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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

by: Gerry Seabert

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This park is small but has some nice attractions. It has a seawall on the inter-coastal waterway to fish from, a well-kept garden with a koi pond, lots of wildlife such as the blue land crabs in the photo , and a few scenic trails.

The Sheepshead in the photo below was caught in Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Florida by my girlfriend. We were bottom fishing with shrimp when this one took the bait. I have seen larger sheephead at Washign Oaks park before, but had very little luck hooking them. There is about 50 feet of concrete seawall along the inshore waterway where large rocks have been placed to fight erosion from boat traffic. This is great habitat for sheepshead. They have a good variety of crustaceans to feed on. This park in particular has a large concentration of crab and snail species. There are even large bright-blue land crabs living in the park near the seawall! They were peering out from the trees and brush to watch us fish.

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