Friday we took the airboat and fished the “skinny water’ around Lowes Bay and the Withalacoochee Reefs area off the Levy County coast.
Started out about 9 a.m. and immediately spotted a school of huge Black Drum (30-50 lbs.) around a submerged oyster bar.? We threw everything in the bait well at them, cut mullet and live shrimp, but only managed to? land one.? We pushed further outside and fished the last of a strong incoming tide around the outer most oyster bars in the area.
By noon time, high tide, we had managed a mixed bag including Black Drum, Red Fish, Flounder, Spotted Sea Trout, a couple of huge Jack Cravelles, and yes, even a few of those fishes with whiskers, “Meow”.
SATURDAY THE PERFECT DAY
Saturday we departed from the Yankeetown Public Boat Ramp and we headed off the Citrus County coast, about 18 miles, to an old shipwreck.? Arrived there about 10 a.m..
Right off the bat, a school of Cobia showed up and it was “Off to the races”!
“No better fish in the world to sight cast to.
Within 5 minutes of dropping anchor,
we have 2 grown men performing a Chinese Fire Drill on a 20′ Boat!
What a sight.
By days end we had caught 2 Cobia, 20 Gag Grouper, 6 Keywest (Pinkmouth) Grunts, 2 Mangrove (Gray) Snapper, a Spanish Mackerel, a Nurse Shark (about 200 lbs.), and one close encounter with a huge Goliath Grouper.
It was one of those beautiful “Chamber of Commerce” days.
On the ride in, I just looked up at the sky and said “Thank you”.
Crystal River, Yankeetown &?Waccasassa?Florida Fishing Reports from Captain Nick