On a recent fishing trip out in the Florida Everglades, we encountered a pretty big American Crocodile. While encountering crocodiles in Everglades National Park is a common occurrence for us this one was different. Usually they are not as big and we don't get that close. Here is a previous encounter. Originally, we drove by the Crocodile before we noticed it up on the bank. We slowed the boat down and turned around towards the Croc. While we idled towards the behemoth reptile, I prepared the camera. I laid up on the bow of the boat snapping pictures while we idled towards the croc. Once we got close, we cut the engine and drifted toward the croc laying up on the bank. At the height of the experience we got to within 15 feet of the croc before backing up. We got so close that when I noticed how close we were, I immediately jumped up and away from the bow of the boat. If the croc wanted to he could have lunged at us and essentially jumped in the boat. Needless to say I almost crapped my pants! Fortunately for us, the crocodile didn't even flinch during the whole experience. Nonetheless, some of the pics are below. I would estimate he was close to or over 10 ft. long. Overall, it was the closest I have ever been to a crocodile and probably too close for comfort.
Well its been quite a while since my last post. I have been extremely busy developing a new application, called OutCast which Outdoor Forecasting, www.outcast.io, more to come soon with OutCast stay tuned. That has actually cut down my outdoor time. Nonetheless, here is the late fall early winter trip from last year out in the 'Glades with my buddy John.
The chaos that is known as Lobster season is officially under way for 2013. Here are some pics from mini-lobster season. If mini-lobster is any sign of the coming season, it should be a dandy. As per the overall Lobster population probably the most lobster I have seen in the last 10 to 12 years.
Went on a quick afternoon biscayne trip and got 4 permit with only 4 shots. Here are some of the photos. They were all on spin. Had one spit out the fly! And we also caught a few trout on fly on the way back in
Headed out with my buddy Louie for some pre summer snook action and it turns out we weren't disappointed. The Snook were in every we spot we went to. In addition, we ended up with our limit on sea trout as well.
It seemed like this crocodile was trying to get in on the snook action as well.
This story and picture have been buzzing around social media sites for the last two days. A crew on a 32 SeaVee was daytime dropping for swordfish with a tuna belly bait off Boynton beach Monday and caught this whopping 811 lb. giant Bluefin tuna. The bait got inhaled on the way down in 1,700’. Some reports say it was 711 lbs. and others say 811 lbs. Either way, it is a beast. The problem is that Bluefin tuna season is closed, even with an HMS permit, and they were not commercially licensed. The second problem is that they all posted the picture on their Facebook pages and someone alerted FWC. They are facing a confiscation of all their gear, the boat has been impounded and are looking at more than $10,00 in fines. Moral of the story….keep your mouth shut and enjoy the sashimi. In other words Fillet and Release!!!
While this video is from 2011, I watched it again recently and it got my fired up to go fishing, so I thought I would share it again. It is about 13 minutes long but it is entertaining. Got to watch it in its entirety.
My uncle Leo – and boating partner - his bud Al on May 1st off of northern Key Largo, and on what was the first day of grouper season. Good results. They kept three red grouper (21”, 22” and 24”) and a nice king.
They also released a little tunny, three small silky or dusky sharks, two short red grouper, a strawberry grouper and a golden coney. In addition, they lost a nice fish on a flat line that pulled hooks after a long first run. Likely another nice king.
Conditions were actually nice even with a 100% chance of rain. It was a 2 – 3’ sea and the rain stayed to the west the entire day until the ride back to Homestead Bayfront Park at 3 p.m. when it drizzled. Boat ran great.