I spent Christmas day filming manatee at Blue Springs State Park and rang in the New Year with fireworks over the water and the remains of a dead sea turtle floating in the mangroves while paddling a canoe off Fiesta Key. This video is some “me time” I got while the students spent their “me time” getting cultured and visiting Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West. I have removed all cursing worse than “damn” but some maniacal laughter remains. While scary, I think this may just be the sound of pure joy. Sadly, I wasn’t talking to the camera, this is the normal “alone” Ray. Imagine if you could hear my thoughts! Fishing is in my blood again. In this order, the fish I lose here are barracuda, snook, and many tarpon. A nice sting ray makes an appearance at the end. I did catch many barracuda, some jack, black grouper, mangrove snapper, a monster red fish that towed a canoe with me and 2 students, and others during just a few hours of fishing. And the big red and most of the rest came on top water! I love top water fishing.