I’m ready for spring and summer! I finished my upper Aucilla paddling trip last summer, then did pretty good with my mullet fishing towards the end. I’ve since been treated to a cold day trip to Lake Miccosukee, and I’ve been fishing a whopping 2 times off the bank.
The Wacissa is next. I’ve been up and down most of it already, but I’ve never been to Half Mile Rise from the Wacissa. I’ve also never been up Cow Creek as far as you can go. It’s big enough that it counts as having to cover to say you’ve been down the whole river IMO. There’s also the Western Sloughs/Hell’s Half Acre but I don’t think that counts as a mandatory paddle. There are enough places in it you can check out on land, and some of them are about as far apart as the places on the Aucilla in Middle Aucilla. And some of it is just plain swamp.
So...when you hang that right off of 98 to go to the easier spots there in the sloughs, you then hang a left. The right you can take is always open but it gets rough pretty soon after you turn. Has anybody ever been all the way down it to the river? If it’s not a terrible drive when it’s dry or not a terrible walk, I think I want to start there instead of Goose Pasture. Even if it was 100 years ago I want to hear about it. I have kayak now btw. If I can’t get my boat down there I can still carry the kayak. The kayak was an idea anyway because the trip to Half Mile rise could tear up an aluminum boat big time from what I’ve seen the 2 times I’ve creeped into that channel.
Dang must be nice to go that often. A lot for me is twice in a month.
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If I get to go before my no matter what planned first day March 24 I’m thinking about trying for Redfish or Trout. It’s the first time in a long time that they’re reachable without having to go so far out.
Yesterday wade fished at St. George and picked up a couple Reds on spoon flies and my buddy got a few on spoons using the spin rod.
So not fast and furious but am hoping to get into some today with the excellent tides.
Fishing has been in the same pattern for over a month. Just wax and waning with these fronts coming and going. One minute they are fired up and the next your grinding for a limit. Some days it’s all artificial and the next nothing but live shrimp.
This winter has been top shelf fishing, clients are catching personal best just to set a new best a few cast later. Got to witness a 38” red eat a 15”-16” trout as a client was reeling the fish to the boat. Client said, “this red fish is trying to eat my trout what do I do?” My response was, “Let him eat it.”, and boom upgrade complete. Lol
Water temps are holding in the 58-64 degree marks, falling or rising depending on the tides. Pollen is falling already and it won’t be long until spring has sprung and the whole game changes.
I’ll drop some hits below..tight lines and safe boating.