St Johns River Madness
Lure Fishing on the ST Johns River Jacksonville, Fl.
Was lucky enough to do a spot of lure fishing during the summer months of 99 on the St Johns River. Right from the word go we were into large "jacks" which were nailing surface poppers and shallow diving plugs seconds after hitting the water. After only a couple of hours we had boated approx 50 fish between 3 people. a truly hectic mornings fishing. I would advise anyone who likes to throw lures to give this a go, as "Jacks", Drum, lady fish and blue fish will provide sport through out the summer months. Best if you can get a boat, but from the dock or Jetties will also produce quality fish. Medium spinning kit : 7-8 foot rod which will handle medium plus and 15-20Lb line.
Take an asortment of lures, plugs and poppers.
This upscale but casual restaurant features seafood, steak and chicken entrees and a tiered dining area, allowing for patrons seated furthest from the giant oceanfront picture windows to still get a view of the paradise outside. The restaurant also has an outdoor deck. The view from inside and out is of the ocean framed by white sand dunes and sea oats. Honestly, I'm not into seafood but their landlubber entrees are certainly top notch. The view and atmosphere really make this a "must eat" destination for anyone visiting Jacksonville.
Upscale Italian with romantic al fresco seating
At the heart of the new St. Johns Town Center outdoor mall you'll find a landscaped "town square" with koi ponds, wooden bridges and animal statues. Overlooking this square is the upscale Italian restaurant Maggiano's Little Italy. Here, you can dine inside or opt for al fresco seating in one of two patio areas framed in vines and foliage that overlook the square.
Enormous park a hit with families and disc golfers
District 2 Park, formerly a private golf course called The Dunes, is a gigantic park situated among the city's residential East Arlington/Ft. Caroline neighborhoods. Since it used to be a golf course, it covers a large area of land and features wide open grassy areas and lakes framed by clusters of palm, oak, magnolia, pine and other trees that also provide a lot of well-shaded canopy areas. A 1.75 mile long walking, biking, dog walking (on a leash) and rollerblading trail circumnavigates the park, traversing through lot of these tree canopies. For alternative sports enthusiasts, much of the park's western half serves as the Four Palms disc golf course. Every day you will see small groups of friends gathered with their collection of specialized Frisbees circulating the greenspace as they move through the courses 18 "baskets." It is a great sport for those looking to get a lot of exercise as it involves a lot of walking. For more traditional sports, the park's eastern half is a major epicenter for youth sports. Here, multiple soccer and football fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and even an indoor gymnasium and recreation center attract swarms of families and children usually to several different games at the same time. Fortunately, the eastern half has lots of parking spread over a few different lots. Of course, like any neighborhood park, District 2 also offers a children's playground.