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A Boater’s Observation of the Mouth
Posted on Oct 15th, 2017

 
This message was recently posted on FOR website’s Discussion Forum. It was written by Rich Heiman regarding his visit to the mouth of the river. Here it is in case you missed it:
Photo Bert Smith taken 10-14-17                   Past photos and history  of mouth
 
“Since Hurricane Harvey, I have been eager to explore the mouth of the San Bernard, for anchor of a deep draft boat (six feet) but also for fishing. It had been reported earlier on this site that the mouth was open. On Wednesday October 11, 2017 we launched from the ramp on the ICW.  (The boat ramp at Churchill is still not viable although some silt and debris has been removed.)  
 
The mouth is definitely open! We were on a normal to low tide and there was a strong current in the mouth channel flowing out (ebb). Depths in the mouth channel ranged from 5 to 12 feet along the deepest cut until approach near the beach where it became shallow.            continued >>
 
There was a 5 foot shoal at the ICW so deeper draft vessels still cannot access the mouth area. Some fish were being caught at the end of the road near the boat ICW boat ramp. We did not catch any; we only fished for a few minutes
using spoons. There were others that had some modest stringers of sheepshead, redfish and specs.  
 
There were numerous boat trailers in the parking area, but we only saw three other fishing boats working the lower river and south into the mouth.  We did see several groups of Spoonbills on the east shore just north of the ICW. My wife loves seeing the Spoonbills!   
 
What a beautiful area this is !!” 
 
 
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