Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring has sprung in Chokoloskee bay

The warming trend continues into spring. It's been in the eighties all week and the waters temperatures are following. There are more baitfish moving in around the bay and I've been spotting some sharks which are very common during the summer months in the bay, it almost seems more like summer conditions now. Twice this week I spotted larger tarpon rolling in the shallows in the early morning and these were large fish. I didn't dare make a cast to them with my lighter gear but it's time to think about bringing a heavier setup for maybe an opportunity to hook up with one. 

Early one morning during the week I visited one of the backcountry areas to do a little fly fishing looking for snook for a few hours. I knew better and during the busier tourist season here it's one place I usually avoid because of it's easy access off of Hwy 41, it can attract a lot of traffic. The location is the East River part of Fachahatchee Strand. Most of the area kayak tour company's apparently are doing their eco tours here and all I can say when three different kayak tour groups showed up with their groups the birds and wildlife vacated the area and I did shortly after. I won't be going back there till summer.
If your interested in seeing the Real Everglades with no interruptions feel free to contact me.    

A nice 30" + Snook

Paul with a real nice trout, just moving to the area from Utah I took Paul out to show him some of the ways I kayak fish the area.

22" Trout from today. I can't believe how many larger trout are being caught lately out and around the bay.

Sunrise Redfish

The very early starters getting out on Chokoloskee bay will have the opportunity to see groups of Roseate Spoonbills roosting on a couple of the Mangrove islands through the summer

The happy Egret's

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