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Rivers being dry.

Postby fishdux » September 13th, 2017, 4:48 pm

I've seen several pictures of the Wakulla and St Marks rivers being almost dry during the storm. We all know that all of the water went to sea but what about the freshwater fish? I know they cant handle the salt do you folks think they went North or is it going to take a while for freshwater fishing to come back in the lower rivers?
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby procraftwes » September 13th, 2017, 4:52 pm

I was down there @ 7am and it was startling..

There was enough water in the channel for the fish to hide and the current although brisk would probably allow them to keep in the river.

On a side note I accounted for a 9' surge but didn't think about the reverse surge which was lower than 9'.. Ripped out one of my cleats on my trawler :smt011 .
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby BloodyChamp » September 19th, 2017, 12:39 am

I personally believe that freshwater fish can swim underground, aka through springs, sinks etc. I can't prove it but there are to many clues. They always come back after droughts, floods, even pollution when polluted areas actually get cleaned up. And they always know what to do and where to go ahead of time. That much has been proven.
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby procraftwes » September 19th, 2017, 8:41 am

The water never left the Wakulla or St marks rivers competely.

Here's a Pic I took of my boat at the peak of the receeding waters. The channel had water in it and I drove to wakulla @ 98 and it too had water in the channel(was there @630-noon day of storm and 6pm day before).

I'm sure they were affected but the kill off would have happened nearshore with everything stirred up by the waves/reverse surge. For measure my depth in the slip is typically 7-10'.
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby DixieReb » September 19th, 2017, 10:54 am

I've seen St. Marks look that low on a negative winter tide. Still plenty of water in the channel to navigate.
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby procraftwes » September 19th, 2017, 11:41 am

DixieReb wrote:I've seen St. Marks look that low on a negative winter tide. Still plenty of water in the channel to navigate.


Picture might be deceptive but there's a channel but I dont know about navigation.

Brett and Chuck @ Shields said they've never seen anything like it..
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby silverking » September 19th, 2017, 11:49 am

Tallahassee Democrat published a couple shots from Live Oak Island/Shell Point of dry flats. You could see some little rivulets and a few wet depressions but mostly it was exposed mud, sand and grass.

Very unusual phenomenon and one I hope we don't see repeated anytime soon!
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Re: Rivers being dry.

Postby Salty Gator » September 19th, 2017, 12:18 pm

DixieReb wrote:I've seen St. Marks look that low on a negative winter tide. Still plenty of water in the channel to navigate.

I'm not sure if a wintertime neg low and a stiff n wind could push that much water out of there.
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