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Fishing Charters in Saint Augustine

Happy Birthday to Me!-

About once a year, usually in the spring, I get an itch to go fishing. When it hits me I usually  run into my husband’s office like an eight-year-old kid screaming, honey, honey, can we please go fishing? When would you like to go he asks? For my birthday  I exclaim.  I’ll call Capt. James and see if he has it available.

 

I love Capt. James  fishing charter, Drumman Charters. He has been taking me fishing on my birthday for about 5 years. He has a great boat and my husband and I feel very comfortable fishing on it together.  The first time I went out with Capt. James was my first fishing lesson in the Saint Augustine inter-coastal waterway. Boy did I have a lot to learn. Capt. James taught me everything I needed to know, all I had to do was show up wearing sunscreen. He has the poles, the bait, the boat, and a cooler full of water. He also has a cooler of ice to keep your fresh catch cold and my goal that day was to fill it with Red Drum!

We used live bait, so he baited  all my hooks for me (now that’s service). I wasn’t too comfortable casting in the beginning, so he did that for me too. But with a few pointers from Capt. James soon I was casting on my own feeling confident and comfortable and having the time of my life on his boat. Did we catch fish you ask? Why of course we did. Capt. James informed me that every morning he goes out looking for fish, he says the trick is finding spots where the fish are not feeling too much pressure. Every year that I have gone out  with him he has shown us new places to fish, new techniques and a great time.

The scenery and the fingers of the inter-coastal waterway is breathtaking. This is why I sometimes like to fish here instead of in the open water. I find it more relaxing and every time I’m out it’s like I’m on wildlife tour. Every trip, we take some time out from fishing to watch the dolphin play. I never get tired of watching dolphin and I always feel like it’s a great birthday present when they make their appearance for me. Capt. James on the other hand reminds me that dolphin are not good for fishing. So with that he starts his engine and takes me to a new spot, a secret spot.

Fish you catch yourself always tastes better (he cleans them for ya too). I have caught all kinds of things out  there on Capt. James’s charter. We have caught redfish, trout, flounder and sheep-head, all great to eat. But some fish are just fun to catch. Capt. James takes us for those too, this past April my husband caught a 40 pound bonnet head shark out with Capt. James. That will get your adrenaline going and going and going. I have caught some really fun fish that fight and make you feel alive. The inter-coastal at certain times of year is full of ladyfish, they put up a great fight, I don’t know if the word lady should actually be in their name. I have also caught some Jacks that showed me a really a good time and a puffer fish who was really fun to watch blow himself up. My point is you never know what you can catch out there but I do know with Capt. James,  you  always catch something , that’s just the kind of guy he is. Your experience is so important to him that he gets up every day  and goes and looks for fish. Who does that? He’s a dedicated Capt., a wonderful tour guide and a hell of a fisherman and that’s why I love fishing with Drumman charters.

You can find Capt. James at http://www.drummancharters.com

1-904-687-9498

 

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Kayak Fishing in St Augustine

Life’s  for Livin’-

 

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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