The dog days of summer are fading, giving way to those beautiful fall days on the Rivers. Foggy, cooler mornings enticing even more wildlife out to feast on the bounty of these waterways. Even the bite time for the Largemouth Bass has doubled as they also benefit from the changing of the season.
Fall is always one of the best times to see the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers. A foggy morning departure allows you to feel that the River is all yours, breaking into sunshine mid-morning to surround you with the beauty of the flora and wildlife. The tree leaves are changing to their fall colors and reflecting off the crystal clear water as can only be seen this time of year.
The number of birds will slowly begin increasing as the cooler temperatures to the north chase them south on their migratory paths. The wildlife that inhabits the Rivers year around is so bountiful that when the migratory birds begin arriving the increase is simply amazing. The birds, alligators, and other inhabitants are everywhere you look.
Speaking of other inhabitants, Capt. Nick spotted the largest Rhesus Monkey he has ever seen along the River this week. He was at least twice the size of any he had seen previously, and in his glory as the obvious dominant male. This monkey was on the Ocklawaha River, right at the convergence of the Silver. Knowing how these critters range along the Rivers there is no telling where he will be sighted next.
Thankfully fall will allow for more time on the Silver and Ocklawaha, as the kinder temperatures allow us to have more lazy days on the Rivers. You are always welcome to bring along food and beverage for your enjoyment on our three hour tour of the Silver River, so please plan a picnic if you wish. We have never said no to mans best friend, so bring him or her along for ride. As always, all charters are private.
Until next time, see you on the Rivers!