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.