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Re: anybody fishing freshwater?

Postby GaryDroze » May 26th, 2019, 3:16 pm

East Pool in the St Marks Refuge is rapidly losing water, which is concentrating the fish. I've limited on 1-3lb bass last 3 trips. Fun on light tackle, and tasty with beer batter deep fry. Minnows or small spinners/little plugs are the ticket. But watch out for the gators. They become more aggressive when dropping water crowds them. Also caught a 12lb mudfish. That size always makes you think you hooked a record bass until you get them to the boat. Dang.
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Re: anybody fishing freshwater?

Postby BloodyChamp » May 26th, 2019, 9:52 pm

GaryDroze is just never going to quit testing them gators!
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Re: anybody fishing freshwater?

Postby silverking » May 26th, 2019, 11:25 pm

While fishing up inside one of Gary's favorite creeks during the Redtrout Shootout (he was out of town), I was casting ahead when I thought I heard clapping. Looked back and saw one of Gary's pet lizards, about a 10-footer, chomping down on a fish. When I idled back out of the creek, the gator was still there, snacking on what was likely the winning redfish. He smirked at me while I eased by. :smt005
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Re: anybody fishing freshwater?

Postby GaryDroze » May 27th, 2019, 5:13 pm

I gotta laugh when I read pieces from supposedly authentic Florida authors who assert that our big alligators stick to freshwater. I'm sure there are 12ft+ gators in freshwater, but I've never met one. I have absolutely fled (while wading) from pissed-off saltwater gators in Horns Creek that easily surpassed 12 feet. In winter, waders have no worries. The alligators are sluggish then. But right now, the bull gators are bowing up due to mating season. Watch your step.
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Re: anybody fishing freshwater?

Postby BloodyChamp » May 27th, 2019, 5:24 pm

I’ve seen 12feeters in freshwater, swamps even. It never occurred to me that there were less of them there than brackish water. I always just figured giant gators were rare because they were giants just like anything else. Now that you mention it though, I have seen more big gators in brackish water than anywhere else down around where you have talked about and in the Aucilla.

As for bass fishing, I lost a bucket mouth at my feet today. It was very close to a place that has a topic here that I just bumped up. I’ve since figured out how to get there. The only legal way is to cross the river which I wasn’t doing today. I wasn’t doing much else either once I figured out where I was at. I simply got out to make 1 cast in the plague of yellowflies just to say I’d done it and a bream nailed it so I head to try again. Next I threw out, twitched, crunk etc and nothing so I just reeled it on it fast before the yellowflies ate me alive. And you can guess what happened next. This is the happiest I’ve been after losing such a fish for sure since I made it back to a spot that I hadn’t been to since I was like 14 but hot dang I would have liked to have caught it.
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