Creek Week Central Florida Fishing Report

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  1. spottedtail

    spottedtail I Love!

    Creek Week Central Florida Fishing Report

    I paddle fished solo three times this week, at three different creeks- the creek week fishing report.

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    My charter cancelled at the last possible minute. Within minutes the kayak was tied to the car roof and I was heading to St. Johns county, to Faver-Dykes State Park.

    Last time I was there the boat ramp was mud. Now there's a real boat ramp with a dock!

    The boat was launched into Pellicer Creek and pointed east. The water was dark, not moving. It was quiet and no bites were forthcoming. An otter and several raccoons were observed, though.


    I reached Pellicer Flats, where slimy filamentous green algae was found in clumps. The oysters looked healthy but I did not see a fish, or get a bite.

    As I returned to the creek the water was moving, an incoming tide. After three hours of nothing, the first bite surprised me and I missed it. The second bite prompted a drop of the anchor. For an hour action was steady on the plastic shad, seatrout and a couple reds, nothing big, but all appreciated after staring down the skunk.



    I've lived in central Florida since 1984, had at least one paddle vessel that entire time, and had never been on Turnbull Creek. That changed Wednesday.

    It's a beautiful little creek, winding through cordgrass marsh, surrounded by oak woods. The wind was blowing hard enough that just a few minutes out the road noise from US 1 was gone.

    My first bite was a seatrout about six inches long. My second bite was a snook about eight inches long. My third (and final) bite was a redfish about 12 inches long. So I got some kind of miniature slam, again on the plastic shad.


    Deciding to keep it real local, I went to the Econlockhatchee. The plastic shad did not produce a fish. The fly fooled several fish- a stumpknocker, a redbelly, three bluegills, and a six-inch largemouth bass.

    I was testing out a new (for me) mouse pattern I saw in Fish Alaska magazine, which is what the bass came on. It needs some modification but I think it will be good.

    Another fly I'm working on is a foam caddis fly imitation. I'm tired of my dry flies sinking. A foam fly won't need floatant, either.


    And that is the creek week fishing report.

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  2. Viking1

    Viking1 Well-Known Member

    Always enjoy your reports. Sorry to hear about the algae on the Pellicer flats. I have not been back there in a few years. Thanks for mentioning Turnbull creek, will have to give it a try.

  3. BM_Barrelcooker

    BM_Barrelcooker I Love!

    So does that copyright disclaimer mean I can’t use “ miniature slam” in any of my creative writing ?

    I loved that and already had several things going thru my head before reading your footnote.
  4. anytide

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  5. spottedtail

    spottedtail I Love!

    barrel cookie!

    you do what you need to do, man!

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  6. BM_Barrelcooker

    BM_Barrelcooker I Love!

    Ten four.

    I’m gonna use that.

    Seems like I catch the mini slam more often than anything.
  7. CaptDanS

    CaptDanS Active Member

    Green algae still in Pellicer flats and Long Creak today. Not as bad as it has been.