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Fuzzy Bruce 01-12-2009 01:47 AM

Moonlight poons
Decided to try out my new and future home down south at ENP. Had heard that the full moon would be great. I never had much luck fishing the early morning hours after a full moon night so I took the Skua and one rod.

The tides were bassackwards for a early launch so the trip was leasurely with stops at most of the side roads in ENP. This of course after a visit with Linda at Last chance and Honky Lil at Sam's. Lil at 85 and kicking, had more teeth than all the other regulars combined.
Got a view of one of the regulars at Long Pine key.
At Nine Mile pond, a kayak tour was being conducted by someone from the park. Sweet looking trailer.
My "trailer" wasn't quite as large
When I finally made it to the campground I broke out the new home. It was set up in just a couple of minutes and I didn't even look at the directions!
of course the Beck's and Grolsh beer cooler was set right at the side door to my home. For a quick car camp, I do like this set up.

What luck, there were two different large groups of college students. I even sat in on one of the classes they had to attend after dinner. Not sure where they were from but the vans all had Finger Lake College. I did try to impress the girls by performing an exit from the Skua while hooked up to a 4'+/- poon. Only lost a half beer, hat and dignity. Good thing the coozie was on a leash

As the sun set, large schools of poons started feeding. Though not wanting to practice another wet exit, there would probably be some snook following or leading the poons around. I spent several hours following the poons and was amazed to watch these fish, some had to be near 6', trying to get through the crooked cut ditch between Bradley and the mainland at lower tide.
After a few hours sleep and a quick paddle to Joe Kemp for a visit with my Mother, Packed and headed to the not to be named kayak shop next to the Carribean Club. Tried a couple of Werner paddles but didn't buy. There was even a girl there all the way from Europe who had all her teeth. She wanted me to tell her what is was like being a pyrat. I had to explain that I'm not a pyrat but a Flamingo Derelict.

I would recomend a trip to Flamingo for a full moon nite fishing trip! Next time, maybe even tomorrow, I'm taking the fishing yak!

McFly 01-12-2009 09:12 AM

Always an entertaining and fun read! Thanks! :cheer:

IRLyRiser 01-12-2009 10:28 AM

Looks like a fun trip. You are fuzzy, too.

TroutTouter 01-12-2009 11:23 AM


Fuzzy Bruce 01-12-2009 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by IRLyRiser (Post 14206)
Looks like a fun trip. You are fuzzy, too.

That's Fuzzy as in not clear!

Looks like I might be back down there maybe Wednssday night to do some nite fishing, only this time I'll be in the Hobie! Hopefully, the flash and the poons will cooperate.

snook4fun 01-12-2009 02:20 PM

Great post! :D

Fuzzy Bruce 01-12-2009 04:21 PM

Never had much luck fishing on the mornings of full moons the nite before. Kinda realize now why the preditor fish have big eyes.

Seems that the bait fish were thick and the poons took advantage of the moon light to feed. The combo of tides and moons make me want to go back and hit some of the flats for reds and trout.

Anyone else catch reds or trout at nite?

hmaadd29 01-12-2009 05:40 PM

I'm scared of the dark. Nice report cool home.

TroutTouter 01-13-2009 04:43 AM

Never Reds at night, but plenty of Trout. Usually off of lighted docks adjacent to decent grassflats.

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