Despite Hurricane Dorian's rain, wind, several determined anglers tried their luck fishing the St. Johns River.

With overcast skies, steady drizzle and offshore Hurricane Dorian whipping wind gusts to tropical storm force, Wednesday afternoon was hardly prime fishing weather on the St. Johns River.

That wasn't enough to deter hardy anglers like Jovani Aparicio from testing the conditions on a dock extending more than 200 feet from shore near the Reddie Point Preserve on Arlington's northwestern tip.

"Got a couple of lines out here," Aparicio said. "I figured the storm would be the best time to catch something."

When forecasts called for Dorian to remain offshore, Aparicio made the call to head for the water along with a friend visiting from Massachusetts.

He said he had been fishing for about 90 minutes, since the early afternoon.

"It's something to do," Aparicio said. "I was tired of being stuck in the house."

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., he felt a bite on his line. It turned out to be a small hammerhead shark, roughly eight inches. But he planned to keep trying.

Aparicio was just one of more than a half-dozen anglers on the dock in mid-afternoon, when Dorian was making its nearest approach to the First Coast.

For Justin Mazzella, trying his luck with a fishing pole and a new crab trap, He was out at the dock Tuesday, too. That went well, so he planned to try again.

Mazzella said his workday ended early due to the storm. Rather than risk getting caught on the wrong side of a bridge in case it closed due to winds, he chose something closer to his Arlington home — "easy on the gas tank," he said.

Mazzella said he didn't mind the drizzle and the blustery winds, which whipped whitecaps onto the river and periodically slapped the wooden dock with vigor.

"It's free air conditioning," he said.