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Back in the beginning of March I drove up to Percy Quin State Park to attend the FFI Gulf Coast Council Sweetwater Classic. The Sweetwater Classic was an event for area fly fishermen which featured regional fly tiers, fly fishing presentations, and a couple of fishing contests. Normally early March would be a great time for such an event as things are just starting to warm up and the freshwater fishing is getting good around here, but Mother Nature decided to bring one of the last few frigid cold fronts of the year down to the Gulf Coast that very weekend. I think it scared away a potentially larger crowd and made for some difficult fishing conditions on Saturday. The front rolled through overnight on Friday which meant there were decent conditions on Friday to fish and the big bream contest was held that afternoon, so it wasn’t a complete crapshoot weather-wise. I decided to scout different rivers and accesses on the ride up before joining the group to hunt for big bream.

Florida Anise (Illicium flordianum)
Striped shiner (Luxilus chrysocephalus)

A striped shiner saved me from a skunk on the scouting trip, but I did get to see a lot of pretty water – good habitat for spotted bass, longear sunfish, and potentially shadow bass. It was probably a better place to fish a little later into Spring, the rivers usually take a little longer to warm up than the lakes, but I liked what I saw. Future trips saved for a later date, for now it was off to the Sweetwater Classic and the big bream contest which would be held that afternoon.

Went scouting today with Blake in preparation for Paddlepalooza next weekend. I wanted to find some trout and possibly some flounder and that goal was accomplished. I caught 5-6 trout, while Blake caught 3-4 flounder. Reds were caught too, I think Blake limited out. Water was high in the marsh, but the clarity wasn’t too bad. Sight fishing was pretty much a disaster with the high water. I did manage to find one shallow flat that was loaded with sheepshead and scattered with reds and black drum. I got a few of the sheepshead to eat the fly I was throwing but they came off before I could land them.

Looking forward to next weekend. With over 180 people already registered, the guys at Bayou Coast are estimating around 200 kayak fishermen competing in Paddlepalooza. This blows my mind, kayak fishing is blowing up down here.