Thursday, December 31, 2009
After the holidays things will slow down a little again but until then getting out without running into other kayakers, canoeists and boaters could be difficult especially with launching around town. Knowing the area kayak fishing the Everglades area for awhile now I can always find places to go and most likely never see another sole, so today I decided to do a little exploring and fishing and headed to The River. Where I launched goes right into a saw grass marsh which doesn't look very inviting but eventually goes into a series of shallow lakes connected by tunnels and creeks. The water in the area was draining with an outgoing tidal flow today but I lucked out and only had to portage my boat once for about 30ft. Later in the winter this area may be inaccessible during our dry season. A lot of the water was only 4 or 5 inches deep as you can see in the first and second picture. I expected to see a lot more wildlife but maybe since it got fairly warm out I didn't see much. I was thinking gators or a python in the saw grass areas but didn't run across any. As for the fishing, I brought a fly rod and some light spinning gear and fished where and when I could. I ended up breaking my 8wt on a snag somehow but before that I was having fun catching baby snook some as tiny as 3"and the biggest as the one in the picture. It was tough fishing a couple of the creeks but I hooked up a couple of times with some small tarpon. There were some bigger snook in there also but couldn't coax them to eat.
It turned out to be a nice day! I paddled just over 11 miles and never did see anyone else until I got back to the launch around 4:30.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Speaking of fish, Looking through my photos of fish I caught this year I think my greatest achievement was catching a few nice larger snook. This area is known for the snook fishing and fishing out of a kayak for snook and actually getting a bigger one in the kayak can be pretty challenging. Sometimes luck plays a big part. Using light to medium gear which most fisherman use around here I would say the odds are less than 50% in getting the fish into the boat. I've seen it happen time and time again to a lot of people, myself included getting "spanked" by a big snook. Anyways, here's a few pictures of snook I caught over the last year and "Happy New Year!"
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday I had a party of three. Trent and Jerry from the Arcadia area who fished with me the previous Friday wanted to do another trip and Francesco visiting from Italy wanted to try Kayak Fishing. We fished the mouth of the Turner River up into Hurdles Creek. Some Snook and Trout were caught but it was more of a day of getting broke off or loosing bigger fish for the various reasons. It was unseasonably warm but everyone had a nice and enjoyable day.
Monday, another warm day. I fished with Bob who was traveling through from Oregon. His goal was to catch a snook and maybe a Tarpon. I brought him to a couple of spots to fish in Chokoloskee Bay towards Indian Key Pass where Bob was rewarded with catching s few nice fish. He could now cross snook off his bucket list of fish to catch. We put in a long day with summer like conditions. As with the nature of Tarpon especially this time of year they were no where to be found.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I went and did a couple hours of kayak fishing with Mike up near Marco Island this morning. I wanted to see how fishing conditions were in that area since it's been a little tough fishing in the bay in Chokoloskee. Well, the fishing was just as tough. I picked up one small red maybe just barely legal size and a few other fish not really worth mentioning.
Mike fished out of a different boat today and realized it was not as stable when standing as his Redfish.
We called it quits late morning.
Monday, December 7, 2009
After the crappy weather over the weekend the forecast for today was pretty decent. Back to sunny skies and into the eighties. With the outgoing tide in the bay I went out early and kayak fished and did some exploring. The first two fish caught were a couple of small barracuda's. I very seldom catch them in the bay. I fished a couple of my spots riding the tide out and ended up fishing an area off of Chokoloskee Pass. I found a new trout spot and caught a couple of dozen of them, a couple were about 20" and a couple were silver trout. Afterwards I poled and sight fished a large open area along shorelines looking for a red but had no luck in finding one. Although I've fished this area in the past I never really had much success but seeing it today on a real low tide there are a few spots that look real promising and I'll be back to explore it more. A few other fish caught today were a couple of small gag groupers, some ladyfish and one jack. I didn't see one red or snook.
On my way back I stopped and took a few pictures of the white pelicans that spend the winter here in the bay.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The forecast called for winds and rain showers today so I decided to kayak fish in the back country in a couple of areas that are somewhat protected from the weather. Flying in for the weekend from Washington DC I fished with Keith who is with "Trout Unlimited" and Tim who is with "The National Wildlife Foundation". With a cold front that had just come through the fishing would be unpredictable.
Starting early we worked shorelines throwing fly's for snook and cichlids and Keith picked up his first snook on Fly. The fish were not very cooperative though. There were some feeding in the mangroves on small baits but we couldn't coax them out with throwing a variety of different flys. I was satisfied just watching Keith work his version of a roll cast into the mangroves that I hadn't seen before. A technique I will have to practice.
As we moved along to go into an intersecting creek the rain started. There were juvenile tarpon rolling throughout but they were real fussy. Keith got a couple of hits and I did also hooking up once only to have the fish throw the hook. The fish were not very aggressive and it was like they were playing with us. This continued for awhile as the rain picked up until it was a torrential downpour with lightning and thunder. After taking what shelter we could find till the rain slowed up we worked our way back and ended the day around 2.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Today I went out in a portion of Big Cypress near Rt29 and did a little kayak fishing. With winds picking up today with another cold front expected it was a good choice. I managed to catch two snook and one cichlid. I had a couple of larger snook swim near the surface past me who just ignored me, but it was cool to see. I also ran across a couple of small schools of juvenile tarpon feeding, but couldn't’ entice any of them to eat any of my offerings. They were real black in color and have probably been back there for awhile. I should have brought the fly rod. I spent a good amount of time today experimenting with taking photos of wildlife.