Upper Loxahatchee River snnok 2/25/2013
I fished the upper Loxahatchee River yesterday in my kayak and had a stellar day catching common and fat snook between Riverbend Park and Trapper Nelsons. I was using live bait. I landed 28 of the 38 snook I hooked (all released). I was using 6 lb. mono (we do not fish with braid in the upper river because it is too hard to break when you get snagged on a tree in the current) with a 15 lb. fluorocarbon leader and a 1/0 Kahle hook on short custom made spinning rod that a friend built specifically for fishing tight places on the Loxahatchee River. I did not catch a single bass, tarpon or to my pleasant surprise gar all day. I did add a two lb. jack south of the Indiantown Road bridge way up in the fresh water. My son fished up there last week and found the fish as well fishing in our Native Watercraft tandem with a friend. I had the camera but never got around to taking any photos. The fish move around but my son has identified a number of go to locations along the river that I have borrowed from him. If you go back there be careful of where you fish and pay attention to the gators. There are some big ones that are protective of their stretch of the river and the males are out looking for love in the spring and can be aggressive. Last spring I had a large gator come crashing through the brush and launch itself off a high bank in my direction as I was paddling by. It came off the bank like a giant flying squirrel and scared the ... out of me.