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Posted: April 27 2006,06:31

Lots of paddlin not many fish. Launched about an hour and half before low tide I wanted to check out some favorite snook spots south of the ramp. I paddled to the entrance to the Lopez river then turned west in time for the tide to change. The tide was due to change 4 feet in just 5 hours so the resulting current in the chanel was amazing. Managed to tow a jig and a tiny live shrimp about halfway out to the gulf but only caught some mangrove snapper and some jacks. Boat position and stability were a problem for snook fishing which I have found prefer a slower presentation than I could manage in the conditions. The anchor would not hold against the current so I caught most so the fish hooked to downed timber or wading on the sandbars.

I paddled almost continually from 0730 to 2:30 PM with no shoulder problems thanks to the advice I received on the forum. I did purchase a new Aqua Bound graphite paddle which I am sure helped. The blade is much skinnier and longer than my old cheapo paddle. Also the paddle is significantly lighter. However I think the biggest difference was the technique advice I received here. Thanks.

Sunburn: I covered my head, face and arms with bullfrog 45 spf. I wore long pants and a loose fitting fishing shirt. The one area I failed to think of was the 2 inch strip of virginal white flesh on the inside of my ankles beteen my pants and water shoes. Ouch.

Overall had a great day on the water in one of the most beatiful places on the planet. And, Oh yeah the snapper were delicious.
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Posted: April 27 2006,11:03

Sounds like you had a great time, what kind of yak do you have? You might want to try a Horizon Claw anchor, you can get them from West Marine, the 4lb really holds good, be sure to tie the anchor rope to the claw end and use a tie wrap to secure the rope to the eye on the arm,  if it gets hung, the tie wrap will brake and you stand a better chance of retrieving it. :)
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Posted: April 28 2006,18:27

Sounds like most of my Choko trips, but I usually get a few catfish instead of edible things. I'd be hesitant to anchor where the current is really strong, as every now and then you could hook up with something sizeable. Kayak stabilty is a bit better on a sleigh ride than when anchored.

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Posted: April 29 2006,05:47

I did Choko 2 weekends ago and like RDS says, I caught catfish up the yin-yang (watch those spines)no matter where I pitched, had to go to market to get fish for dinner that I'd promissed myself.
Problem for me is I've done well there on the in-coming tide (have a private hole) , and a true low tide there happens every 24 hours not 12 like on the east coast, so on any particular day you might be fishing what amounts to an out-going tide all day.
I was so disappointed after making a killing there in December and coming up empty NOW as the water warms up and the fishing is supposed to be so much better, oh well.  Xman
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Posted: May 04 2006,15:10

Been busy flying and yaking. I have a prowler 13. Most of my other trips to Ten Thousand Is have been in my bay boat. When all else fails I can always go to the grassy bay behind rabit key or over to pavillon key and get some good trout action. I had heard they were catching snook at the mouth of the Lopez river but tide was real strong in the area. I should have stopped on the oyster flats and fished but I chose to fight the current in the main channel. my anchor is just a little 4lb folding grapling hook. Not much godd for river fishing.  BTW went out off Dania pier on Friday paddled about 2 miles out I managed to catch 6 Grooper all under 20 inches but they fought real good. Also caught two large eelfish and 2 gray snappers. No kingfish Oh well ran into Garfield in his kayak. Nice guy said he caught some snook earlier right off the beach.
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