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quirkster1 Offline

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Posted: Aug. 04 2006,06:31

Hey I am going to be staying at the Naples Grand Beach Resort next week. Is there any local fishing areas that I can hit. I also need an easy senic paddle for my wife and downs syndrome son to participate in. Thanks
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Posted: Aug. 05 2006,16:09

Hey quirkster1, ask this question over on the http://kfs.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/6786086413

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Posted: Aug. 05 2006,18:09

No need.

Here's the best destination, bar none, in that area:  Rookery Bay, a stone's throw from Naples.  Easy launch, free, and capital "S" scenic.  Great fishing as well.  Here's a link with a great description:

Link to Rookery Bay Destination

  The remote destination of Rookery Bay, Florida, located at the northern tip of the Ten Thousand Islands along the southwest gulf coast, is 110,000 acres of pristine and undisturbed mangrove forest, upland hammocks and open water just begging to be explored. The climate of Rookery Bay is subtropical with distinct wet and dry seasons. The estuary is formed by barrier islands, small mangrove keys and shallow basins. The primary habitat within the area consists of mangrove forest, sea grass, mud flats, oyster bars, salt and freshwater ponds, scrub uplands, savannah uplands and wet pine woods.

Fishing the area begins with a quick launch from Hall Bay. From the launch site, you are immediately within casting range of redfish, snook and hefty trout, which call the surrounding waters "home". Slowly walking a topwater plug or bumping a weighted jerkbait along the numerous mangrove lined edges should produce fish. Also, be on the lookout for some shallow water grouper and mangrove snapper that tend to hang around the deeper ledges and channels that surround the mouth of Henderson Creek. Paddling west into Rookery Bay proper will take your breath away. Innumerable mangrove islands, dotted with oyster and clam bars, will test your ability to stick with a given fishing plan. It seems that everywhere you look, bait is busting and abundant fish activity is noticed. You will be hard pressed to find any area within the bay that doesn't look and feel "fishy".


Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 05 2006,18:11

Tight lines,
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Posted: Aug. 05 2006,19:33

Going north about 15 miles to Lover's Key in Bonita Beach is also well worth the drive.  Great Calusa Blueway with map of Lover's Key area. Delnor-Wiggins Park is closer to Naples, but not as scenic and can have a lot of boat traffic. The web site has a map showing the launch area. Delnor-Wiggins State Park site

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