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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:22 pm 
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I just went on the Everglades Kayak Fishing 5th Annual Paddle-In, a 12 mile round trip excursion through Chocoloskee Bay, Indian Pass to Indian Key for a picnic gathering where the host (EKF) had conch chowder, Bratwurst and fresh fruit for the attendees. There was a good turnout of about 70 yakkers maybe more. Heading out with the tide and returning with the incoming tide was easy going. With the less direct route back fishing it was over 13 miles round trip.

the launch site (ENP Gulf Coast Ranger Station, Everglades City, Florida)
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7:00am heading out across Chocoloskee Bay for the channel
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The mouth of the channel
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a wing drying station
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caught up with a paddler who left 20-30 minutes before I did (liesurely pedaling is faster than liesurely paddling)
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Indian Key dead ahead
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9:20am on Indian Key .. not too many early birds
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view in opposite direction
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Exploring Indian Key
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The yakkers arrive in droves
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The host's arrive by boat and set up and serve
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yakkers beginng to part and catch the incoming tide back and fishing
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fishing the flats with a friend where I was surrounded by 3 manatees
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me in my Revolution fishing
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The Route Taken
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I highly recommend the trip even just for a liesurely day trip. You must plan your trip with the tide. It runs 2 -4 mph and working against it for any distance is brutal.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:47 pm 
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Oh what a beautiful paddle! -er, pedal! I've marked this on my calendar for next year. Looks like a lot of fun to have such a far-off and tiny destination. Must be exciting watching everyone come in. (Especially if you are there before them!) Thanks for sharing your great photos. I had examined the area via Google Earth after you posted about it, and it is cool to see your actual route.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:01 am 
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Hi Becky,

I was really surprised how liesurely the pedal actually was. I was concerned of the distance at first. I am not a spring chicken at 53.

I noticed two pictures got messed up so I am reposting.

The launch area ... easy access
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This is a look back from where I had come
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Me and my revolution
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:49 pm 
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That's a nice photo of you and your Revolution. Did you catch any fish?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:51 am 
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Hi Becky

I should have spent more time around the islands fishing and less time in the channel. I was mezmerized by the new location and sights. Not to mention the wildlife including dolphins & manatees. I only caught a jack but others got some trout, lady fish, snook and others.
Kayaking was great, Fishing was fun, catching was so-so.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:14 pm 
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Hey Rev..!
Great trip..excellent photos wish I was out there with you guys..what a blast.
Have fun out there
Kepnutz 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:02 pm 
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Hi Kep & thanks for the comps,

It was a beautiful day and trip. I was surprised how liesurely a paddle (pedal, I never paddled) it was. Barely broke a sweat the entire 6 miles out and 7 or so back.

I would do it again in a heartbeat but plan much more time fishing around the outer islands during slack tide.

I had not been to the 10,000 Islands since I was in my teens many moons ago.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:06 am 
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Great photos. I have lived here in Florida for 12 years and have not done the paddle in. I will next year. Keep it up great shots.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:52 am 
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That looks like a beautifully sheltered area for Kayaking. I am going to make this one of my destinations. Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:09 am 
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This is a great post. Plenty of pictures and descriptions, plus a map! Thanks for sharing the tips on tides, launch site, your age and effort required for the trip.
Being in my late 50's it gives me the confidence to make the trip. Planning on going in mid Nov. this year for some fishing out of my Outback. I'll share my experience then.

Thanks Revo!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:25 am 
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Great trip, great pics. Always wanted to do this. Do you know if EKF does it more than once a year ? Unfortunately, I'm up north June thru Oct.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:27 pm 
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Hey Johnny,

A little late in a reply but better late than never. They only do it once a year in February. 2012 will be February 11th. I have attached the web link. I have booked it again and might do Sand Fly Pass or perhaps just go straight out Indian Pass and fish out around Indian Key before the picnic. I have gone '09, '10 and '11 and had a blast each time. I am looking forward to it again.

http://www.evergladeskayakfishing.com/ekf-events.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:52 am 
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Revo,
Thanks, just saw your post (usually don't check this forum). If I can juggle a few things might be able to make it !

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:53 pm 
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Just might bump into you there. Ya know what my Yak looks like.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:08 pm 
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That time of year again. This weekend 2-16-13 the Annual Paddle-In event at Everglades City. I will be going with friends out Indian Pass, hit the picnic, fish the Gulf then return Sand Fly Pass.

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