TW22 wrote: »
Advertisements like this thread are how Miami to Palm Beach ruin and "San-lando" happened.
ANUMBER1 wrote: »
The original room was built with all hand tools as power wasn't run off the main road till around 64 or 65. Dad sold the cabin in 68 or 69 to a man named Bob Foreman.
Bob had a piano repair shop in Tampa, he and his wife retired there in 1980 or so and lived in the cabin until the 93 storm wrecked it.
They then built a stilt house which their daughter owns today.
The cabin was on a bay off Black Creek and roughly 1/2 mile north of the double bridges on Ozello Trail.
This little cabin was built on the same bay around 1960 by Frank Thrift, a banker from Ocala.
It's still there.
Billy wrote: »
This area is far from Miami to Palm Beach and I'm betting bragging a bit about the area isn't going to make a bunch of developers run here and...well...develop.
There are no beaches, it's not conducive to development, and most of the area is shallow water that often is a ***** to navigate.
My money is on not many are going to come here to try to sample what the area offers except for inland. Your mileage may vary.
capt louie wrote: »
Couldn't agree more. I moved here after growing up in Key West and the reason I ended up staying was the water.
We have every kind of water here ! Springs to saltwater , bluegill to grouper and close to everything else in between.
We may not have all the glamor species but we have plenty of the others. Take a jig and a spinning outfit ANYWHERE in the state and you will not have as much action as here on a decent day.
Do NOT tell anyone as this is only my opinion and should not be passed on.. :cool:
I may have said too much.
SuperJox wrote: »
I live in Spring Hill (while not at school in UF) and have moved here from the Philippines. People from back home and even other parts of Florida can never believe us when we talk about shallow it is up here. Sure, grouper and scallop season is a mania over here but honestly in the inshore part (my favorite) there's almost never competition with other boats when you're up by Chazz. We were just out today, saw some manatees, dolphins, and I saw the biggest redfish in my life so far in a creek (also saw the first definitive redfish tailing). We didn't catch anything but man is it beautiful up here. I was telling my stepdad as we were out, people who move here and either are renting a boat or pontoon won't or can't go to our areas so it keeps us safe lol.
Now if only I could figure out how to catch snook here and maybe tarpon we'd be set.
permit_me wrote: »
Go Gators. After finishing up at UF in 1999, we bought 5 acres here. It's home, now.
Today, was very beautiful out there (then by 10 or 11 the armada came out and it was time to call it after a nice red to start of on the oysters, followed some nice trout, a 15 in mango) sight fished in my newly found spot/honeyhole. You just have to get out and explore. I have only fished here about a half dozen times and enjoy find new spots on my own. I've yet to try tarpon up here. not sure if they want prawn imitations, pilchards, threadfins, crabs or when to feed em which, let alone how to even try to flyfish for em w/o that knowledge? or how far out there run or if there even here now??????
Yesterday I fished Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key for tarpon in 15-20 knt winds... Today Crystal River, not nearly as windy here.. What a difference there is in the ecostystems, to say the least! Both are spectacular places. The scenery here is so uniquely beautiful.
Just remember when exploring, give others wide berth, don't just run up right past em like too many yahoos did to us today. avoid weekends!
Billy wrote: »
I've only been fishing this area for going on six years but have fished many places over the good ole U.S. of A. including twenty years in the Panhandle of Florida. So I'm not a rookie to either fishing or this great State.
It seems that many go out and have great days in our area. Many reports back this up. The fishing in shore fishing is usually good and the offshore too, until the red tide, which we can't control.
My point is this area has captured what I feel I was meant to do for the rest of my life. Back country fishing, most times with no one around and plenty of fish, means letting one go to a place that we often need in this busy life. Often the scenery is worth the trip. And even the busier areas seem to allow most to fish without people stacked up side by side. I wouldn't even think of living anyway else.
The fact that the Big Bend forum shares so much is a good thing. I realize that it does open us up to "lurkers" but the trade-off is meeting a bunch of great fisherman. And learning from each other. One can argue we don't always share the same beliefs but we all share the love of the water and I haven't met anyone on this site that I wouldn't invite to the Garagebar.
Yeah, this is a little sappy, but it's a rainy day and I'm feeling a little sensitive today so thought I'd share my feelings on what we have and what we should try to preserve going forward.
Now...back to your regular scheduled programming.
SuperJox wrote: »
Tarpon are here! They are migrants passing through. Bayport is known for good fly fishing for tarpon apparently. You have to pole or quietly trolling motor for them North of Pine Island-sh I think. I was told one was hooked a mile off Pine Island very recently on a corked pinfish and another captain said they started showing. Normally in June I'll see a few boats poling for them. We haven't tried it ourselves yet.
Grady-lady wrote: »
Visited Mullet Hole for the first time. 'Educated' some folks fishing there about smoking mullet and making dip. Walked the path to a causeway (that's what it looks like) and passed a quarry pond (my description) on the way back. The area looks like dredge and fill. Does anyone know the story?
magot wrote: »
Nice job, Bill.
I love the area. Just don't get back much.