We launched at the Everglades City ranger station and headed across Chocoloskee Bay to an unmarked channel between the Sandfly Channel and Chocoloskee. The entrance is guarded by a maze of oyster bars, so few boats would venture into this area from the bay side. This made for a peaceful morning. We didn't see a boat until we got out to the mouth of the Gulf. The channel ended up joining Chocoloskee Pass near the Gulf. After exploring some outside islands, we made the open water paddle to Jewel Key and returned to the ranger station via the Sandfly Channel, which is now very familiar to me. It was a slow day fishing, but the exploration was very enjoyable. I did get a keeper sized trout early, and a beautiful little goliath grouper ate a paddletail on a shallow mangrove island.https://youtu.be/Wcj3z_9FVyA
Do you have much success getting redfish on artificial in the summer months there? I live in Naples but fish Pine Island Sound just because I really love getting reds on artificial, and I usually have success there. Red tide has forced me south this summer, I have seen some nice reds near the outside on incoming, but couldn't get them to eat. Seems like most are using crabs or shrimp on jigheads for reds there, at least in the summer. Maybe I should just be focusing on Snook there in the summer if I want to stick to artificial?