Monthly Archives: October 2015

9-27-15 Ochlockonee River and Econfina River State Parks

White Squirrels! The Ochlockonee River State Park south of Tallahassee, has a few friends waiting for you! Yes, the white squirrels are quote tame and will try to bum a potato chip or two from you. The park has a nice dock and some walk down area that you can fish from. The rain was coming down for the entire time we were there, so it was needless to say, a little slow at the park. if fact, we were the only visitors for the 2 1/2 hours we were there!

The tide was moving pretty well, so I thought I would do well off the dock. I tried to fish for the saltwater predators first, but nothing was biting. I switched to bass gear, and that didn’t produce any bites either. The only thing that was biting were the squirrels as you can see by the picture.

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The Econfina River park was also not very crowded. Only a few cars drove in, mostly to as how the fishing was. I talked to the park ranger and he said fishing was good for catfish right now, and reds and trout did not move in until next month. I asked him about the bass, and he said yes, they are doing pretty well. The tide was moving out and it was close to low tide. I tried the trick work on a shaky head since the bottom was hard shells and rocks. I picked up a 12″ bass right off the bat. I caught another one, and then landed a nice bowfin or mudfish around 4 pounds. According to the locals that stopped by, you can have 30-50 fish days kayaking down the river in the late spring to summer months. A great place to fish that is not crowded, so take it in if you have   the chance.

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9-26-15 Natural Bridge State Park and Bald Point State Park

South of Tallahassee, off the beaten patch, is a secluded park called Natural Bridge. At the north end of the park is an underground river, and where it come up is a great fishing spot. In the tannic stained water I saw many bass swimming and a few bream. Most were skittish, and I could not get them to look at a lure. I did catch a few on a watermelon trick work around 12″ long.

I did get another one to come look at a vintage Creek Chub darter, but it never struck. It followed it for about a few yards, and gave up.

The next Park that we stopped at was Bald Point.  It is exactly that, a point that extends out into the gulf where the Ochlockonee River enters the gulf.  This was a very interesting place to fish since I could wade or fish off the dock.

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There is a nice eddy that forms around the dock near the bank, and is a great place to fish.  I was able to catch a flounder and a nice trout on my Yozuri jerk bait.  I had few other bites, and had a real nice flounder break my line and cost me a lure!