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Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Everglades National Park

Capt. Charles Wright
July 3, 2002
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report

19lb Permit and 10lb Snook - Chokoloskee/Everglades City

Joe Maher - July 3, 2002

Joe Maher of Jacksonville, Florida just had to get after the permit again!!  He had nice taste of light tackle permit fishing on his charter earlier this week (see the July 1st report).  This time we were after big fish on light spinning gear.  Conditions were a bit tough and the fish were not too cooperative, but we found them.  It took Joe a couple of fish  before he latched on to his trophy.  In a 35 minute battle, Joe masterfully handled this beautiful 19 lb Permit on 8lb test spinning gear (Shimano 4000). The whole time he was fighting the fish, it was surrounded and closely followed by spotted eagle rays.  On touch on this light line and the fight would be over.  We were very lucky that the rays did not "twang" him off.  Nicely done Joe!!!

We next decided to step up the size of the snook from those we caught on our earlier trip.  It did not take long for the bite to get started, unfortunately the first three fish "escaped" without being photographed.  However, he did catch and release two nice 10 pound snook.  In addition to the snook, we had opportunities at a couple of cobia and some goliath grouper in the 80-100lbs class.  (Quite a tug aren't they Joe?)  He also had his first black tip shark along side of the boat (~ 60lbs).   I had a great time fishing with Joe and am looking forward to fishing with him again. Judging from his grin in these pictures, I am sure that Joe had a blast also.  I think his has come to appreciate this very special fishery as much as I have come to love it myself. 

If you would are interested in a trip with Chokoloskee Charters, please give Capt. Charles Wright a call @ (239) 695-9107 or the web at www.ChokoloskeeCharters.com

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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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