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Saturday, 24 November 2012 07:18

SWFKAA Chokoloskee Trip

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November brought members of the Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association a club fishing trip to Chokoloskee. The residents of Everglades City were awakened to a large caravan of vehicles carrying kayaks as we all met in the area. Soon, we were all at Chokoloskee Island Park to launch into the 10,000Islands. There were 14 kayaks launched into the windy, chilly morning. My first cast with a topwater lure yielded a nice trout, as did Tony Dziedzic’s. Esteban Gutierrez landed the first redfish on the morning just minutes after launching.

The tide was outgoing, and so were we. As water poured out toward the Gulf, it was difficult not to get swept out with it. We drifted off into groups and I was with Tony, Rich Jones and Steve Miller. As we fished along the mangroves, we caught trout and some smaller snook. At some point, Steve and I were fishing along some mangroves and realized we were speeding! We were in the tidal current and before too long I was looking at the Gulf with Jewel Key just in front of me.

Tony landing a nice redfish.

I ducked into a little bay and Steve followed me in. As I watched the calm, sheltered water I began seeing redfish tails! I waited till I saw one close and casted a jig in front of it. I landed a nice redfish. Steve began casting as well and landed two more. It was a really cool little bay we found.

Bob watching tails

Soon, the tide was incoming and we rode it back in, meeting up with most of our group. We fished and chatted our way back to Chokoloskee Bay where we met up with the rest of the guys. Everyone caught fish and several anglers had slams! 

some nice trout were about           

When we were off the water, we all caravan'd over to City Seafood. We took up our share of tables and chowed on very good food and adult beverages. There were many people, many fish and many slams caught and as usual, we all had a great time. Nice job Esteban and thanks to Rich Jones for showing us some of your spots!

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Bob Bramblet

I am an avid tournament angler, competing in local, regional and national events. I am also the President of the Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association. I write kayak fishing articles and reviews for several online resources and kayak fishing magazines. You can usually find me fishing my home waters of Estero Bay or Pine Island Sound, where I has been fishing for over 20 years. I am a member of the Florida Outdoor Writer's Association.

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+1 # Capt. Blackbeard 2012-11-24 18:55
It was truly an awesome trip. I love fishing with you guys. Thanks for the article!
# Sam Baker 2012-12-04 14:47
I like the W&M Rods. Especially for the price. Someone should right a review..

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