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Old 03-05-2022, 10:50 AM   #1
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Fishing while traveling

American Legion Post #137

Fishing has always been a big part of my pastime activities. Being raised in rural Maine and close to the ocean I experienced both types of fishing in my childhood. It stuck. I served 31 years in the USN and was always near water of some sort, even when assigned to an activity in the CA San Joaquin Valley.

When we started full time RVing I took minimum fresh and salt water rigs and a small 35# thrust trolling motor with me. After the first year I added a light Walker Bay boat that I could carry on my truck's rooftop. It's very light and did not put us even close to being over the trucks GVWR.

In this thread I'll review some of the places we parked where fishing was available, both fresh and salt waters. The postings will be random.

This first post will be of interest to military veterans. The American Legion Post 137 at Jacksonville, FL is quite large and has an above average membership. It's situated on the Cedar River and has a gated RV Park at their boat launching area. They have 8 sites. Six are FHU with CATV. The other two back-up to the river and are situated near the double boat launching ramp. They are W/E only sites.

We like site #6 because it always has an open view of the river and boat ramp areas.

The water in the Cedar River is brackish. The ST. Johns River is just a mile downstream from the RV Park. During high tides Sheepshead can be caught around the bridge pylons with grass shrimp. When the tide goes down I fish for pan fish up river.
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Sorry, I should have read more about this forum before joining. I thought it was for all trailers not specialized. Removing me from the membership might be a good idea.
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I see no reason for you to leave Calvin. While we might not be able to help you with problems on your trailer, due to the build type, we have plenty of members who are military, former military and those that love to fish.

Hang around, we might convert you to the all-molded towable world.
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The minute I read the posting my interest was piqued. I thought ďI need more Info about the boat., I have a 35lb thrust trolling motor, are those fresh water or salt water sheepshead? how do you cook them? ever
Catch any big largemouth bass out of the StJohns river? And on and on. I appreciate fishing news of all sorts although I mostly fish my own state. Iíd like to see nationwide non resident reciprocity for licenses, some non resident fees are not realistic for me. Keep Posting. I appreciate it I put this one back after taking the pic.
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Sorry, I should have read more about this forum before joining. I thought it was for all trailers not specialized. Removing me from the membership might be a good idea.
Oher than the fiberglass shell, an Escape uses the same stuff the other trailers have. You are more than welcome here to discuss problems / solutions to the mirade things that go wrong with our trailers,

Of course, great places to visit (such as your fishing spot) are always welcome!

Welcome to the Escape (and other trailers) forum!
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I would enjoy fishing on my journeys, but I can't bring myself to pay the (to my mind) too-high out-of-state license fees!
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I would enjoy fishing on my journeys, but I can't bring myself to pay the (to my mind) too-high out-of-state license fees!
I bought a three day license in an adjacent state. I fished a few hours but was busy with other activities most of the time. I did not get serious about fishing that trip. The license was $21. Didnít break me up in business but I did have an Aha moment a couple years later when I stopped in a fish shop on the same road as the campground where Iíd been camped and fishing. For $21 I could have purchased more filtered fresh fish than I could have consumed in three meals. I do enjoy trout fishing western streams when Iím in Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho though.
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My wife and I love fishing from our Asend kayaks. But when we bought the trailer we had to figure out a way to carry two 76 lb yaks 12 ft long. A rack system for my truck would have been 2 k.

So we decided to buy two pontoon boats to take when we go with the trailer.

Going surf fishing end of month for surf perch at Pacific Beach WA.
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I see no reason for you to leave Calvin. While we might not be able to help you with problems on your trailer, due to the build type, we have plenty of members who are military, former military and those that love to fish.

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Thanks all. I have a lot of traveling fish stories to tell, some with pictures and others without, mostly because it got dark.

I got the roof rack at a large truck parts store. It had to be ordered for the Dodge. I got my Walker Bay (52#) at a marina at Jacksonville, FL. Sheepshead are saltwater fish. They are tasty and easy to clean. Because of its size and depth, the St. Johns River has brackish waters quit a long distance from the ocean.

I can also tell a lot of "sea stories" from my more than 31 years with the USN as an aircraft mechanic. Almost all with "tail hookers".

We traveled extensively for 4 years, seeing all of the lower 48 and 3 CDN Provenses.

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My wife and I love fishing from our Asend kayaks. But when we bought the trailer we had to figure out a way to carry two 76 lb yaks 12 ft long. A rack system for my truck would have been 2 k.

So we decided to buy two pontoon boats to take when we go with the trailer.

Going surf fishing end of month for surf perch at Pacific Beach WA.
Your picture of your camping stuff in the tv room reminds me of my spare bedroom, packed with camp items to be taken. I just hope my truck bed is big enough.....
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I have one word for you Jim,
Sideboards. Or should that be two?
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Sideboards. Or should that be two?
I'm not familiar with that item? Are we talking about truck storage places?
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There are pockets on the top edge of the pickup box. People put a 2X4 in those pockets and attach a wide board or piece of plywood to the uprights . That lets the owner overfill the box with his load. These are called sideboards. Kinda like the opening shots in the Beverly Hillbillies.
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Stake holes is what we call them.....to allow stakes to be inserted to increase capacity....
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Naval Air Station Corpus Christy, TX

Almost everywhere we parked in TX was at military RV Parks/CGs. Texas is loaded with them.

This trip to the gulf was started at Yuma, AZ when we left our winter-over park. We followed the Mexican border all the way to Brownsville, TX and ended-up for a 10 day stay at the Naval Air Station.

NAS Corpus Christie RV Park is now open to the public. All you have to do is apply for a MWR base pass to be admitted to the base for RV Parking.

During our stay there we spent a lot of time at Padre Island where one can drive on the beach and find excellent surf fishing. Red Drum were popular and sometimes very abundant. In the picture we were parked next to some young men having very good luck and they allowed us to take pictures.

(Military MWR offices normally sell state fishing licenses for special occasions when free fishing is not available).

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We very seldom ever stayed somewhere that didnít have FHUs. However after exploring this SP we decided to make an exception for this wonderful St. Lawrence River waterfront site. Just two nights, we could hack it.

The CG is at Coles Creek, SP. Our site was huge and right on the water. The banks were held in place by granite rocks placed there to keep the banks from washout. Hidden in those rocks were a number of different species of fresh water fish. I used a light rod with 4# test line on the reel and a small black worm crappie jig and caught and released quite a few fish.

We had some fire wood delivered to our site for the fire ring and roasted marshmallows at sunset. It was a very quiet and relaxing place to park. It was level enough to stay hooked-up and when leaving there was a very nice dump station with a freshwater hose for rinsing the black tank.

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Massena, NY

We very seldom ever stayed somewhere that didn’t have FHUs. However after exploring this SP we decided to make an exception for this wonderful St. Lawrence River waterfront site. Just two nights, we could hack it.

The CG is at Coles Creek, SP. Our site was huge and right on the water. The banks were held in place by granite rocks placed there to keep the banks from washout. Hidden in those rocks were a number of different species of fresh water fish. I used a light rod with 4# test line on the reel and a small black worm crappie jig and caught and released quite a few fish.

We had some fire wood delivered to our site for the fire ring and roasted marshmallows at sunset. It was a very quiet and relaxing place to park. It was level enough to stay hooked-up and when leaving there was a very nice dump station with a freshwater hose for rinsing the black tank.

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Looks like a very nice site with the fishing as an added perk. Thanks for sharing. Is that a rock bass? Doesn’t quite look like the smallmouth we have here.
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Looks like a very nice site with the fishing as an added perk. Thanks for sharing. Is that a rock bass? Doesnít quite look like the smallmouth we have here.
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