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Posted by Jay Remley on 2018-11-01 00:10:51

My nephew lives in Palm Bay Florida and invited me down to fish out of his new boat so my wife and I took him up on his offer.(well-mostly I did) We fished 4 days in the Indian River Lagoon, Crane creek and Turkey creek. We caught fish every day-no size or numbers but we had a lot of fun. He is a spinning guy but did have a fly rod. He took it with us one of the days and I coached him on his casting. He picked it up pretty quickly and in less than an hour he was casting plenty far enough to catch fish. His first was a small sea trout. I think we may have another fly fisherman. I was surprised with the variety of fish. We caught trout, jacks, snook, reds, lizard fish, lady fish and a catfish with real long fins. They had a pretty long hot summer and the water was still in the low to mid 80's-I don't think that helped the quality of fishing much. There were quite a few dolphins around and we had a couple manatees checking us out. We found some small tarpon in Turkey creek but couldn't get them to eat.

From there we went over to Foley Alabama to see my sister and brother-in-law. We were so close to the Gulf that I couldn't resist having at least 1 day on the water so I had booked a day with Capt Dave Brown fishing out of Orange Beach. He really knows his way around and tried like hell to find the fish. The breeze was up a bit and he couldn't fish an area the way he wanted too so he jumped out of the boat and held it in position for me to cast in the area where the fish were hanging out. Not sure why he doesn't have an electric motor on the boat but that's going above and beyond-I think. Again the fishing was tough but we still caught a few trout, lizard fish and jacks. Did a little sight seeing with my sister and brother-in-law. Went up to Mobile and over to Pensacola to the Naval Air Museum. The Blue Angels were there-well worth the trip. Going from Palm Bay to Foley we went across I10 about a week after Michael went through. There were trees down for over 90 miles and a quarter mile stretch where every pine tree in the median was snapped off about 15' above the ground. Those poor people on the coast really took a hit.

Left my sisters and headed over to Beaufort N Carolina. Stopped in Conway S Carolina on the way and had breakfast with a couple high school classmates. Had a nice visit. I fished with Capt Dean Lamont for 2 days chasing false albies. I've been fishing with Dean for the last 10 years between the Roanoke in Weldon NC for shad and stripers and the NC coast south of Harkers Island. Dean recommended my wife and I stay at the Inlet Inn. Excellent choice-my wife loved it and the town. She wants to go back-which sounded good to me.
Beaufort is pronounced "Bowfort". There's a Beaufort S Carolina but they pronounce it "Bufort". The fishing wasn't as good as I had hoped for but I still caught a few fish. It seemed to be a little tough for everybody. Even the gear guys. I don't think Florence and the full moon helped much. A bit breezy the second day too. I still had a great time. All in all it was a great trip-saw a lot of different water, caught a few more species of fish, saw quite a bit of sea life and may have got my nephew a little more into fly fishing. Now it's time to hit the delta.


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