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Kayak Fishing The Nature Coast

Written by Brian Stauffer
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I’ve been fishing the Nature Coast of Florida for 20 plus years and find it is one of the hardest areas to target our inshore species reds, trout, and snook. With its dirty water, rocky bottom and numerous oyster bars the Nature Coast offers kayak fisherman many challenges. My lure of choice and most anglers are a topwater lure and the DOA 5.5 CAL rigged unweighted and weedless to avoid getting hung up.

Now on to the areas that I fish which starts south and works northward (that’s just the Land Surveyor in me). Starting with Aripeka a small fishing village that dates back to the early 1930’s which has numerous springs that feed the gulf.

Nature Coast Snook

Next will be a place called Mason’s creek on the south side of the Homosassa river and the north side of the Chassahowitzka National wildlife Refuge. This area is an awesome estuary and also the winter home of the rare Whooping Cranes.

Now let’s travel to what I refer as the watery Garden of Eden, Ozello with its endless creeks and mangrove isles. The possibilities are endless here with tailing reds, snook and some of the largest trout on our coast.

kayak fishing the nature coast

The last place would be the Yankeetown area both north and south of the Withlacoochee River and the Cross Fl Barge Canal. This area is also endless oyster bars and winding creeks holding over slot reds and snook.

Hope you enjoyed reading .I recommend researching this area for a road trip.


 

About the Author: Brian Stauffer is a avid kayak angler of over 20 years, also owner/operator of Fishhead Kayak Charters serving The Nature Coast of Florida.

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