Sunday, February 28, 2016
It's been a great fly fishing month overall with a combination of some great catches made by my clients in the saltwater marshes to the fresh waters of the upper St. Johns River. That includes species of Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Black Drum, American Shad, Hybrid Striped Bass, Red Belly Bream and Crappie. We typically run down to the upper St. Johns River this time of year to catch Shad but also had a nice surprise this year with some Hybrid Striped Bass(a.k.a. Sunshine Bass) up 7 lbs. These fish were a great fight for my clients on 6 weight fly rods! The Shad also ran pretty big this year up to 20". Jacksonville's Timucuan Preserve salt marsh also gave us some consistent action mostly with Redfish holding in the deeper holes. A special thanks and congratulations to 14 year old Mason who was with his uncle Derek catching his first saltwater fishes and Redfish! He's hooked for life now! Tight loops & Lines to all!
Saturday, January 30, 2016
It was a good month of fly fishing for schooled up Redfish & Sea Trout generally a couple days after the cold fronts pass through and as the weather became more mild. Lots of first timers catching there first Reds and Trout on fly. The water temps. stayed in the mid to upper 50s and clear most of the month helping make a good Trout bite. The Reds that took flies well were mostly schooled up in the holes and few on the mud flats. On one particular trip we caught over 60 fish on fly and light spinning gear with most of the fish being caught in the smaller creeks. The focus is now the American Shad run which is happening for the next 1-1/2 months down in the lower St. Johns River. Tight loops and lines all!