Second Annual Yak-In
Sunday, May 23rd
Schedule for the Day
Hi all... here's the schedule:
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 great selection
of bonefish jigs, topwaters and bait - just say you're with Capn Jimbo and the Ft. Lauderdale
Yakfishin Club (and they will throw you out forthwith)!
Start: Most of us plan to be there at 8 am for the park opening. We'll go to
our "Snook" picnic shelter, mark it with pink balloons, make sure the motorboaters don't
park in our area. There is parking right by the shelter.
Hit the Water: 8:45 to 9:00 am. Give or take. If we have any chance at bones, it
will be mid-morning while the water is cool and the incoming tide will be at max
flow when we get there. There are two options:
For those who are interested, we plan a remote launch at Garden Cove to fish
Rattlesnake Key, ending by taking the channel south to Largo Sound. This is
about 5 to 6 miles (not counting fishing). We'll organize this on-the-spot and
yak up as needed to get everybody over there (pick up the cars later). Goal will
be to get to the northern end of Largo Sound by say 12:30 to 1 pm, hook up with
the rest of the members.
For those who prefer a shorter paddle - you can launch right by our picnic site, but will have to carry
your yaks a very short distance to the water. You can also launch at the boat
ramps if you prefer. Then head toward the kayak rentals, through a narrow
channel, under the short bridge, then out into the sound.
Once in the Sound, bear right and head east as indicated to the spot marked
"Fish In". You'll be in a nice
flats area, with a couple mini-keys nearby. Very productive. This is a good place
From this point, we will migrate north to cover the flats and to meet up with
the Rattlesnake group at the northern end between 12:30 - 1:00 pm.
Afternoon: The reunited group will work our way back south
ending in the shallow bays to the south, and some of the many
mangrove channels in that area. This area becomes productive later in the day.
End of Fishin: Arrive back at the Picnic Shelter by 4 pm
. Don will fillet our
catch, and Chef Mike and I will be grillin, while all help set up the tables and
watch Mike sweat over his hot grills.
Eat!!! 5 pm to 6 pm or so: Eat...burgers, franks and potluck
selections of salads, fruit, Key Lime pie, veggies, etc. Drink
discreetly but well.
Last Shot: We all will have a last shot at fishin prior to sunset. The shallow
bays are close and I can tell you the action there was great at this time.
End of Day: The Park is very strict about being out by sundown. So best to
yak-up by 7:45 to 8:00 pm. Some people are staying at the campground, and at
least one is taking a room. But for sure there are some decent bars for us to
invade for those who so choose and have any energy left...
Final Suggestions: Fishing: Bring two rods,
and be sure to have a few topwaters, especially red-and-white and a mullet pattern
(black back/silver sides). Top dogs and Skitter Walks are good. You will get
many exciting strikes. Two ways to work em (a) cast, let sit, work very slowly,
tease, small jerks, and (b) a series of surface disturbing jerks. Another great
lure is a 3/8 oz. slider head white nylon or bucktail jig (buy several, you'll be
cut off)- look for and cast near the potholes and reel as fast as you can with
lots of jigging.
Be sure to have some bonefish (flats) jigs (avail. at Yellow store), best colors are
brown, white and pink, 1/4 oz if you can cast that, 3/8 if you can't.
You may want to bring some shrimp for bones (buy a pink Hank Brown Hook Up jig head, also good for
snapper, snook, etc. If you can carry a cooler on your yak with a
little ice do so, but not to worry, as Don and I intend to set up some iced
storage in our yaks for keepin our catch fresh. Be SURE to carry liquids
course you will have a cooler in your car for special beverages, etc. There will
be a couple grills so if you have anything you'd like to grill, bring it, and
Chef Mike will do the honors.
Last: Bless you all. I am both moved and surprised by the response of
both those who are attending, and those who sent regrets. Thank you. I'm very
excited that we can all finally meet one another. It's a wonderful thing...thank
Please also know that this event, once again, is dedicated to my beloved daughter
Phoebe who died about 3 years ago. John Pennekamp was one of our great experiences
snorkeling by the Christ-of-the-Deep. God bless you my love!
Email Chief Yakker