Meeting Tuesday, June 27 – dinner and fishing talk

Tomorrow night, June 27, is the fourth Tuesday and second meeting for the month.

There will be dinner at 7:30.  Herman’s award winning Piccodillo and rice will be featured.

Someone bring a salad and Cuban bread.  Let me know. It will be a good feed.

Additionally, we will decompress from the Dolphin outing last Saturday.

All had a great time. Four boats went out with 18 people involved.

For this meeting is a video about Shark Diving.  Is this your flavor of adrenaline?  Maybe you did not even know about this?

Also want to plan July activities.

The first Tuesday is the 4th, so no board meeting.  BTW, the jazz band at the Blue Martini is finished.  Will wait to see what fills the gap.

July 11 and 25 will be the meeting dates.

Maybe July 15th we can schedule the outing.

Three ideas:
1. Charter the L & H plus their buddy depending on number of people.  Or take our own boats again?
2. Fish Trout Cove behind Islamorada.
3. Fish South Jetty at Government Cut

If you attend, we can discuss and make a selection for July.

It’s very hot in July, so looking for something where the fish can be cooler.  Either that, or fish that don’t mind the hot water.  Both are available.

Also would like to discuss August, maybe RedFish out of Everglades City on the outside.

Would love to have your input and share the discussion.  Where can you find a better group of friends?

Hope to see you there.


Meet Tuesday 6/13 for fishing offshore on 6/24

June 24 outing to Biscayne Bay and Offshore fishing.

Ok, you guys with the big boats, we need your help. We want to go Mahi fishing off shore on June 24.

Plan is to launch at Black Point, run out Ceasar’s Creek, Pacific Reef Lighthouse, and then fish around and over the wrecks.

We have 2 boats committed now, and need a couple of more.

After fishing in the morning we plan to run into Billy’s Point on the South West side of Elliot Key. The point is just north of Ceasar Creek. There we will jump into the water and swim and use the Magma Grill and cook some chops and sausage. This will be a swimming lunch to cool off from the heat.

Billy’s Point

Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 13, we will meet and discuss the logistics and who is going with whom.

Dinner will either be Sicilian Pizza or maybe David Glabman will whip something up. Come hungry.

Hope to see you there so we can plan an productive fishing trip.

If you can take your boat, let me know so we can set up who goes with whom.

Hope this is a success.

See you tomorrow night.


Alligator Alley Saturday Morning Fishing & Burgers

On Saturday morning we will leave from the Bass Pro Shops, Dolphin Mall, north parking lot at 6:30 am.We will convoy up the Turnpike to Okechobee Road,  US 27 North, and get on I 75 Northbound towards Naples.

The Broward Country Rest Area exit is just after MM 34 heading toward Naples.

Get off there and loop all the way around.  The last thing before getting back on I-75 towards Ft. Lauderdale is a boat ramp and Shelter.

Google Maps Location

Directions from where you are can be gotten from this map location.

Zoom in and out to see where it is and how the Rest Area is laid out.

We will launch boats and fish until 11:30 (or until the fish turn off if earlier).  We will come back and fire up the Smokey Joe and have hamburgers and hot dogs under the shelter.

Zoom in on the mark and you can see the shelter just next to the boat ramp.

There are three boat ramps at this exit.  Two on the West side link to the diagonal canal.  We will launch on the one that goes East.

You can fish one, or the other, or both.  Your mileage may vary depending on conditions.

RSVP through MeetUp.com or email me to let me know if your will be there.

Hope you can make it.

The fishing is excellent, catching may vary.

Tight lines


Henry Bass Fishing and Hammocks Grill Wings

Henry Bass fishing secrets & Hammocks Grill wings

Tuesday evening, tomorrow night is going to be a blow out.  May 23, 7:30 pm at the Club House.

First Henry is going to give us all (well maybe a few) of his awesome canal fishing tricks and techniques.  If you want to know how to catch the ‘big’ ones, this is the presentation you want to be part of.

Additionally, there will be Hammocks Wings (special grill flavor).  Price will be $8.00 per person.

Ever fish fresh water?  Wonder what and how to do?  Fish from shore or in a boat?  This is the discussion you want to participate in.  Come and ask your questions.  You will not find a more knowledgable source to learn from.

Saturday 5/27/2017 will be the monthly club outing.  Here we will fish Alligator Alley.  We will meet at Bass Pro shop at 6:30 in the morning and caravan up.  This is attempt to beat the heat of the day.

After fishing, we will make hotdogs and burgers on the Smokey Joe grill under the shelter at the boat ramp.
We will be at the Broward County rest stop which exits just past MM 35.

More outing details in a couple of days.

This is the time to come and attend the meal and discussion.

See you there


Gourmet pizza and talk about fishing Joe Bay

Joe Bay was recently opened for fishing after 40 years of being closed.  3,935 acres of Joe and Snag bays were reopened.

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, May 9, we will meet to discuss and eat.

First and foremost, this new “Backcountry Zone” as ENP refers to it as strictly a No Motor Zone. This means no other means of propulsion are allowed besides manpower. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are all great options to take back into this area. Technical poling skiffs work great as well, but the motor must be removed from the transom before entering Joe Bay.

There are a couple of articles about this which we can discuss. Scientists study portion of Everglades closed to people for decades Article by Evelyn Gonzalez.  Joe Bay Reopens: The Everglades Newest No Motor Zone by Brenton Roberts.  We can review them and then talk about where, how, and what is interesting for fishing there.

Joe Bay logistics:
tow kayak
enter kayak
reenter boat
emergency boat rentry

Eddie bringing Momma Mia’s gourmet pizza.  $8.00 with salad.

The May outing will be May 27  – Aligator Alley (I-75) wins at the Board meeting.  We will cook burgers in shelter after fishing.  We will return to shelter at 12:30 pm.

Convoy from Bass Pro Shop north parking lot.  Leave at 7:00 am.



Fishing Alligator Alley – dinner and presentation

Tuesday evening David Faas will present fishing on Alligator Alley.  This is April 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the clubhouse.
He has first hand experience fishing the canals and access ramps along the way.
There are 8-10 ramps between US 27 and the Miccosukee Service Station.
They may all look the same, but do not be mislead.  Each one has a unique access to the roadside canals.  All of this is placed in the middle of the Everglades.
How about catching Bass plus Oscar, Jaguar, Cichlid, and Peacock all in the same canal?  With fly too….
How about every cast getting some type of action?
You won’t want to miss this discussion.  He’s got lots of knowledge and resources.
The food for the evening will either be pot-roast (boliche) or ropa-vieja.  Depends how long it cooks.  Guaranteed to be tasty.  There will also be rice and salad.
Also received this follow-up communication from Ana Zangroniz about available Biscayne Bay Water Watch sites.
    It was a pleasure to meet you last night! I really enjoyed speaking with the members of your group. I wanted to provide you with a list of Biscayne Bay Water Watch sites that are currently OPEN for adoption. Your guys can cross-check these with the map on the website:
    The correct color-coding scheme for the map is:  Red= site is adopted and Green=site is available.
    BB06, BB16, BB19, BISC102, BISC123, BB44, BISC121, BB48, FLAB01, AR01
    Please circulate this to your guys and anyone you know that might be interested in participating.
Some of you MeetUp people if you have a boat, you also could volunteer to participate.  Either contact
Ana at azangroniz_at_ufl.edu  <<<replace _at_ with @ symbol, or come to a meeting for more information.
Hope to see you Tuesday evening.

Eat, talk fishing, and presentation – 4/11/2017 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday evening, April 11, 2107, we have the privilege of having a guest speaker, Ana Zangroniz, who is a Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade County.

So we will eat, and talk about Biscayne Bay, its water, and the scientific program focused on it. There will also be talking about fishing and the Bay fish populations too. (members plus Ana if she has input).

She will present on the Biscayne Bay Water Watch program which SDA participates in.

The image shows all the collection locations.


Clicking on any location will show plots of data which have been sampled and processed.

The study has volunteers going out once a month to collect data. I have been able to participate, and it’s a lot of fun. It personally gives me an excuse for 12 trips a year to a point where I would not routinely go to.

You will enjoy hearing about what is going on with the program.

There will be gourmet Pizza that Eddie will bring. $6.00 each. Plus there will be some adult carbonated beverages in the refrigerator.


Flamingo Kayak and Boat fishing ‘Out Front’ 04/08/17

Saturday, April 8, calling all Yakers and members with boats are going to fish Flamingo Florida Bay side.

We will launch at 7:00 am from the ramp nearest to the store.

For me it takes 2 hours from the time I leave my house to when I’m on the water. Your mileage may vary.

I plan to fish from 7:00 am until noon and then have a well earned hamburger in the restaurant right there at Flamingo.

It appears the wind will be North about 15 mph during the morning, moving more NorthEast around 2:00 pm, when we will be out of there.

The tide at Flamingo will be high at 2:10 am and then low at 9:57 am. Next high tide will be at 2:48 pm. Therefore most of the morning will be falling tide. Snake Bight is 1-1.5 hours after Flamingo tide change.

Google Maps coordinates for the image are
25.140558, -80.923504

I will look for clear water if I can find it. I will probably start going East toward Christian Point. Joe Kemp Key is a good target location for fishing. There are tons of flats to the East of the boat channel.

The West side has some deep water in front of the Camp Ground. Additionally, the flat is beautiful. Further West is Bradley Key. That is also a good target location for fishing.

As you know, that is why they call it ‘fishing’.

Next Tuesday, April 11, we will get together for gourmet Pizza that Eddie will bring. That way we can eat and talk about fishing.

There is also a special guest speaker Ana Zangroniz, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County. I will send another notification on the weekend with more information.

P.S. the board meeting will be at Blue Martini this evening starting at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.



Ken Napolitano talks at dinner meeting – Tarpon fishing

Tuesday, 3/28/2017, Ken Napolitano will present on Tarpon fishing “out front” at Flamingo.

Ken has lived in Miami, Key Largo, and Naples. He is a past president of SDA (25 years ago) and has fished all areas of South Florida flat waters for all species, but loves to focus on Tarpon.

He also builds custom fishing boats. He does an incredible job at that for some of our lucky members. His shop is local in South Dade.

He will talk about fishing for Tarpon at Flamingo, and especially addressing fishing for them with a kayak.

This is in preparation for the April 8 outing in Kayaks at Flamingo, targeting any species, but specifically for Tarpon.

Reports are that Tarpon have been currently migrating through Flamingo and this is a great time to go after them.

Hook a 90lb Tarpon in a kayak and you have a very interesting time ahead of you. See how long you can hold on. See where he drags you and the kayak. See if you can bring him to the kayak, or if he takes off for the sky first.

This is addictive fishing.

Additionally, we will be eating the delicacy – Masas de Puerco, which are Fried Pork Chunks. Guaranteed to fit in your diet that evening.

This is the last meeting before the Flamingo kayak trip, so we can also address the logistics of meeting up at the boat ramp.

If you have not been on the water there before, this is the time to go with a group with experience to learn.

Come on down Tuesday evening for a fun filled eating and talking time.

See you there.



SDA: Meet, eat ribs, talk about fishing and Everglades water Tuesday, 7:30 pm

Tomorrow evening ribs, Everglades water, Tarpon fishing, and good friends are featured.  It is the first meeting of March, 3/14/2017, at 7:30 pm.

This is a special dinner cooked by Chef David which features Smoked Ribs. Guarantee to be a special gastronomical treat.

The plan is to meet, eat, and talk about fishing. This is what the club is really good at.

Recently, there was an article in the Herald about:
“Water managers declare Everglades nearly clean; the people who live there say not yet”

Read more here: 

Thanks to the article for another Python photo.

So lets have a discussion about what our impressions are. A nice civilized discussion. The spice will be in the food, but the conversation can be interesting.

Also, April should be a good month for Tarpon fishing out front at Flamingo. Due to schedules for April, probably April 8th will work best for the outing. What do you think?

How about doing kayaks out front? There is a no-name river which runs right out front from Bradley Key to Joe Kemp Key. The fish run the shoreline in their shortcut to Snake Bight and beyond.

The situation is binary, if the fish are in, they will be running the shoreline. If they are not in, then alternate species will have to be explored. The adjustment as always will have to come once on the water.

If you are at the meeting then your input is valuable. If not, then another binary situation.

Hope to see you there.