I haven’t been doing much fishing or hunting recently. And because of that, I haven’t had much to write about. But I haven’t, however, been sitting around idly. I’ve actually been planning quite the kayak fishing adventure, and it less than three weeks, I’ll set off on my journey to start the new year.
I will be paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway in it’s entirety and fishing it the whole way. Based off of the path I have planned, the entire thing should take me 8 days to paddle in my kayak and about 110 miles to complete. I will also be paddling this alone.
I’ve mapped out my path and each stop as shown above. Some camp sites are ground sites while others are chickees. If you don’t know what a chickee is, it’s pretty much just a raised platform above the water with a roof and no walls. These are placed out in the 10,000 islands because there’s little to no solid ground in the endless mangrove maze.
The planning process is still underway. I’ve been making/going through checklists and trying to get all my ducks in a row. Where I’ll launch, where I’ll finish, who will pick me up, etc. These are all things I’ve been trying to sort out in addition to just gear. But I will have a chance while on this trip to do quite a bit of gear testing. I’ve got a stove, and several other pieces of equipment that I plan on putting through the wringer over the 8 day paddle.
I’m a little nervous and very excited about taking this trip. I’ve never done anything quite like this before, so not only will it be an experience of a lifetime, but also a huge learning experience. With any luck, I’ll learn quite a bit about fishing in the backcountry, and maybe even land some fish in the process.
But overall, I’m really looking forward to this trip. I may post my plan, in detail, prior to leaving as well as my checklists for gear and what not. After I return, I’m sure I’ll have some things to change up about my planning process and might come out of it with a good “how-to”. Stay tuned!