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10k park area

   Some interesting changes seem to be occurring.The Park officials
put in some rules and regs,I think are designed to limit access to
the Park.They started a online test to see if you  have some basic safety
and boating skills.They also requiring fishing guides to register with the
Park and pay $1000 yearly fee to guide in the Park.
   Yesterday as we crossed into  the Park we did not see one boat.Also
we with a guide last week who moved from EC to Naples because of fee.
hurricane damage,no grocery stores and flooding.
    My prediction,the fishing in the 10k area is going to explode because
 for now,it benefits the rec.fishermen that choose to boat to this area.I say
for now because across the country the National Parks seeing to be heading
towards having a limited number who choose to walk carefully around there
pristine parks. 


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,908 Captain
    We'll see... I've been a permitted guide in the Park for 25 years now and the last time I renewed it was at $500 for my yearly permit.  They were proposing to raise it to $800 year before last, but didn't follow through and 
     simply let everyone slide on their renewals... Mine will come up again at the end of this year so I'll be learning first hand.... what the new fee will be - just like every other guide... 

    The problem is that the congress has not been willing to fully fund our national parks for some years now... The National Park Service comes under the Interior Department which for many years was made up from mostly one political party (and I'll leave it to your imagination to figure out just which party ...).  Every Park has been pushed toward raising all kinds of fees as well as other annoyances but you can still clearly see just how strapped they are (take a ride down the only road in ENP from the front gate towards Flamingo and see just how bad that first seven miles is - and has been for about three or four months now, for a start).  The only bright spot I can see is that the current concessionaire for the Park (the folks who do all the rentals and other money making in the Park) really are putting their own monies into their operations - and every visitor has benefited as a result.  All of that, of course, is mostly down at Flamingo - over in the Everglades City / Chokoloskee area all of the facilities are private operations (motels, restaurants, shops, etc...).

    As for lots of folks choosing to fish north of Everglades City (the northern boundary of the Park) to avoid fees and hassles.... That I'll believe when I see it.  One of the great charms of that whole area from Key Largo all the way across to Naples is just how many really good places to fish there are.  Considering how built up both east and west coast areas are - we're darned lucky to have so much true wilderness fishing available.... and it still is my favorite place in this world.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • wonderboywonderboy Posts: 71 Deckhand
    Well Said Capitan....Gotta Love them 1-1/2hr. run into the backcountry to fish....
  • 10kman10kman Posts: 998 Officer
       Captain LeMay,the 10k area is a scary area and without  a guide on several
    trips many people are not coming.Just leaving Choko and EC is a trip you
    better be moving very slowly and follow the guide posts or you will get stranded.
       So if guides move to other areas,you will have fewer people going out.You
    live in SE Fla.,its get real old,real fast to get up at 4 am to fish the Park area.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,908 Captain
    I’ve actually been starting every day this summer I’m fishing (what few I’m booking this year...) at 3Am.

    Thank you daylight savings time...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • BobberreduxBobberredux Posts: 57 Deckhand
    Yeah, I used to do that 4am revellie shiite to hit the ramp at 7am, 108 miles,3 stoplights from my driveway to the R&G ramp. My previous trucks knew the way so welI I could tell them Everglades City,nap until we crossed the Barron bridge.....
    Now I go over the night before, rooms are only $100 bucks this time of year. Getting old sux but I don't have to buy a license anymore, wake at 6 to the coffee brewing and short walk to the boat launched the night before. 

  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,908 Captain
    Looking forward to the end of daylight savings time so that reveille will come at 4am instead of 3am.... You're quite right about your tow vehicle on auto-pilot.  I've been functioning that was for years whether it's Flamingo or EC... My house is equidistant from each location, exactly 97 miles.  If I have several days booked in the 10K I will take a room (if I can find one cheap enough)  since I'm only there for work purposes... Otherwise I'll be commuting back and forth each day - just like I do down to Flamingo.... 
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
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