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Posted: Nov. 01 2004,12:44

Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Report

On Sunday I loaded up the T-120 and headed to the Talbot Island area just North of Mayport.
It was still dark as I launched and started paddling through a winding creek leading to the inter-coastal.
I had taken two rods and had one rigged with a surface lure ready to use.

With the tide all the way out, I thought that I might have a chance to toss a few casts towards some active Reds or Trout.
That thought went away when I spotted Flipper and his friend working the creek channel that I was paddling in.
They were coming closer and I thought it prudent to hug one side of the creek or the other but didn't know what side was better. By the time I made up my mind where to move, all #### broke loose 10 feet in front of me.
Seems I was pushing fish down the creek and they were pushing them up!

The dolphin were having their fill and how they missed not landing on me or my yak is amazing.
After about 10 seconds that seemed like 10 minutes, the glided under the kayak.
Mind you, this creek is only about 4 feet deep at it's deepest part and this section was only about 12 feet wide.

Well, knowing that Dolphins are the kiss of death for fishing, I tucked the rod away and dug in with the paddle to put some distance under the hull. I arrived at a spot on the inter-coastal shore line that produced some fish the previous weekend.
A few cast later and I'm hooked up! Redfish. Man, they have a fighting characteristic unlike any other fish I've caught!
Turned out to be a 16" so I let him go. Not a bad start.

I thought for sure I could catch my one allowable slot fish, put him on ice and spend the rest of the day working on trout. I tried but I couldn't make it happen.

Spent the rest of the day working the edges and openings of creeks, oyster bars and grass banks.
Perfect habitat, perfect conditions!

Caught 11 fish that day, none of them legal size and I had to work my tail off for those!
7 reds, 2 trout, 1 ladyfish 1 pinfish.

I don't think the pinfish is going to recover. :(

Long day, long paddle, hard fishin with no keepers,,,
I loved it!


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Posted: Nov. 02 2004,19:37

Nice to see ya back, and thanks for the report Tan...

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Posted: Nov. 02 2004,20:40

Great report Tan.....Would love to make it up that way sometime.
We should plan on a trip to Mosquito Lagoon,,, have a yak in up there and blacken some Reds!
Stay in touch...
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Posted: Jan. 01 2005,04:08

The Reds are here in quality and quantity.
I've had the entire week off and I've gotten into some every day.

I'd still give up the reds to have the weather and the fishery of SF.
I freeze my ash of up here some days!!

You all need to get out there more and take advantage of what you have. GO FISHIN MORE and POST REPORTS :D

tanner  :laugh:


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Posted: Jan. 01 2005,12:21

Hey Tanner,,,,are you sight fishing for those reds? Are they tailing? Im getting an itch!!! How long are you in town for. Call me....
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Posted: Jan. 02 2005,17:35

Doing a mix of sight fishing and working the tidel creeks. I've seen some tails but when I have, they fish were deep in the grass. Hard to put a lure in there but it can be done.

Most of my biggest fish have come from the creek mouths on a falling tide. On certain creeks, the reds hang out there facing the current. I guess it's because the water is warmer and for the chance of a tasty snack drifting by (like a Storm Wild Eyez :;): )

Went out today and conditions were very nice. Although I didn't see or catch the #'s I have on other days, I did manage to yak a slot red and a slot trout out of the 7 fish caught.

Time to explore some new spots and give that area a rest.


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Posted: Jan. 07 2005,17:44

Headed south to St. Auggie's today. Spent the day working oyster bars and hard bottom. The day started out slow but became better. It became much much better.:)
First hook up was a short trout, then a flounder then a bigger flounder and bigger trout and more flounder and trout and then, Reds!
Started casting to red fish cruising the shallows as the tide bottomed out and turned. Had a blast and left 'em bitting.
out of 7 reds, the biggest was 24" and the "runt" was 17".
Caught my first red fish on a fly rod today. I shudder to think what a larger fish is going to do to me.
Very cool place tyo fish:cool:


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Posted: Jan. 08 2005,03:20

Awesome report Tanner....good news on the fly caught Red....what kind of fly were you using?
My largest on the fly was a 10 pounder in Mosquito Lagoon a long time ago. There tough....but you need to get one of their brothers...the Black Drum..Largest on fly..25#...a major struggle for half an hour.
Sounds like a great day on the water...keep it up. im jealous.
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Posted: Jan. 09 2005,17:59

I think it's a brown and white clouser. One of those I bought when you and I were at BPS.
I'm not too up on my salt water flies yet.


Heading to Tampa again this week. Of course I've got the T-120 on the rack. Maybe I'll have a few hours after work to put it to good use.

tanner


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Posted: Jan. 10 2005,06:16

Next time your back in Jax...Ill tie up some nice Red flies for you for a little overnight room accomodations!
I miss Reds on the Fly!
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