Ocklawaha Fishing Report
From Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick
After the day we had fishing on the Ocklawaha River recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be either “Livin Rite” or just lucky. Maybe both.
On Tuesday, 4/21, I talked two of my buddies, Eric and Alan, into taking a day off of work, and joining me for a couple of hours of fishing on the Ocklawaha river near Ocala. I didn’t have to twist their arms very hard.
After picking up a couple dozen wild shiners, we were on our way to a day none of us would forget too soon.
Had pretty good luck right off,. Each of us caught a legal Bass within the first few minutes of fishing, and the bite in general seemed pretty good.
After 30 minutes or so the bite slowed, so I suggested that we move to a spot down River that had produced some nice Bass in the past. Within 5 minutes of dropping the hook, my pal Eric had caught a nice 6 lb. Bass, while Alan and I had nothing to show but a Mudfish and a Garr.
On our way back to the dock, all we could talk about was how beautiful a day it was, and how lucky we were to be spending it on the River. We had no idea.
About that time we thought we heard a noise in the woods and wondered what it could be…a dear, a bear, whatever it was sounded big.
As we slowed to get a better look, I noticed that the ground was moving around the base of a huge Cypress Tree. Simultaneously, we all three realized this 500 year old tree was coming down and we were in its path.
Now, I would like to think that going to full throttle saved our lives, but I know better. When the tree hit the water we were about one boat length away.
“Gotta Be Living Rite and Lucky”
Note: Eric caught and released that 6lb. Bass in honor of his recently departed friend ,”Inc”.