This 11# snook was taken on 8lb plug casting tackle (Shimano Calcutta 200 with matching Magnuflex rod) and took a chartreuse Mirrolure 2000 Jr.
A fishing trip to Everglades National Park always offers more to the angler than great fishing for snook, tarpon, redfish, seatrout and the like. There is prolific bird life including the usual native land birds, raptors from bald eagle to perugrine falcon, wading birds including virtually every North American heron and egret species, roseate spoonbills and ibis, numerous gulls, and terns. The reptile list includes alligators, crocodiles, and a wide variety of snakes including introduced pythons, and boa constrictors. . Mammals frequently sighted include manatees, dolphins, raccoons, and deer. There are many wild and native orchids and the opportunity to see a flourishing mangrove swamp in its purest form. Recently, your host was fishing with Captain Bill Lindsay from Chokoloskee Island in the famous Ten Thousand Islands. Bill fishes his clients from a choice of two Hell’s Bay skiffs, one of 16′ and the other 18′ depending on conditions. The smaller boat is pushed by a 40hp Yamaha while the bigger boat uses a 60hp Mercury. Bill prefers tiller steering and the boats are comfortable and practical to fish from, particularly for anglers fishing fly and casting artificials.The fall and winter months can be very productive as huge schools of baitfish move into the area, bringing gamefish along with them.