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Finally caught a few in the tidal flood, by Kevin Eastman

Sunday night the high tide was after dark but we had a nice east wind that brought the water in early so I launched for a sunset cruise to the flats. I found a couple of nice reds that came home with me for dinner. I got the last one just as the lights went out and had a nice paddle home in the moon light.

I got out again this morning for few more hours and the fish were on the flats. The water was calm as glass and no wind to speak of so conditions were perfect. It’s not too often it’s that nice for the floods this time of year. I missed number of them but did manage to get a couple of more before the water receded.

I finally got around to make a better standing platform for my seat. It’s a bit longer so I can move a bit better than with my shorter one.



A pair of reds on the new DIY standing platform




DIY fly rod rack designed for stand up fishing


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Big Birthday Red and Slam, by Gary Rankel

I got my second biggest redfish in 10 years today, my birthday, as part of a slam with a few seatrout, a nice snook, and a few smaller reds and other species. It took an hour to get the big dude in.

I have a policy of always buying something for myself on my birthday so I can count on getting at least one thing I like. No need to do that today.

Fall is here – whoopie!!


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Snook is number 2 on the slam


Seatrout is number 3


This jack joined the birthday party


Bonus redfish




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High and dry, going after Reds in Chokoloskee, by Steve Lucas

I had to get out and fish. So I did. What better place for quick trip than Chokoloskee island park?
There was no early thunder, the wind was blowing between 5 and 10 mph and the mosquitos were sparse. I got to hit my usual close oyster beds and islands with no fear of electrocution.
I paddled the W 500 which allowed me to stand up and even stretch out and take a short nap under some mangrove shade.
I awoke to no-see-ums feasting on my face. I should know better by now but the chance to snooze a bit was irresistible.

I caught a nice Trout that was well over twenty right off the bat but he jumped ship on me as I fumbled to de hook him in the darkness. I bagged lots of small Snook and two Redfish. One was an over achiever and one was around 22 inches. I used the same T & A Weedless Jig and Monster 3 X Shrimp that’s been tied on for the last three trips. My Monster Shrimp finally gave up the ghost on the last Redfish. I’m surprised that it lasted this long after bagging all those over slot Reds with it at Flamingo.

Anyway this was my day to relax and fish.
I left before noon as the clouds started to look especially fluffy. I used the floating dock to land back.

What a pleasure not being soaked all day. Sitting high and dry is really cool.


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Road sign “ENTERING PANTHER HABITAT” on the way to Chokoloskee park





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Aaron landing some large legal redfish and then kayak surf playing…by Lynn Söderberg

Aaron landing a couple of large and legal Reds using the ample room of his Wavewalk kayak, and then taking his W to ride the surf. Aaron just had to try it out and I have to say… he rode with great adeptness??!! haha. I was not as brave or willing to scuff my beautiful W up.







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Nice fishing trip with uneven results, by Gary Rankel

Bob Smaldone and Art Myjak hit the water with me at first light in Ozello yesterday.
Bob got a nice over-slot redfish that Art got a nice shot of, and Art got 2 under-slot reds.
I had a big red crash down on my topwater lure twice but missed both times (darn-it).
I did manage a few small trout.
The wind kicked up in the late morning so we were glad to have our Wavewalks to facilitate the paddle back.
I also had to attach a picture I took Monday of a fellow fishing off a pier in the Ozello area who enjoyed the company of a friendly blue heron looking for scraps.


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Bob posing with his redfish
Photo: Art Myjak
Two fishers on the dock