Fishing report for the Yankeetown & Crystal River Area

August 30, 2008

Saltwater/Yankeetown (Nearshore) “Fish of the Day” On a recent trip, Rich and Bridgette Whitney, of Tampa, caught a variety of fish while fishing the grass flats and spoil islands off of Yankeetown..Species caught included Trout, Small Grouper, and Redfish, along with the typical by-catch. Bridgette ended up the trip catching the “fish of the day”. A 24″ Red caught on a shrimp- tipped Cajun Thunder. Salt water /Crystal River (Offshore) How Hot is it? Only one way to describe the water tempreture in the gulf of Mexico and that is HOT…D**n HOT. Most of the Grouper being caught recently have been […]

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Tropical Storm Fay: The Good …The Bad,

August 26, 2008

Oklawaha/Freshwater Thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, water levels on the Silver and Oklawaha Rivers have risen dramatically.  On Monday, we did a re-con trip and found the dock at the Ocala Boat Basin about a foot under water.  The Silver River entrance was virtually blocked by downed trees.  We did manage to get down the Oklawaha River a couple of miles, dodging submerged trees and snags most of the way.  Because of the flooded woods, and still rising waters, expect more of these obstructions in the near future.  Be careful. The bad news is that in the short term this […]

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This Week on the Oklawaha With Captain Nick

August 14, 2008

Freshwater: Bass fishing on the Oklawaha River has been hit and miss lately.  Lots of small schooling large mouth everywhere, but the big-uns we’ve really had to work for.   On the other hand, if you like Pike(Chain Pickerel), fishing the action is non stop. The best bet is to use downsized light action tackle for the schoolers (they like Rapalas Original Floating Twitch Bait). For the big-uns use wild shiners in the heavy cover and deep holes (the pike are stupid and will hit anything).

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Yankeetown, saltwater flats water temps are way up…..

August 14, 2008

Saltwater Nearshore/Inshore: Water temps inside are way up this time of year, shortening up the window of opportunity to catch fish. On Sunday, we fished the spoil islands just south of the Florida Barge Canal, and the bite was very slow. Blame it on the week tide, late start, or the 86 degree water temp. Good news, the water and air temps should be decreasing soon, now if I can manage to leave the dock by 6 A.M., we will have it made. Saltwater Offshore: On a recent trip out to one of the shipwrecks, several small Grouper (just under […]

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Fishing Report, This time of year its best to be an Early Bird

August 6, 2008

Gulf of Mexico (Cedar Key to Crystal River) High water temps have pushed most everything we fish for to deeper water. Lately, the best Trout bite has been early morning, in 6 to 8 feet of water. We’ve recently been fishing the grass flats in the Lowes Bay area with mixed results. The Reds have also moved out of the creeks into deeper, cooler waters around the outside oyster bars and spoil islands of the Withlacoochee Reefs (Yankeetown). Most Grouper reports I’ve recently heard of indicate they are offshore in 40 to 60 feet of water, and few and far […]

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