After trying several times to contact someone in authority at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I decided to try walking Peacocks Pocket road to see if it was really as messed up as I had been told.
I put on my shorts and brought along two spinning rods tipped with a DOA Baitbuster and my top water bait of choice, a Chug Bug.
Since I planned on walking at least half way through Peacocks Pocket road, I didn't burden myself with a lot of excess gear. I put a couple more Baitbusters in my pocket along with another Chug Bug and a weedless Johnsons silver spoon to cover the water column.
I parked at the barrier at the entrance to Catfish Creek Loop and started walking the unimproved road.
I was immediately surprised how low the water levels were in the marsh.
The water in the marsh canal along the road was at least two or more feet lower than what is expected for this time of the year. Either the management people were draining the "swamp", or there was a hell of a lot of evaporation going on.
As I walked along the first stretch, I spotted a couple of sea trout chasing bait fish in the canal and came up on a huge gator sunning itself on the bank.
I fired the DOA Baitbuster to it but the fish spooked and continued up the canal.
All along the walk, I took pics of the areas where I used to catch some very nice fish but today, things had changed.
The fish were all concentrated in the deeper areas of the canal, but they were super spooky.
I managed to catch a couple of sea trout that were right on the slot and I spooked a couple more oversize redfish before deciding to turn around. It was getting late and I didn't want to kill myself walking back to the truck before dusk.
I spotted a ton of wildlife that included gators, pelicans, roseatte spoonbills, a variety of herons and even a couple of wood storks but the best part of the journey was the complete absence of vehicle traffic.
I was literally the only human being walking the area and it was wonderful.
On the way back to the truck, I jumped a small group of drum that were pushing water down the canal and as I got to the truck, I was treated to a nice sunset.
Till my next report, Tight Lines.