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Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Everglades National Park

Capt. Charles Wright
July 2, 2002
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report

Snook, Permit & Goliath Grouper - Chokoloskee

Joe Maher - July 1, 2002

Joe Maher of Jacksonville, Florida had a good day fishing today with Capt. Charles Wright.  We started out fishing one the remote river mouths.  Early the weather was a bit "iffy" as we had to run through some rain to get to our first spot.  We arrived a bit early and had to wait for the tide to turn before things got started.  The water was glass calm, so we were able to see everything on the surface. The place was alive with head wakes.  Unfortunately the only head wake that struck our surface baits (that we could identify) was a shark.  Joe had another blowup on a Johnny Rattler surface plug that missed all six hooks ... go figure!!!

Before we left the river, Joe landed his first snook, a nice 30" fish. He also wrestled in a small juvenile goliath grouper about 10lbs. I told him that we would see fish later that would easily eat that fish.  He looked at me with a bit of suspicion.

At about 10:30, with perfect weather, we blasted off to a nearby permit hot spot.  Nearing the location we saw jack crevalle smashing baits on the surface.  We could not resist so a Rip Tide Jig with a 12 Fathom swimming shad tail was put to work. Joe handled the rest nicely.

As the water was virtually calm, we could see the permit all around us in big schools. The first three fish were cut off by other fish in the school smashing through the line!.  But Joe fought and released two permit on 8 lb spinning gear using a Shimano 4000.  I think he now understands why people call me a "permit-holic".  Joe may have to start attending P.A. Class (Permit Anonymous) with me if he keeps this up!!

In the midst of all this, we could not pass up the chance at feeding the telephone pole sized barracuda lurking all around us.  We had three very large cudas pick up our baits, but landed none.  I believe this quote is accurate ..."Man that fish was ripping ... I wasn't ready for that!!!"  My response ... "Do you want to do it again?!"

Our next stop was Vickie's Snapper Hole which turned out to be a let down though Joe did land a nice 75 lb lemon shark ... his first.  Our final stop turned out to be a real treat.  We saw schools of snook, many goliath grouper going several hundred pounds, scores of permit and jacks, cobia, barracuda, turtles and mackerel. It was the heat of the day, so nothing would bite, but just seeing all the fish was something special!! It appears his morning suspicions were unwarranted. (ha-ha!)

One of the last things Joe said before he left the boat was "I really would like to get after those permit again".  He's got a problem ... a real problem.  From here on out, it is just going to take bigger and bigger fish to satisfy his passion.  I am up to it.

If you would like to book a charter with Chokoloskee Charters, please contact Capt. Charles Wright @www.ChokoloskeeCharters.com or call him at (239) 695-9107.

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Chokoloskee Charters.com and Everglades Kayak Fishing.com is your complete outfitter for fishing Everglades National Park. Fish the Everglades backcountry, the beaches, 10,000 islands, river and wrecks with the most experienced guides in the area. With flats boats, bays boats, offshore boats and even kayak transport boats for our fleet of outfitted fishing kayaks, we can offer a complete, multi-day, fishing experience. Capt. Charles Wright - Fishing the Park Since 1972 Catch the Experience

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Chokoloskee Charters
PO Box 670
Everglades City, FL 34139
Phone: 239-695-9107
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