Trophy largemouth, epic redfish and smoker king mackerel are just a few species within striking distance of St Marks Lighthouse. Photo: Chris Funk
Trophy largemouth, epic redfish and smoker king mackerel are just a few species within striking distance of St Marks Lighthouse.

If you’ve run from the Creature from the Black Lagoon or swung through the trees with Tarzan and Jane then you’ve already visited Wakulla, Florida. Wakulla’s crystal-clear springs and miles of undeveloped coast were the setting for classic adventure and horror films. Located between Panama City and the Everglades, Wakulla is in the middle of nowhere. But for kayak anglers looking for trophy largemouth bass and backwater fishing for reds and specks, Wakulla’s lakes and shores are the center of the universe. RIC BURNLEY

Planner

STAY 

Best Western Plus

bwwakullainn.com

850-926-3737

EAT 

Spring Creek

(850) 926-3751

OUTFITTER 

T-n-T Hideaway

850-925-6412

tnthideaway.com

The Wilderness Way

850-877-7200

thewildernessway.net

BAIT AND TACKLE 

Jerry’s Bait and Tackle

850-421-3248

GUIDE 

Robert Baker

Reel-Fin-Addict

850-210-4375

DON’T MISS 

Big Bend Kayak Classic

May 1 and 2, 2015

bigbendkayakclassic.com

Scoop

LOCAL 

Robert Baker, professional guide, owner of T-n-T Hideaway

FISHING HOLE 

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

WHAT’S BITING 

Redfish, speckled trout

TOURIST SEASON 

Year-round

RIGGED UP 

6.5-foot light-action rod, 3,000- size spinning reel, 20-pound braided line, four-foot 20-pound fluorocarbon leader.

TACKLE BOX 

Heddon Super Spook, 114 Sabile Stick Shadd, 1/8-ounce jighead and four-inch Z-Man minnow.

BOAT 

Backwater: Canoe/kayak hybrid, stand-up friendly, shallow-draft.

GEAR 

Neck gator and long sleeve pants and shirt to protect against sun and sand gnats.

SECRET SPOT 

Launch at the public boat ramp and fish oyster bars for redfish and grass flats for speckled trout. In early summer, look for flats around a creek or river mouth. Look for fish pushing water on shallow flats. As water temperature rises, fish move to deeper channels and points. When water is clear, sight cast trout and reds.

Early Summer Issue2This article first appeared in the Early Summer 2015 issue of Kayak Angler magazine. For more great kayak fishing content, subscribe to Kayak Angler’s print editions and digital editions, download issues on your device or view this issue for free on your desktop here.

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