Didn't feel like driving to the gulf this weekend and the weather was beautiful so we threw in the canoe at the 441 "boat ramp" and paddled up to River Rise, with a heavy emphasis on drinking beer and eating snacks, and casting small topwater chuggers, hard plastics, and jigs. If you aren't familiar with the area, the Santa Fe river actually goes underground for quite a ways. It goes under at O'Leno state park, and comes back out of the ground at River Rise state park, a few miles away. It's a no-motor zone once you get into the park I think. Pollen was everywhere making a buff as much of a filtration device as a sun blocker. The water was somewhat low, but fairly clear for that area, and especially considering all the heavy rains we had recently. The fish weren't biting. We didn't even get a nibble until the last 10 minutes of our paddle. I hooked up a few nice bass on the topwater chugger. All of the topwater takes were very difficult because they weren't big blowups, just subtle takes that were hard to recognize because you couldn't see or hear them, you just suddenly had tension on the line. We lost more fish than we caught, but we caught 4 or 5 in quick succession, mostly small shellcrackers. The day wasn't really about fishing anyway, just an excuse to get out and enjoy a beautiful day. I think it was pretty windy on the coast anyway, but you wouldn't have known it way up in this shallow water creek. It was a good diversion.
My last paddle on the Santa Fe was Valentines day a few years back. Hot as heck, and decided to go for a swim. Till my Ex stated "check out that log that looks like it's coming at us" To which my response was "Hold on I'm getting back in the boat". Dang yankee city girl didn't know what a gator looked like. :rotflmao
Between that and the idiots that like to feed them.
Love that area, I have long standing family history there.
You will regret it!! :grin
The last Saturday of spring break for Marion County, Easter weekend...think a Saturday at the ramp at Ft Island Trail park, scallop season. Ok, slight exaggeration maybe, but close.
We used to take the kids to the Glen frequently but avoided holidays and summer weekends. Haven't seen the craziness but I've heard of it. Here are a few photos from a couple years ago - I spent the day on Lake George with our youngest son, his wife and our daughter - the other menfolk were working, so sad.
Think I've posted these before, but all three of those young'uns are accomplished bow fishermen and fisherwomen.
Daughter and dil near the headwaters of the Glen - beautiful, huh?...the water too. :grin
Near the mouth of Silver Glen run - much shorter than Salt Springs Run.
Same day, near the mouth of Salt Springs Run.
One of the working menfolk joined us in the afternoon - also Salt Springs Run.