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FLDave Offline
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Posted: July 18 2006,17:11

Launched out of Garden Cove this morning at 8:00.  Tide was out and the water was pretty low.  I headed straight out to the eastern end of Rattlesnake not knowing what to expect (have only been out here once for a couple of hours).

My first few casts were fruitless, and the first strike I had (using pink skimmer jig), ended abruptly with a cut line.  That would be the ONLY bite of the day.  I'm new to fishing this part of Florida, so I am chalking some of this up to experience, or lack there of.

I tried various lures: Skimmer jig, DOA Shrimp, Yo-Zuri.  Even caught a couple of crabs and used them as bait.  No dice.  What the heck am I doing wrong?  I know the fish were out there --- I saw about 8 Tarpon rolling (big guys!), a couple of smaller sharks, and a bunch of some unidentified fish that looked short and fat (any ideas)?

So, a fun but fruitless day on the water.  Is this par for the Keys?  Is Flamingo/10,000 Islands better?  I love fishing, but driving from Davie and coming back empty handed is a bummer.  If anybody has any advice for future trips, I'm all ears.

Thanks.

Tight lines.
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Posted: July 18 2006,19:51

You didn't specify what you were targeting. The flats are mainly for bonefish and barracuda, the boat channels have snapper, jacks and such. Blindcasting on shallow grass flats generally doesn't result in much in the Keys- it's mainly sightfishing for the stuff you would actually like to catch. You can get a similar fishing environment in the flats around chicken Key just north of the Deering Estate and save about 45 minutes of driving each way. Like most other "good" fishing spots, you have to fish them a few times to learn the area before you catch much.

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Posted: July 19 2006,02:13

FLDave,
next time you get the urge to drive that far for  some fishing, give me a hollar or a pm. There's a group of Derelicts that fish in Flamingo that would be happy to have you down.

Yesterday 3 or 4 went down there and caught/hooked/saw tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, the dreaded seacats, and more!

When the evidence (pictures) is/are posted (after the recovery from the comunista ceegars and third world rum) I'm sure some one will post a link.


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Posted: July 19 2006,05:01

Dave,
Not been down that road in a long, long, tim. The last time I was there it was for some brew at a place called Capt'ns Cabin.. next to the dive boat. I used to live across the hy-way in Sexton cove.

Is there a safe place to pack, no worries about being towed, to launch the yak there ?


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Posted: July 19 2006,05:28

Thanks for all the help, guys.  I wasn't really targeting anything.  I grew up fishing the gulf coast near St. Marks, and was able to catch Cobia, trout, reds, etc. without targeting a specific species.  I guess that's not quite the case down here.

FuzzyBruce:  Thanks for the invite.  I'll definately take you up on the offer.  I'll probably head down that way between the 26th and 29th.  

Krash:  There is a sign that identifies the launch site as a park, stating that it closes at dark.  There were no signs warning of private property, nor threatening towing.  I've only been twice now, but have never had any trouble.  Parked on the side of the road.  

Again, thanks for the help.  I've got a couple of buddies coming down to visit soon, and was hoping to put them on some fish.  It seems like it is very difficult to catch bones and permit, but I haven't seen the first redfish or trout.  I'm wondering what we should target.  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go fishing more often!  I plan on hitting up some areas nearby, possibly trying some canals for peacocks, in the next few days, as I need to recoup from this skunking.

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