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Posted: Nov. 10 2007,16:00

At long last we can launch kayaks from the beach at Cape Florida. Take the first left into Lot A, and go left again to the north end of the parking lot. It's a 200 yard portage over sidewalk and plastic boardwalk, so bring yer kayak cart. It was 1 mile to the lighthouse and another 1.25 miles to Stiltsville. The current wasn't very strong in the main channel, but was running 1 mph or more over the flats, where it gets funneled into small spaces. I posted more detailed directions on my web site Broward Area Kayak Launch Sites. It was a great day to paddle, but the fish weren't doing much. I got one juvenile mutton snapper and that was it.





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Posted: Nov. 10 2007,18:20

hey, great info RDS. Looks like you had the same kinda day I had. 1 puny snapper at West Lake (Broward) ... but man, what a great day to paddle. Great pics.

You have a marvelous site. It's the first one I found when I started yakking. It's very helpful.

That Rattle Snake Key launch looks really interesting. Have you done much fishing there? I'd like to try that some time. How big are the Crocs?
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Posted: Nov. 11 2007,04:26

Rattlesnake Key (Largo) was one of our favorite launches, back by Atlantis Dive, park along side the road.  Only issues: about a hundred fifty foot carry or traverse over rocky ground - use a cart, bring some pool noodles cut in half to set your yak on.

Rattlesnake is southeast from the launch, and I strongly suggest you check out Roger's or another aerial before going so you can find the meandering channel outside the northwest end (very fishy).  There's also a couple of very nice channels running through Rattlesnake.

I've seen and cast to everything there: shark, tarpon, snook, cuda and some nice bonefish.  Catch a rising tide and sneak up to the northwest end (directly from the launch).  Be slow and meticulous, very quiet, sightfish for tailing bones, determine their direction and set up, cast a shrimp way ahead.

Don't be in a hurry.  Paddle very slow, drift, watch.  You'll need a stake.

There is a wreck to the north of the eastern end.  Cudas everywhere, cast to the many potholes around the mangroves and out to about 4 feet of water.

Best launch is a rising tide, you'll need water if you decide to circumnavigate.  Can't speak for others but I am aware of no crocs in this area, the reservation is well north along Card Sound.


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Posted: Nov. 11 2007,08:46

I haven't been to Rattlesnake Key for a while, never saw any crocs there. I've always seen tailing bonefish there, just never caught any. Jimbo gets around a bit more than I do.

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