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Got out for a bit

Took the poles but didnt fish.....We launched from the Marco bridge ramp. Water was high and noted i was about 30 minutes from high tide.Made our way to Goodland and witnessed the damage...Pretty bad....Several boats upside down or just sunk in whiskey creak... Be careful running as theres lots of debris and several channel markers now missing. The smell is that of low tide but its not low....Dead fish floating and on the beachs.
Made our way to cape ramono, we still have 4 dome homes standing. I thought for sure they would all be gone.
Made our was around Marco....It really looks like marco fared pretty well considering... But then again most everything built there is designed to take a hit unlike goodland, choko, etc.
As noted when i left it was about high tide...When we got back to the ramp it was suppose to be low tide....Nope no tide change.....Literally thats how much water is coming in!!! Be safe out there folks!! Be out next weekend to fish down south!
Jason :USA

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  • Caxambas KidCaxambas Kid Posts: 233 Deckhand
    1outlaw wrote: »
    Took the poles but didnt fish.....We launched from the Marco bridge ramp. Water was high and noted i was about 30 minutes from high tide.Made our way to Goodland and witnessed the damage...Pretty bad....Several boats upside down or just sunk in whiskey creak... Be careful running as theres lots of debris and several channel markers now missing. The smell is that of low tide but its not low....Dead fish floating and on the beachs.
    Made our way to cape ramono, we still have 4 dome homes standing. I thought for sure they would all be gone.
    Made our was around Marco....It really looks like marco fared pretty well considering... But then again most everything built there is designed to take a hit unlike goodland, choko, etc.
    As noted when i left it was about high tide...When we got back to the ramp it was suppose to be low tide....Nope no tide change.....Literally thats how much water is coming in!!! Be safe out there folks!! Be out next weekend to fish down south!

    Outlaw,
    Thanks so much for the recon adventure. It's good to know the bubble houses still exist. Thankfully you made it back safely with the flotsam junk in the water. I hope to get out Sat for the same effort, seeing which islands are still there and those no longer. As you posted, have to be aware of the sands shifting and visible/submerged junk. Thank you!
    Polar 1900 Yamaha 115
  • AnchorDropsAnchorDrops Posts: 32 Deckhand
    Thanks for the update. My reservations for POI are from 10/5-10/8, 3 nights for which we mostly intended to fish the trail (canals) and the Faka spillway, as well as the seawall at the resort. Power was still out as of last night (although Sunstream says this morning that the resort got power back overnight???). Guy I know that lives there said cell service isn't back (can only text) and that there was a fish kill as well, basically every kind of fish except tarpon, says the smell is awful with the 90+ degree temps.

    We were really looking forward to fishing down there but it sounds a bit chaotic with people getting sick from bacteria and mold in EC (one death) and widespread power outages. As much as I would love to pump money into the region I really don't want to add to the chaos either. The dead fish concern me the most (from an angling perspective). Anyway, we have to decide what to do in the next week or so...

    We are flying into St Pete/Clearwater on the 4th and flying out on the 9th. Any thoughts on other parts of the state that will afford shore bound/wading anglers good shots at snook, jacks, reds, ladyfish, trout, and baby tarpon (I know this is a longshot outside of 10K region)??? The great part about POI (in addition to the low off-season room rate) was that we basically wouldn't have to travel much once we got there, and could fish on site. Thoughts? Suggestions? We are looking at a waterfront place I stayed at before in Dunedin (with a lighted dock) as well as a place on Tequesta on the intercoastal. Any other thoughts? Maybe places that include the use of boats/kayaks? Anywhere within 3-4 hours of Tampa/St Pete would work.
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,774 Captain
    Your still a couple of weeks out...I personally would stick with your original plans. Things will get back to normal pretty quickly IMO!
    Jason :USA
  • AnchorDropsAnchorDrops Posts: 32 Deckhand
    1outlaw wrote: »
    Your still a couple of weeks out...I personally would stick with your original plans. Things will get back to normal pretty quickly IMO!
    Thanks, I am staying in touch with a forum member that lives in the immediate area now and he is going to keep me posted. I can always book a last minute hotel in the Tampa/St Pete area that is close enough to some semi-familiar water. Or I can revisit my hometown (Jupiter) and fish the inlet and surf there. Sounds like the biggest issue in POI (other than the lack of power/cell service) is the sheer volume of dark, turbid water flowing south.
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