Little Talbot Island
I took my first trip to Little Talbot Island State Park in mid-February. After driving to the southern end of the park I parked as close to the water as possible. Loading my beach cart took only a few minutes. Then I walked to the southernmost cross over to access the water. I already knew that the paved path that accessed the beach had been damaged in a recent storm. There is now a three-foot drop from the path onto the sand but I knew I could lif my cart onto the sand. What I didn’t know was that at high tide when I arrived there was no beach only water about a half-foot deep. Fortunately, the tides in this area drop about a foot an hour so I waited for a small path to appear on the top edge of the beach and made my way to my spot. About a quarter mile further south is a small jetty extending into the water which is the outlet of the Ft. George River.
I set up just downstream of the jetty hoping that the break in the flow would be an ambush point for Trout or Redfish.
The current in this area is substantial. I would guess as much as 5 mph. The water was unfortunately still in the upper 50’s so fishing was slow. I did catch some undersized trout but no keepers.
This is an area that I will definitely visit again but I’ll arrive some other time than right at high tide.