Tuesday afternoon I took the Mitzi out on the St. Johns River. Thought I might fly up a few shad. Strangely, there was only one boat at the mouth of the Econ, a kayaker. He said he'd only gotten one shad all day (he got there at 8 AM) and his friends in a motor boat had only gotten a couple of small crappie.
There was certainly not much surface activity. I fished for three hours with both fly and spin, got one small largemouth bass on a Muddler Minnow, the only bite I got. No shad were seen.
It was a lovely afternoon. I was glad I went.
Wednesday Scott Radloff and I went canoeing on the Banana River Lagoon. There was some wind and a lot of clouds, plus the water was up a few inches. All this conspired to make spotting fish difficult.
I found a tailer and managed to drop a black bunny leech in front of him. He took the fly and weighed almost 20 pounds.
I got another almost as big about an hour later, also on the leech, then hooked and lost one on a crab pattern.
Meanwhile Scott was wading around with a spin rod. He got three reds that were in the slot. He wanted a bigger one. We got in the canoe and went looking for one.
When we found one Scott cast a faux shrimp at it. The fish responded like he hadn't eaten in weeks. Unfortunately during the battle the hook pulled out.
We stopped and fished for trout as we headed back to the launch. I got a few on the Gurgler, and Scott made me look silly with the spin rod, catching fish after fish. Considering the weather we had quite a good day.
I wanted to go scouting on Friday but the winds caused me to alter my plan.
Saturday's trip was cancelled due to high winds. :-(
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