Fall fishing on the Chassahowitzka River. What could be better?

jere-redfishHi, friends and readers:

One of my favorite places on Earth is my fishing camp on the Chassahowitzka River, about eighty miles north of St. Petersburg. The camp sits on an island in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, right where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a remote location that can only be reached by boat. We have a gasoline generator, solar power, and a gravity water system.

In recent years, the fishing up there has steadily improved, due to better fisheries management by the State of Florida.

Back in early September, Tropical Storm Hermine blew past the river, sending an eight-foot storm surge all the way up the river, to the marina where we kept our boat. The surge sank the boat, but thankfully it was insured. After weeks of searching, I found a good boat suitable for the river, and this past Friday my partner Greg and I trailered the new boat up to the river. We went fishing for about an hour, in a creek north of the river, where I caught this beautiful redfish on a live shrimp.

love the Chassahowitzka …. 🙂

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