Sunday, May 23, 2010

North Chokoloskee Bay 5/22

I had a great time on the water today with Andrew and Katherine paddling and fishing upper parts of Chokoloskee bay. We worked our way basically north fishing the oyster bars on the low tide and checked out the birds in one of the rookeries where nesting is in full swing. Eventually we worked our way into one of the rivers that leads to the gulf (where we would have some protection from the east winds). Not long after seeing baitfish scatter Andrew casts and caught himself a nice snook. We continued working our way up the river against a slow incoming tide and fished shorelines which today seemed loaded with baitfish. We were catching some ladyfish and a few jacks and Andrew caught a nice Spanish mackerel in the mix. Another spot that looked to be a nice snook spot Andrew pulled out and caught a real nice trout. We eventually made our way around in kind of a big circle and got a nice workout crossing back over the bay dead against some strong east winds. Some other highlights of the day were coming up on a real large school of spawning black drum. We couldn’t get a bite from them even using gulp bait but it was a site to see. I also lost a larger snook after a jump and headshake. In one area we had a large loggerhead turtle hang around us for awhile. As much time as I spend in these back water areas every trip is different and can always expect something different to catch or amazing to see.


  1. This was my first guided kayak trip and it was more than I could have asked for. Everything from the snacks provided and best equipment to Rich's complete knowledge of the area made this trip more than worthwhile. I recommend this trip for even the most experienced kayaker or fisherman. But don't be intimidated by Rich's agility in the kayak, he is at home there.
    Thanks for a great trip, Katherine

  2. Enjoy!