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Dock Fishing The Alafia

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Decided to hit the Alafia yesterday, Sunday, and try my luck. Water temp was 67 at 7am when I launched, but got into the low 70s. Tides weren't great, but they were better than I expected. Water never got very high, but it didn't get very low either. Just a quick report on how I did, which wasn't great. Sure were a lot of boaters out yesterday, which made it pretty tough working docks with the waves crashing on shore and the boat rocking. The timing of your casts has to be spot on.

 

Just after launching, a guy comes up in his sweet Pathfinder 2200. Turned out to be Mark (sylvestermax). We chatted a bit and talked fishing. It was very nice to meet you Mark. Hope your day was better than mine yesterday.

 

Must have worked about 60 docks from 7am to 5pm. Did work some other areas, but docks seemed to be key to getting any bites at all. Also, worked any shade near the shore. I was using the 4" RT Mullet in shadflash and opening night. It was a small snook extravaganza on the docks. I probably caught 20 small snook, but must have lost another 20 that were small also. One I caught was just a little bigger than my lure. One dock held at least 7 small snook under it. There were so many short strikes too. I did manage a 26" snook under a dock, which was nice. I also got schooled by a good fish that immediately wrapped me around a dock post and got off. The first fish I caught off a dock was a 20 3/4" red, but that was the only red I caught all day. I did catch 2 jacks, one on the mullet and one on the ssj in chartreuse.

 

By 5pm, I was spent. Going to the Alafia on the weekend is not the brightest idea. So many boaters and jet skiers. Add in the 2 air boats out there and you complete the trifecta. Still it was good to be on the water. Lots and lots of action, but no size. Just honing my boat docking skills for when the big boys show up in Jan. and Feb.....hopefully.

 

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It was nice to meet you as well Dave. It was great chatting with you.

As you said the river is still not yet ready for Prime-Time. I didn't get into the snook like you did yesterday, but did wind up getting four 20-25 inch reds to the boat all day, two in the Alafia and two in the Palm River. I was also broken off buy what I think was a large Black Drum. I've caught them before at that particular dock. I headed up to the Palm River at around noon. It was a lot quieter up there.

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It just depends Barry. This next front is pretty cold, but then it will warm back up by the end of the week. Each cold front should bring more fish into the rivers. Yet, if we have warm days in between, I think they turn around and go right back out to the mouth or the flats. We need more cold fronts with cool days in between to really get the rivers,creeks and backwaters to be the places to go. Cloud cover in between fronts makes a huge difference too. It keeps the waters cooler. Water temps in the low 60s seem to be the ideal temp for the bigger fish to come into the rivers and stay. When the bait disappears off the flats, they will move and stage in the rivers at different locations prior to their final push to their winter haunts. Right now, the flats are flush with bait fish. That is where I should be fishing. I had a tremendous December last year on the flats and near the mouth of the LMR. Seems like Jan, Feb and March are the ideal months for fishing in the river, but much of it depends on the weather.

 

Nice work Mark! Fours reds is pretty good. All on artis?

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