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Kayak Fishing in St Augustine

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Hey Smooch do you want to go kayak fishing? Heck yeah…NO… Kind of… Yes but I’m scared.

 

Kayak fishing! It sounds exciting and scary at the same time. I love to fish and I love to kayak,  put them together and how could that be scary. Well, there is the casting with a hook on the line, the fact that a mullet could jump into my kayak and I scream so much  I tip myself over and alligators.

Okay I’ll go!

So my husband plans the trip with Bart from Action Kayak Adventures, he is local here in St. Augustine Florida. On the particular day we’re going Bart says it’s best to leave around 4:30 in the afternoon.  Bart says all you need to bring is sunscreen and  a snack if we want one, he provides everything else, kayaks, life vests, poles and bait.

 

We meet him at 4:30 and he is there as promised with our kayaks all decked out and all the gear we need.  He gives us a brief  lesson  on what we need to know to make the best of our experience, and away we go. The kayaks are some of the most comfortable and high end that I have been in here in St. Augustine. If you’ve ever spent three or four hours in a kayak you  know how important that is. This guy definitely takes great care in his business. We kayak about a mile at a leisurely pace enjoying the scenic views and reach our first fishing spot. Bart baits up my husband’s hook and sends him to the open water area and ties up to my kayak against the shoreline. He baits my hook,  casts my line and gives me a lesson on redfish behavior. I want to know everything.  I’m going to pick his brain on every bit of information he has on how to catch a Red Drum. Mullet are jumping every where…confusing my brain and scaring me as they leap and splash all around my Kayak. Is that a Red Fish, is that one?

“I GOT ONE”!

My husband Yells to us that he has hooked a Red!!!!  The Red takes him for a ride, turns his kayak around and begins his fight. I watched from the shore, fishing from my own kayak. My husband had the time of his life with his redfish. It was a beautiful redfish,  lots of spots and he was a keeper. We had him for lunch the next day  on the half shell.

We continued fishing and Bart continued sharing his wisdom with me when I asked him a perplexing question. Bart, why did that turtle just swim by and keep his head out of the water the whole time?

Tracey.. That was a baby alligator!  So my trip had just turned  to adrenaline producing  in the blink of an eye. Come on guys let’s get a new spot  says Bart and we began to paddle to a new fishing  hole. On our way we paddled through an area with a few more gators. At this point I informed Bart that if an alligator jumped into my kayak I was going to beat him(Bart that is) to death with my paddle. He then informed me that first I should probably smack the alligator. Once again Bart was thinking of me and wanted me to have a great experience.

It was a wonderful experience! The adrenaline from the gator,( they really are harmless and just want to keep their distance), catching fish,  learning something new and kayaking in this beautiful area was above and beyond my expectations. I am so glad I did it and I can’t wait to do it again. Next time my husband asks me, ” honey do you want to go  kayak fishing?” My answer will be” Hell yeah” without any hesitation. My only question will be, can Bart take us?

 

You can find Bart at Action Kayak Adventures-

www.actionkayakadventures.com   1-904-325-0344

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Late Fall Fishing Report for St Augustine, FL

 

There is a chill in the air. It must be November. The fish are starting their transition from eating mullet to switching to crab and shrimp. The beginning of November will have the last of the mullet run. It started with the finger mullet in October and by the middle of November the last of the big roe mullet will be heading south for the winter. The water temperature is in the high 60s. It will be dropping in the next few months with every passing cold front.

 

 

 

With the drop in temperatures the fish have started to move around. The winter species such as Blackdrum and Sheephead have started to show up in the creeks. Fish the deeper holes in the creeks or around structure or docks. Use a fiddler crab or a shrimp on a jig-head or fish finder rig to tempt these fish. Don’t be surprised if a nice redfish finds your bait as they will also be in the same locations.

Another species that prefers cooler water is the spotted sea trout. These fish love the water temperature in the 60s. Look for these fish along the deeper drops of the ICW or the holes around oyster beds in the creeks. I prefer using artificial lures to target trout. My favorite set up is a Z-Man paddlerz soft plastic on a 1/4 ounce jig-head. I also downsize my tackle in the winter time. I rig my reels with 10 pound Spiderwire and use 15 pound fluorocarbon leaders.

The last two years we have had mild winters and the water has only dropped into the mid-50s. These higher temperatures have helped our local snook population rebound. In the last few months there have been a decent number of reported Snook catches in our area. I have not heard of any keeper size Snook but many are in the lower 20s”. If we have another mild winter expect to have a good summer next year for these exciting game fish.
With all of these species the key is to fish your bait slowly. A fish’s metabolism slows with the cooler water so it takes them a while to eat your bait. Wait until your line comes tight before you set the hook.

This is a great time of year to get out on the water. Try to fish the days between the cold fronts, if possible. The fish are extremely hungry and the waterways are a lot less crowded this time of year. Put on a jacket and hat and enjoy our natural coastal environment. An added feature this time of year is enjoying the Nights of Lights from the Intracoastal. You will get a whole different view from the water.

Until next report, tight lines.
Thanks,
Capt. James

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Contributed by Capt. James Dumas

Inshore flats fishing – Drum Man Charters- www.drummancharters.com

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Fishing in Beautiful Saint Augustine

This is our summer time fishing report.

Capt. James Dumas 

 

 

The weather is hot but so is the fishing. On the inshore fishing scene you either want to be out at

first light in the morning or in the evenings. The mid-day is hot and

the fish like to take a little nap. We are targeting red fish in the

creeks or on the flats. They are eating a well-placed soft plastic bait.

I prefer the ZMan paddlerz in the redbone color. If you are throwing

flies, a simple chartreuse and black clouser works great. For the live

bait angler a mud minnow or piece of cut lady fish on a jig head works

great. There are also flounder, trout, tarpon, black drum, sharks, jacks,

and ladyfish inshore during the summer.

 

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