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Frank is a lifelong resident of Brevard County Florida and a veteran fishing guide who has fished from the Bahamas to Montana. For more than 40 years he has guided on his home waters of the Mosquito Lagoon the Indian River and the Bahamas. He is a designer and builder custom fishing tackle, including the Catino Fly Reel. He has worked for Cortland Line Company for 20 years in product development and is their National Sales Manager.
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Low tide is 0.7 at 11:13 A.M. 8:30 A.M would be the best time to launch. This gives you time to get to your fishing spot and no be late, like I tell Kitty “the tide waits on no one”.
You do not need heavy weighted flies for low tide fishing. Floating WF fly line with a 6-7-8-9 wt. rod will be a good choice.
I will pick up some Breakfast Biscuits.
When you get to a creek and do not see any oysters beds sticking up then go into the creek and look for fish coming out. If you see a lot of oysters beds then the fish may be close to the mouth of the creek or very close. In the shallow water the fish will be very spooky and easy so be mindful of making a noise in the boat that will transfer to the water and then to the fish. If you see fish it may be best to stake out and wait for the fish to come to you.
Give Dick a call before you launch if you do not know the area. If you do not have a boat let us know, soon.
Please join us for our first meeting of 2021 on January 4th at 7:00 PM
Our speaker will be Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission Biologist Reid Hyle.
This program will include a new benchmark coastwide shad stock assessment and updated state management plan for shad.
Details to join the Zoom meeting will be sent out soon.
Reid is a life-long fisherman turned biologist. He grew up in southern Virginia mucking around catching perch, croakers, and puppy drum from the salt marshes behind his house and trying to catch Cobia and Stripers in the lower Chesapeake Bay. College took him to the mountains where he received a Bachelors degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech and spent four years learning how to catch Smallmouth Bass in the New River. While there he also worked two summers as a biotech in Shenandoah National Park where he learned how to sneak up on wild brookies and fool them with dry flies in super clear low flow summer conditions. Salt water called him back to the coast for graduate school and he received a Masters Degree in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He couldn’t decide though if he wanted to be in fresh water or salt so he split the difference and did a thesis on the reproductive biology of American Shad in Virginia. He has since spent 17 years working for FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute as a biologist on the St. Johns River, nine years on the middle St. Johns and the last eight years in the Upper St. Johns River. The Upper St. Johns River project monitors the fish populations of the upper St. Johns River and its lakes and impoundments like Stickmarsh and the new Fellsmere Reservoir. They also have a project using radio telemetry to track Largemouth Bass over along the restored sections of the Kissimmee River as part of a project to evaluate the response of fish to the restoration work. And for all 17 years in Florida Reid has worked to build a monitoring program for American Shad in the St. Johns River as part of the multistate fishery management plan administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
We will launch at Palm Valley boat ramp under the 210 bridge. Low tide is 2:19 PM. I would launch at 11:00 AM.
383 S Roscoe Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32082
Roscoe Road under the Palm Valley Bridge
GPS Lat: 30 7’57.88”N | Long: 81 23’6.43”W
Clousers, Crab and Shrimp patterns are good flies to use. I would not use heavy flies because there are a lot of oyster beds to get hung up on.
If you go South from the ramp there is good low tide fishing for miles. Some places along side of the intracoastal (ICW) can be good but boat traffic can be a problem. There are many creeks that you can go up into and find fish along both sides of ICW. The-Top Sport– map Daytona Beach to Jacksonville (map number N221) is a very good. Our own Capt. Larry Miniard is one of the guides that had input on the areas marked in this stretch of the ICW. Larry has lived and fished this area for most of his fishing career. 6 and 8 wt. rods with floating lines and a 9 ft. leader would be a good choice.
Palm Valley Outdoors is next to the ramp if you need any supplies. If you go South from the ramp a good area at Marker #3 on both sides, Marker #9 west side, behind Pine Island at Marker 20. The low tide is a minus 0.3 so do not stay too long back in those creeks. Let us know if you are coming and if you do not have a boat or kayak. We will try our best to get you with someone with as boat. I will have subs sandwich and chip for everyone to pick up at the ramp.
We will launch at Cedar Point Boat Ramp. The low tide is at 2:15 PM. The best fishing is going to be 2 to 3 hours before the low tide and 2 hours of the incoming tide. If you fish the incoming tide that will put you on the water close to dark so I would concentrate on fishing starting 3 hours before low tide. I would launch between 10:30 – 11:00 AM. This will give you time to get to the spot you want to fish so you will have at least 2 hours of falling tide to fish. Many flies work well for Red’s at low tide. Crab, Shrimp and Clousers are all good patterns. 6 to 8 weight rods with WF Floating line are good. I use a 9 ft. leader with a 12-15 pound tippet. With this colder weather the Reds may be in schools and if they are they may be harder to find but when you find them, there will be a lot of them.
Check out the mouths of creeks and around oyster bars. If you do not know the area, get with me either the day of the outing or give me a call. Because of the 2:15 tide it is going to be too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, so I will pick up some sub sandwiches for lunch. If you do not have a boat and need a ride let me know as soon as you can and I will try and find you someone to go with.
This time we are going to launch at Sawpit Boat Ramp on A1A at Nassau Sound. One of the reasons for our outings is to learn new places and Sawpit is a good location and you do not need a boat, but a boat is better.
5.4 high tide at 9:27 AM. I would launch at 7:30 to check out some spots
Pay attention to the No Parking sign along the A1A. You will pass the spot on the way to Sawpit. There is a parking fee at Sawpit ramp.
There are some spot South of the ramp that you can walk into from A1A. David and I did this in the middle of September and I caught a nice red. You could also wade in from the side of the road at Simpson Creek that is a mile or so South of Sawpit. There are some very good fishing spot in this area. If you are using a kayak there is a strong current at this location but you do not have to cross the inlet to get to them. There is a creek right next to the ramp that goes for 3 or more miles and has a lot of flooded flats to fish.
I will stop by McDonald’s and pick up some biscuits to pass out.