Merritt Island, Florida
28.000 x 22.000 x 0.500 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
It has been a while since I have done any paintings of the beach. I live only about five minutes from Cape Canaveral beach. That is where I based this painting. I spent the late afternoon walking along the beach. I noticed this woman fishing in the surf. It seemed as if she had the beach all to herself. Even the usual seabirds were leaving her alone. This was such a peaceful scene. I love the big skies full of clouds. The sun's rays burst through the clouds in interesting patterns. It was a relatively quiet and subtle. The surf reflects the light. The humid air muffles the rhythmic song of the surf.
To the untrained eye, one section of beach may look like any other, but experienced surf fishermen have a sixth sense that can detect variations in the underwater structure. Obvious features such as jetties, rocks, creek mouths and points are easy to find; while subtle structures that include bars, sloughs and cuts take careful observation to identify.
While beach literacy can take someone who is surf fishing years to develop, a few rules will get you started. First, waves break over shallow water. Visit the beach at low tide and look for breaking waves to find the top of the bars. Second, most sandy beaches feature a deep slough that runs between the shore and the outer bar. The outer bar will often be interrupted by deep cuts that allow water to enter and escape with the changing tide.
Some fish, such as red drum, are drawn to the shallow, rough water on top of the bar. Other fish, such as striped bass, tend to lurk in the deeper water along the edges of a cut. And many fish — such as panfish, flounder, speckled trout, snook, bluefish and smaller redfish — patrol the deep slough running between the beach and the bar. Larger predators — tarpon, sharks and cobia, for example — patrol the outer edge of the bar.
September 12th, 2013
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