Riverdale Boat Ramp: March 27

  • Time: Launch 8 AM
  • Tide:  Low Tide 8:24 AM
  • Breakfast: Sausage Biscuits before launch.

Directions

Riverdale Boat Ramp is on CR 13.  Take I95 South and take exit 323 and go West on 9 Mile Road/13A/ Pacett Road for about 4 ½ miles and the road comes to a T-intersection at 208.  Turn right for ¼ miles and turn left on 13A.  Then turn right at the next T-intersection on 214.  The next T-intersection is CR 13, turn left for about 1 ½ miles and the ramp is on your right. St Johns County Boat Ramp PDF

The spot

When the tide is low you have more room to cast under docks.  You can fish the shore line around tree stumps and fish small creeks that run off the St. Johns River.  of there is a wind this will tell you what side of the river you should fish.

If the wind is coming from the West then fish the West side of the river and vise-versa.  To get to the East side of the river can be a rough ride depending on the wind speed.

Canoe or Kayak ?

If you have a canoe or kayak then you  will have to keep close to the ramp on East side and fish shoreline  and the docks. You can wade fish around the docks in most places.  There is another option for canoe and kayaks if it is too windy.  If you keep headed South past the ramp about 2 ¾ miles there is a bridge over a small creek. There is an area along side the bridge that you can launch a canoe or kayak.  I have fished this creek many times and done well.

Paddling.com link with pictures and a map.

The fish

I am going to target bluegills and redbreast using a 5 wt. Rod and small flies.  Sometime you will catch bass in the same area.  If you want to fish for bass I would use 6 to 8 wt. Rod because the flies are heavier.  Bass will probably be in a little deeper water holding on the drop offs.  Use your deep recorder to locate these spots.  Top water in the morning for bass.

The Flies

For bass you can use large woolly buggers, clousers and deceivers patterns.  For the bluegills and redbreast most flies with a little weight and rubber legs should do well, also Pheasant tail nymph, Mopp fly, small woolly buggers and bone fish patterns will should do the job.

 

 


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