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Lofton Creek report

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:32 pm
by Reel_easy95
I decided to try something different the last two weekends and paddled down Lofton Creek in Yulee, targeting bass and bowfin. Both times I launched at the pages dairy road access and made my way down the creek with the start of the outgoing tide and got out at the A1A boat ramp. With light paddling and the current taking me while fishing it took me about 3 hours from start to finish.

I learned really fast not to throw frogs or even a buzz bait, because the gators and moccasins..They don't bother you in your kayak but they will chase a lure down without hesitation.(RIP to my new Spro popping frog[PENSIVE FACE]) If you don't like being eye level with 10 ft + gators this would not be the ideal fishery for you. I saw lots and lots of gators and some BIG gators with babies. The whole creek doesn't get wider than 15-20 yards so you get to see them pretty up close. Really cool or really scary depending on who you are lol. Anyways, the water is very tannic so I mostly stuck with the colors black and blue, chartreuse, and white. I tried everything; jigs, spinnerbaits, xraps, worms, and finally picked up a decent one about halfway through skipping a weightless black and blue GY senko under some branches up against the bank. Not a big one but it made the trips worth it to me. I've heard of and have seen some mounts from some locals of bass in there teens caught in Lofton Creek, so I know they're in there somewhere. Definitely a very awesome paddle regardless if you catch fish or not.
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Also, figured I'd share a project I recently finished. I wanted a better way to organize my tackle that way i can get 1 tackle box of lures ready the night before the trip rather than taking 4-5 boxes of tackle and not using 90% of those lures. It really cuts down on time in my preparation the night before a trip and space in my kayak. From start to finish and including the hanging shop light it was under a 100$ at lowes and takes up a 4x8ft space.
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Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:33 pm
by islandspeed2001
Have often thought about putting in at the Lofton Creek ramp (A!A) and fishing south. The water turns to more saltwater the further south you go. Have heard of some nice reds being caught down there.

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:54 am
by keastman
What the hell, looks like you have a tackle shop in your house. I'd be scared to organize all my stuff like that and realize all the $ I've spend on stuff i won't end up using. Looks like it will make preparing for trips like going shopping at the local tackle shop, I'm envious of the neatness

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:08 pm
by DougyMillCove
I'm with Keastman, envious of the organization. I've just about got my garage squared away. Funny to think I've been in our new house for over 3 months now. I had to get the tools squared away first. Now the SOLO is in the garage and fishing gear storage is next on the list.
Keep up the good work!
DMC

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:19 pm
by Redfish Chaser
What a great paddle but I dont know about being so close to all of those big gators!

Craig

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:20 pm
by islandspeed2001
There was a 13 ft gator that would come over from Lofton Creek to one of the lakes at North Hampton Golf Club. It's been a while since I have seen him but know for sure there are big ass gators in Lofton.

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:46 am
by SuaSponte
DougyMillCove wrote:I'm with Keastman, envious of the organization. I've just about got my garage squared away. Funny to think I've been in our new house for over 3 months now. I had to get the tools squared away first. Now the SOLO is in the garage and fishing gear storage is next on the list.
Keep up the good work!
DMC

Dougy are you back in Jacksonville?

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:36 pm
by DougyMillCove
Sua,
Dude I wish I was back. DC really takes some adjusting to get used to. We bought a house in Alexandria, just south of DC. That's the garage I was referring to. It's funny, I came down there right after hurricane Matthew to do some walk troughs of properties for damages, fortunately we didn't have a single claim, and to pick up all of our stuff in storage and my workshop. All that being said, it was one heck of a way to meet my new neighbors when we were unpacking the Uhaul and I was unloading all the tools, compressors, welder, and so forth. The next day I began building shelving and storage for everything and about ten different neighbors stopped by to ask me if I knew how to, (enter random construction task here) long story short and too late for that, I've got more work than I can do on my own. How's your place?
DMC

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:41 am
by Chris
Nice report man.

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:59 pm
by rco714
Nice report. If you travel north from the Page's Dairy bridge it's one of the most beautiful paddles in the area.

Re: Lofton Creek report

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:18 pm
by BubbaOutdoors
Awesome report, sounds right up my alley. I'll have to put it on the list of spots to get to haha