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Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby Phil. 4:8 » April 21st, 2017, 7:26 am

Just had to go and get some salt air in my lungs. Dad-in-law and I put in at the Lighthouse about 10:30 to catch the last of in-coming tide. Fished along the grass to see if Mr. Red was home; not today. Drifted with the tide and slight breeze into bay just east of lighthouse and caught a nice fat 18" trout; only keeper for the day. Caught lady fish, small sharks, cats, and many short trout. Drifted with the breeze and against the out-going tide from west of rock garden back toward the lighthouse in 3 to 5 feet range. Water temp was 78-79 range most places and the water clarity was OK, not crystal but not too bad. Tried a few live shrimp, but most "fish" caught on plastic under a cork. Back at the ramp about 2:30. Safe day and a lot of fun just to get out. Go Fish everybody.
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Re: Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby DixieReb » April 21st, 2017, 9:25 am

Thanks for posting. The fish seem to bite better on the incoming tide, not as good on outgoing.
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Re: Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby BldHnd86 » April 24th, 2017, 7:58 am

New to fishing out of St Marks. I have read several posts talking about the rock garden. Is this the area around grey mare? If not, where "generally " is it located? Thanks in advance for any info. I usually am only able to make it down about once a month so my learning curve is proving to be quite lengthy.
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Re: Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby DixieReb » April 24th, 2017, 8:46 am

Gray Mare is about half way from St. Marks to Aucilla River in about 2-3 ft. of water. That entire area is full of rocks, it's safer to fish there on higher tides and even then to be careful in there. There is a buoy line that marks the edge of the St. Marks NWR all the way across the flats, it's best to stay outside the buoy line and fish. Some really good fishing in that area.
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Re: Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby silverking » April 24th, 2017, 3:21 pm

http://www.bigbendfishing.net/information/area-charts/

DixieReb wrote:There is a buoy line that marks the edge of the St. Marks NWR all the way across the flats, it's best to stay outside the buoy line and fish. Some really good fishing in that area.


Sigh...
If only a fraction of the 5 million boats that fish St. Marks on any given Saturday would heed that advice, I'd be one happy camper. :wink:
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Re: Thursday from the Lighthouse

Postby BldHnd86 » April 25th, 2017, 9:21 pm

Thanks for the replies. I will keep the buoy line in mind. I have been going out past the sand bar and rack before running east or west. When moving in towards shore to fish I just idle or use trolling motor. Thanks again.
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