This turned out to be quite an interesting week. I attended a couple days worth of classes and seminars at Big Cypress National Preserve. There has been bit of controversy around for a long time with allowing or not allowing the public into the preserve involving certain activities. The park is coming around slowly and now allows some concessions to operate such as swamp buggy and canoe/kayak tour company's on a limited basis. Anyways, we can all attest how our government works a lot of times. Most of these classes were very interesting and informative and the biologists and rangers that spoke are very knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects. Big Cypress offers free classes through the winter on a variety of subjects and they will post them on their website should you be interested and be in the area during this time.
Later in the week I had my opportunity to get back on the water. The forecast for the remainder of the week was calling for windy and stormy weather so I again concentrated on the backcountry. The one day I did a solo trip to one of the lakes and had fun catching a few snook who were hanging deep under the mangroves. I switched off to a fly rod after seeing some juvenile tarpon out in more open water and then had fun with a few of these crazy fish. I caught a nice size Mayan Cichlid in this lake also, the first in a couple of years since the freeze we had which killed most of the exotic fish in this area.
There was planned to be a group of us kayak fishing on Saturday. Everybody cancelled because of the bad weather forecast so it was just me and my son, Rich. The weather turned out to be great for the most part and we ended up catching a ton of fish. Mostly snook of every size. Again proof in a year or so I think will be banner years in catching a lot more larger snook in this west coast area.
A pretty colored blackwater redfish
I spotted this cool little guy, a Florida (Everglades) Box Turtle swimming out in the open water. Normally a land turtle I thought it was weird to find him out there.
Green Heron on the Turner River in big Cypress