St. John’s River adventure

Vic's Sunshine Bass

We met at the “Space Shuttle Best Western” at the appointed time. Fishing friend, Vic Attardo had arrived just moments before. Ten minutes later, we were speeding up I-95 to meet our Captains for dinner.

This would be no ordinary meal. We were on our way to the famous Dixie Crossroads restaurant. As if the food was not enough, Captains Ron Presley and John Kumiski joined us to talk fishing.

Captain Ron was waiting for us as we pulled up to the ramp. Walking back to the boat, much to our surprise was Wink Browning preparing to launch. Browning shopped in our family tackle shop for over 27-years. We hit the water after a quick visit.

The sandbar that kept us in the river was a blessing in disguise. The winds whipped Lake Harney into a nasty chop.

As with most rivers, the hard turns featured the most fish activity. We chose the Natural Science Road Runner, Trout Panfish series. Its willow-blade was perfect for the current. American Shad fell for its allure, repeatedly.

These same hard turns also have a point, some with a considerable drop-off that held crappie. Seizing the opportunity, we tested a new Road Runner pattern. A crappie crushed the prototype on the second cast. Our Facebook fans will see these first, hopefully by May.

Vic pulled out his fly rod and began to cast a chartreuse shrimp. Noting Ron’s success on the orange Road Runner, Vic tipped the fly with an orange teaser. Good call. He ended the day with a seven-pound “Sunshine Bass” and then another that was over ten!

We made our way back to Dixie Crossroads to celebrate another great, St. John’s River day.

Blessings, TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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