A couple weeks ago I saw a report that someone had caught one over there kayak fishing.. Not long ago there was a sighting on Miami Beach of several travelling along the shallow beach. Would not want to get rakes by one while swimming or wading.
I remember once Cordell caught, accidently, a huge one nearly as big as his canoe in a couple feet of water on the fly rod.. its saw somehow got tangled/hooked and he somehow managed to bring it alongside the canoe for photo and release.
They show up every year in Biscayne Bay and Flamingo this time of year, perhaps spawning.
Old fugger with a bad heart, who just wants to fish
I see a lot of them when launching from front of marina. Usually people using cast nets to catch bait get these entangled in their nets. I witnessed this a few years back on a larger one and of course net was toast afterwards. This was on causeway area it could also have been they died from other causes and washed up there.
But if, someone accidentally pulled these up on a net and left them to die, should be prosecuted to max extent of law. I wish FWC would also include our area in catch release only because it’s crazy with so many coming here from north of us.
Post by mangrovecuckoo on Oct 24, 2020 9:29:53 GMT -5
Hey folks...long time!
There is more to the above story... two of the sawfish were filleted, and two had there saws harvested.
I launch from the causeway frequently. On one return there were subsistence fishers in the opening and I witnessed them catch a little goliath grouper as I paddled in. After some intense whispering they released it, obviously for my viewing.
They had numerous fish tails sticking out of bucket. They said they were catfish, but the tails said different.
These fine folks were proud locals.
The area east of the causeway just above the ramp, where you can launch / park for free is a large flat that has (had?) numerous small sawfish. I reported theim to FWC in the past.
I suspect the above fish were illegally netted, on purpose.
Good to see you in here! Was wondering what the heck happened to you. Hope all is well, still liking the solo canoe?
Now that crab season started hopefully these locals can do something to make money other than stealing and doing illegal fish taking. But lots of druggies here and no jobs due to covid keeping tourists away.
Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.
Post by mangrovecuckoo on Oct 25, 2020 12:48:48 GMT -5
I really want to thank you for introducing me to the Happy Hoofers folks... they are a very nice group and very active. Of course, COVID has dampened things but they are starting up activities again. Meetings have been virtual... so you can attend even from Chok!
I have enjoyed the Swift but it took some serious wood work at first. Started by rebuilding the twarts, then the seat broke, twice, so that is history. I now just use a kneeling pad and a inflatable seat. I love to paddle it but cannot see how anyone could fish out of it. I love my tubs for fishing.
I heard the crime has been bad over there. I know some folks in EC and they have had problems. I have been concerned about leaving my van unattended.
I will be back over there when the waters go down... and I'll be around here too.
I was very happy you met them, heard from Esther that you had been to one of the meetings and asked if I knew a cookoo . We are here until April so hopefully will see you one day. I have really been enjoying tying flies and fly fishing in my travels and here from my kayak.
I have never paddled or fished out of the Swift. I suppose you could turn it into a sit on bottom canoe and add a sliding floor mounted seat and foot rails.