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by GaryDroze
January 14th, 2022, 7:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: the older I get
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: the older I get

Maybe "Knee Issues" should have its own forum topic header. I had surgery on my right knee two months ago, and it still won't bend through full range of motion. Can still kind of wade and kayak fish, but getting into/out of the yak looks like an "America's Funniest Home Videos" a...
by GaryDroze
January 12th, 2022, 4:07 pm
Forum: Inshore Fishing Reports
Topic: Aucilla fishing trip 1/7-8
Replies: 17
Views: 1422

Re: Aucilla fishing trip 1/7-8

Very moving. Dad sparked my obsession with fishing 50 years ago, but at age 87, he's losing the race against time. Mom wants me to get him out on the water a time or two before it is too late and then I'll have regrets for not completing the circle. That's my New Year's resolution. Thanks for the mo...
by GaryDroze
January 7th, 2022, 12:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lighthouse ramp
Replies: 36
Views: 3820

Re: Lighthouse ramp

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Compare the Dec 23 photo to this one from 3 days ago when north winds were about 15mph and windchill took temps to low 40s. About a foot lower at the ramp. Perfect for winter Refuge creek hike-fishing, if you remember to bring handwarmers!
by GaryDroze
January 7th, 2022, 12:33 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

014.JPG 014.JPG Hope these pix show up. 24 inch redfish and 28 inch trout, both caught within minutes after the airboat courteously throttled back as soon as the driver saw me wadefishing from the shallow muddy bank. Apologies for poor quality on the trout photo, but I needed to get her back into t...
by GaryDroze
January 6th, 2022, 8:29 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

I must give credit where credit is due. Three days ago, with forecast negative tides and a strong north wind, I biked/hiked to one of my favorite St Marks Refuge creeks. Expected to have it to myself, given the conditions. Just as I got set up, the angry blast of an airboat at the creek mouth killed...
by GaryDroze
January 2nd, 2022, 6:58 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

Good point, SG. But from a practical stance, the only law enforcement I ever encounter at the Refuge is FWC. So, even if they are a bit off base, they are calling the shots. Not complaining about FWC, but this does explain both airboats AND the new trend of folks who zip past me on the levees with e...
by GaryDroze
January 2nd, 2022, 8:23 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

Regarding earlier discussion on this thread: I was chatting with an FWC officer who was checking licenses at the SMNWR Friday. He stated that airboats are NOT prohibited in the Refuge; they just can't launch at the Lighthouse Ramp.
by GaryDroze
December 25th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lighthouse ramp
Replies: 36
Views: 3820

Re: Lighthouse ramp

Possibly about the same time you took this pic, I started a hike on one of the St Marks Refuge levees with some of my former high school runners. Fishing the creeks east of the lighthouse on foot, we lucked into multiple schools of upper slot trout, and a few slot reds. Caught over two dozen trout b...
by GaryDroze
December 17th, 2021, 8:25 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Sign the Pledge
Replies: 26
Views: 2594

Re: Sign the Pledge

FlyrodC, I congratulate you on hijacking this thread to serve my interests... YES! I still own a box of 20 classic Al Brunell steelhead flies, with his signed business card in the box. Never used. If you can tie a slow sinking streamer that resembles a finger mullet or banded killifish (known in Wak...
by GaryDroze
December 16th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Sign the Pledge
Replies: 26
Views: 2594

Re: Sign the Pledge

From Webster's Dictionary, first definition... DEMOCRACY. A government by the people, especially: rule of the majority. REPUBLIC. A government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president. BTW, I have no party affiliation, due to an allergic reaction to...
by GaryDroze
December 16th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

I second Salty Gator's comment. As an extreme low tide hiker in the SMNWR tidal creeks, I have witnessed airboats ramming through an inch of water in those waterways. I could certainly be wrong (happy to accept corrections), but always wondered if the bottom grass that airboats pummeled was incurrin...
by GaryDroze
December 8th, 2021, 11:00 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.
Replies: 52
Views: 4899

Re: Airboats in the St. Marks Refuge.

Glad you are just joking, RockyG!
by GaryDroze
October 28th, 2021, 7:12 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp
Replies: 15
Views: 1931

Re: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp

8' cast net, 1/2 or 3/8 inch mesh, 3/4lb weight per radius foot.
by GaryDroze
October 25th, 2021, 7:19 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp
Replies: 15
Views: 1931

Re: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp

Mud Cove has come up four times for me between this forum, other forums, and emails. So I will try there after next cold snap and post results.
by GaryDroze
October 22nd, 2021, 5:45 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp
Replies: 15
Views: 1931

Re: Will trade creek glory holes for hints on where to net shrimp

Actually, I had been thinking of bringing home the $2.75/dozen bait shrimp at Woodville Lumber Supply as Plan B. Will keep that in my back pocket if forum tips don't pay off.