|Doug and Joanie|
|Kim Jo III at Clearwater Marina|
|The all day fishing boat with a |
|Half day fishing boat-Clearwater|
|Cleaning the fish with the |
Pelican looking for a handout
All but 3 Looper boats that we came in with last weekend left yesterday with 2 more that left today. We plan on leaving tomorrow if the weather permits.
We went out on the half day fishing boat yesterday afternoon and had a good time. It was a little chilly out there with waves up to 4 feet. high but there was a lot of fish caught. We caught 16 "Gray Snapper". Keith caught most of them. I spent the afternoon feeding the fish. I lost count how many baited hooks came up empty. I had 2 to 3 large fish on my line but I lost them all; one even took my hook. I caught what I thought was a large Grouper but had to throw it back as it was too small. Enough with the fish stories; we had fun and our freezer is full with fillets.
Today Joanie and Doug Tjomsland drove over to see us. We had a wonderful visit and talked a lot about doing the loop and exchanged experiences. We went for a walk on the beach and had lunch. It's amazing the similarities between Doug and Keith! It was a good day.
CO's comments: For those of you out there who do not know who Doug and Joanie are, I will tell you. In 2005 they got married, sold everything thing they owned; including their cars, bought a boat (I think it was a 25' Rinker and named it after Doug's uncle), and started the loop. After they finished the loop they settled in Florida and they have been following our blog. They started their loop from Bill's Bay Marina in Red Wing, MN, just like we did.