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My brother and I are headed down to bowling Green to stay in the very best western. (Hot tub) we are driving down today to hunt tomorrow and thanksgiving. I see that we are going to have some serious rain on wed. And I am wondering if anyone could tell me roughly how much I can expect the river to rise based on an inch of rain... we plan to go back into Charlie creek. we both have full hooded 8mm semi dry suits and are not too worried about getting cold just trying to figure out how much I can expect to see the river rise while I'm there.. i am trying out a couple of dive lights my friend gave me. Hope they help. We have only been down to the peace a total of four times and have done well each trip. Fingers crossed...our family does thanksgiving on Friday due to work schedules of the fam. So hopefully we will be back to hunt sat and Sunday too. Anyone who has a kayak and a suit are more than welcome to join us we are going to the canoe outpost in Gardner at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Also if any members ever make it to Jacksonville I would love to show off some great spots on the saint Johns river and on some spoil piles. Happy hunting to all.
First of all - I have not posted a trip report in over a year, mostly due to laziness/being too busy). Here is a brief rundown. Last year, I was able to get in several hunting trips in: I went to GMR last spring and found a really nice small great white (less than 1”, but beautiful condition and a nice light blue color). I also went to Haverlock a couple times. I found one worn 2” meg and a 2.5” lower great white that has just a little bit of root damage. Also found small teeth and a couple of mastadon tooth fragments. I went to GMR another time and ran into a couple of people who found a pretty nice meg. I found a few decent teeth as well. I was also able to go to GMR with a few friends later in the year after a tropical storm had brought the water up by 10’ for over a week. I think we got there one day after the water had gotten down, but we still did pretty well. Between the three of us, each found a nice great white, and I also found about a three inch meg that was in decent shape. We did very little sifting, most of our best finds were right on the sandbars. I finished up my dive certification in September and dove in Venice later that month and in December with Captain Jamie of Aristakat Charters aristakatcharters.yolasite.com. I did ok, found some worn makos. But I also got to meet some other divers like earthdog and Scottie. Also in December my cousins and I hit the Peace River with Mark Renz. It was fun. I found about ¾ of a 3” meg, a three toed horse tooth, an alligator tooth, and a horse hoof. Anyway, I will try to add galleries and post pictures of some of that stuff over the next few months. Yesterday, I made it back to Venice. I did four more dives with Jamie. I got to meet some more great people as well. My diving skills need to improve still, but I had a great day. My first dive did not start very well, it just took me a few minutes to get back into it. I think my air consumption was terrible. My second dive went much better. Within 5 minutes or so, I found probably my best meg to date (about 3" but in pretty good shape) and then blew it out of the water 5 minutes later with this 4 1/2” near perfect meg. I also found one large mammoth tooth fragment and some smaller or broken megs. Other people on the boat did well too. There was a beautiful sea biscuit found on the first dive by a dive instructor at a local dive shop, a couple of nice large makos, several megs several horse/bison teeth, several mammoth plates and about ¼ of a juvenile mammoth tooth. I can’t wait to go again, but I think it will be a while.