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Posted: Jan. 02 2006,14:06

Well I guess I'm as guilty as anyone of lurking more than posting.So for the new year I'm going to make the effort to contribute more to the fishness of this board.So here goes.

Met up with a friend of mine on 12/19 at a certain put in out near Everglades City.We had a full moon,a falling tide and lite easterly winds.I had great expectations of finding cooperative snook and maybe a tarpon or two.Anyway we got on the water at first light and were met with the distintive pop/crash sound of snook blasting minnows all up and down the creek.My friend started out with a brown glades minnow on his six weight and was hooked up within five minutes.I was so stoked i could barely tie on a small Red and white gurgler I had planned on starting out with.I manged to land three snook in the 15 to 18 inch range before things slowed as the sun got higher in the sky.I switched to a brown minnow when the top water action slowed and we both worked the mangroves and side creeks for the remainder of the morning.There was enough action to keep things interesting througout the remainder of the trip.Around noon the falling tide gave out and the wind shifted to the s/sw and things just turned off.Never did find any Tarpon, but between the two of us we landed 18 to 20 snook.My partner caught the largest snook of the day that was just short of slot and I was surprised with a small Red taken from a behind a snag.
We both fished 6 wt fly rods and used 17 to 20 pound flouro carbon tippets at the business end of things.With the exception of the early morning topwater action(I wish it would have lasted longer)a # 6 brown glades minnow seemed to produce the best.
So far this year the weather seems to be on the warm side and the area around the E.C. and Choko.have been fishing really well,particularly back up inside the creeks and lakes.I got a report yesterday that the trail out near the the turn off to 29 is really fishing well, lots of small Snook and Tarpon to be had.
You boys and girls need to get off your arses, load your yaks and have at it

Happy New Years everyone.

Dave
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Posted: Jan. 02 2006,14:48

Dave,  great report...I will try and hit that area since I should be getting a little more time off from work. Love Snooky on fly!!
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Posted: Jan. 03 2006,07:59

Good report Dave!

Haven't had a chance to take the yak out in awhile (new car, need new racks). I hit the trail bankhoppng a few times though. Best was a nice snook:



Worst was this past friday when I had to work hard to get some bream & cichlids! Saw snook. Hooked a nice one. No luck though.

Ken
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Posted: Jan. 03 2006,12:26

One 12 in. snook yesterday on a spitting image. Covered alot of water and caught it just around the corner from the ramp. Had a few small snappers on ultra light just to feel the pull. J.lloyd is looking pretty sad.

  Lots of manitee.Can't get used first sight of them a few feet from your yak,sends a chill untill your mind registers on what it is.Huge iguanas also
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Posted: Jan. 03 2006,12:47

Nice snook Ken.Do you mind me asking what you took him on?
Way to go Critterdog.....It"s all good

Dave
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Posted: Jan. 03 2006,15:03

Hey Critter,

Sad to hear about JL. I've been wanting to get back down there. I had a manatee experience while wading at Hobe Sound. I catch a large, brownish gray shape heading straight towards me at a high rate of speed. Of course the water was murky and I had a school of mullet all around me (probably have made better decisions...). I immediately look for the dorsal fin of impending doom. It was a manatee. The thing was hauling and made an almot 90 degree turn not 5 feet from me. So much for slow animals.

Dave, that one was actually caught on spinning gear using storm wildeyes. They just weren't hitting my flies that day!

Ken
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