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highanddry posted 10-12-2004 01:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for highanddry   Send Email to highanddry  
Back in the very early 70s we lived in this area and I boated, fished and dived a bit here. I remember catching a lot of fish. We used an old Lyman wooden 18 footer, 75 horse Johnson. Since this was before GPS and my dad did not believe in charts we generally just wandered around until we lucked out. I dropped out of the boat on several ocassions outfited with my Nimrod SCUBA diving set purchased I believe at JC Penny (?) with money saved mowing lawns. On several occasions after swimming over grassy areas I would come upon rock reefs in about 30 feet of water. We were quite aways out. I also remember the water being not so clear at the surface and fairly clear at the bottom. So, my question, does anyone here dive this area and can they provide locations, tips, information?
I think the first time we went out here my dad had the whole family in tow, my two preteen sisters were not at all enthusiastic. They at the marina lifted the boat into the water and told us not to go to far out. Well, we went out pretty darn far. We caught so many fish there was no room for people--big fish too. When we showed back up at the marina and lift all the fancy boats with their crews were unloading their tiny catches. One fellow who worked there asked us how we did. I told him we caught a bunch of fish. He kinda rolled his eyes. That was when my sister and brother picked up a fish that was longer than them combined. They all ran over--eyes popping out on stems---they could not believe all the fish. They were shaking their heads in disbelief. They asked my dad were we caught them all, he being an old time southerner and fisherman knew the only appropriate answer, "oh, just a little ways over that way".
Anyways, one of the first trips for the new Nantucket 190 will be this area. I would like to take my dad and mom out and catch some fish and of course, if possible, once again drop into the briney sea with my latest "Nimrod" gear. Oh, and this time there will be GPS, charts and all that stuff. J
nFL_Bosn69 posted 10-12-2004 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
highanddry? in Perry? That's like 10 feet above sealevel. lol. but I guess that's about as good as it gets in FL.

I'm not sure how much interesting scuba diving is there, since I believe the closest thing to a reef you'll find are oyster bars, but I know FSU has a very active Marine Archeology department throughout the Big Bend. They could probably give you the best information on reefs, wrecks, etc.

I imagine you'll be putting in at Keaton or Dekle Beach, it's been a long time since I've put in there but as I remember it stays very shallow for many miles, so keep a good eye on your depth gauge(if so equipped).

The fish are still there, lots of them, that area is still one of Florida's hottest spots. Not much else, but real good fishing. Gonna get cooler soon, so I imagine fish will be heading out to sea soon, so best sight in the .06 and bust a cap in a couple piggy wiggies down in the Tide Swamp.


lakeman posted 10-20-2004 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
All you have to do is go here and intoduce your self and they will give you worlds of information, great guys.

WhalerGoFar posted 10-20-2004 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
I can recomend Spring Warrior Fish Camp located due south of Perry. Take the road next to Win-Dixie to get there. When you arrive, look for James. He is the owner/operator and fishing guide. He has some nice accomodations, boat ramp and tall storys. The channel out to the gulf is about a one mile and a bit tricky...ask and listen close and take it slow. Those oyster bars can be hard on props.

The fishing is great now thru November. Trout & Spanish over the grass beds (lots of them..grass that is) and fish too. Keep an eye on your pee stream and use a little reverse if the water intake gets stopped up from it (grass).

There is no fuel available at the fish camp so fuel up in perry and tote a few extra tanks with you. It's about 15 miles from Perry.

Hope you have a nice visit and catch a bunch of fish....the lure of choice is 1/8oz jigs with plastic shads (Electric Chicken) and Chartoose Rooster.

Naples, Fl.

nFL_Bosn69 posted 10-21-2004 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
I'll second the Electric Chickens, they're great for the trout. Though I've found nothing that works better than live shrimp. Make sure to get several dozen if you plan to be out long. If one isn't working, the other is almost guaranteed.

Good Luck,

WhalerGoFar posted 10-21-2004 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
Here is the address and phone on the Spring Warrior Fish Camp:

James Pittman 850-838-2025
14079 Spring Warrior Rd
Perry, FL 3234-88555

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