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#1 Nov-09-14 4:40PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13098

11-9-14, Out of Chokoloskee (SE of Marco Island)

Mike Sines and I had been planning this trip for a while....fishing the 10,000 islands. But the forecast was iffy (rain). We went anyway...and got totally soaked. Good thing it wasn't cold because we were cold!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/001_zps682ac328.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/002_zps07bf4327.jpg

They were calling for sporadic rain....wrong! They did not call for T-Storms....wrong!

Luckily, we found this safe haven out in the middle of no where!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/003_zps2968c9f8.jpg

The rain let up a bit so we went fishing...and then it began to rain again!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/004_zps63fda6e8.jpg

Mike got a big hit and had a nice fish on but he came unbuttoned before we saw it. Bummer. Then, he caught a ladyfish to take the skunk off the boat!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/006_zpsee600488.jpg

It kept raining but we were treated to a pod of dolphin!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/007_zps336973a2.jpg

I then got a thump and my rod bent like a U. But....it too came unbuttoned. Nice fish! Suuuure it was! Man, was the adrenalin flowing!

Finally, I caught a teeny snook!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/008_zpsc5f0b70d.jpg

For a bit, it stopped raining!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/009_zps027f12d0.jpg

And then, the heavens opened up and we were deep into Sunday Bay. We needed to get through Crooked Creek and then into the Lopez River so we could get to the ramp. We got back but soaked to the bone!

Once on land, we were greeted by an incredibly nice Parks guy who took down our report, gave us a few Otoliths and played Sloop John B on his harmonica...in the rain.

This is a magical place that I will need to visit again! Thanks Mike for a memorable trip!!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-10-14 5:39AM

mudkart
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Mar-13-09
Posts: 201

Re: 11-9-14, Out of Chokoloskee (SE of Marco Island)

Snook fishing in that area changed my religion.

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#3 Nov-10-14 5:53AM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1504

Re: 11-9-14, Out of Chokoloskee (SE of Marco Island)

Looks like an awesome place.  Too bad on the rain.  Beautiful little snook.


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#4 Nov-10-14 5:54AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13098

Re: 11-9-14, Out of Chokoloskee (SE of Marco Island)

The bite was off due to the front, full moon, blah, blah. But after talking to the Ranger and a couple of locals....I can understand your life change Mike!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#5 Nov-10-14 6:20AM

GregF
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Mar-21-11
Posts: 649

Re: 11-9-14, Out of Chokoloskee (SE of Marco Island)

I really think you and I need to hit that place sometime soon.  That looks like a lot of fun.  Too bad about the weather.  I wish you had better weather and fishing just so I could see the pics and read an amazing report!

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