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Strange new grass

Postby Redbelly » June 1st, 2020, 6:17 pm

I noticed this grass patch just out of the mouth of the Ecofina last fall. My last trip 2 weeks ago i went to that area and was shocked to see how far and wide it has spread!
A buddy was telling me about how it is now everywhere. Its just about impossible to fish it or motor through it.

Anybody know what it is? Its not rock grass or turtle grass.
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Juan » June 1st, 2020, 6:53 pm

Acapulco Gold ? :-D
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Salty Gator » June 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm

Ha, nice Juan

We saw an unfamiliar new grass in st marks this weekend. It was dark green and kinda looked like long Bermuda grass. Was that the same stuff? I didn’t get a pic
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Redbelly » June 1st, 2020, 8:54 pm

Salty that sounds like it. When the tide lowers it floats on the surface creating a mat
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Fish Masterson » June 2nd, 2020, 7:52 am

I covered a lot of ground Saturday, and noticed it in quite a few places. It can cling to a trolling motor.
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Steve Stinson » June 2nd, 2020, 7:57 am

I disagree on the impossible to fish part. I have been catching some huge trout and reds out of it.

I have seen it just east of the Aucilla stretching to the east and from Hickory Mound all the way to Rock Island. Seems to me like it showed up last Fall, then the Winter didn't get cold enough to kill it.

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Re: Strange new grass

Postby THOMAS CITY CURVE » June 2nd, 2020, 9:03 am

It has came and went around Aucilla for as long as I have been fishing the area. It's usually pretty fishy but I got skunked fishing a big area full of it two weeks ago.
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Red Beard » June 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am

Steve Stinson wrote:I disagree on the impossible to fish part. I have been catching some huge trout and reds out of it.

I have seen it just east of the Aucilla stretching to the east and from Hickory Mound all the way to Rock Island. Seems to me like it showed up last Fall, then the Winter didn't get cold enough to kill it.

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I agree with you Steve, I’m fishing the mats and finding fish under/around them. Throwing weedless set ups like my bass fishing days. “Punching the mats.”

I’ve noticed while wading for flounder shrimp like the grass and swim in it feeding at night.


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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Old Dog » June 2nd, 2020, 9:40 am

Groovy!

And is this grass growing in situ, I'm sorry, in place, or did it float in from somewhere else? I like growing grass. So many of the areas I have fished in the last 50 years have lost the grass beds that were once common. Places like St Andrews Bay, East Bay, West Bay, and Apalachicola Bay around creek mouths. When the grass was prevalent the fishing was superb. The fishing is not bad now but it was much better then.
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby FishWithChris » June 2nd, 2020, 9:45 am

we call it "String theory"
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby TroutTrent » June 2nd, 2020, 9:59 am

We call it "Spaghetti Grass"...I know someone who has been catching big trout off of it lately when you could get the fish out of it :smt012
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby kenfly » June 2nd, 2020, 1:17 pm

That stuff drove me crazy a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to go to a creek out of econfina but of course too thick to motor all the way in, so used the trolling motor which was a super pain as well, it was close to low tide all so, didn’t get much out of it for the work I put in to get thought it, next time I’m gonna stay just enough out to stay clear of it


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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Redbelly » June 2nd, 2020, 5:43 pm

Well I did hang a big trout but it got wrapped up in that grass and I lost it. You can fish it but its a pain......
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Redbelly » June 30th, 2020, 6:36 pm

A fella that fishes Ecofina told me it is an invasive grass brought in from ships.....IDK
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Re: Strange new grass

Postby Hit-n-Miss » July 1st, 2020, 8:58 am

Redbelly wrote:A fella that fishes Ecofina told me it is an invasive grass brought in from ships.....IDK
Been catching any fish lately?Not been to Ecofina in a while.


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