As I previously talked a little about, we are in a time of transition here in the Everglades heading into the winter months. Of course there are some patterns (migrations) that the different fish species follow with the changing seasons but unlike most other places in Florida in this western area on the Everglades these patterns can be somewhat unpredictable at times, strong tides and the weather playing a large part in what happens. After putting your time in, fishing often over years in different places is when you will be able to somewhat predict when, where and what kind of fish will be around at any given time of the year. Even some of your best or so called "rock star" guides that fish these Everglades waters will tell you that when you believe you have it all figured out everything changes and you have to start all over again.
One advantage of using a kayak vs using a motorized boat for me over the years to fish many of the places in the Everglades has been the limited amount of area you can cover in one day in comparison to motor boats, you will concentrate on smaller areas usually within a reasonable distance of where you launched and then find and catch quality fish. Guides and people in general who use motor boats have a tendency to not concentrate for long in any one particular area before moving on to fish another. I know many guides that will go fifteen to even over thirty miles away to bring their clients to look for quality fish when these same fish can usually be caught near where they launched in Chokolskee or Everglades City. I guess if you are charging between four to six hundred dollars for a charter it's one way to try and justify it with you getting a nice long boat ride.
This past week has been fairly windy with a few colder days which has made it a little tough to get to some of my fishing spots out and around the bay so I spent a few days in a couple different areas up in the backcountry. Most of these trips were all fly fishing and it was fun catching many small snook, baby and some nice size juvinile tarpon.
"DJ Dan Decibal" with one of the nice Tarpon's that he caught !
The other week I joined up with a group from swfkaa.com ,a kayak fishing group from the Ft Myers area who wanted to come down to see and fish a little bit of the Everglades. There were around fourteen guys and we launched out of Chokoloskee. The weather turned out to be great and everyone caught fish including reds, trout, snook, and flounder. A few guys also got their inshore slam. It was a real nice day with great company and I hope to join up with them again one day soon on another one of their adventures.
For those interested, a great new event will be happening here in the Everglades. There will be a new kayak fishing tournament happening the first week in March. It will be a new format and challenge for kayak fisherman which will put all participants on a more even playing field. I'll post details as I get them.