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Waccasassa, mixed bag 1/28/14

After a couple of fairly warm days I figured today was my window to get out and do some fishing before the next cold front sets in. I knew I was going to have to contend with some rain but decided to take my chances, especially since I figured I'd probably be sitting inside all day tomorrow. It was supposed to be a strong low early in the morning, like -.6 feet so I slept in and didn't get to the water till around 11 or so. I tried a few new creeks early in the day but none of them produced, and neither did the ones I normally fish, so I headed out to some outer islands and points that I knew held some fish in the fall. I soaked some live shrimp on the bottom while throwing a spoon and a popping cork with a live shrimp but none of those seemed to get any action. I decided I'd try throwing a topwater plug which turned out to be the only thing that would produce for the day. After I started throwing that I had two hookups with what looked to be medium sized reds but both spit the hook early in the fight even with light drag. I had 4 or 5 other strikes where the fish didn't take the bait so I'm not really sure what it was, probably trout. I did manage to boat one trout on the spook before the action shut off and the incoming tide slacked off.


After that I explored some nearby creeks since things were slow. I spooked a few fish off some mud bars in the creeks but I'm not sure what they were. I got robbed quite a few times today so I wonder if there weren't some crafty sheepshead stealing my shrimps.


I find driftwood kind of interesting so I took a few pics of it..





It started to rain fairly heavy so I worked my way back toward the river and decided to fish the mouths of a few creeks I'd never fished before. I caught one small black drum, which is the first I believe I have ever caught, largely due to the fact that fishing shrimp on the bottom is my least preferred way to fish :)


After that I fished the channel and the bars along the edges of it looking for a few trout but didn't find any and it was getting late and rainier so I headed in. It wasn't a super hot day but it was definitely better than most of the days I've had lately, and any day I catch a fish on a topwater plug is a good one if you ask me.


  • Gainesville SaltGainesville Salt Posts: 50 Deckhand
    Nice report Jim. Cool pictures too.

    What was the water temp?
  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,528 AG
    Nice little setup there Jim.

    Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
  • WindsplitterWindsplitter Posts: 618 Officer
    [QUOTEany day I catch a fish on a topwater plug is a good one if you ask me[/QUOTE]
    :Agree Nice Pic's and great micro skiff. Thanks for the report.
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    Nice report Jim. Cool pictures too.

    What was the water temp?

    I didn't even turn on the fish finder today so I'm not quite sure what the water temp was. Still fairly cool I imagine. I am longing for some warm summer days spent drifting the grass flats and easily picking off nice trout while having a few beers or collecting scallops. This winter fishing can be tough, but then again there are a lot of people who have to winterize their boats and would love a day out on the water. It was so quiet and calm out there... I was totally lost in my own thoughts all day, it was fantastic. I am beginning to love this place. After spending the day yesterday at Newnans lake and seeing people and other boats all day long it made me realize how much I take peace and quiet for granted. I suppose you could consider me a connoisseur of solitude :)
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,538 Captain
    That is my favorite area to fish even if I don't catch anything...Some days just hanging out on the water by ones self can be very relaxing...
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
  • CrabtrapCrabtrap Posts: 223 Deckhand
    I’m surprised it was overcast and rainy up there. It was pretty sunny in Homosassa until the later afternoon. I’m certainly with you on the longing for warm summer days!
    I used to fish Newnan’s Lake in the late 80’s. I was usually the only one out there. I guess times change.
    Thanks for the report.
  • Moon ShadowMoon Shadow Posts: 1,074 Officer

    WTG on getting out. Nice boat,
  • ripnlipsripnlips Posts: 2,536 Captain
    Great way to enjoy a few days off.
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,819 Captain
    Looks like fun, especially since I was working. Great pics.
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,903 Moderator
    Sounds like a great time. Like the driftwood. I have a piece from the keys hanging on the front of my house.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • huntentailshuntentails Posts: 1,699 Captain
    Nice Report
    I think we all should realize how much
    We take peace and quiet for granted.:grin
  • Snook SpankerSnook Spanker Posts: 1,849 Captain
    Nice trout and I agree catching it on a topwater makes it special! I also agree about the peace and quiet of getting out there by yourself! I duno if it's the Flyfisher in me which I did a lot of while growing up in the rivers and streams up north. You are mostly on your own w/ your thoughts while flyfishing a stream or hiking along side one. I like to do "Solo" trips out in my boat once in a while either to a lake, coastal rivers or the Gulf. This area is so beautiful and filled w/ wildlife like the streams and rivers I used to fish and still do once in a while, it's an awesome place to get out and spend some time alone. Don't get me wrong, I also love to get out w/ friends to do some fishing, I'm not strictly a "Hermit Crab"!!!
    I am'z what I am'z and that'z all that I am'z!! > Popeye!
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    I fish alone a lot and enjoy it. Sometimes having friends along is fun too though!
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Captain
    Great report and Pics Jim!
    This place Rocks if yer a crabber
  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,946 Admiral
    Nice Jim, more than likely those were Reds you spooked!
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    Could be. It was a creek with a mud bar in the center under a couple of inches of water. I should have set up there and fished when I saw it but I was pretty convinced that the bite had shut off and was having a good time putting along in the creek exploring. I was looking for a way to get to some creeks and oyster bars to the south a bit easier when the channel and bay are choppy. I found a way although I'm not comfortable doing it at speed until I run it a few times but the knowledge will come in handy.
  • Grey BeardGrey Beard Posts: 112 Deckhand
    Great report and interesting looking shallow water rig. I agree that top water strikes are a hoot.

    Grey Beard
  • Fishin RodFishin Rod Posts: 2,620 Captain
    Did you catch any specks while fishing Newnan's?
    "Be what you is"....... Isaiah Minter
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    Fishin Rod wrote: »
    Did you catch any specks while fishing Newnan's?

    No, I struck out. Talked to a guy at the ramp that said he had caught a couple against the weed line but I fished that area heavily without any luck. I struck out on trying to catch bass as well. Real slow day out there.
  • davidk5316davidk5316 Posts: 417 Officer
    This is a slow time of year for reports, and I think we are all getting a little philosophical. Yeah, the solitude of being out on the water alone is great and very relaxing. If it would just warm up a bit we could all get out there more.
    Great report, glad you found time to get out!!
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