Here’s our first winter fishing report/forecast. Capt. Tommy Derringer of Inshore Adventures and Capt.Tim Boothe of Old City Guide Service report that the local flats are starting clear up with cooler temperatures. However, the warming trend late this week and through the weekend stymied that progress just a bit. But once we get a few cold fronts back to back, improved water clarity will yield sight-fishing options on high or low tide, a rarity for Northeast Florida. Look for schools of reds and scattered trout around the creeks and shell bars on the mid outgoing tide. Clousers — black/purple or chartreuse/white — fished on an intermediate sink tip often produce fish. #CaptTimBoothe #CaptTommyDerringer #InshoreAdventures #OysterCreekOutfitters #SWFT #SaltwaterFlytyers #flyfishing #StAugustine #OldCityGuideService
Monthly Archives: December 2016
I’ve got a second job. I now work at Genung’s Fish Camp and Marina in Crescent Beach. Genung’s is a local classic. It’s been around since 1948. For nearly seven decades, Genung’s has been a home for locals to get beer, bait and a little angling advice. The place was started by Jack Genung, a local legend, in 1948. Genung passed away 10 years ago or so, but his legacy lives on through the tackle shop, which is a roll cast away from the 206 bridge.
Hurricane Matthew sucker punched Genung’s in early October, but the owner/manager, Walter Coker, has done a nice job of rebuilding. We’re now open 7 a.m. til 5 Thursday-Sunday during the winter. We sell frozen shrimp, clams and mullet along with basic tackle, beer and soft drinks. Kayak/boat rental and storage are also available.
The pace is, even by beach standards, laid back. You can’t beat the view and the setting is pristine. The water of south of 206 to Flagler County is safe to harvest oysters and shellfish, one of the few places in this neck of the woods you can do that. The reason: Much of the land on the west side of the ICW is state owned, which means there’s little runoff from development, a rarity in Florida, a state that’s been punished by overpopulation.
There’s a few slivers of Old Florida still left. This is one of them, a big reason I’m proud to work here.