Shoal bass on Middle Georgia’s Flint River

 

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The Flint River just west of Macon is running at the lowest level in many years. That concentrates the native shoal bass, making them easier to find. The species is native only to the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola river drainage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, but the Flint River holds the best population of these river bass. Fly fishing is an exciting way to go after these fish, with white popping bugs or Wooly Buggers being good fly choices.

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                                                                              Shoal Bass                                                          Spotted Bass

Shoalies usually run less than 15 inches, but the world record from the Flint weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces. Unfortunately, invasive spotted bass now are showing up in the river too. There’s no size limit on them and anglers are encouraged to take home a limit of 10 of the spots for a fish dinner.

Published October 16. 2016

Palm Coast & Flagler Beaches Inshore Redfish

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Pellicer Creek

The stretch of northeast Florida shore from Palm Coast in Flagler County down to northern Volusia County is not noted for its inshore angling action. But at either end of this stretch are inland waters that regularly give up redfish.

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Bulow Creek

To the north is Pellicer Creek, while the southern end is anchored by Bulow Creek. Both yield redfish like the one being hoisted by Capt. Jason Phillips of Phillips Brothers Fishing Charters (www.phillipsbrosfishing.com).

Published Sept. 21, 2016