Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winter Wonders in the Everglades

This past week turned out to be a bit hectic. Making plans gets thrown out the window often during these winter months with the ever changing weather and quick decisions have to be made. Early in the week  I kayak fished with Rich Jr and we did some backcountry fishing in a remote area in the Everglades. Areas in the backcountry offer a lot of protection from the winter winds that will dominate as to where I go. It was kind of an exploratory trip and getting to one area that I fish from time to time was loaded with fish. Snook more specifically and for a couple of hours it was nonstop action catching many fish before we moved on. We were using lighter gear and with most of the fish averaging very small to around 24" it was a lot of fun. In one spot I unintentionally started catching baby snook around 5".  We each lost a much larger snook because of the light setups we were using in the same area. In the mix Rich also caught himself his first tarpon !! The strange catch of the day was a baby alligator around 20" that wanted my small plastic swim bait. Snook have been a bit scarce from what I have found along with reports by many others so it was nice to see all these fish.


Tuesday I was invited to help in the filming of a promotional show for a local business that will air on a morning Fox4 show out of Ft Myers. I was of course involved in the fishing segment and had fun with the host of the show, Carey Wegner catching fish.
The cold and very windy weather on Thursday forced me to reschedule a kayak fishing charter till next week because we were to fish in an open area up near Naples. I did another trip with Van Sayler and his wife, Jane on Friday here in Chokoloskee. It turned out to be a nice day even though the fishing was a bit slow but the main purpose of the trip was to show them some areas where they could kayak fish on their own in the future without getting lost.  

Jane with a nice Trout


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