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Posted: June 20 2007,15:32

Hello Yakkers. I'm a newby to kayak fishing, about 2 months. I've been paddling around the south end of West Lake for the most part. There are a lot of fish in there. I haven't had much luck catching them except for one Snook.  It dragged me around the mangroves like freakin' Moby Dick. When I finally got it up to the yak I realized I didn't have a clue what to do next. As luck would have it a trio of tree hugging yakkers came around the bend. This one guy who looked like a Game Warden unhooked the snook and we released it.

I caught the snook using a Rap popper. It was great. I was laughing like a lunatic while I bounced off the mangroves.

Anyway, the point of this post is not impress you with my lack of yakking prowess. It's to see if anyone of you old salts want to hook up and learn a newb. I'm comfortable in the back water but someday I'd like to try the deep. I'm not at all sure how strong a paddler I am and I've violated the first rule of yakking from the start (never paddle alone). This leads me to believe I should probably have some experienced company.

My rig is an Emotion Mojo. I built some outriggers to keep my butt from flipping. I'll attach a couple of pics.

I'm gonna try to get out Saturday from Holland Park around 8 AM. If anyone wants to join me or would rather have me tag along somewhere else in the area I'd be much obliged.

Oh yeah, I also have some experience with white water ... see the pic.

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Posted: June 21 2007,16:51

Is picture 2 of the WHITE WATER ...lol
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Posted: June 21 2007,17:56

yeah that's white water, dude .. I was hearing the banjo from Deliverance. It was treacherous.

I know most fishing type people are loners but I'm beginning to get the feeling my post is going over like a fart in church.

Bueller? ... Bueller?

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Posted: June 21 2007,19:31

Welcome to the yakfishin club. I see you found the whitewater exit to the intracoastal, at least on a high outgoing tide. The Mojo's a bit on the small side for any serious offshore adventures (i.e. more than a mile out), but should be OK to go out to the 1st reef off Hollywood Beach if it's not too rough. Offshore ability has more to do with speed and performance while fighting wind, waves and current in case you end up on the wrong end of all 3, like the guy who drifted to Palm Beach a couple of weeks back. I'm actually impressed that you caught anything in West Lake- i still have yet to do so. Just be aware that you need a fishing license in a kayak and know the seasons and size limits for what you catch if you're going to keep any. My website lists some nice local spots to put in- Oleta River State Park is a good place to learn, although the fishing isn't that great except for jacks, cudas and occasional tarpon.

South Fla Kayak launch sites

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Posted: June 22 2007,03:57

RDS .. thanks for the info. You have a really helpful site. I've been hitting your site since I started yak fishing. I have a license and I pdf'd all the fish regs and seasons. I'm more of a catch and release guy anyway ... unless it's a grouper. I loves da grouper.

West Lake does have fish in the South end for sure. Does anyone have any suggestions for catching live bait quickly  .. just before putting in.... crabs, fleas, etc; ... every time I try to get live shrimp the well is empty.

Still gonna try to go out Saturday ... (tomorrow)

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Posted: June 22 2007,04:47

Welcome to the forum.  I too am impressed at your catch in West Lake - I love the setting, it sure looks fishy but I've never had much luck in there, altho Chef Mike has.  

Maybe you could show us a thing or two...

About bait, do you have a scoop or throwing net?  Dania Beach area, north of the pier headin into John Lloyd (where the beach is still original) used to be good for fleas.  Not sure at all how you'd go about catching those little crabs which inhabit the mangroves.


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Posted: June 22 2007,08:00

thanx Capn Jimbo ..... you got a real nice forum. I do have a flea rake .. maybe I'll grab some beers and rake tonight. Hey? .. sand fleas will work in the backwater right? .. I know they're great for the surf.
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Posted: June 22 2007,14:38

I've had alot of action at the south end of Westlake close to the Intercoastal on strong incoming tides. A few nice Snook and lots of small ones,huge Jacks and have seen several schools of Tarpon.   I even saw a Redfish and a large Barracuda in a school of minnows  lying motionless as the minnows were all around them. The current was strong and I went past,when I paddled back and positioned myself to cast at them they spooked.  

 I could see them perfectly , the Red fish was hovering over the Baracuda. I did not know there were Redfish around here, but I saw the dot on his tail as plain as day
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Posted: June 22 2007,16:36

Like I said .. there's fish in there. I've seen some big tarpon and some really big black shapes chasing bait that scared me enough to paddle the other way.

I'm gonna go tomorrow from Holland around 8 .. the tides won't be great but what the ####.

It'd be cool if one of you guys show up .. this way I can see just how bad a yakker I am.

Oh... if you're afraid I'm an internet stalker or something don't worry. I would never do that to anyone ... that's how I met my wife.

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Posted: June 23 2007,09:49

The put in at Holland is a favorite of mine and the mouth there where the ICW joins it is everything Critterdog said it is.

If you aren't catching fish in West lake you aren't paying attention to the tides. The middle of ebb or flood are good.
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