“Fishing off the Shores of St. Vincent with Captain Rudy Gay”

Captain Rudy Gay

There’s a saying: “A bad day of fishing beats a good day at the office.”

That’s certainly true for me.

An avid fisherman, being near the water isn’t good enough. It’s torture not navigating the buoys in search of the elusive catch.

Born and raised in Apalachicola, in his 24′ Kenner Captain Rudy Gay with Apalachicola Charters picked us up from the deck of our floating houseboat home. He is a member of Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce and holds a USCG (US Coast Guard) 100 Ton Masters Captains license.

He soon shared with us one of his favorite fishing spots eight miles from Apalachicola.

Years ago Captain Rudy’s family were care takers for St. Vincent Island, one of four barrier islands close to the mouth of the Apalachicola River and the town of Apalachicola.

In 1968 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased the island for $2.2 million from Henry and Alfred Loomis who converted the 9-mile long island and converted it into a game reserve.

It was off the shores of St. Vincent Island we fished for red fish and speckled trout, and sheepshead using shrimp as bait.

“There is a natural beauty here. It’s very pristine, ” said Gay. “We don’t have trash floating around in the water. There is a lot of good fishing in this area.”

Battling storms during our trip we slipped in a few casts before heading back to shore. We hauled in a two-pound Flounder in the estuary of St. Vincent Island.

Rudy is a great guide who knows his way around the waters of Apalachicola, Florida.


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