Public meeting set up to help manage Orange Lake

orange-lake-tussocksWe’re often asked about the condition of Orange Lake. No matter how good fishing is in other local waters, folks all over the country seem to have Orange on their minds.

And it’s no wonder.

When the sinkhole on the south side opened up in 2011 to slowly drain the legendary lake, a good case could be made that Orange was the top bass fishery in the country.

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Suwannee, Steinhatchee spots still thriving

09-04-11A red tide bloom that seemingly won’t die still has gulf anglers from Suwannee, southward rightly concerned. But inshore and offshore anglers and folks taking their final scalloping trips of the season are all finding success up the coast at Steinhatchee.

In Sunday’s breezy overcast, Glenn Acomb and Doug Soltis fished out of Steinhatchee. The Gainesville men headed out from the river toward Nine Mile Bank, but stopped short of the reef to try a good-looking spot with a nice sand and grass mix.

As the tide rose, they cast Gulp! shrimp and Paul Brown Original lures on the deep, clear flat.

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September struggles starting to appear

gonefishing3Late summer can sure be a challenging time for fishing in North Florida. An old timer summed up the past few days early this week when he declared, “It’s hot and tough — must be September.” There is good shrimping, scalloping, and fishing to be found … but presently, lots of usually productive spots are not.

Anglers casting on Lake Santa Fe on Saturday struggled mightily. In a small, ten-boat bass tournament, Mark Gunter and James Hatch caught five bass that weighed 6.7 pounds, combined. Not a great day, but good enough to win.

Most other nearby fresh waters have produced similarly, but fishing on the Suwannee River remains hot. Understandably, many of the anglers that have temporarily abandoned the tepid area lakes are heading for one of the boat ramps along the rivers’ last 50 miles.

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Red tide lingers offshore but not affecting Gulf anglers

image: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Click the image for current red tide summary

A huge and potent slug of the organism Karenia brevis, popularly called red tide, persists in the Gulf of Mexico offshore between Dixie and Pasco Counties.

It has lingered for more than a month now, and has apparently left a large swath of popular fishing territory almost devoid of life. Thankfully, the naturally-occurring bloom has not affected most waters within ten miles of shore and, in these, the fishing remains very good.

Last Thursday, Craig Hawley and Sarah Lott left from Suwannee with their kids, Bodie and Mason.

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