Lofton Creek rolls out of the oak hammocks, pine forests and swamps east of the small town of Yulee, in Northeast Florida’s Nassau County, just a short cast north of Jacksonville. Although the small, dark, tidewater feeder stream of the larger Nassau River (that flows into the ocean just south of the town of Fernandina Beach) isn’t fished hard by many anglers, it’s notorious for top-notch largemouth bass fishing among a few, almost secretive anglers.
Two pals and I were anchored in a bass boat just out from a grassy shoreline bordering an outside bend of the creek, about a mile downstream from the free public launching ramp off Florida A1A. The tide was flooding as we each hooked a live shiner through the lips and tossed it toward shore. “This creek — like all the major creeks that feed the Nassau River — is alive with bass, and bream, too,” said one friend, an expert area angler who requested anonymity. “During spring I average about six bass per trip, and fish run good-size, averaging 2 to 3 pounds. And about every time out I hook at least one good fish in the 5 to 7 pound range.
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