FDS: August 2004 Archives

August 31, 2004

Alcohol and Allah

What keeps the biggest brewery in Mulim Pakistan afloat?

Hypocrisy, of course.

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Damn Recreationals

Who's to blame for declining fish populations?

Why those goddam recreational fishermen, of course!

Taking a hard look at the common belief that recreational fishing accounts for only 2-3% of total landings in the U.S., a new study published in the journal Science (August 26th) reveals that recreational catches account for nearly a quarter of the total take of over fished populations, including many of the most economically valuable species such as red snapper, red drum, lingcod, and bocaccio.

For specific depleted populations in the U.S.--particularly the large charismatic fishes that people care about most--recreational landings outstrip commercial landings. This is true for red snapper (59% recreational) and gag (56%) in the Gulf of Mexico, red drum in the South Atlantic (93%), and bocaccio on the Pacific coast (87%), among others.

The study ignores the fact that most commercial landings for species like red drum and red snapper are totally banned, so of course recreational landing percentages are going to be large--and in many cases those species, like the striped bass, are undergoing a rebound in total numbers. If anything, it's an arguement for even more restriction on commercial landings.

Want a fish population to recover? Make sure 90% of the ones caught are caught by private anglers, and in ten or twenty years you'll have a fishery again.

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I'm entering coot-hood early, it seems.

The primary drinkers of Scotch are men aged over 45, with younger people of both sexes preferring to drink imported American whiskey brands such as Jack Daniels.

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The latest five day forecast on Frances has it coming ashore in Florida, but according to the meteorological discussion there's reason to think that the track might need to be shifted to the right.

Which would be bad for the NC coast, and we don't have much luck with the F-hurricanes. One or two more days, and we'll probably know for sure.

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August 24, 2004

it's nothing to do with fishin or drinking, but CNN has a longish article uup about the NC lighthouses.

Perhaps you could show it to the wife.

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Nothing like a good drunken snake whippin' to liven up an evening.

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October is looking good for flounder.

Dempsey said that flounder will move toward Hatteras and Ocracoke inlets and head for the ocean waters as the sound starts to cool off.

"They'll be in a mixture of sloughs all around Hatteras Inlet, but the closer you get to winter, the more you see fish in the main channels. They all start back in the sound, and they migrate toward the inlet when the weather starts to cool. And the longer you go, you'll see larger and larger numbers of fish.

"You typically can catch fish in all the little sand sloughs behind the inlets, but everything will be pretty close to the inlet. And sometimes, you can kill 'em at the inlets."

The "sand sloughs" that Dempsey fishes are just cuts in the shallow waters of the sound that are a few feet deeper than surrounding areas. The "sloop channel" near the Ocracoke-to-Hatteras ferry docks, the "boot" slough off the sloop channel and Barney's slough (between Hatteras and Hatteras Inlet) are fairly well-known flounder hangouts where fishermen can drift anywhere between 4 and 10 feet of water or cast to the dropoffs with jigs.

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Didn't know you could use Dolphin for bait, but they appear to be a favorite food of giant grouper--though one wonders how a grouper would ever run across one in nature.

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The idea of an aluminum beer bottle is catching hold--Iron City is the latest brew to jump on the trendwagon.

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Beach Rides

Click here for a cool site for rebuilt & restored Wagoneers. Dawg, you might be sitting on a little cash with an "extra" one parked out back. I wish I had an extra $20k to waste and I'd get one of these. A few from the 50's look awesome. I have always thought that the 4x4 Wagoneer was a great beach and surf fishing ride.

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August 23, 2004

Glenmorangie is up for sale. It's a fairly big deal in the whisky world, thanks to the distillery's history.

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Oktoberfest Barbie.

Now with realistic car-puking action!

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Miller Beer apologizes to black people for ignoring their contributions to the development of rock and roll--offers to make it up to them by putting pictures of famous pimps on forties of malt liquor.

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Well, Duh.

Students spend more on beer than books.

Shocking! Next those damn kids will be having sex.

That total seems a little low to me. Only three times as much? I'm sure I spent four or five times what I spent on textbooks on beer during my college career--all seven years of it.

Though to be honest, I checked a lot of my textbooks out of the library.

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August 20, 2004

Baby Mason #2 Update

Cathy has dialated a little bit and is at 50% effacing based on yesterdays visit to Dr Inge. She's having steady but small contractions for the last day or so. Kinda pre-labor. Perhaps this is more than you need to know. If not, then continue: She called earlier to inform me a "discharge" from the front side. I believe this is what many would call the "plug". Kinda like a cork popping : ) So we may getting real close. Due date is the 28th. I'm currenty @ work minutes from the hospital. Hope we have a girl named Savannah or if it's a boy he'll be named Grant. Not in honor of US Grant. Grant in honor of good friend-KGM! Don't really care about boy/girl, just healthy results for mom & new baby. Send some good vibes/prayers. Perhaps a future generation of FDS? Stay tuned...

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August 19, 2004

Denver, Colorado--our kind of town.

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August 17, 2004

My reel is too large--but not because I feel the need to make up for a shortage in other areas, dammit. I use beer for that.

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More nitrogen is on its way to the Upper Neuse.

We really do not perceive this as polluting the river anymore than it's already there," Granville County commissioner Hubert Gooch said. "Otherwise, they wouldn't have allowed it be dumped into the river. It's just moving where it goes in at."

Yea, well if I dump a truckload of bleach into the water it probably won't affect the river that much as a whole, but I expect the wildlife in the immediate vicinity won't be to happy about it.

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The spread of the zebra mussel into the Hudson river is causing a decline in the open water species of that river, including the American Shad.

There are so many zebra mussels in the Hudson River that they filter all of the water in the river every 1-4 days, removing the microscopic plants and animals that make up their diet. This can be problematic for fish species that rely on the same food resources. "Zebra mussels have significantly reduced populations of zooplankton and other animals that are a dietary staple of open-water larval and juvenile fish," Strayer comments.

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Time to find an Australian to take on the fishing trip.

During the pub challenge, McGee also set off a mouse trap with his tongue, ate a cup of maggots, sucked up three chewed chilies through a straw, drank a pint of anchovies and another pint of mouthwash, defence lawyer Ben Power told the court.

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There's no room for black guys on cans of Miller Beer.

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August 16, 2004

The biology and life history of the red drum.

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August 15, 2004

The female blue crab population in the Chesapeake is dropping alarmingly.

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A look at the overwhelming popularity of the gay man's favorite tipple, the super-premium vodka.

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It's not been a good shrimp season.

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August 13, 2004

Not to be outdone by the Macallan, Glengoyne is also releasing a new single malt whisky.

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The mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke has begun.

Guess they aren't going to chance another 300 flooded out cars.

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Update: Port Charlotte has an average elevation of 8 feet. Charley is expected to generate a storm surge of between 10 and 20 feet.

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Hurricane Charley is classified as a Category 4 storm as of 1:15 today.

That's the second storm this season to jump two levels in little more than 12 hours. Florida is about to get smacked hard.

More here.

Meanwhile, tropical depression 4 has formed in the waters off the Cape Verde islands.

Update: Charley has jogged to the right, with the current path taking it over Florida and back out to sea before coming ashore again between Charleston and Sunset Beach. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern NC coast up to Cape Lookout, with tropical watches posted from there to the Oregon Inlet. The NHC doesn't show Charley as re-strengthening when it leaves Florida, but you know that water is going to be warm.

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Nice radar pic of Charley hitting the Keys.

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It's funny because it's true.

After the Great Britain Beer Festival, in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer.

The guy from Corona sits down and says "Hey Senor, I would like the world's best beer, a Corona." The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him.

The guy from Budweiser says "I'd like the best beer in the world, give me the king of beers, a Budweiser." The bartender gives him one.

The guy from Coors says, "I'd like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." He gets it.

The guy from Guiness sits down and says "Give me a Coke." The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered.

The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask "Why aren't you drinking a Guiness?"

And the Guiness president replies "Well, if you guys aren't drinking beer, neither will I."

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August 12, 2004

Ocracoke is back to normal.

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More on The MacAllan's new Fine Oak series of whisky.

The barkeep at the Tir na nÓg comped us all a glass of the 18 year old Macallan Saturday when Adam and Lani stopped in after getting married. It was well worth it to him--I think we ended up tipping him fifty bucks between us when we left, and to me as well. I ended up with the equivalent of $40 of The Macallan in me after Adam, and Lani decided they couldn't take it.

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Nice snook.

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Restaurants that only care about selling alcohol to the the wine snob are missing out on valuable dollars by not doing the same for the beer drinker.

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Curt's in the news again.

Acknowledging an uphill battle to defeat incumbent state House 8 member Edith Warren, Curt Hendrix told the GOP room he was against raising taxes and creating new ones.

"Roads are really important," the Greenville resident said, noting a heavily used N.C. 43 that feeds the city's medical district. "We really need to four-lane highway 43, and I don't want to be an old man when it happens," Hendrix said.

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Top-water casters are a wee bit obsessive, but there might be good reasons for that.

Foosaner left the plug sitting 10 feet in front of the boat. She was discussing the size of the hole created in the water by the tarpon's exit when the fish, estimated at 80 pounds, came flying out of the water, took the plug and began to jump. It leaped from the water four times near the boat and tail-walked near the stern before spitting out the plug.

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A comprehensive survey I conducted last weekend at the Tir na nÓg convinced me that vodka is the liquor of choice for chicks and gay men, but I suspect that Rubinoff isn't high on their little pink lists.

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New Jersey's striper program has been found to be out of compliance with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission rules, raising the possibility that the striper season in that state could be shut down.

This same thing happened to New York's fluke fishery at the beginning of the month. Wonder why it is the Yankee states can't manage their fisheries?

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Atlantic Beach Fishing Report

Not much to it, mind you. I managed to wet a line for about two hours Monday and that was it. Caught a Virginia Mullet on a mole crab after giving up on shrimp and finger mullet. There was a lot of bait in the surf, but bait stealers took the shrimp and the mullet ( from the Triple S pier) was too old and too soft. Mole crabs were everywhere--it was a matter of a minute or two to gather all I needed.

Tried fishing with Ngnat one night, but she insisted she had to go potty every five minutes. I tried to ignore her, but eventually she asked me to pick her up, then peed on me.

Lesson for next time; Must fish where a four year old can pee on the beach without attracting attention.

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Who's up for some night fishing?

I know, we say it every year. This year we need to fish all night one night. Others agree to do it. We end up getting stinking drunk and always go home. WELL NOT THIS YEAR!!! On the striper trip, we drove down from Greenville and arrived at Cape Point last January around 2am. Fished all the way thru the following day. AWESOME! I am ready for it again! The fact that is was 23 degrees and blowing about 20 knots didn't help much. But I remember telling Dawg: "This is good training for next year's FDS". BTW, Dawg is immune to feeling cold or shivering (even when drinking Natty Lites @ 4 am). I was just looking at some of last year's fishing report archives via Tradewinds for the cooresponding dates to this years FDS. One fellow appears to be holding the same big drum Dawg lost. This fish is a monster and was caught @ night. So now I am fired up once again for night fishing. Just once, let's fish all night and up until sunrise. Watch sunrise and drink a beer then head home for a few hours of sleep and then hit the beach again in early afternoon for more fishing!!!!! I have never enjoyed a sunrise more than the one last January @ Cape Point. I guess I was hoping that the rays would warm me up some! It was still as beautiful as any I've seen!

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August 10, 2004

Beer Night

Here's a suggestion for us this year. Although, we may have done this in an informal manner in the past and I was out "sitting" in the truck for a longtime rigging some magic bait or something. I would like to request that Bigwig and others w/experience to lead those of us interested in a more formal beer tasting of some beers one evening. Something that would allow for distinct variety/style/flavour of beers to be shared, compared and discussed. Personally, I would like some education on the basics. All I do now is smell it and then swig away. I would be glad to contribute some $$ for the deal or maybe use some of the house overage (if any). I would like to get past the simple tastes good/tastes bad approach and more into the what, why and where. Hell, until this past week I had no idea what a heifweizen was besides a beer. Now at least I know it's a wheat beer. What no corn beers?? Thoughts??

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August 06, 2004

In Britain, only the old coots drink decent beer.

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One for Bigwig

Some of Bigwig has rubbed off on me. Is that good or bad? So in honor of his influence I present my first beer reviews:
Wednesday I am Charlotte working, so out to eat I go with a few others. I now like to order at least 1 or 2 beers I've never heard of and in some cases- can't pronounce. Since I have an expense account this makes it much more enjoyable! My first one was a Widmer Brothers Unfiltered Heifweizen. Very good. Darker than my usual stuff. After a few sips, I took a liking to it for the most part. Strong flavor but didn't "stick around" too long. I could drink another but wouldn't want to drink more than a few. On to the second beer: Hoegaarden Belgian White. I liked this one much better. I ended up drinking 4 of them. I could drink many of these. First thing different was the color. Not a "clear" beer. Somewhat milky. Smelled real good. HBW also served a little cooler than the WB. BW has a little citrus taste. Paired very well with the grilled wild Striper I ate. Now let me get to the lemon. What the hell is that there for? Looks or squeezing?

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August 05, 2004

I would've thought we would have heard about this beforehand, but evidently not. Thanks to Hurricane Alex, there's a new inlet on Hatteras.

It appears to be south of the ferry landing, which means it didn't cut highway 12. Wonder if they'll bother to fill it in? I shoudn't think so, as leaving it probably will relieve pressure on the inlet that was filled in after Isabel, and the Park Service will probably love having an area that SUV's can't get to.

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I guess I was right--the storm did wash away all the bird nests on the south end of Ocracoke.

The south end will no longer be closed to birds nesting because of the storm.

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The Macallen is launching a new single malt.

Meanwhile, liquor giant Diageo has come up with a test that can detect counterfeit Scotch whiskies.

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The image of a typical beer drinker is changing.

Disappearing fast are the hairy, heavy-bellied beer-swillers of yesteryear, their place being taken by young urban professional men and women more normally associated with wine and working out.

Mind you, I don't know if this is good news or bad, but it probably means more craft beers will be available in future.

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The Kelham Island Pale Rider has been chosen as Britain's best beer for 2004.

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Kerry tries to wrap up the beer geek vote.

On a visit to the Joseph Huber Brewing Co. in Monroe, Kerry sipped a richly hued Berghoff Famous Red Ale, and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, sampled a lighter Solstice Wit Bier.

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More on the thermal shock fish kill off of Delaware.

The timing of the kill seems awfully coincidental. I wonder if the hurricane had anything to do with it?

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Nice picture of Hurricane Alex, taken from space around noon on the 3rd.

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Molson beer is in hot water over an ad compaign again.

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Ocracoke flooding photos at the Village Craftsmen.

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The N&O has a couple of stories on Ocracoke; one about the mandatory evacuation and one that should be about a guy bitching about the mandatory evacuation, but the text of the story has been replaced with a rather ominous sounding note.
We do not have permission to reproduce this story on our website.

Which is odd, as the guy who wrote it is an editor at the N&O.

There's also an article on fishing for barracuda--well, not so much fishing for barracuda as it is fishing for mackerel and catching barracuda, or half a mackerel.

Speaking of papers, one might think that the News and Record does the occasional story about fishing or hurricanes. Wonder why they never show up here?

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August 04, 2004

Lots of Ocracoke updates at the Village Craftsmen.

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August 03, 2004

More on the South Carolina effort to raise beer alcohol limits.

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Remind me to keep the guns away from Charlie this year.

And no pissing off the deck for the Scotsman.

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Tideland EMC is saying that the flooding on Ocracoke is substantially worse than what the island experienced during Isabel.

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Fish kill off Delaware--thermal shock is thought to be the cause. (login available at bugmenot)

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Am never drinkink again Boris.
Da, Natasha. Am seeink things.

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Some Hurricane Alex pictures here. One of the best doesn't appear there, though.

Meanwhile, it looks like Ocracoke may have taken a harder hit than it did from Isabel, as far as flooding goes.

Alex returned to almost the same spot but did not deliver a full force blow to the Outer Banks, a fragile chain of islands that is known for its miles of undeveloped beaches where the population swells with thousands of tourists in summer.

But at least 100 cars were flooded in Ocracoke village by the surging water, Hyde County manager Don Davenport told Reuters in a telephone interview from his office in Swan Quarter on the North Carolina mainland.

Many belonged to tourists stranded on the low-lying island, which has a summertime population of about 4,500 and is accessible only by boat or plane.

"We also have a number of homes that received flood water," Davenport said of Ocracoke village, which was worst hit along with the southern end of Hatteras Island.

Electricity was out on all of Ocracoke Island and portions of Hatteras Island. Officials in Dare County said that on Hatteras Island some 3,000 customers were without power by mid-afternoon. Power had been restored to 4,000 users there.

The storm left Ocracoke Island's only highway covered with water and sand in numerous places, Davenport said. The road, N.C. 12, leads to a ferry at the north end of the island.

Massive sand dunes near the road, which were reconstructed after Hurricane Isabel, also were destroyed, Davenport said.

Update: Alger Willis looks to have made it through.

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Alex is now a Category 2 hurricane--same as Isabel was last year. Things aren't looking good for Hatteras Village.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression #2 is taking a familiar path.

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August 02, 2004

The tropical storm outlook has been upgraded to a hurricane warning for the area of the coast from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

Alex is still a weak storm, but it's also a slow-moving one. Wonder how much chance it has of re-opening the new Hatteras Inlet?

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August 01, 2004

New York's piss-poor fluke management has resulting in the state being declared out-of-compliance by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Emergency regs have been issued raising the size for keeper flounder to 18 inches.

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It's impossible to troll alone. Pythagoras is always with you.

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Barleywines are busting out all over--South Carolina becomes the latest state to experience a push to overturn the low alcohol beer laws.

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Fish kill on the lower Neuse--low oxygen levels are blamed.

About 80 percent were identified as spot fish, 10 percent as pinfish and 5 percent as croaker, according to the N.C. Division of Water Quality. The remaining 5 percent was divided between seven other aquatic species.
With 200,000 fish washed up along stretches of area beaches, the fish kill is considered moderate. The threshold for a severe fishkill is around 500,000 for this area of the state.

Well, as long as it was "only" 200,000 fish.

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The official NHC Alex track shows it turning east and skirting the coast on Monday rather than coming ashore.

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