from the bottom of my living the dream heart.love you guys!!!
Posted By: ambergrishog

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 02:04 PM

Happy Birthday to the undisputed Ambassador of Living the Dream. Here's to many more LTD visits and travel/dining reports. Have a great one Cappy. Hope to meet you one day soon.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 02:05 PM

Have never met you (or most of the board), but after reading this board for awhile, I feel like I know you all.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAPTAIN!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 02:52 PM

Happy Day to you! Make it a good one! smile
Posted By: Tillie

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 04:28 PM

Happy birthday Cappy Jeff! You really brighten this board. Thank you for your good thoughts smile
Posted By: klcman

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 05:23 PM

HBD2U, HBD2U. HBDCJ, HBD2U

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Posted By: ida_y_vuelta

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 09:37 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAP'N JEFF!!!

how many years young are ya?!?! wink

have a LTD DAY! u deserve it!!! Best wishes to u!
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 09:40 PM

AAAayyyyyy.....Happy Birt day...ya know.

Whaddayagonnado? Fugetaboutit!

C u soon ya Capitan!

SIN
Posted By: NurseMelly

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 09:45 PM

A big doggy lick from your favourite Canine Nurse and local celebrity, Nurse Melly. The wonderful Capt Jeff has helped to save many animals on Ambergris Caye with his low key but generous support of SAGA. From all the animals whose lives you haved saved, I send you the paw of gratitude and best birthday wishes. Wags, Woofs and Winks, Nurse Melly
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 09:53 PM

Again,And Again love you all thanks sooooooooo much for making this day so special.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 10:31 PM

Happy Birthday, Captain and may all your dreams be filled with Goliath groupers and giant Cuberas! (and don't forget the food and booze) eek laugh
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 10:56 PM

Rykat my brother and thank you cap for the kind wishes .. I just love the three F 's they help me live the dream and make me feel like a teen again .... ...
Posted By: Windjammer

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/14/06 11:51 PM

Happy Birthday Capt. Hope you have many more fun ones!
Posted By: Axeman

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 01:58 AM

Hope to meet you soon Cap'n
Happy B Day

Drink a panty ripper for me!
Posted By: catdog

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 02:40 AM

HAPPY HAPPY to the JOISEY Cappy!!

Health Happiness and many more LTD days to you!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 03:15 AM

Ah yes, the three F's....................................................three? I only remember two. wink (have a happy, cappy)!
Posted By: LaraTravelBelize

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 03:19 AM

hap hap happy birfle-day. looking forward to a bday toast when you get back home (to ac that is smile )
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 02:19 PM

Rykat come on Cap =#1 fishing ,#2 food and you know what sounds like truck.add ing duh??? life is good ..this my birthday post lets keep it living the dream clean..
Posted By: crayonlover06

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/15/06 10:46 PM

Happy brithday to Capt. Jeff!
Posted By: Now Danny

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 10:56 AM

Happy happy to the cappy.
Posted By: ChrisW

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 02:49 PM

I'm late, but here is your present. A fish story by Ron Brooks (I love reading this guys stories.)

http://saltfishing.about.com/cs/fishspecies1/a/aa960430a.htm

Goliath Grouper - The biggest fish you ever saw caught on a cane pole!

I grew up in Key West from age seven to age ten. I tell you this because it is pertinent to understanding some of this story. You see, a kid living in Key West in the early 50’s had nothing to do in his spare time except fish. What time I wasn't fishing, I was thinking about fishing or wishing I were fishing.

We used to go to the little tackle shop on Roosevelt Boulevard next to the culvert in Garrison Bite and buy a “shiner rig”. A shiner rig consisted of about 20 yards of what looked a lot like sewing thread with a hair hook and a split shot, wound figure eight onto a matchstick. For a dime, you could get a shiner rig and one whole shrimp for bait. We would sit on the culvert and catch shiners and take them across the road to the charter boats. An occasional mullet was sold to the tackle shop for a nickel.

All this to say that fishing was the major activity back then - no television (only those people with enough money to afford a very high antenna could pick up a very snowy channel 4 from Miami some 150 miles away), and no tourists. Back then in Key West you were either Navy or Conch, and you never really saw anyone else.

Our neighbor back then, Mr. Knowles, was a carpenter by trade during the week. It was his son that I fished and fought with most of the time. On the weekends Mr. Knowles turned into a commercial fisherman. He had a 15 foot wooden skiff that he had built (fiberglass had not arrived on the scene except as a covering for wooden boats) and he would fish the inside shoals for jewfish.

Jewfish are members of the grouper family that grow to 700-pounds or more. The shoals are those shallow (8-16 ft) kind of reefy areas full of holes for fish to call home. Mr. Knowles had a gig of sorts - actually more of a flying harpoon, one where the head would detach from the handle when it struck home. That head was attached to half-inch Manila hemp rope. With a glass bottom bucket he would locate the fish in a hole and gig him. The head detached from the pole and Mr. Knowles would handline the fish to the boat.

On most Saturday and Sunday afternoons you could find Mr. Knowles in his back yard, small as it was, cleaning one or more fish weighing anywhere from 50 to 300 pounds. I think he got about 30 cents a pound cleaned. I want you to know that a fish two to four times larger than yourself leaves an impression on a 10 year old boy. It also left an impression on my Dad, an impression that quickly became an obsession.

The leaky skiff we kept at Eddie’s Fish Basket on Big Pine Key never left the dock without the requisite “jewfish” bucket with handline (rope), heavy wire leader and 12/0 hook. Everywhere we stopped to fish, that handline went into the water with some type of live bait. It was during that time that my Dad’s obsession began. It would be many years before he caught his first jewfish, and the obsession would never leave him.

In Florida Bay, on the north side of the Florida Keys, Jewfish are very common. Shoals, cuts, and inside reefs can hold a number of fish. My Dad and I fished Florida Bay almost exclusively from the late 50’s until his death in October of 1995. Florida Bay is fed on the north side from the Florida mainland by numerous salt-water creeks and rivers. These tidal bodies flow into and out of estuaries, some as large and famous as Shark River or Lostman’s River, but most just small creeks going only a mile or so into the mangroves.

These rivers and creeks are the breeding grounds and nursery for any variety of fish, including the Jewfish. Curiously, Jewfish are among several species of fish which are born female and change sex as they grow. Some remain female and some change to male. One study says the number of fish that change is dependent on the surrounding population and changes will occur as required to insure survival of the species.

We caught our share of Jewfish over the years in Florida Bay. The first was 80lbs in 1959. The heaviest was 347lbs in 1966. The last one was 40lbs in 1990. The ones in between those years are what my memories are made of. Most of the small to medium size fish we caught were caught in the rivers and creeks. The most memorable ones were not the big ones; the most memorable ones were the ones we caught on cane poles in the creeks - no, not shellcracker cane poles, but Calcutta cane poles about 2 inches in diameter at the butt.

Many of you are probably by now saying, “fish story!” Well, here’s exactly how we caught them, beginning with the pole rigging:

Starting about half way up a 16-foot Calcutta, we tied eighth inch nylon rope, looped it all the way to the tip, and tied it to a 00 stainless swivel. To the swivel we tied about 10 feet of the same nylon rope with the terminal tackle on the end of that. Terminal tackle consisted of double stranded 120lb-test wire leader with a 10/0 or 12/0 hook and 00 swivel. We loosely wired a 6 oz weight to the swivel, in such a way that it came off easily during a fight.

Bait consisted of a small live fish, usually a salt-water catfish with its spines cut off (for our safety, not the jewfish) or a mangrove snapper. We fished in the creeks and rivers at slack tide.

Places like East Cape or Middle Cape canal, Little Sable River, and Turner River come to mind. Slack tide is that 30 to 45 minutes that the tide takes to slow, stop, change directions, and begin moving again. The outside banks on curves in the creek are usually as deep or deeper than the creek is wide, sometimes 12 to 15 feet, and always undercut. Jewfish love to hangout in these undercuts. They are not fast moving fish, being members of the grouper family, and they hang tight to cover until the current slows and stops. Slowing current is a dinner bell for them and they readily take most live baits presented to them during the slack period. High slack tide seems to be best, the theory being that some fish came into the creek on the incoming tide.

Pulling ourselves along the creek with overhanging mangrove limbs, one of us gently placed the bait down next to the bank and waited 15 to 20 seconds. If nothing happened we lifted the bait and let it down a little further down the creek. We continued this until we got a bite. Someone asked me once how you could tell if you get a bite. Trust me, you know when a 40 or 50 pound fish grabs a bait and runs back under the bank with it! Trust me, you just know! When you feel the fish, there is but one thing to do, and that is set the hook as hard as you can with the Calcutta pole! You never know what’s going to happen next. That, my friends was part of the fun and excitement! This bite could be a 5 pound baby (which you will promptly launch about 20 feet into the air with your hook set) or it could be a 200-pound monster. I liken the anticipation to flippin’ worms or jigs in heavy bass cover. The hook set there can give you the same type of excitement; you never know how big the fish is until after the hook set!

Generally, a fish up to about 60 pounds can be handled and fought with standard cane pole techniques. Over that weight, the fish will begin dragging the boat and you end up pointing the pole straight at him. Remember, you’ve got rope for line. They eventually tire and are easily gaffed and lifted aboard.

My memory takes me back to a time when fishing with my Dad was all I looked forward to. My Mom used to say that if we weren’t fishing, we were either getting ready to fish or cleaning up from fishing.

You may notice that all of this is in the past tense. Oh sure, you can still catch jewfish the same way, but severe commercial fishing pressure on the offshore wrecks and reefs depleted the breeding stock so badly that Florida, in 1990, closed the season on jewfish indefinitely. Over the next five years they made a dramatic comeback and the population continues to grow today, but it isn’t the same anymore.

I took my Dad fishing in Florida Bay for the last time in May of 1995. We couldn’t fish for jewfish. Even if the season had been open, Pop was no longer strong enough to handle a Calcutta. In fact, he had a hard time even handling a small rod and reel. We fished a shoal area and I caught several nice mangrove snapper in some really clear water while he watched. As we looked at the baitfish and snapper moving in our chum line, a small jewfish showed up. We watched him swim through the chum and with tears in his eyes my Dad said goodbye to him as he moved away.

We took my dad’s ashes to Florida Bay last year, my brother and mother and I did, and spread them over the shoals where we caught our biggest fish. And with tears in our eyes, we said goodbye to him.
Posted By: captjeff

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 04:49 PM

thanks cw.great fish story well written ..brought back living the dream fishing days!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 06:09 PM

Ohhhh yeah.................I remember now! laugh wink laugh
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 06:21 PM

Fishing, food and friendship!!!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/16/06 06:29 PM

That's It!! What else could it be!? laugh
Posted By: EllyMay

Re: Happy Birthday Captain - 11/25/06 11:24 PM

friendship.....ing. ? wink
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