Last weekend wasn't the perfect opportunity, but it was a least AN opportunity. Looking out the window in the morning and seeing bright blue skies just called to muscle the yak on top of the SUV and go seek out some water.
I decided to paddle around and scout potential fishing spots on Trout Creek in Orangedale, FL (a feeder to the St. John's River), about 15 or so minutes south from my house. There are some nicely maintained boat launches there with ample parking, so it seemed like a no brainer as the ideal spot to sneak in a quick paddle.
Unfortunately, the nice weather didn't last. After about 45 minutes of paddling, the clouds hid the sun for good and the darkness in the distance warned of impending rain. Fortune was on my side, being able to turn around and get back to the ramp (and all loaded up) before the downpour began.
It would of course stop raining by the time I returned home. Florida is temperamental like that. Regardless, it wasn't warm enough to stay out in the rain in wet clothes. No big deal in the end. Scouting run for summertime bass and bream was complete. Itch scratched.