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crappydog Offline
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Posted: Feb. 22 2008,19:18

Hello, all!  I'm writing from Rifle, CO.  The wife has a conference in Ft. Lauderdale in July 08.  She was gracious enough to invite me to come along.  Found this forum when researching the fishing possibilities there.  My wife has shown a great interest in getting a Kayak, so I would love to get her out on one and let her try it.  Ya see, when she gets her yak, I can get mine!!!  Anyway, it's been a while since I had to rinse the saltwater off my rigs, so I'm anxious to get out there and do some fishing.  Here are my basic questions to get things started:

1. Is there a shop that rents kayaks, and by that, kayaks rigged for fishing?

2. What rod and reel setups would I want to get?  Spinning, baitcasting?  Rod length and action?  All that good stuff.  That includes from the surf, pier, and kayak.
I have one 8wt flyrod set up for saltwater, that's it.  So let me practice my lines for the wife: "Darn it, Honey, I'm going to have to go to the tackle store when we get there and buy what we need to go fishing (the best stuff - whatever you all tell me I need.  Come on, don't be cheap).  I sure hate going to tackle stores, Honey, and spending all that money, don't you?  But we do want to go fishing while we're at your conference, right, Hon?"  Think I have a chance?

3. Which leads to the next ?, what fishing can I do on the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale?  Or is it all from fishing piers?

4.  Most Important: Would anyone like to adopt us for the week while we are there and show us the ropes of fishing from a kayak?  Anykind of fishing, for that matter!  I'd be glad to buy the beer and the bait!

Thanks to all and look forward to hearing from you.  What a great forum!  :p[B]
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Posted: Feb. 24 2008,07:56

I don't know that anybody rents fishing kayaks per se. Full Moon Kayaks in Oleta Park might. Broward isn't great for inshore salt water kayak fishing, but there are some fresh water areas you can paddle. Offshore fishing can be decent, but that's not something you want to be doing without some experience. During July surf fishing for snook first thing in the morning (i.e. sunrise) is probably your best bet. Park at the Dania Pier and walk north toward John Lloyd Park. You might also inquire with Atlantic Coast Kayaks regarding rentals. If you don't mind the drive, skeeters and expense, Captain Wright offers mothership kayak fishing trips in the Everglades where he transports his redfish 12s to a nice spot and off you go. Everglades Kayak Fishing Most people use spinning rods. Baitcasters are popular for fishing the mangroves for snook and there are always flyfishers for everything, just to prove it can be done  :laugh:

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Posted: Feb. 24 2008,14:08

Thanks, RDS.  I'm looking at purchasing a couple of St. Croix inshore travel rods in a medium action.  What spinning reel do you like?  I've been looking at a Shimano Stadic magnesium to a Van Steel VSB100G,  something that would hold 8-12 lb mono.  Any suggestions on rods and reels would be appreciated.
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Posted: Feb. 24 2008,18:57

Let's see - St. Croix with a Van Stal?  How bout an all Shakespeare rig (link here), lol?  I'm serious!  As some of you know I bought this all Shake-croix rig for under $30, line included when I forgot my name rig(s) at home.

This two piece glass rig has worked flawlessly for over a year, smooth, strong, great drag - landing all manner of fish up to a couple substantial cudas pushing four feet.  It has become my goto rig, leaving my lookamee rigs at home on display to impress my friends at rum tastings.

It is well to remember you are (a) fishin from a kayak in (b) saltwater.  It sure is nice to have a very dependable rig that you don't mind dropping or losing.  And sooner or later, you will...


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Posted: Feb. 26 2008,05:24

Thanks! Capn Jimbo.  I usually get by with rods from the clearance rack at Wallyworld, but like to get a quality reel as there is nothing worse than having a cheep reel freeze up during a fishing trip.  Like that Okuma reel during my last trip out on the ice for Makinaws...wait a minute, that was a pricey reel!  SO maybe we'll just rig up when we get there at Wallyworld or local tackle shop.  May still get the travel rod just because we do travel and 3 pcs are easier to carry than 2 or 1, and use that one in the surf.  Can never have to much fishing rigs, don't care what my wife says! LOL
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