It has been a long time since I took a vacation where I could actually disconnect. The first few days I just rested, then we went to Wekiwa Springs, and I didn't even bring my phone. Yesterday we went to Rock Springs though, and I took some pics of the girls on the run coming out of the head water.
Drew and I had taken a trip to Lake Harris in search of some dark water bass, but all we caught was a sunburn, a pic of these turtles and had an alligator grab my stick bait. The peak bite wasn't till much later and I didn't have the heart to make her stay, so we went for some Greek pizza.
You can rent these tubes at King Tube for 5 dollars for the whole day. I have a Toyota Corolla so the girls had to hold the tubes outside the window, but it is a short distance from Kings to Kelly Park. They found it rather exiting.
A great day for herping too, or it was until I got covered in ticks. I found a black racer, and Lily found this beautiful Broad Head Skink.
I have found a lot of water snakes this Spring, and last night one of them found me. It was right after cutting to retie. I was sitting on the bank, making my knot, when I heard a little movement in the grass. The flashlight I brought was in my mouth so that my hands were free to work, and so when I turned to look at the disturbance it lit upon a large water snake. Don't get me wrong, I look for snakes all the time, but I prefer to see them first, and he was practically in my lap, and in the dark. The first thing that pops in your head is moccasin, but as he startled and turned to retreat, I saw that it was just a big Brown. I did pay more attention to my surroundings after that.
Oh, they opened an Academy Sports in Lake Mary, so me and Drew went to check it out. They carry their own brand of hard baits called H2O xpress that are quite reasonable, and I feel much better about losing these at 3.99 and 2.99 rather than 9.99 to 24.99. This is the Bluegill square bill and it has great casting distance. I also like it because the orange, greens and dark back play off of the many shiners in my lake. I caught 7 bass on it Thursday at Lake Destiny, but they were all small, so I gave a few to my neighbor. Her freezer had been left unplugged while we cleaned up a flood that arose from some clogged pipes. We never plugged it back in so she lost all her fish and meat. I told her I'd get her some more fish, and I think its good to remove a portion of the smaller bass in a lake, but also gar and cats.
I also took one on a Big Bite stick in Kiwi.
Yesterday, after the Springs, I wasn't feeling too well, so I laid down for a bit. When I woke up I remembered that Friday was the highest scoring day for the lunar calendar in the past 2 months. So I got dressed and went to the Roost.
I have to take back what I said about the Stank X baits Bluegilla and night fishing here. It worked awesome at night. I missed two in open water, that's just sad, but I also caught my first two fish on this at 3.94 and 7.20 respectively.
The first fish I thought would weigh 3 and she was closer to 4, but the second one I guesstimated at 6 and she went 7.2. It is nice to have a scale now, but there is no way I can get the Florida Trophy catch shot by myself so I will have to come up with something. I have released 3 fish in here and 2 at the house that looked larger than her, so now I have the scale to find out.
I ended up landing my limit with a very healthy bag.
There were also some 2 pounders roaming around, and I took one of them on a Big Bite craw.
I like this craw, but I had it on a wide gap hook with a shank that was too short to rig it the way I wanted to. I would recommend a worm hook with a longer shank or a Shaky head.
I took a "final" cast on my way out and the guy below destroyed my last Rebel Gill. I will have to get some more of those. Great night.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.