Fort Lauderdale Yakfishing Club

The 3rd Annual Yak-In

Announcing...

The 3rd Annual Yak-In!

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

John Pennekamp State Park

Key Largo - Largo Sound

 

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3rd Annual Yak-In
Sat., July 16th, 2005

Hello again.

I am so very pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Yak-In. The First Annual Yak-In was great (with 23 in attendence) and the 2nd Annual Yak-In was even better (with 32 yakkers)! It was a wonderful opportunity for all of us and our families to get together for a great day of yakkin, barbecue and just having plain fun in paradise. I expect 40 to 50 great people this year.

It is always wonderful to finally meet and socialize with your fishing yakbrothers and sisters, see rigged yaks, share ideas and catch a pile of fish. And get to meet some of the wackos you've come to know and love, if not occasionally fear, lol.

Some preliminary thanks to a few friends who went beyond the call of duty to help make these things happen. Thanks this year to Sue Sea, Don, Chef Mike, Scupper Frank and Superfly Ken for planning. Thanks in advance to the others who will appear and help as needed. A special thanks to Waterplay for donating prizes for our first real fishin contest and for agreeing to honor our new FLYC Discount Cards.

Here's a brief rundown of the happenins:

Basics:

Date: Saturday, July 16th
Place: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Cost: $6 a head, kids free. Defrays only some of the costs, the rest is my gift to our yakkin community
Eats: By Chef Mike and Don, top quality burgers and gourmet dogs, plus some absolutely scrumptious potlucks people bring. Also featuring Chef Mike's special marinades and grilling of our catch (last year the baby cuda was delicious)

Location:

As before the location is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This idyllic location is easily accessible to S. Floridians and retains that special Keys feeling. The park is rustic and relatively unspoiled with lots to do for the whole family, with several safe beaches, kayak rentals, dive and gift shops and special play areas for the kids. Glass bottom boat tours are available. There are super, roped off snorkeling areas. Not to mention the interesting local retail shops in Largo.

Our spot is especially nice. I have rented the entire (remote) south area, which is separate from the rest of the park, accessible by a dirt road. Anticipating a big turnout I have reserve all three picnic shelters (the "Snook", the "Starfish" and the "Manta Ray"). Grills are available. Parking is immediately adjacent to the shelters for easy unloading and we have our own rustic launch into the basin.

From the park we have access to Largo Sound and some great bays and fishing flats which abound with barracuda, snook, snapper and an occasional tarpon. Birding is exceptional with herons, egrets, ibis, pelicans, cormorants, anhingua, hawks, ospreys and even some sightings of the beautiful pink roseate spoonbills. There are backcountry flats known to hold bonefish. This is an easy place to kayak with kids and is relatively wind protected. In the case of weather there are always nearby mangroves.

Directions:

It's easy. Fastest way is to grab the turnpike and head south to the bitter end. Turn south on US1. Just past Jack's Bait (and the Last Chance Saloon) hang a left and take Card Sound road ($1.00 toll), spectacular view over the towering Card Sound bridge. At the east end stop sign, hang a right (south) and it's a straight shot to Largo. Trust me, there are always lengthy traffic standstills on US1, which the Card Sound detour nicely avoids.

Schedule of Events:

8:00am - Park opens. Not a bad time to arrive if you can; but you have until about 9:30. Ask the ranger for directions to "the Snook". We have our very own convenient parking area. We have all three shelters, the Snook - Starfish - Manta Ray, so the entire private south end is ours. Foodstuffs and coolers go to the Snook (far right).

10:00am - I ntended launch, though nothing ever really starts on time. There will be printed maps noting our float plan in detail. Be sure to take one with you as this will detail our route, prime fishing locations and "breaks" for liquid refreshment.

4:00pm - all yakkers back at the Snook. Grills will be fired up, food and setups at the Snook. Chef Mike and Don will coordinate the fileting and grilling of your catch using Chef Mike's special marinades (this was a huge hit at Yak-In's 1 & 2). Newcomers: please note that Chef Mike is, in fact, a successful chef (formerly of the Doral, currently of the Palms). Don B. is a talented artist and knows his way round a kitchen as well. Feel free to bring some shrimp or fish for Chef and Don's expert preparation.

Last year the potlucks were super: including Key Lime Pie, fresh fruits, special potato salad, Frank's doctored watermelon (adults only), macaroni salad, marinated lime sausage and Jamaican jumbalaya just to name a few - trust me the eats were great!

Special Note: Alcohol is prohibited in State Parks. The general rule appears to be - don't ask, don't tell - keep your "special" beverages in your car cooler and transfer them to plastic cups.

7:15pm - Time to start yakkin up as the park closes near Sunset, about 8:00pm.

Fishin gear:

Any decent medium or medium light rig is fine. You may want to bring a flyrod. For cuda be sure to bring some 3/8 oz white and also chartreause slider jigs with white clear sparkly and also chartreuse sparkly curly tail rubber grubs. Bring a chartreuse and slo an orange tube lure (with two single hooks - not a single treble).

For bonefish be sure to bring some brown, pink and white 1/4 or 3/8 oz flats jigs, weedless if you can find some. A 1/4 oz. Hank Brown pink jig is nice for a bit of shrimp. For flies a nice crab pattern should be fine.

For snook (and also cuda) a red/white and also a mullet colored (black or green back, silver sides) topwater - Top Dogs or Top Dog Jrs. are nice, can be skipcast under the mangroves.

Yak Gear:

You must have a PFD and whistle, sunscreen, and plenty of liquid, maybe some fruit or snacks (we'll be out there for awhile).

Make a flats stake: 5 ft. of 1/2 in. PVC, cut to 45 degrees one end, T-fitting on the other. Loop some 1/4 in. line through the "T", about 4 feet of line, to a clip (to attach to your eyelets).

You might also have another 4 or 5 ft of line with clips on each end to clip up to mangrove clumps here and there, or to attach to your bow handle and belt while wading (there are plenty of wadeable flats - nice way to stay in an area of wind).

Special Stuff:

Each yakfisher will receive a Capn Jimbo FLYC Yak Sticker and an FLYC Discount Card (good for a minimum of 10% off at Waterplay, others to follow). We will have a real fishing contest this year: prizes from Waterplay plus signed copies of Ken Daubert's new video "Kayakfishing for Tarpon" and the yakfisher's bible "Kayakfishing the Revolution".

Special Treat: The famous Kayak Willie (mentioned in Ken's book) and kayakfishing author Ken Daubert and their wives both hope to attend, to be confirmed. Note: Ken Daubert HAS confirmed and will attend, he'll be bringing copies of his book and new CD: "Kayak Tarponfishing".

Note: Details are subject to change, these will be forwarded as they occur.

How to Participate:

1. Cost is $6/head, kids free. This goes to defray most but not all of our costs, for shelter rental, gourmet burgers and top quality franks, buns, condiments, marinades, prizes, etc. Any shortfall is paid by me, with pleasure, I am happy to bring us together.
2. Please respond by email (below) to confirm how many
3. You will be asked to provide a cool potluck (I'm doing my famous secret recipe Key Lime Pie (with real Key limes)

Takin a rest between cudas...

Questions, Reservations or Regrets...

Email Chief Yakker

Special Note: As always this event is dedicated to my dear daughter Phoebe, a wonderful, creative and special young lady, the love of my life, who left us far too soon. Phoebe, as always, is in charge of the weather.

I miss you terribly... I love you Phoebs!

 


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