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 Post subject: Any Hazards using Kayaks in the Creeks ?......
PostPosted: November 27th, 2010, 9:25 pm 
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I have seen where most folks fish out of kayaks. I was wondering if there are are hazards such as Alligators or Water Moccasins etc. in these creeks?

I am a thin skinned Yankee coming to fish these waters this winter. Nows your chance to scare the Be-Jesus out of me.


 
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PostPosted: November 28th, 2010, 7:00 pm 
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I've never worried about alligators or moccasins attacking a Yankee. Laughing

There are less than 1.5 million alligators in the state of Florida and probably only 3-4million venomous snakes (rough guess). We also have billions of mosquitoes and gnats that love thin skinned Yankees.

If you look through the fishing posts you'll see plenty of snake pictures. The good thing is they are all a little less active when it's cooler weather.

Watch where you step, and don't drag a stringer of fish behind your kayak.

Seriously, if gators attacked kayaks on a regular basis, Rich Santos (who fishes Guana river) and all of the guys that fish the St. Johns river south of Jacksonville would be gone by now. Beside, you'll probably be disappointed if you don't get to see a few gators while you are down here.

BTW, I'd worry more about and cold, rainy days, than alligators. Wink


 
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PostPosted: November 29th, 2010, 3:36 pm 
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I've only had one encounter with a Gator but that was in Palm Valley near Guana. Gators or snakes are not really an issue. I have always been more concerned about a dude in a high dollar flats boat trying to unzip me like a manatee.

Come to think of it, manatee are more of a concern than gators or snakes. I've had a close encounter with them as well. If they get spooked they can create a hole in the water. If your kayak gets on their back, then get ready for a "ride".

As George menitons, the cold is the biggest issue. The BIGGEST thing that scares me is accidentally falling out of my boat with waders on. Take no risks when it comes to this.

Also, don't know what kind of kayay you have or are planning on getting, but the sit on top variety are key. Don't buy into the whole, dry ride stuff.....you will always get some part of your body wet while fishing.

If that didn't scare you then how about this: BOO.

Bart


 
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PostPosted: November 29th, 2010, 6:43 pm 
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Thanks for the replies.

How much of the Redfish Fishery is wadable in the Amelia Island Area?


 
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PostPosted: November 29th, 2010, 10:05 pm 
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Cut-Throat wrote:
Thanks for the replies.

How much of the Redfish Fishery is wadable in the Amelia Island Area?


None in the winter. Wading is more of a Summer and Fall activity. The kayak is the way to go for reliable tight lines.


 
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PostPosted: December 4th, 2010, 12:37 pm 
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Falling in the water with waders on. Have you ever seen these videos ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYwG52p4yjs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJR1hZbzXk&feature=related

Obviously, filling your waders will not make you sink since the water inside them does not weigh any more than the water around them. There's also a lot of air trapped inside waders for some period of time. In both videos, it took a lot of effort to actually fill them. Not that I want to go swimming with waders on, (especially in cold water) but it does not seem quite so terrifying after seeing the videos.

I found them interesting, although not conclusive.


 
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