Second Annual Yak-In
Sunday, May 23rd
Maps 'n Comments
Hi all... and the time is close. Here are some maps and overviews.
Getting there is very easy. If you've never been to the Keys, you can come down
I-95 or the Turnpike. Personally I take I-595 West (from Sunrise) to I-75 South,
catch 826 South, then catch the Turnpike to avoid S. Miami and US1 through
There is really only one highway down the Keys, US-1 and you find everything by
noting the mile markers (MM). Key Largo is about 20 miles down, you'll cross the
bridge to Jewfish Creek, pass Lake Surprise. You'll know when you've hit Largo,
look for Pennekamp on the left (oceanside) at MM 102.5.
Quick Aside: The "Yellow" Bait and Tackle store (yes, it's painted bright yellow)
is a couple more miles south on the oceanside (left or east), has a nice selection
of bonefish and cuda jigs, bait, etc. - just say you're with Capn Jimbo and the Ft. Lauderdale
Yakfishin Club (and they will throw you out forthwith)!
Entrance fee is $2/head I believe, park opens at 8am through Sunset. Campsites
are $24 plus a buck for electric, but they may be gone already. Call the park
at 305-451-1202. If you need directions ask for the "Snook" picnic shelter by
the outdoor amphitheatre.
Easy to find our reserved Picnic Shelter. We'll tie some pink balloons to
it (in memory of my daughter Phoebe). After you pay, you'll pass through a
beautiful tree-covered road, when you get to the park area, go to the right,
pass the docks and boat ramps to the end. There is a circle at the end, go
around it and take the dirt road to the east or left (toward the water).
If you accidentally go right at the circle you're in the campgrounds.
Our shelter is the last one, near the "screen" of the mini-amphitheatre. Should
be plenty of parking and we have a launch area 20 feet from the shelter.
To get to the sound, just paddle north past the docks; you'll find a little
channel and small bridge just past the kayak rental area (no worries, it's really
obvious). Go under the bridge and you'll emerge by a beach and you are at the
southeast corner of Largo Sound. From here head approximately east past the
channel markers until you hit the eastern shore of the Sound. The entire eastern
shore is a maze of mangrove humps and keys, and great bone and cuda flats. Sue
Sea has seen many snapper and schools of reds as well, so live bait should be
in your thinking.
There are some beautiful shallow bays at the southern end (great for south
winds), have done well there, not to mention some VERY fishy no motor mangrove
We plan a remote launch from Garden Cove (Rattlesnake Key), with a return
to Largo Sound. Don't worry how to
get there as we're all meeting at the Snook Picnic Shelter and will go from there.
Rattlesnake has some known bonefish flats where both Chef Mike, Don and I have
cast to tailing bones and caught some VERY large cuda. There's also a sunken
wreck harboring snapper.
I'll be posting more specifics re: fishing spots and a schedule of events quite
soon, thanks to all for your advice and the many offers of help!
Please take a moment right now and email if you have any intention of coming,
or send your regrets so that I can keep track...
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