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 Post subject: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:36 pm 
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Monday I will be fishing Guana for the first time. I typically only fish the creeks off the Intracoastal.

Can anyone offer any advice on launching areas / fishing spots.

I have a Hobie and it's much easier if I can launch from a boat ramp.

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MIke


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:54 pm 
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Go to the Dam, super easy. you can do the lake or try the creek to the south. Not sure how muck water is at 6 mile Landing but that can get skinny.


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:13 pm 
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Agree with the Guana Dam as a good launch point. Easy launch for you in a Hobie. Have fished Guana a handful of times in a Pro Angler. The 6 mile launch can get pretty skinny at times. There is a $3 fee to use the dam entrance. There are restrooms on the right before you get to the ramp area. ;) My avatar picture is from Guana.

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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:38 am 
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Thanks everyone.
From the map it looks like if I head south from the dam I will run into the Tolomato River and North will eventually hit some small creeks.

Have you guys had better luck staying in Guana or heading to the river?

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Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:01 pm 
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I have an outback and have launched at the dam into the lake a bunch of times. Easy launch and this time of year there's plenty of water so you won't have to worry about your mirage drive once you get 20 yards from the launch.

You really need to watch the tides on the Guana river(south of dam). It gets extremely shallow at low tide near the kayak launch at the dam. So shallow that I have seen people stranded there many times with about a hundred and fifty to two hundred feet of mud separating them from the boat launch. You're not going to be able to get out and drag the kayak because this mud is very soft and you'll see a sink up to your waist.

That said, both can be very productive fishing spots. I have had pretty good success and caught some decent fish on both the lake and the river. However, I have only launched on the Riverside with my non Hobie Kayaks due to the fact that I'm concerned of running my Mirage drive through all of the oyster mounds that are in the river that can't be seen at high tide.


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:13 pm 
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Hello abernut aka Mike and Welcome to JKF!!

Hope your first trip to Guana was productive, and please let us know:
1...Did you fish in Guana Lake or the Guana River?
2.....Did you launch from the dam and go north up into the lower part of the Lake, or did you explore the River side of the dam?

I have launched and fished in all three areas, and I actually prefer the River, the south end of the Lake, and the northern end of the Lake from Six Mile Landing....in that order!!

The River side of the dam is tidal, and the lake is not, so that plays into the equation...and a great friend who used to fish there a lot came up with this "rule of thumb" which is based on no science, just rule of thumb and fishing down there a lot and that is the tides at the dam on the Guana River equate to the Mayport tides if you just ADD one hour to the Mayport tide charts!!! Makes NO sense why since they are not linked, but it has worked for us for many years. Again, NO REASON, but it does give you something to plan a trip on and it if is off a little, just stay and fish a little longer......LOL!!
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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:29 pm 
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Mike,

Here's what we found biting in there right now.

We fished Guana River today, by boat. We cruised with the incoming tide up towards the dam slinging Gulps and DOA Shrimp and caught a mixed bag of Trout, Redfish, Whiting, but nothing very big. Fairly breezy and water temp was cool. About a dozen boats and a half dozen yaks in there, but not too crowded. A nice day and a decent bite.


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:58 pm 
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Thanks for all the advice.

I will be launching tomorrow after I drop my kid off at lego camp. Should be on the water by 9:00.

I'll let you know how I do.

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:19 pm 
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How did you do?

Have you tried to launch from the Beach blvd marina?


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 Post subject: Re: Guana Advice
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:12 am 
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I’ve been killing it out of beach Blvd. I don’t post reports on here anymore but here’s a link to my FS post. http://forums.floridasportsman.com/disc ... vd-1-25-18

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