Until next time :o)
Each year we make a point to return to Ft. Island and introduce some of the new NCLA members to this area. Not everyone knows about every kayak launch site in Citrus County so this gives us an opportunity to visit as many as we can during the year so that these ladies and pick and choose some of their favorite spots to return to at a later date. The Ft. Island area is a wonderland of good fishing spots. We were expecting a total of 8 ladies to converge here this morning.
9:00 a.m. revealed a low tide and water as smooth as glass. It was an easy process to unload without the no-see-ums swarming around. 70 degrees and fair skies with just a hint of a breeze and lots of incoming water for several hours. Honestly could not have picked a better day.
Jeanne was the first on the scene. She normally fishes the Ozello area and was looking forward to paddling around and exploring a new environment with some of the others. Her set up was a bit easier than the others so she paddled on out into the distance in order to free up some shore space for the other 7 ladies that were planning on joining in this morning.
Suzanne arrived with her blue camo kayak, Delores with her purple camo kayak, and Val with her orange camo kayak, all three loading up their gear and looking forward to getting out on the water and casting a line - maybe even catch a fish or two....who knows?
Lois, one of our newest members arrived in style. None of that silly nonsense with strapping kayaks on roofs, or stuffing them in the back hatch of an SUV...no....she's got the right idea. Back that sucker straight down the ramp and unloaded right there! This wasn't her first rodeo and it seems that she knew these waters very well!
By 10:00 a.m., everyone was water bound and paddling in their own separate direction, some paddling out together and socializing along the way. We were on our own until lunch time.
From 10 - 12 we fished many of the various oyster bar cuts in the area hoping that the strong incoming tide would attract a number of predatory fish lying-in-wait for a variety of bait fish to get swept through those cuts with the current. The theory was good, but we were stumped when things didn't seem to be working out according to our plan. We caught several different species of fish throughout the morning but nothing spectacular. Still, it was a beautiful morning none-the-less.
We all met up together around 12:20 at a nearby sandbar and chatted over a packed lunch. These are the best moments of our Group Kayak Fishing excursions. This is where we really get to know one another as friends. Even though we didn't do so great with our fishing, we had a lot of fun just hanging around with one another.
Until next time :o)
We had a packed house at May's meeting for two reasons: 1) Our much awaited NCLA t-shirts had arrived and were being brought tonight for distribution and 2) Leiza Fitzgerald, one of the first female speakers we have had in a long time was on the docket to speak to us about the Coastal Conservation Association and the STAR Tournament they are hosting.
Mary Sue and Pam (in the background) are going through the box of t-shirts to make sure no one walks away with the wrong one.
Looks like Anne's pretty happy with hers.
Close-up of the back of the t-shirt
Happy to see a few of the gals wore their NCC t-shirts. We competed in the Nature Coast Challenge Kayak Fishing Tournament a weekend earlier in Yankeetown, Florida. NCC t-shirts were in our Captain's Bags.
But the highlight of the evening was our guest speaker, Leiza Fitzgerald, Charter Boat Captain, Tournament Anglers, Top Lady Angler in the Inshore Fishing Arena, and the Tournament Director for the inaugural STAR Fishing Tournament for Florida's West Coast. She came Tuesday evening to tell us about it and how it works.
All NCLA members received and e-mail with a link to the video that covered the entire presentation from beginning to end so in case anyone was unable to attend the meeting, they can view it remotely.
At the end of the presentation, Leiza gave a way some great door-prizes.
It was a very informative meeting/presentation and we are all anxious to get registered and on the water to start catching some fish. Wouldn't it be nice of one of our own NCLA members walked away with a prize or two?
10 of the NCLA gang organized a weekend get-a-way to the Space Coast to try their hand at Surf Fishing.
Priority #1 FOOD Salivating yet???
10 Women + Booze + Seafood = Nothin' But Laughs
Gather 'Round Ladies, for some Intro to Surf Fishing basics by Surf Fishing Guide, John Detmer of J & H Surf Fishing
Watch and Learn.....
Sand Fleas.....It's What's for Dinner
Give it a Go, Ladies
And That's How It's Done.
We're just a bunch of ladies having fun on the water.