Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lopez Area

Headed out of Chokoloskee bay early to catch the tide and head out towards the Lopez River area, a real nice place to kayak and fish. It was to be another super low winter tide here. The weather predictions were questionable for the day but we made the best of it. The mangroves provided protection from the winds for most of the day but later on the way back across the bay the winds picked up along with getting rained on, at least the winds somewhat blew us back. Fishing was fairly tough today and other than a couple of trout and lady fish the area seemed barren of fish.
On the way out on some oyster bars were a pair of bald eagles with the male feeding on a fish and the female hanging out in a small mangrove tree as if she was sitting on the nest, unusual to see. I again wish I was better prepared with a better lens to get some better closeups. They joined up before flying off together. Also ran across a Great Blue Heron who other than being a little wet seemed Ok but did not fly off as we paddled by. It possible had an injury.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Goodland 2/24

Went up to Goodand today and kayak fished with Chris till around noon. The rains predicted seem to go around us and it turned out to be a nice morning. The mosquitoes were back with the warmer weather we've had for the past couple of days but were tolerable. We caught a variety of fish including Snook, redfish, trout, snappers and ladyfish. Highlights of the day were Chris catching himself a very nice red and I had a nice fight using my light tackle with a snook maybe 28" who spit the hook as I was going to pick him up. It was nice to see an active snook like that after the fish kill we had here a month ago.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Redfish Posing

Today I was going through and editing some photo files and put aside and made a file of some of the nice redfish I've caught. Enjoy !

Monday, February 15, 2010

Choko Bay 2/15

With an early start I took advantage of the decent weather today with hardly any wind to kayak fish the bay and work my way out to the gulf. It turned out that I ended up spending most of the day in the bay with there being good signs of fish around. When I first got across the bay there was more bait fish around today than I have seen lately and there were fish feeding. As normal I fished a top water plug and caught two nice trout and had a nice red throw the hook after a short fight. After the tide was near dead low I switched over to using the fly rod hoping to site fish a red and spent a couple of hours working a couple of smaller coves only to have one opportunity on a fish who I ended up spooking. With the tide coming back in pretty fast now I paddled over to a deeper area I know and had fun catching trout on fly and caught one after another. I switched fly's a few times trying different patterns but it didn't seem to matter what I threw as long as they had some weight to get down towards the bottom with the current. Around 2 I headed back and fished around a couple of oyster bars that were still exposed and going back to a spinning rod I picked up a nice red throwing a small swim bait. A nice way to end the day! It looks like another cold front is going to come through so it may be a couple days before I can get out again, Hopefully not.

Friday, February 12, 2010

2/12 Morning

I was able to get out for a couple of hours this morning launching before sunrise. Kayaking and fishing the bay or crossing any open water was out of the question with the winds today so I fished in one of the creeks off of 41. I brought the fly rod today and had fun and caught a few snooklets. I also caught one cichlid which means that some survived the cold spell that we had. The winds have now blown all the dead leaves from the frost off of the mangroves and it kind of looks different back there now. I quit fishing around mid-morning when it got to hard to find places out of the wind to fish. It was still nice to get out and fish today.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Choko Bay 2/8

Fished again today basically retracing my steps that I fished on Sunday. Van Sayler joined me on this trip. The weather conditions were predicted to be similar but as the way it is around here conditions had changed. We started out catching a few trout and then moved on and site fished a large area looking for reds to no avail. We moved out into the bay when the winds died down a little to fish a couple of spots but by this time the tide was not really moving so we headed back. One last stop on the way we fished for trout and had fun for awhile catching them before crossing back across the bay. Crazy sky today.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Indian Key Pass

I launched at the Everglades National Park launch early to beat the afternoon winds and headed north up the bay past Indian Key Pass to kayak fish the slow incoming tide. Fishing was slow in some areas I like to fish but picked up a couple of nice trout throwing a Zara Spook Jr. I moved around a lot throwing the topwater on one rod and also a swim bait on another instead of a jig so I could cover more ground faster. I picked up a trout here and there and then when fishing around an oyster bar I hooked up and caught a real nice red that was close to 29", Nice! He hit the swimbait in a deeper spot in some current. By mid morning the tide was rolling in and the winds were picking up so I fished spots where I could find shelter from the wind and again near an oyster bar I catch another red, this one around 26", another nice fish ! I worked my way back and ended the day still using the swim bait at my last stop catching a bunch of trout all averaging 18". After catching maybe a dozen or so I made my way back across the bay and was loaded up and on my way home by 1. It sure was nice to catch some decent size reds again!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Goodland 2/4, Naples 2/5

Thursday was a nice day fishing even with the catching a little slow. There are some slow tides and it's been very windy. We circumnavigated a large area in Goodland where we were relatively protected from the winds and on our return trip the winds helped blow us back. Sometimes a plan like this works out.

Friday I ventured up to Naples and fished with Chris and Mike. With another front coming through we launched early and headed south to fish along the intercoastal waterway. We would keep working our way south until the 20 to 30mph winds predicted would blow us back. The plan actually worked again. We made it a couple of miles and had a chance to explore some creeks and small rivers before basicly getting blown back to the marina where we launched. It got a bit rough but still a good time.

Fish caught were a couple of snook, a back drum, snappers and lady fish.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Experience

Many times I'm asked what it is like to camp or what it's like just to be out in the wilderness in the Everglades. After giving my best explanation of the experience one will only have a full understanding when they actually go out and experience it for themselves.

Charles Prier, a writer and journalist who was on a recent Kayak fishing and camping trip with me summed up his experience in his blog:

January 22, 2010 by priernet
I just experienced a great adventure. My son and I, along with two of his best friends went on a camping/fishing trip in the Florida Everglades. It was truly a unique experience. We were transported to a remote mangrove island about 25 miles out from Everglades City, Florida and left for two nights and three days with camping supplies, kayaks, and a guide. The solitude was remarkable; no radio (except one Cuban station I tuned to on my mp3 player), no TV, no cell phone.

I have often thought of, even wished for, some solitude; it was different than I imagined. Although we were well equipped, the thought of a catastrophe overwhelming our resources lingered in the back of my mind. I became very aware of the present; there were moments when I could feel every cell in my body, my emotions seemed far away. I was relaxed. One day, while the others were fishing far away in another direction. I set out in my kayak, paddling out of sight of the camp; for more than two hours I drifted and dabbled on the glassy water along jagged mangrove shores enjoying the blue sky and gentle warm breeze all by myself. A rare event I will long remember.

Posted in Human Nature

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