Drew and I decided to kill time on a trail while we waited for Lily to finish her shift at the Chocolate factory. We got a little side tracked from the trail and found this circle of benches in the woods.
This creek is actually part of Little Wekiva, but reminds me of the way Howell Branch use to look before they dammed it up. As kids we would walk the trails and wade the creek looking for bass, bluegill and red bellies. Our tackle usually consisted of an ultralight, rooster tails, small plugs and poppers. Sometimes we would take a fly rod, but the branches were pretty unforgiving in most of the stretches. I will definitely come back here for a little creek fishing. The water was about 2 foot higher last time I saw the creek, but it looks pretty good right now.
I asked my baby girl if she would go looking for the creek with me, but we had to go spend some birthday money first. She got some really cool, camouflage Airwalks, and there was still enough time for a walk, so we got to find the tannic water.
We watched sparrows while we waited for Lily to finish making chocolate, and found out that the AC had broken while we were gone. Lily got see the pressures of business and the response of the owner when something goes wrong. They had to take some of the chocolate to a business next door, and then a very large order was picked up by her husband to take home where it was cooler. Fortunately the repair man was on his way, because chocolate doesn't like the heat so much, and apparently me eating all of it before it melted was not an option. I tried.
Lily made some beautiful white chocolate turkeys, and learned a lot from Miss Betsy today.
A few days later I picked the girls up from school, and headed to Bitters. What a great tackle store, and very friendly people. They make their own line of soft plastics for 2.99 a bag or 2 for 5.00. I bought some craws and worms, then decided to try them out. We headed over to Crane's Roost and it was another one of those difficult, blue bird days. The water is rather dark there, but it was so light and clear out that I decided to switch from the darker colors to a Houdini Craw. They loved it, but I missed 2 and then Lily pulled this one out.
We took a brake and looked at some turtles.
I highly recommend Bitters and taking your kids fishing. Their attention spans were short tonight and Lily fell in the water, but they had a good time climbing the wall and running along the bank. Her original plan of stalking the carp in here, well it took longer than five minutes, and those walls were a calling. Too much pent up energy after being in school all day I suppose.
But the bass fishing can be pretty good in here. According to the local charts, next weekend should be really good.
They will hit a variety of baits in here, and I have had success with craw in Houdini color, Green Pumpkin with red flake and a Tequila worm.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.