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#11075540 - 08/31/15 08:02 PM Lake okeechobee question
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Green Horn

Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 9
Going to lake okeechobee in February. I am hoping someone can help me out with my predicament. I was there two years ago. We stayed for 5 days at Roland's marina. The first day of the trip we rented a guide and the rest of the trip we rented one of there bass boats. The boats were great. However, we were very disappointed in the allowed hours for the boat rental. I cannot remember exactly what the hours were, but I know we were not able to leave with the boat until much after safe light every morning. Also, the boat had to be back in the marina like an hour to hour and half before it got dark. Like I said, I do not remember the hours exactly, but I do know we were very disappointed. I go on many trips, and when we go we fish all day. It absolutely kills me the spend the big money they get on there boats and not be able to fish when I want and not even first thing in am and the big topwater bight in pm.
My question is, has anyone rented a boat from somewhere else at okeechobee where they did not have restricted hours? I really like Roland's places and boats, but would rather fish more hours and maybe have a worse boat.
Any help would be great. I am either going to suck it up and deal with it, get a guide for all the days, or go fish a different lake in the area. I would love to stick with my original plan though. But I want to fish all day!!!!

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#11077742 - 09/01/15 09:20 PM Re: Lake okeechobee question [Re: Topwater15260]
BrotherB Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/09/15
Posts: 225
Loc: Athens tx
I am from south Florida and do not have an answer to the boat issue but I fished lake child's a lot it is a very good lake. They have good deals on lake house rentles, but I'm not sure of a boat rentle place on that lake... Might be something to look at. Lake June is about 15 min north from child's but is not a very good fishing lake.

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#11078078 - 09/02/15 07:27 AM Re: Lake okeechobee question [Re: Topwater15260]
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Green Horn

Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 9
Thanks for the info. I just called Roland's marina and they said you get the boat at safe light and it is due back at 4:30!!!
Anyone else's input / recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
4:30 is early!

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#11078205 - 09/02/15 08:32 AM Re: Lake okeechobee question [Re: Topwater15260]
CanadianChris Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/09/11
Posts: 101
I just took a look at the calendar and sunset in February is around 6:20pm EST on average. Assuming you have crystal clear days you get safe light until shortly after 6:00pm. If it happened to be an overcast day that safe light would be even earlier. Given the circumstances a 4:30pm return isn't all that unreasonable. You would be losing at most an hour of fishing a day. Those boats don't have lights either. That being said you may be able to convince them to give you an extra 30 minutes or so. We have done it in the past.


Edited by CanadianChris (09/02/15 08:38 AM)

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#11078210 - 09/02/15 08:33 AM Re: Lake okeechobee question [Re: Topwater15260]
dandeeks Offline
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Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 293
It is a shame... but if you've already been on that "lake" before then you know just how potentially dangerous every corner is. I am 100% certain this is strictly for safety. If you don't know those waters, you need to be extremely careful/cautious. Have fun, and be careful.

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