Chassahowitzka....River of Grass

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On this trip out we got eight and a half dozen. We use a "Super Snorkel"

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.

Swimming at the Spring

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.

Out on the Grass Flats
It is so quite all you can see sometimes is the fog on the river. It can be a very relaxing place.

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.

Spring
This has to be the one of the only fish other than grouper that I do like to eat. It's an awesome eat.

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.

The river
We only got about two dozen scallops. My dad made a few cast and did not catch anything. We stayed out for about five hours. The weather was starting to change for the worse so we made our way back in. Going in our out you have to follow the channel markers. Going out it is green to your right and red to your left. And vice versa on the way in.  When we got back to the dock we cleaned up the boat and headed back to the spring. It is a very short ride.  When the tempature is 95 degrees and the water tempature is 74 degrees it really feels nice to jump right in.  AT the back of the spring the hole is big and crystal clear with a blue tint to it. You go swim down there and go thru a small cave and come up just a short swim away. Awesome!!! At that time of day there is usually a lot of people hanging out around the spring because of the heat.
Scallops....ummm
We played around and swam for about an hour and came on back to the dock.  With our family we look forward to dinner time. Mike and my Mom had went up to the local grocery store and bought some chicken, red potatoes, broccoli , and dinner rolls. We grilled the chicken with some garlic salt and pepper...it turned out great. We had iced tea and some cold bud light with lime to drink.  We were all hungry and there was not a lot left. DELICIOUS!!  bY this time it was around 8:30pm and time to relax and get some sleep.

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.

Mmmmmm...blue crabs ready to eat.
  We got back to the camp and we wanted to go swimming in the spring. By the clouds it looked like the rain was coming early. So Mike and I started to clean up and get the pop-up folded back up before the rain. We have had to do it the rain before and it sucks. Because when you get back home you have to open it back up to let it dry or the material will mildew. We got everything done before the rain!!  We both have to get back anyway to get ready for work tomorrow.

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

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On this trip out we got eight and…
Swimming at the Spring
Out on the Grass Flats
Spring
Spring
The river
The river
Scallops....ummm
Scallops....ummm
Mmmmmm...blue crabs ready to eat.
Mmmmmm...blue crabs ready to eat.
Dad
Dad
Dad
Dad
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
Lauren
Lauren
Matt
Matt
Jenn
Jenn
Jenn
Jenn
Me
Me
Me
Me
Dad and Sue
Dad and Sue
Dad with a cooler of Blue Crabs
Dad with a cooler of Blue Crabs
Jenn, Me, and Charlie
Jenn, Me, and Charlie
The river
The river
Heading out to the grass flats
Heading out to the grass flats
A nice place to live until a hurri…
A nice place to live until a hurr…
House along the river
House along the river
Me and my sister Jenn
Me and my sister Jenn
Houses along the river
Houses along the river
This bird woould fly out from the …
This bird woould fly out from the…
Seagrass
Seagrass
Not sure what this was
Not sure what this was
Scallops
Scallops
Me
Me
Dad
Dad
Neat picture
Neat picture
Nice house
Nice house
Dad and Freeway the dog
Dad and Freeway the dog
My Niece Sarah
My Niece Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Porky the dog and her Mama
Porky the dog and her Mama
Porky the dog jumped into the  riv…
Porky the dog jumped into the ri…
Sarah and Jenn
Sarah and Jenn
Me
Me
Chassahowitzka
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