Well, this part of Florida is a lot like and a lot not like the Panhandle.
A fella, I failed to get his name, at “Sabala Boat Works” (very friendly,helpful folk!!!!)let me in on two “good” fishing spots. He pulled out a water map and showed me Millennium Park and Bay Pines War Memorial Park. He always uses live shrimp, like most everyone else in Florida. He showed me some pics of his catches, nice red fish and snook.
Tuesday morning, 44 degrees and 20 knot winds from the north
Well, I didn’t really fish Millennium, I tried but the muck was very deep and sticky and I was a long way from the water, I turned back.
Bay Pines was a different kind of place. In both places, wherever there was grass, submerged or not, it was “sticky.” Getting unstuck was like trying to pull your feet out of almost set epoxy. Where there was no grass it had a firm bottom. So at Bay Pines I kept mostly to the clear bottom.
The kayak launch site ”bay” was sheltered from the wind, shallow and I waded out to the left.
He said to get on the outside of the “bar” and there may be some bait to draw the fish in. There was a heavy wind line out by the corner at the bar. There was not shore per se, the mangroves came right down to the water line.
At break time, I spotted a couple of Ladyfish breaking the surface and got all inspired to try some more. Out to the bar I went. Around the corner I spotted a coupled of lunging ladys and then a redfish lunger, but not a bite was to be had by me. Leaned some more about this Florida fishing. I went from a int line with a sink leader to no sink leader and lighter fly. Next will go to a floater and longer leader.
Everywhere the bottom is littered with empty shells of all description, clam, oyster, razors, scallops. Picked up a few live welks just to see if they had anything to eat, nadda. At both of the kayak launch sites there were hoses to clean up with, nice touch, the muck splashed all over my quick dry pants.
8wt scott v2, lamson v2, airflo int line, 10# tippet, beadchain shrimp and beadhead squid flies, annual non-resident fishing license 47.50