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Posted: Feb. 27 2004,18:39

That sounds like fun!
Unfortunately I have to be at work all weekend.  The little time I'm not at work I have to do some landscaping work, trying to wrap all this up so the house is finally done.  Also have midterms coming up right now.  I'm hoping toward end of March I get some time back on my side.  Will let you know if it happens sooner than that but doubtful.

Did you go paddle some yaks?  Try Sugarloaf or FBO?  Let me know if you want to stop by and try my Tourer.  I'll be here til 10am Sat morning since I have to meet with some contractors.  Other than that, maybe after work this coming week....let me know a day and I'll try to get off on time  :p

take it easy!
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Posted: July 21 2004,09:11

I'll be able to go out on the Yak fishing with you guys whenever. I am starting a new job this Saurday so I'm not sure what the schedule will look like. I have done some yak fishing from OWB down to Geiger. Did ok at times.
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Posted: April 01 2005,23:04

Hey guys, I grew up on Cudjoe Key and frequent the area on multiple vacations from my home in Virginia Beach.  This upcoming vacation will be my first with my yak, and I was wonderin two things.  I would like to know if anyone know of some great back country spots to fish, and also of any great little islands around Cudjoe thast would produce some great fishing and snorkeling.  Any information would be a tremendous help.  Keep up the good work and the excellent info guys!
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Posted: April 03 2005,00:19

PSU

Tell me a bit more.
1) Do you mind paddling a bit (2 to 5 miles) to fish or are you wanting to fish really close to your launch site?
2) When are you coming down?
3) What are you hoping to catch? Snapper? Bonefish? Tarpon? Sharks?
Lots of possibilities around Cudjoe, depending on what you want to do. :cool:
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Posted: April 03 2005,07:50

Hey Randrums, I am actually looking to do it all.  Most come to the Keys and shoot right to Key West to see the sights; well, I am sure you know where I am coming from when I say, I come to the Keys to enjoy nature at it's best, and that is what I am looking for.  Let me give you a little backgroud first.

I fish a Tarpon 130t, it is usually two of us sharing the yak, myself and my girlfriend.  I would love to fish anything and everthing, she is a little scared of the deeper water, but I have spent months explaining the possibilities of a deeper trip and I think I have her feeling confident now.  We would also like to find some nice little snorkel spots around Cudjoe.

We will be down in mid August and will be staying on an ocean lot in Venture Out (I grew up in this resort, so I am fairly familiar with the immediate area between Cudjoe and Summerland, but I have not actually been in the water there since I was a young boy.

I would love to fish for a little bit of everything, larger fish if possible.  We do quite a bit of shark fishing at night from the park, where we mostly catch mid-sized Lemon sharks (Roughly 6 footers).  So when we are out on the water I would like to target other species.  Dolphin and Wahoo have always been a favorite of mine, but you can never go wrong with Snapper and Tarpon.  I will not be bringing my fly rod this time to the Keys unfortunately, so it will be my first time Bonefishing on a Spinning Rod, so we'll have to see how that goes  :)  

Basically, I am just looking for some good direction and some good tips.  I really appreciate all your help, and I look forward to hearing from ya soon!
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Posted: April 03 2005,07:53

Ooops, we would not mind making a longer trip, not just fishing close to the launch.  Sorry, I kinda left that one out.  :D
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Posted: April 04 2005,23:42

PSU

A yakfishing buddy of mine stays at Venture Out for 6 wks every year, but I've only fished with him at other locations in the Lower Keys. Let me check with him on the area (oceanside) - as I know he's launched there a lot.

I have fished a lot off of the N end of Cudjoe by the blimps; also Bahia Honda bridge(MM37), Sugarloaf(MM17), Shark Channel(MM10). Are you interested in loading up the yak and gear to go somewhere other than Venture Out?

As to snorkeling, I love to do it, but haven't been anywhere around Cudjoe. I'm sure some of the "residents" at VO will know of spots close by. I'd love to join you.

BTW, how do you "share" a single kayak? :D That sounds interesting. I've got an extra Scupper Pro so we could all go together if you like.

I'll let you know what my buddy says.
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Posted: April 05 2005,18:50

Randrums,

The Tarpon 130t is the new tandem SOT put out by Wilderness Systems.  Only a 13 footer, but lots of space and sits two adults very comfortably, and there is even a bit of room for me to take one of my nieces or nephews if they feel like seeing the big blue.  :-)  I would love to get together to yak.  The thing is, my girlfriend isn't real comfy on her own, so she would probably stick with the tandem and me in the drivers seat.  :-)

I appreciate you asking your buddy about the VO area.  It is a fairly popular place, and I am not sure I will ever forgive my folks for selling their house down there.  I'll get another one someday!

Can you recommend some launch sites and good snorkel/fishing spots in other parts of the lower keys?  We plan on doing a lot of looking around, but with only a week to do everything, we are gonna be kinda pressed, and I don't wanna waste a day lookin, and not find gold.  I am somewhat familiar with the Sugarloaf area, being that I went to Sugarloaf Elem. when I was a kid, so my family spent quite a bit of time on the land there, but not much on the water.  We also make it a point to snorkel at Bahia Honda SP at least twice each year, so we are familiar with the park there.

Basically, any information is greatly appreciated, you have already been a tremendous help!  Let me know what your buddy says.  Hope to talk to you soon!
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Posted: April 06 2005,05:01

Sue Sea and I plan to be in the middle Keys from Fri night through Tuesday... so if anyone wants to hook up, we are definitely game.  Please PM me as we'd sure love to yak with you there, and you are invited to our nightly cookout on Long Key where we will be camping...

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Posted: April 08 2005,14:11

Howdy PSU

I'm happy to recommend spots - there are plenty. I suggest that we go into more detail as your vacation gets closer (say a week or so out). Prevailing winds and tides, as well as your itinerary will dictate what might be best on a given day.

My buddy from VO said there's bones, permit and tarpon around the two little unnamed keys just SE of VO. Also  two 12' deep channels there. He didn't mention much about any good snorkeling right there, but good fishing - yes.

Again, rather than type out long posts, just touch base with me as it gets closer. (305.923.4643) I could go on for pages and pages, but probably the best thing is to talk on the phone with NOAA chart in hand and a weather forecast handy,  and we can plot to take advantage of what mother nature has to offer at the time.

There's so many good spots, you won't run out of things to do.  :)

Randy
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