The wind was up and the temperature down one recent winter morning as friend Mike Hayes of Jacksonville, Fla., my son, Eric, and I launched our 22-foot Pathfinder bay boat at the ramp in downtown Fernandina Beach. We were after speckled trout and heard the bite was (and still is) going strong. We chose the Fernandina area because this region of extreme Northeast Florida has a vast inshore labyrinth of creeks and rivers offering shelter from even the strongest wind from virtually any direction.

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