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 Post subject: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 29th, 2009, 9:19 am 
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The fcff's Ocala outing was scheduled for the lakes of the Ocala National Forest but the wind changed all that. Rick, Bob, Jason and I decided to fish an area that offered some shelter from the extreme condition and that area was Alexander Springs.
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It was a 5.8 mile down stream paddle from the launch to the take out and required us to coordinate a shuttle. With Jason's truck parked at the take out we were on the water fishing by 9Am. The river started as a wide lily pad dotted crystal clear body of water from 1 to 3 feet deep and full of fish. I had a take on my first cast. We were fishing top water poppers and everyone was catching fish.
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As we made our way down river we found that it narrowed. The further south we went the more the surroundings changed and by mid way down we felt like we were fishing a completely different area.
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The winds were brutal and at times you would find yourself tangled and cursing but the action was none stop.
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After 9 hours of fishing and paddling we made our way to the chicken Shack in Bunnell for some fine fried chicken. We shared our best catch stories and memorable moments over a couple of ice teas and beers. On my ride home tired and spent with lightning flashing on the northern horizon I couldn't help but feel lucky and thankful to have made so many great friends through the fcff.


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 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 29th, 2009, 12:52 pm 
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Beautiful red bellies. I like photo #6.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 29th, 2009, 6:57 pm 
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Sounds like a great plan B!! I could rent you guys a set of kayak wheels....haha.

I wish I could have gotten out; I'm finally back on east coast time after a week in Arizona.

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 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 30th, 2009, 7:01 am 
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Very nice photos! looks tranguil! Cool

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 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 30th, 2009, 6:36 pm 
Rob,

Great pictures. Was there a boat ramp where you put in/out?


 
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 30th, 2009, 8:58 pm 
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Jim,

I believe that the area where Rob et al. fished is a "no motor zone".....

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 Post subject: Re: Ocala Outing - Alexander Springs
PostPosted: March 31st, 2009, 6:30 am 
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That's right, there are no motorized crafts allowed. It's an easy paddle though.


 
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