I was a little bit apprehensive earning the extended operate from my home (approximately a hundred miles, just one way) but was pleasantly shocked… the roadways were being perfectly distinct – and barely a highway indication anyplace was lacking… My standard route is west on I-75, then south on Condition Road 29. On the highway at 5Am, I was there right before sunup devoid of the slightest difficulty – and I can not say I noticed any visible evidence of storm problems – right until I came into Everglades Town in which each and every composition experienced a huge pile of storm particles – the ground floor contents of each and every composition – just trashed. Most of the avenue indications were being still standing, though, a sure indicator that they did not get the whole force of the storm (the flooding was bad adequate…).
Released out of Outside Resorts (the initially ramp as you come to Chokoloskee) just right before dawn. I was the next person leaving that morning and moved cautiously out toward Rabbit Essential Go anticipating tons of particles – but noticed really small… In point, despite the fact that the water was really significant (like a huge spring tide) I did not see substantially in the way of storm problems once I headed toward the exterior. Generating my way by way of the pass I mentioned the water was comparatively clean (not what I was anticipating) and the only indications of storm problems were being the occasional new snag and tons of trees with barely a leaf on them. I’m guessing the whole wind force of the storm wasn’t felt in the location of Chokoloskee – they received the storm surge though and were being terribly flooded…
Managing to the south I did a little bit of prospecting devoid of a bite (my standard routine was to toss a topwater at a spot – then follow it up with a different rod performing a leadhead with Gulp tail into the similar location..). I did not devote substantially time anyplace just searching all-around and relocating south… The 3rd or fourth spot was the trick – my initially forged with a plug received attacked and a number of minutes later this was the final result – a 27″ snook that was cautiously released just after a photograph.
When executing a little bit of scouting I’m fond of an aged fashioned just one handed plug rod.. it is really fast handling and tremendous accuracy allow for me to toss it a excellent distance and inside of a foot of any focus on (most days…). When I’m guiding it typically stays dwelling unless of course my anglers are bass anglers….
Immediately after a number of a lot more casts with the topwater I switched to the jig and it was match on… Every forged was a fish, largely redfish in the similar spot the snook came from. My initially was about twenty” and it received invited aboard for dinner – all the relaxation of them were being that sizing or a little bit larger. Here is a pic of the major, all-around twenty five-26″…
A 1/four oz leadhead with that Gulp tail was all it took, moved little by little across the present bumping base. Immediately after a 50 percent dozen reds at the similar (all but just one released) I added a compact black drum – then a awesome slot sized speckled trout (a backcountry slam – right before 10Am). I ultimately remaining them still biting on an outgoing tide and held relocating south searching for a number of tarpon. When I ultimately observed tarpon – they were being in excellent numbers and ranged from about 20lbs up to 60-70lbs – and that was at the only spot I appeared at… In shorter the fishing yesterday morning was just superb… It was nearly 4 hours just after dawn when I found the tarpon (not the most effective time for having a bite…) but I was really pleased to see the numbers of fish existing in about 4 to 6 ft of water (excellent for a fly angler or a person wanting to toss lures at them).
I termed it a working day and manufactured the shorter operate back to the ramp just after recording only 31 miles on my excursion log… At the ramp there were being eight trailers parked so I wasn’t the only just one executing a little bit of scouting… All in all I was really pleased with what I observed that morning – now for some facts on the recovery…
We’ve lost Glades Haven… A person I spoke to there said he did not imagine we might see it back up and working any time soon (he imagined a yr or two…). Here are some photos of what applied to be a favourite spot… fairly unfortunate
entrance watch – the particles pile is not really significant – but no one’s performing on the area at all… you can see my aged Maverick parked in entrance of the retailer.
the shrimp shack is just long gone….
the boat ramp – several a working day I have launched from it – unfortunate to imagine it may possibly be a extended time, if at any time, for it to be back up and working…
I stopped at the Island Cafe in which a whole crew was difficult at perform – they say they’re capturing for re-opening subsequent week… The Everglades Motel subsequent door was also in whole restoration manner (with the contents of each and every space stacked up by the roadside for choose-up. I did not trouble to talk to them when they’d be up once again… The Circle K retailer (initially gasoline pumps as you enter Everglades Town) is still shuttered up with no indication of any perform going on. The Marathon station at the intersection of S.R. 29 and US forty one (the Tamiami Path) is up and working… At this issue the only lodge or motel up and working that I know of is Port of the Islands (and their restaurant is open as perfectly), about eight miles west of the Marathon gasoline station, but all of that will change as folks get back on their ft. From what I have been instructed, barely any person experienced insurance policy in EC or Choko – so they’re fairly substantially executing every little thing achievable to get the location back up and bringing anglers and other website visitors back to the location… Every person that loves that location must make a issue of paying a buck or two there considering that that’s their only source of income…
I’m guessing that this will be a banner yr for the fishing (hurricanes generally considerably enhance the fishing when you are ultimately ready to get back on the water…).
Be a hero – choose a child fishing…