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Fish Everglades National Park & 10,000 Islands
Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in the Pristine Waters of the Everglades Backcountry
Over one million acres of sheltered waters, excellent year round weather, fine accommodations, a richly diverse fishery ...

December’s Winter Mix

 (Woods-n-Waters  December 2003)

 November produced some superb fishing.  Trout were very abundant.  Lots of snook and redfish were caught on practically every trip.  The cobia, sheep head, bluefish and mackerel showed up on schedule.  However, the tarpon bite was something special.

 While most of the tarpon were peanuts, fish in the 5-40lb range, there was (and still is) a pile of them!!  A colleague of mine, fishing by himself, put 86 fish into the air in one tide change.  I sent another 18 tarpon aloft with fly gear on another day.  Most angles have been able to jump three to four fish per trip, in addition to the other fish on their species list.   This pattern should hold well into December … at least I hope so. I do love catching these tarpon-ettes!!

 December does bring about change, however.  With plenty of bait around the shorelines, the fish will be close by also.  All the near shore structure is covered with baitfish … and their predators. Fishing both inshore and offshore in the same day is a real December treat.

 Typically, we fish inshore in the morning for snook, redfish and tarpon.  If things are right, I like to sight fish in the shallows.  Seeing the fish, sneaking up to it and watching the fish eat your bait is a real blast!!.  Once (or if) things slow down inside, we will ease out to the near shore structure, most of which is within sight of land.  While there are big snook and permit around, you can count of the cobia, mackerel, blue fish, and the snappers and groupers.  Between these species and the assorted jacks, blue runners, ladyfish, sharks, etc., it common to catch over a dozen different species on most trips … December’s Winter Mix.

 As the water cools, the plankton and algae life dwindle so the water real clears up.  Sight fishing becomes more and more attractive to we light tackle advocates.  In the cooler times, the fish will “lay up” in the shallow sun washed, water.  These shallows warm up first with the rising sun, so the fish are there warming up also.  Sight fishing theses laid up fish is something every fisherman should experience.  It takes a bit more skill and finesse, but the rewards are great.

 For those that are looking for something different, I will be making several kayak fishing trips on the weekends this winter.  The kayak is perhaps the most effective way to get to this shallow laid up fish.  It is virtually silent, draws but a few inches of water and is very maneuverable.   The tarpon actually seem to like the sound of the yaks in the waters.  However, when a big fish rolls right beside you, it can be spooky. 

 The problem with yak fishing is getting to where the fish are.  Most yak fishermen are avid paddlers first and fishermen second.  They do not mind paddling seven hours in and out to fish a hot area.  That is not for me, however.  I want to be there when the bite goes off.  I prefer to load up my anglers and up to six yaks on a larger boat and haul them to the fishing grounds.  This way we get a full day of fishing in without a monster paddle to and from.  We fish the very remote reaches of the Everglades National Park where very few can or even have.  To break things up, we pull out of the yaks at for a hearty beach or boat lunch.  Of course, having the boat there means you can get out of the yak for a break anytime.

 Check the website for dates of these Kayak trips.  Space is very limited on these scheduled trips, so I would book early.  Of course, should you have a have family or group outing, we can do a custom yak trip just about anytime.

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CHOKOLOSKEE CHARTERS
"Not Just Another Boat Ride"
P.O. Box 824 Chokoloskee Island, Florida 34138
Phone: 239-695-9107     FAX: 239-695-9108
Email: Captain Charles Wright
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