Weekly fishing reports reports from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Kayak anglers from around the South provide detailed reports of the areas you fish.
After fourteen hours on the road and one trailer tire blowout, the Pines and Palms Resort in Islamorada, FL couldn’t have been a prettier sight. We dropped our gear in the room and then headed to the dock to look at the water. A barracuda, two nurse sharks, and a beautiful little sea turtle were swimming in the area, and I knew immediately it was going to be a cool trip.
With the first day of my swimbait-smallmouth trip down, we crashed at a cheap motel and spent the remainder of the night huddled over smart phones pouring over Google Maps. We had a plan in place, but wanted to extend our float option for this final leg. The tricky part of digital scouting is that just because the road runs along the river doesn’t mean that you can get to the water easily or legally.
This piece could have been titled “Destination Everglades” but the Everglades are so vast and widespread I hope to add a few more of these articles for other parts in the future. I had wanted to do an Everglades trip for as long as I could remember, and when the Boondoggle announcement was made for Flamingo I knew it was meant for me.
As a teacher with summers off, I used to spend at least three or four days a week on the water. That gave me so much time to get pictures, video, try out new techniques, and really key into what the fish were doing in my local bodies of water. Adulthood, home ownership, and holding my son out of daycare to be a full-time parent during the summer has cut into my fishing time, so I may only get on the water once every couple of weeks.
At the Boondoggle in Merritt Island in October, 2014 it was announced that the President’s Day Boondoggle would be in the Everglades National Park at Flamingo, FL. This Boondoggle was some fishing, maybe some catching, adult beverage drinking, socializing from campsite to campsite, and a potluck on Sunday evening. I started making plans to fish the Everglades.
I have wanted to go to the Everglades for as long as I have held a fishin’ rod. As soon as I saw the location for the 2015 Boondoggle, I started making plans. My friend Robert and I had talked about fishing the Glades for the twenty-plus years we have worked together so I knew exactly who to ask to go along. Way before sunrise on February 12, we saddled up my Tacoma and headed south for the twelve-hour drive.
My father and I paddled a peaceful Alabama creek this past summer, and I captured some of the most exciting swimbait fishing I have ever experienced. I knew this trip would be special when my 6” Bull Shad got hammered on the very first cast.
Last year before the Crooked River Boondoggle, I made a side trip to the Suwannee River State Park. It is a beautiful place set at the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers. The water is stained dark with tannic acid, and the banks are lined with massive chunks of limestone.