Sunday, May 19, 2019

Exploring the 10,000 Islands by Boat

FOLLOW THE FISH

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The 10,000 Islands span a vast majority of land and water, and without proper guidance, it is easy to become lost. The 10,000 Islands area is rich with mangrove islands and a variety of sea life and plant life to discover.

When you charter a boat to discover the wonders this area has to offer, you will be granted the opportunity to see dolphins and manatees and the mangrove islands. A boat tour is one of the easiest ways you can see all the sights without the fear of losing your footing and getting lost in what others describe as nothing short of a maze.

Paddling

If you want an even closer look at the scenery, you can take a kayak or canoe out and paddle around the water. There are plenty of areas you can dock, use the bathroom, picnic, and relax. Some restrictions apply inside the Everglades National Park. With so many bays and islands, however, you will want to be sure to keep track of where you are.

Camping

If you want to extend your kayaking trip, you should consider camping on one of the outer islands. Tiger Key and Picnic Key are two of the most recommended sites and can be found north of Indian Key Pass.

It is also important to note that sometimes the currents may be harder to navigate in because of the tide; therefore, it is best if you paddle out on the falling tide and then come back in on the rising tide.

Learn, Discover, and Explore

With so many areas to visit and so much to see, you will never find yourself growing bored while visiting the 10,000 Islands area in Florida. It will take hours to explore all that the area has to offer, and that is only scratching the surface.

Charter a Boat

For an even more immersive experience, you can also charter a boat. You will have the benefit of an experienced guide to take you out. They can explain the area and make sure that you get the chance to see everything that the islands have to offer.

Chartering a boat is also a much safer way to explore the islands because the experienced captains are more than familiar with the area, so you will not get lost.

No matter what you decide to do when you visit the islands, you are sure to create lasting memories, and you will be chomping at the bit to book your next vacation.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. We can be reached at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756.

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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