Saturday, January 8, 2011
Reporting from Florida
Today was the first day I was able to get out and sample the local fishing. Stan and I departed at 6:30AM for the canals along the Tamiami Trail (US41) in the Everglades. We hit some of our usual spots and a couple new ones. The day started out a little brisk (53F) and warmed up to a little over 70F with a bit of a breeze. We started in the big canal at the end of the Everglades National Park volunteers RV camping area. As we were rigging up I saw a couple snook and some bass cruising around in the shallow end of the canal. My small crab pattern drew some immediate interest and brought in a 12-inch bass. Many follows and some short strikes, but no more hook-ups there. We checked out a new spot I had spotted on the satellite view of one of the online mapping programs. A few follows and short-strikes from bass, but no hook-ups. We then moved down to the maze of canals behind the seagrape visitor center. As always, lots of manatees and a few 'gators. We thought we saw a few tarpon roll. I caught the smallest snook I ever saw and Stan got a small, but respectable, redfish. That is the first redfish I have seen caught in these canals. We hit a couple other places, but the wind picked up and the fish weren't cooperative, so we knocked off early. This week I think we'll rent some kayaks and fish the Orange River. Here is a video of the seagrape canal. Watch for a couple manatees surfacing.