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tunanomayo Offline
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Posted: Oct. 09 2006,15:39

If you havn't tried it. you are missing some of the best snorkling in South Florida. The water visability at the top of the high tide Sunday morning was close to 80'. The bait were everywhere. In every school of greenies, or pilchards, were baracuda, grouper, and snook. The rock piles directly across from the inlet were covered with tropicals also. A large stone fish sat on his own rock and I wished for my old nikonos camera. Schools of jacks charged the bait in as little as two feet of water. Southern rays swim by. It is an amazing sight to watch from under 5 feet of water. Paddle to the island from Riveria beach marina, about 15-20 minutes. You can put in on the small beach. Cross the boat channel directly to the island and head around to the east side. It is a idle only area and patroled. The incoming tide creates some interesting current in the deeper water close to the channels and docks, but beside that it, is an easy paddle. You can beach just north of the marked snorkling area. (which does not allow boats.) The life guard didn't consider my kayak a boat until some lady complained, and I had to relocate. I have been diving for over thirty years, I have been in Mexico, the Bahamas, Keys, Virgin Islands, but this spot is as good as it gets when conditions are ideal. No live coral, but the tropical fish do not seem to mind, and they do make up for the lack of color of the rocks. On the way back, check out all the boats rafted up and the parties going on the north side flats. There was more than one full moon this weekend!

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Posted: Oct. 10 2006,06:45

Hey Tuna, can you fish over there? I never tried that side of the island, I always put in at the park under the bridge and paddle north to a reef or fish the docks in the early morning.

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Posted: Oct. 10 2006,07:39

The south side of the island is probably best. The old Coast Guard station dock may be ideal when the tide is moving. The channel is deepest at that point also. No swimmers on that side because of the boat traffic and currents. There are plenty of jacks busting bait around the island. I have caught a few on top dogs. I've seen tarpon roll just east, closer to the inlet.  If snook is your game, you would have to fish early before the traffic and the life guards are out.

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Posted: Oct. 11 2006,16:19

Anyone going to the kayak expo at Okeeheelee park on Friday?  I'll be there in the afternoon if you want to "hook up".

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Posted: Oct. 14 2006,07:03

Tuna, this is a great thing to know re : the Snorkling - Gonna have to hoit that up one day with the Phoneman, before both our new kids arrive and we go on lockdown..... Thanks for the report   :cool:
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Posted: Oct. 23 2006,17:03

I've been raving about snorkeling at Peanut for years now i love that place.
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Posted: Oct. 24 2006,06:23

Hi Kodiaz - ltns - how have you been?

Tuna, based on your glowing recommendation - and our love of the full moon - Sue Sea and I decided to try Peanut for the first time Sunday.  But for the life of me I couldn't quite figure out where the snorkeling area was.  So bear with me...

We launched off a small beach which seemed to be at the north end of the parking lot.  Adventure Times has a stand up at that end.  We then paddled dead east toward Peanut.  As we reached the island I noted a small docking lagoon on what I thought was the northwest corner.  

Then we proceeded around the north end - water was quite shallow, lots of sandbars, extremely crowded with boats and general madness.  Came around the northeast corner, noted some docks (two I think), went just a bit further south, then headed back.  

Was never quite sure where the snorkeling was.  

Now home, I ran an aerial of Peanut, and it seems perhaps we didn't proceed south enough past the two docks at the NE corner.  

Help me out here, we'd love to try that snorkeling.  On what part of the east side is it?  How far south of the docks?

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Posted: Oct. 24 2006,14:27

You were just shy of it. The snorkeling area is well marked with tall white buoys. You can see the separate rock piles clearly just off the beach. There is a large enclosed life guard stand on the beach. They will wave you off out of the snorkling area, so you have to beach just north. There is a sign on the beach marking the start of the no boat area. Be sure to check out the lagoon, a short walk down south from the beach toward the Coast Guard Station and Kennedy's bunker. There were three manatees in it on Saturday morning. I was there on Sunday also. Sunday afternoon is party time, so the boat traffic is bad. I had a nice eagle ray pass under the boat coming back to the RB Marina in about two feet of water. I'm glad he wasn't in attack mode. Also, the fish dip, and dolphin sandwich at the Tiki Bar are excellent.

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