• Oct 31 Sawpit Boat Ramp on A1A at Nassau Sound

    Flood Tide Outing: Oct, 31st  Happy Halloween

    Where

    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.

    When

    5.4 high tide at 9:27 AM.  I would launch at 7:30 to check out some spots

    Parking

    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.

    Fishing

    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.

    Breakfast

    I will stop by McDonald’s and pick up some biscuits to pass out.

     

     

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  • September 19, 2020 Cedar Point Flood Tide

    It is about time we do an outing.

    Photograph by Will Dickey www.willdickey.com

    This is flood tide season and we have a 5.9 ht. tide on the 19th of Sep.  at 10:50 AM so get your flood tide flies dusted off.  We will launch from Cedar Point boat ramp.  We will not do food at this outing.  Let us know soon if you want to go and if you need a ride.  We will do our best to match you up with someone with a boat.  Canoes and Kayaks are very good at Cedar Point.   You do not need to cross the intracoastal unless you want to , there are plenty of flats within ¼ mile of the ramp.

    Crab patterns are what you need.  Both floating and sinking flies work for tailing reds.  A Dupree Spoon has always been a good fly to use and I am sure the new fly shop will have them available.

    I will have some extra flies if needed so look me up at the ramp. You need to use at least a 15 pound tippet to prevent getting broke off in the grass.  You should have some good wading shoes that fit tight so you do not lose them in the mud.  If you stay in the short grass you should be OK, do not try and wade though the taller grass, it is soft and you may sink up to your knees.   You should be able to get close to these fish so you do not have to make 50 foot cast.

    I am looking forward to seeing everyone and I hope we have good weather and catch some good fish. ~ Dick


  • August 3, 2020

    Our August meeting will be on Zoom. Setup Zoom ahead of time on your computer, phone or tablet.  We’ll meet at 7 PM EST on 8/3/2020.

    We are please to have as our guest speaker Captain Lawrence Piper.

    Capt. Lawrence Piper
    Capt. Lawrence Piper

    Captain Lawrence Piper was born in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, grew up just north of the lighthouse and has been fishing here all his life. In addition to knowing the history of the island, he can point you to the best sites and restaurants, too! He has been an Amelia Island fishing guide and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed charter boat operator since 2006 and enjoys seeing people catch fish as much as he loves to fish! He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and will be happy to help with your Fly Casting. All things fishing are his passion, whether it be fishing the back waters with light tackle, making fishing related leather items, tying flies, fly fishing, reading fishing books and articles, writing about fishing or collecting and making fishing lures. He likes to cook and love’s seafood! He’s got the angler’s mark and wants to share that passion with you and your family, too! Captain Piper prides himself in being professional, service oriented, humble, yet confident in his abilities as your Amelia Island fishing guide. Get Away From it All and…Let’s Go Fishing!

     

    Website: The Angler’s Mark

    Fly Fishing Page

     


  • April 29, 2020

    Leader Tying Demo Class

    Joe Mahler has kindly offered to conduct a short Leader Tying Class. This will be a virtual event using Zoom.

    The date is set for Wed., Apr 29, 2020  6pm – 6:40pm (EDT).  A reminder will be sent as we get closer to the 29th.  


    Joe Mahler (author, illustrator and casting instructor) should be known to most as he conducted the fly casting clinic at our Deep Creek Rendezvous.     He has published a book of Essential Knots that has the knots he uses for tying leaders with his formula in the Saltwater version.   Essenntial Knots and Rigs for Saltwater

    You’ll need to install the Zoom app on either your PC, Mac , iPhone, iPad or Android Device. Please visit this link:https://zoom.us/download well before the meeting to get setup and test. Please mute your audio during the meeting.

    Please be aware that Zoom is gonna want to use your webcam – be prepared;  have some gum ready to put over the lens.  You might also use a Post-it note, it is less sticky and impermanent.  If you are less heroic and move observant you can click the “Stop Video” button and hide your ugly mug. 

     

     


  • Cedar Point

    Direction to boat ramp.

    If you go over the Wonderwood bridge on I 295 headed North take the Heckscher Dr. exit and turn right. If you are headed South on I-295 take the Heckscher Dr. exit and turn left.  At the light turn left (North) on New Berlin Rd.  and you will go about 3 ½ miles and you will come to Cedar Point Rd. Turn right and stay on Cedar Point Rd. for about 7 miles and the entrance of the ramp is on your left.  The ramp is in a remote area if you have never been their before.  At one point you will have to turn right to stay on Cedar Point Rd. 

    GPS settings 9023 Cedar Point Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. then drive on .3 miles to the ramp. Google Maps link is here 

    Directions on National Park Service Site is at this link

    Cedar Point

  • March 7, 2020

    Low Tide at Cedar Point

    Breakfast will be severed from 8 a.m. till 9:30 a.m. We will have coffee, donuts and sausage biscuits.  

    If you launch by 10:00 a.m.  this will give you 3 hours of outgoing tide and a few hours of incoming tide before it get dark.  As the tide is going out the reds will move from the back of the creeks and stay close to the mouths of the creeks.  Some of these spots will be the mouth of the creek at the intracoastal and some of these spots will be at the creek mouths inside the larger creeks.  Any small creek that dumps into a larger creek can be a good spot to check out and wait for the reds come to you.  The lower the tide gets the easier it will be to see the reds moving around.  I have not fished this winter but the reds should be in schools when you find them.  If you want to blind cast then cast to the base of oyster beds or to points or any other structure you see in the creeks.  Also cast to choke points between oyster beds. 

    All crab patterns and bait fish patterns should be good to use.  A black clouser is always a good fly to use.  When you cast to a moving fish, do not look at the fish, look 4-6 feet in front of the fish in the direction they are moving.  If you look at the fish and want to cast ahead of them, in most cases you will cast right on top of the fish because you are looking at the fish.  Got that piece of info from an article in a magazine article years ago and it is true.  

    The sun will set about 6:20 so keep that in mind because there is no lights at Cedar Point.  The moon will be almost full so that may help.  The weather forecast is mid 40’s to 60 during the day.

    LOCATION: Cedar Creek Details at this LINK

    See you all for breakfast.


  • May 2020

    This outting will be at Riverdale the St Johns River and the target fish will be bass and bluegill. – Exact date to be determined

    Click this link for details on the Riverdale fishing location