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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby GaryDroze » March 26th, 2020, 3:26 pm

Even if the SMNWR ramp is closed, the refuge levees are starting points for great wadefishing. If you can work around the gators and snakes (mostly nonpoisonous) and stingrays and feral hogs, the reds and overslot seatrout are there aplenty.

Take a walk on the wild side.
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby Tallyfins » March 27th, 2020, 7:26 am

GaryDroze wrote:Even if the SMNWR ramp is closed, the refuge levees are starting points for great wadefishing. If you can work around the gators and snakes (mostly nonpoisonous) and stingrays and feral hogs, the reds and overslot seatrout are there aplenty.

Take a walk on the wild side.

What time are we leaving tomorrow Gary? :D
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby GaryDroze » March 27th, 2020, 7:36 am

I gotta teach weekdays. We are video conferencing our classes at Maclay. Until I put the finishing touches on my life-size cardboard Mr. Droze replica, I'm stuck behind a laptop camera. Or...

I wonder if I can just bring my laptop down to the Refuge with me?
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby BillytheKid » March 27th, 2020, 9:15 am

Just call it a virtual field trip.
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby Tallyfins » March 27th, 2020, 10:34 am

GaryDroze wrote:I gotta teach weekdays. We are video conferencing our classes at Maclay. Until I put the finishing touches on my life-size cardboard Mr. Droze replica, I'm stuck behind a laptop camera. Or...

I wonder if I can just bring my laptop down to the Refuge with me?

Tomorrow is Saturday. Just sayin' lol :lol:
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby Tallyfins » March 27th, 2020, 12:45 pm

Not sure how old this notice is, but I would imagine something like this would be updated pretty quickly if it DID change...https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=6442460774

Status Update

Out of concern for the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, all refuge tours, classes, and other events have been canceled until further notice.
The refuge remains open during daylight hours. Daily entrance fees have been waived.
The Visitor Center and Lighthouse are closed.
Restrooms are available near the picnic area.
All trails and the boat ramp are open.
Call 925-6121 with questions; call 911 for an emergency.
Take the necessary precautions and stay well!
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby GaryDroze » March 27th, 2020, 5:17 pm

Saturday is Honeydew day. Amazing how many household projects my beautiful bride can come up with after a few weeks of being stuck home.
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby FishWithChris » March 27th, 2020, 9:25 pm

She was wide open today. Quite a few people out and about, handful of boats.

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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby fishinfool » March 28th, 2020, 7:21 am

Did you happen to find any fish Chris?
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby FishWithChris » March 28th, 2020, 9:00 am

From 5' on the flats to all the way to creek mouths. A lot of quality trout, a bit spread out so a long sweeping drift is best. A few reds stopped by to play as well. Saw a few Spaniards but avoided hookups.

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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby BloodyChamp » March 28th, 2020, 8:14 pm

I saw 2 Jeeps full of people somewhere where I have never seen anybody ever...ever. People out of our mold haven’t quit doing what we do obviously. The truth is we’re probably doing the safest thing besides quarantining. It’s not like people get close together fishing and I don’t know many sick people who go fishing lol!
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Re: St. Marks Refuge - Staying Open?

Postby Tallyfins » March 30th, 2020, 10:03 am

I didn't make it out this past weekend, but Saturday looks like very good weather right after the front comes through. May work on my social distancing some...
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