Here’s a brief report of my Friday activities:
I met Dave V and family at Jack’s down in Florida City on US 1 at 10 AM and we headed down Card Sound Road, made for Key Largo and swung into the old ramp just beside Garden Cove. We put in one kayak (for me) and a large tunnel hull canoe for Dave, his wife, and two little ones around 10:30. It was very breezy out, so the waves were a little on the choppy side. Dave hooked up a 45 lbs thrust trolling motor to his canoe, and tied mine to the back and dragged me across the channel, then we abandoned our plans to head to the barge and beach due to the rough weather. But we did stay in the creeks and flats protected from the wind by the mangroves and it was very pleasant. I made sure to lather up with SPF 35 waterproof sun block so I wouldn’t fry. Inside the creeks we saw lots of mangrove snapper, a few very big snook, and even a black stingray with white spots. At one point, Dave tied off on some of the mangroves and went for a swim in the surprisingly cool water. I let him use my snorkel gear since I wasn’t going in and in the course of exploration he located a honey hole of a lobster spot. According to Dave, the ledges were jam packed with lobster of all sizes. I believe him because he dove down and came up with a lobster in his bare hands. He also reported seeing a French Angelfish and plenty of tropicals. After all that, we headed to the grass flats and tied off the canoe and kayak while we ate lunch. Dave also showed me that the upside down jellyfish all over the grass flats are almost completely harmless. Just about the only way their stinging cells can effect you is if the are left on your most sensitive skin, like the inside of your are or your neck. I actually handled a big one with absolutely no problem. I’ll post the video later.
As the tide continued to go out, we almost got stuck in the grass/sand flats when they actually were out of the water. We cleared the flats and made our way back to shore and headed for home around 3 PM. When I got home, I realized that the sun had burned a stripe on both of my knees where I missed putting on the sun block.
Overall, it was a beautiful day, though a little windy and we had an excellent time. Friday night, the plan is to go back for a little night excursion to do some fishing. We shall see how that goes.