Chassahowitzka....River of Grass
Chassahowitzka Travel Blog› entry 1 of 3 › view all entries
This place is old Florida. The river is still full of old oaks, palm trees, and river grasses. Where you put your boat in is fresh water fed by many fresh water springs. As you head further out in turns into brackish and finally salt water. Usually early in the morning you can see otter, alligator, and manatees swimming in the river. As you go further out you can catch a glimspe of a dolphin or even a sea turtle coming up for air. When you reach the flats, you cast your line out and you may catch, reds, snook, trout, flounder, or grouper. You never know what your luck will bring you. Along the river you can catch perch, bass, mango snapper, and mullet. And after a long hot day you can make a stop at one of many freshwater springs and jump in and refresh yourself after a long hot day of fishing.
My family has been coming up here for a long time. Since it is about a hour and a half drive from home you would get up early and make the drive to get here in time to be one of the first boats in the water and get to your fishing hole to get the best spot. I would come with my dad and grandfather up here. There was and still is a bait house where you launch your boat. She had live and frozen shrimp. The live was a must. Also she had what we called shinners. If you did not get here early enough she sometimes sold out. The old lady that ran the shack was named Maggie. Sometime in the late seventies she passed away and they named a street after her. Early in the morning is the most beautiful time to be here before all the crowd on the weekends get here.
Well it is six thirty in the morning and i'm up early for some reason. I opened my laptop and updated my blog. Today we are heading out to the grass flats to get some scallops. This is the second weekend of the season. This year because of the lack of rain the salinity of the water has been better for the scallop and it is supposed to be a good time to get plenty of them. If not we can do some casting and try to catch some trout. They have to be at least fifteen inches long. I'm not a big fish eater so I like to catch and release. Some people take any and everyting. And if everyone did that you would have nothing left. If you ever get a chance to eat smoked mullet, go for it.
My Dad, Sister, and me were on the boat at 10:00 Saturday. Got started late that morning because of the late night getting up here. It's scallop day and we are heading out to the grass flats mile marker number one. It takes about an hour to get out there because of the river and the manatee zone. There must have been between one to two hundred boats out there everyone getting scallops or fishing. I have never seen so many. My dad bought this inner tube with a compressor on it with two sixty foot hoses. All youo need is a pair of fins and a mask. The innertube floats in the water and the two of you can stay underwater for as long as you want to.
We all got up this Sunday morning around 9:00am. I had a great night sleep and needed it after the long day yesterday. We all got dressed and headed up to the local diner for a country breakfast. Eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, toast, biscuits and gravy.
It has been a great weekend again. This has made it three in a row. The next few we are not doing anything. At the end of the month I will be heading up to Chicago with family and friends to watch the White Socks and Yankees play ball. My Nephew is coming and he is stoked about the trip. I'm looking forward to that. Whew.....i'm tired and ready for some rest...hahaha