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  1. ENP January 1

    Fishing Reports
    Started the new year and new decade off right--no hangover, up at 4:00 a.m., on the water at 6:30. High tide at Lostmans at 4:54 a.m. so we would have favorable tide conditions to fish the creeks, drains and rivers to the South. Sunrise was at 7:13 a.m. with N/NE winds at 5-8. Moon was waxing...
  2. Camping/Fishing 10K Islands November 29-30

    Fishing Reports
    Headed to the ENP for a solo camping/fishing trip. Slight winds from the E/NE so I decided to camp in the backcountry on the Plate Creek Bay Chickee. It faces the East, so I figured the breeze would blow any mosquitos or no-see-ums back into the small cay that is behind the chickee...
  3. Everglades National Park March 23

    Fishing Reports
    Great day in the Park yesterday. Clear skies, cool temp's, big moon/big tides, nice breeze to keep the skeeters away. Low tide at Shark River entrance was at 10:30 or so, so we had several hours of falling water to fish in the morning. Both anglers finished the day with slams, dozens of snook...
  4. New Channel Markers in the ENP

    Florida Gulf Coast
    The Park Service has a contractor in the park installing new channel markers from Florida Bay to the 10,000 Islands over the next few months. Work is underway in Tin Can Channel and Jimmy's Lake. The Park Service says that while channels will remain open during the work, boaters should use...
  5. Everglades National Park March 9

    Fishing Reports
    Great day in the Park yesterday. 9:33 a.m. low tide at Shark River meant we would have incoming water most of the day. Weather forecast was favorable, though the winds were expected to be rather brisk, but from the east. Launched in the back at first light and ran through Whitewater Bay...
  6. Everglades National Park January 13

    Fishing Reports
    Launched out front at Flamingo at first light. High tide was at 7:37 a.m. so we would have falling water all morning. It was slick calm with mostly clear skies and no wind. We fished one of the keys near Flamingo, using mostly live shrimp on jig heads, though I did toss a twitch bait some and...
  7. Ten Thousand Islands January 5

    Fishing Reports
    First time on the water in 2019. Mike and I launched his Maverick HPX-18 from OR before first light. Weatherman was asleep at the wheel again--brisk winds from the NW blowing in the mild front that was on its way, overcast skies and cool. Outgoing tide until the tide change at about 9:10 a.m...
  8. Everglades National Park Boater Permit Required January 1

    Florida Gulf Coast
    Starting January 1, boaters in the Everglades National Park will be required to have a valid Boater Permit. This can be obtained only after taking an online course and passing an assessment with a score of 80 or higher. The Permit must be presented as a paper copy or saved as an image...
  9. ENP December 16

    Fishing Reports
    Back to Flamingo and the ENP on Sunday. Launched just before first light and ran north to the East Cape area. Slick calm, forecast was for N/NW winds at 6-8. Skies were overcast but mostly sunny. Incoming tide had us starting in several of the creeks up in that area (high was at 8:33 a.m. at...
  10. Everglades National Park December 4

    Fishing Reports
    Took some friends out on his new-to-him Maverick Master Angler to show them around the Park. We launched from Kon Tiki and ran to the NW. Early morning Tarpon in the shallow flats around Rabbit Key, but could not entice them to eat. Blue Bank and West Springer were holding some trout but not...
  11. Swamp Jukin' in the 10K Islands November 4

    Fishing Reports
    It was all about variety yesterday in the ENP. We launched early at OR (with 25-30 others from the Naples area who were entered in a Red/Snook tournament). Low tide at 6:43 a.m. so we would have incoming water all morning followed by a falling tide in the afternoon. Weather was overcast, but...
  12. January 7 Everglades National Park Report

    Fishing Reports
    Fished the East Cape and Lake Ingram area of the ENP on Sunday. Air temperatures were warming, but it was windy and the water temperatures at first light were in the low 50's. We caught between 25-30 snook including 3 or 4 over slot size, a nice black drum and a really nice trout. I think all...
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