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.


Lake Okeechobee fishing moved to March 11

We have moved the Okeechobee outing up to Saturday March 11 because of availability.

The logistics are as follows:
If you want to join a convoy up to the ramp, we will meet at Bass Pro Shop at Dolphin Mall at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. We will leave together.

The ramp is located at the South Bay Boat Ramp. This is up US 27 which we will connect at the Turnpike Okeechobee Road exit. Drive is 73 miles and time is 1 hour, 15 minutes. We will be on Daylight Savings Time, so it will still be dark when we leave.

This is a close-up view of the ramp on the levee. You can zoom out to see where it is located on Okeechobee and US 27.

This is a link to the Top 10 Patterns used this January 30, 2017 at the FLW Lake Okeechobee competition. The patterns are where and how the top 10 finishers fished.

Taylor Ashley was the winner of the tournament. See his story here

Also this link shows the top 10 baits used in the tournament. Looks like they combined several things to get what they presented to fish.

After fishing we will have lunch at Roland Martin’s Tiki Bar in Clewiston.

Study hard and plan your trip. Planning is half of the fun.

Our first monthly meeting for March will be on March 14th. More information about that as we get closer.

Let me know if you are going on the Okeechobee outing.

If you are going, contact me so we can coordinate between boats who are going and who needs a ride.


Meeting 2/21/2017 – Talk and Eat – Okeechobee fishing March 18

Tomorrow night is the second meeting of February – 2/21/2017.
The reason was accommodation for Valentines day.
The meal is going to be outstanding.   Henry is going to cook his custom burgers and David is going to do his thing for sides.  $10 for the whole meal.
March 18 is the Saturday picked for next month’s outing.
We wait all year for this one.  Where?  Okeechobee Lake, of course.
We will convoy up to South Bay on U.S. 27 and use the ramp there.
The idea is to fish the Rim Canal plus all the grass flats in the whole Southwest corner of the Lake.
Want to learn about this place?  What and where are the grass flats?
There are flats that are even accessible with Kayak, but most likely we again will take the flats boats and/or Jon boats.
A special presentation will be made with the FLW 2016 episode showing the locations of where all the guides fished during their competition.  Guess where that was?  Exactly where we are talking about going.
If you want to know about Okeechobee plus get more comfortable with the idea of fishing it, come share with the members who have fished it for many years.
Navigation through the flats comes from experience and that’s what we will discuss.
You want to learn?  This is the best deal in town, or you could repeatedly hire guides to learn the same information.
Come on down while we talk about fishing, and eat while talking about fishing.  Then on March 18 some of us will even fish.
Hope you can make it.
See you there.

Lake Trafford Fishing Outing – 2/18/2017

Here are the details on Lake Trafford outing on Saturday, February 18.

We will meet in the North parking lot of Bass Pro Shop at Dolphin Mall to leave at 7:00 am. We will convoy over to the lake which is in Immokalee, Fl.

Google Maps shows 113 miles at 1 hour, 49 minutes drive time on I-75 and exit North on FL-29.

Nice relaxing drive to a place you maybe have not seen before.

When done, we will meet at the ramp and to to Rib City for BBQ lunch. The restaurant is on FL-29 just south of Lake Trafford Road.

Check out www.RibCity.com with zip code 34142 for location.

Lake Trafford is approximately 1500 acres of natural beauty. Located in northeast Collier County. Home to native birds, alligators and other swamp creatures. Trafford is regarded as a premiere fishing lake for most anglers, with it’s Crappie, Bass, Bluegill and Shellcracker that all call the lake home…. Come try it for yourself and spend some time in one of the most beautiful areas of Southwest Florida!


If you are planning on going, either RSVP or let me know. That way I will wait for before leaving Bass Pro on Saturday morning.

Guaranteed to be an easy fun exploration.

See you there.




Meet Feb 7 for Feb 18 fishing outing

Tuesday night, February 7th will be the first meeting of February. We will plan the monthly outing for Saturday, February 18th at Lake Trafford.

The dates are delicately chosen to prevent a fishing conflict with Valentines day. We will cover the logistics of how to get to the lake and what fishing is there.

Bring your boat, jon boat, kayak, paddle board, feet, or other form of fishing. We will have a BBQ with hamburgers, etc at 1:00 pm after fishing. I will bring the Smokey Joe, and some burgers. You bring some sides, deserts, etc and we will have a picnic after the fishing.

Lake Trafford is the largest freshwater lake south of Lake Okeechobee with an area of 1,600 acres. Located near the town of Immokalee, the lake serves as the headwaters of the Corkscrew Swamp-Imperial River, Cocohatchee River, and Camp Keais Strand-Panther Refuge. Lake Trafford has historically been an important boating, fishing, and recreational resource.

Between 2006 and 2010 the South Florida Water Management District operated with the Lake Trafford Restoration Project at a cost in excess of $21 million dollars. The goal of lake restoration was to restore native plant and fish communities and improve overall lake health.

Fish species present in the lake include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and large brown bullheads. Access to Lake Trafford is mainly by boat. There is a small county park located on the lake that provides some bank access along with a nice public fishing pier. Lake Trafford Marina and the park both have public boat ramps. Services available from the marina include boat rentals, guide service, airboat tours, and bait and tackle.

TrophyCatch is FWC’s citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. Three recent entries are listed for Lake Trafford. https://www.trophycatchflorida.com/

Tuesday night come and participate in the pictures, maps, and details of how we will have the outing.

We will have some Pizza and adult beverages so we can talk, plan, and recall stories about fishing.

Everyone is welcome. This is our social fishing club.

See you there.


SDA: Meeting 1/24/2017 7:30 pm – eat, talk, fish

We are going to meet and enjoy some of what we do best.

We will eat and talk about the weekend past with its fishing, wind, and muddy water. We want to hear each individual story.

Did anybody see a snake like this last weekend? They are there for sure. When was the last time you saw rabbits beside the road while driving down to Flamingo. This was last week at Rogers River chickee. YMMV

We will also talk a about fresh water fishing – Bass. Last year we started with Sawgrass Park, but switched to the Holey Land instead.

We will review the water levels and discuss which would be more attractive to target for February.

Also depends on the Wind forecast and what the temperatures wil be.

We usually do Lake Okechobee in March, so that can be thrown into the mix too.

There will be Piccodillo and rice for dinner. Authentic Piccodillo which will be picked up from Riconcito Latino.

It’s time to pursue our latin heritage a little.


January 21 Camp out and Fishing – Flamingo

Well, we are definitely on for camping at Flamingo on Saturday evening, January 21.

Some will go earlier on Friday, so they will secure the campsites.

Pablo is staying in the motor home on the Loop. Have to determine which one when down there. You may be able to message him when you arrive down there. I suppose he and Frank are going out early Saturday and Sunday too.

Eddie Conception is also going down on Friday along with some others.

Eddie has reserved 4 campsites for Friday evening, and another 7 for Saturday evening. He is also upgrading to a place on the Loop road where the boat and truck can be stored too.

The walk-in tent camping also has a parking area for the vehicles that are tent camping.

The plan is to gather at Pablo’s motor home on Saturday evening and all cook and eat together.

Bring your own strip steaks. We will cook all of them at the same time and probably slice them up for a communal meal.

If you catch fish, they can also be cooked on the grill.

Hopefully you pitch your tent before dark. Remember the bugs swarm at sunset, so be sure to bring some spray. A mosquito Thermacell will also help. Once it is dark, the bugs to go bed.

Sunday morning, everyone is on their own.

I personally will fish from the shore either by the Restaurant or the Campground.

Others will have their boats. Some will kayak fish off the Campground.

If you are planning to come down, contact Eddie or Herman for information about which sites we have available.

Otherwise I am expecting a fun, fun time. The stars at night are incredible plus being outdoors is so much fun. Planning, executing and enjoying the stay are all what make the time fun.

Hope you can join us too.


January 10 meet & Flamingo campout

Happy New Year, 2017!

We will start the new year with camping and fishing this month.

The outing will be Saturday/Sunday on January 21-22 at Flamingo in the Everglades. The campout will be at the Flamingo campground (shown in picture) with fishing right off the shore. Kayak and canoe fishing will also work off the campground. Your flats boat will also work from the nearby marina, choice is yours and the weather.

The plan then is to fish, eat, sleep, and then fish some more. Any part of that combination you are welcome and invited to participate with.

Especially on Saturday evening, after fighting the fish all day, we will have said fish and steak on the charcoal grill in the Campground.

January is just about the best time to camp there. Hopefully the bugs should be minimal the weather will cooperate (maybe cold or hot – unknown at this point, to be determined near the outing date as it comes closer).

The night sky is unbelievable once you are there. You never saw so many stars as you will see from there. The moon will be 34% full, as a waning crescent which will rise at 1:42 am and set at 1:13 pm. BTW, sunrise will be 7:08 in the morning, sunset at 5:57 pm. Tides will be 10:39 am high tide and a 5:36 pm low tide on Saturday.

Next Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, we will have the first meeting of the new year.

Pablo will speak on the logistics of camping there and also fishing the banks for Snapper, Trout, and Makerel. He might even share how he catches his fish (maybe).

Tom Gray will bring Pizza plus there is a good assortment of carbonated adult beverage in the refrigerator. We will eat and talk about fishing – we are real good at this. Sometimes we even go fishing…. the most important thing is the fun we have eating and talking. Come on down and join in the social discussion.

The officers for 2017 are as follows: President: Herman, 1st Vice President: Henry, 2nd Vice President Dave G, Treasurer: Fernando. Thanks to everyone for the support.

BTW, since it’s January, it is also time for annual membership dues. Please bring a check to help keep things going.

See you there!


Mackerel fishing 12/17 and Holiday Party 12/18

The board decided last evening at the meeting on the following:


Have a mackerel fishing trip on Saturday, December 17.  The trip location will be determined based on the wind conditions.  Location candidates are Sprigger Bank, Biscayne Bay, or Whitewater Bay.  Why fish alone? Link up with someone who wants to go.

Then on Sunday, December 18, the club will have its annual Holiday Party starting at 6:30 pm.  Main dishes are covered, but please bring either a side or desert.

Henry and David G. are coordinating the events.  Please communicate with them so they can plan on accommodating both events.  If they don’t hear from you , then they will ASSUME that you will not be present.

Please let them know
1) if you are going Mackerel fishing
2) If you are coming to the party, and what you can bring.

Here are email addresses (use @ and . instead of (at) and (dot) ).  This discourages spammers from copying addresses.

Henry – acostalisa(at)bellsouth(dot)net
David G – dglabman(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Happy holidays!



WEDNESDAY, Nov 9, 7:30 pm, eat and talk about Nov 12 Fishing Outing

Wednesday evening at 7:30 is the meeting this week.

No election results there.

Will talk, eat, and discuss logistics for November 12 fishing outing.  Launch near and lunch at Gilbert’s, Key Largo, with afternoon entertainment.

The ramp is across the Creek from Gilbert’s.

Kayak, kayak, or flats boat; take your pick.  I will probably be in a kayak.

What is accessible?  Jewfish Creek and US1 Bridge is the launch point.  So is Blackwater Sound.

1.25 miles to north end of Jewfish Creek.

Little Blackwater Sound entrance is 3.3 miles.

Trout Cove is 10 miles.

Take your pick based on your transportation.

At 2:00 we will meet back at Gilbert’s and have lunch.

Launch will be at Yacht Club Drive Marina at 7:30 am.  Kayaks are $10 and boats with trailer parking are $20. (park back in parking area with free ride back and forth).

Will post MeetUp details with links for Marina, Entertainment, and Maps in the post.  We are located at the link below where you will find this posting.  On Wednesday I will post details and logistics like we will discuss on Wednesday evening.

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There will be Pizza, Maps, Charts, and Secret Spots discussed on Wednesday evening.  Sometimes planning is a large part of the fun.

Hope to see you Wednesday evening.