It is true that the shorefishing is limited at Mazonia. People are referring to the thick brush, steep banks, and that some lakes have only a few spots that you can get to the shore at. However, with over 200 lakes and ponds, there are plenty of places to shorefish from. Now is a a great time to go for a walk about and explore. If you go in the North Unit access road, you'll see some places that you can pull right next to for shorefishing. Of course, the best shorefishing is further in where there is less fishing pressure. But do go! If you're the outdoors type and don't mind a little hike, there are tons of places you will find. I spent my first three years of fishing Mazonia hiking about and shorefishing, and did very well indeed.
As for the tick thing. Various parts of Mazonia are heavily infested, while some are relatively average. There's one place I know of where I won't even go after May, you can stand in place there during the summer while looking at the ground and you'll literally see hundreds heading your way. If you stick to open paths and avoid going through the tall grasses, you need only take normal precautions. You got about one month before they come out in force. My anti-tick strategy is wear light colored clothes so I can see them if they're on me to pick em off, tuck my pants legs securely into my socks, wear a hat, spray with bug spray all over but particularly overspray your shoes/socks/pant legs and inside and outside of head gear, conduct a thorough clothing inspection periodically and just before you get in your car to leave, complete body inspection and hot shower as soon as you get home. If it feels like something is crawling on you, it probably is, go after it. In my tick observations I've found that many ticks actually start on the ground at the foot level, hop on, and crawl there way up to a good hiding place. Of course, to the extent possible, avoid brushing into overhead branches, or through thick bushes and weeds. I always figured that those huge flocks of red-wing black birds out there in the mid to late summer must be gorging on insect life; i.e., ticks.
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