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Flamingo, Everglades National Park #13961432 04/15/21 05:36 PM
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I'm fired up... heading back to my old stomping grounds in the next couple of weeks. Haven't decided on exactly when as I'm watching the weather, the moon and tides for once in my life. roflmao Last time down there I didn't care what the weather was like although I knew a tropical storm was coming. I'll be more selective this time around.

For anyone that's looking for excitement, this is place. If you are ever in Miami area or driving down to the keys, do yourself a favor and take a day to fish or just visit Flamingo. You will return.

https://floridanationalparksassociation.com/everglades-national-park

https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-florida-keys/flamingo-florida-bay

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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13961804 04/15/21 10:33 PM
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Oh man this sounds like the stuff dreams are made of. I've always wanted to see flimgos in real life. I'm prob gonna have to settle for the plastic ones in the yard.


Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13962127 04/16/21 03:04 AM
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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: christian myrick] #13962160 04/16/21 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by christian myrick
Oh man this sounds like the stuff dreams are made of. I've always wanted to see flimgos in real life. I'm prob gonna have to settle for the plastic ones in the yard.


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I've seen them flying in the distance several times but in the last 20 years I've been fishing Flamingo, I've gotten a picture of only one. It seemed lost and was reluctant to even fly. Took me an hour to find a way to get close enough to take the picture as I couldn't get within a quarter mile of it with it being low tide coming from another direction. It was Jan 1st, on a blue moon, years ago, and was the first time I'd ever gotten skunked fishing there.

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Arriving at the entrance to Everglades early that morning of Jan 1, 2010 as moon was setting. Couldn't believe it was right in line with the park entrance. I gotta believe they built it that way on purpose. hmmm Only 38 more miles from entrance gate of Everglades to Flamingo. In the fog it took forever. Go too fast and you'll go air born. Hit a huge gator three miles from the entrance one night. It was laying in the middle of the road staying warm. Didn't see it until just before it raised its head as it got up, mouth wide open.. and I hit it at around 50 mph. I never hit my brakes as it was being dragged underneath my car... its tail swinging and thumping the bottom of my car like a sledge hammer. It felt like I ran over a telephone pole with railroad spikes in it. Finally when it came loose I hit my brakes and could see it in my rear view mirror, thrashing around like a lizard that had just had its tail pulled off. I turned around as it slithered and rolled off the road. I limped back to the park entrance and told the ranger I'd hit it. He asked if I needed tow service. My car was making the worst noise as the whole bumper and fiberglass ground effects were scraping pavement.. It had taken me two hours to get there from Hollywood, I decided I'd keep on going and refused tow service. Six months later I'd hit another one while driving across Tamiani Trail on way to fishing the northern entrance into the park in Chokoloskee.

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I believe this was the one I hit as I had taken its picture several times that season and it was within 50 yards of where that culvert runs under the road. Never saw it again.

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This was the second one I hit... clean shot to the noggin at 65 mph. I dragged it off the road.

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My next door neighbor was laughing every time I'd come limping home from Flamingo and gave me this to put on my car. I'd just paid 1800 to fix it from the first gator and wasn't planning to get it fixed again until winter when the gators weren't on the roads. Between hitting the two gators I'd hit the last raccoon in the Everglades that the python hadn't eaten that got up in my wheel well and busted a tie rod. bang I usually would travel to Flamingo between 2 and 4 in the morning when I could see more wildlife. roflmao

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I did slow down for this guy to pass..



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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13970535 04/23/21 01:25 AM
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I was just down there. I did not get to fish too much and only caught a few mangrove snapper but I want to go back. First time down Florida way. Caught some nice peacocks up around Boynton Beach canals. Thanks for the pics. I have not even been back a week and got an itch to see if plane fare is still cheap. (Round trip when we bought our tickets was $98 each to Ft Lauderdale car rental for the 8 days was about $500 as we needed a SUV with a roof rack for the yaks)

Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972283 04/24/21 05:15 PM
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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972414 04/24/21 07:59 PM
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What are the rules in the Everglades Park if I wanted to kill and skin one of those huge Pythons?
Do you need a hunting license?
If you see one on the road, can stop and chop it’s head off with a machete?

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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972749 04/25/21 03:41 AM
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I'm not sure what the rules are... they've changed over the years. The past two years I've noticed a huge increase in the number of people out late at night spotlighing for them. Years ago whenever I would stop and talk to those who had pulled over and were out walking with lights, they were all biologists or college students doing a study. Now days it seems like a lot of folks are doing it just for fun.

Here's a way to do it and get paid! roflmao
https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/python-program

Last November when I was down there I counted over 20 snakes on the road one night. None were python.

You can see all kinds of snakes, and many during daylight hours.

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Thirty eight miles of this... Usually no traffic coming or going after midnight... so if you break down or have a flat, not likely to get any help until daylight.

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The last ten miles the swamp changes from sawgrass to mangrove trees, as you near Florida Bay and the salt water. Lots of stuff on the roads here.. saw a florida panther late one night, its where I took picture of the python, and just a lot more creepy looking at night. roflmao





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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972760 04/25/21 04:08 AM
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With a name like Power Lizard, you'll feel right at home! roflmao

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This is the Florida record, 18' 9"... caught last October.. they might pay you a bonus if you break it!

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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972763 04/25/21 04:14 AM
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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...-python-bursts-after-eating-gator-update

I was fishing there almost every weekend when this story came out. Sure made folks nervous about being out after dark.

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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13972764 04/25/21 04:22 AM
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Leaving for Flamingo in the morning.. breakdance


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Everything I have read said humanely euthanize the pythons. I am not sure a sharpened hoe would qualify. With my luck, we would only run into rattlesnakes and I really don’t want to mess with them.

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Originally Posted by lconn4

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...-python-bursts-after-eating-gator-update

I was fishing there almost every weekend when this story came out. Sure made folks nervous about being out after dark.

Keep us posted with lots of pictures.

Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: jippedgenes] #13972797 04/25/21 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by jippedgenes
I was just down there. I did not get to fish too much and only caught a few mangrove snapper but I want to go back. First time down Florida way. Caught some nice peacocks up around Boynton Beach canals. Thanks for the pics. I have not even been back a week and got an itch to see if plane fare is still cheap. (Round trip when we bought our tickets was $98 each to Ft Lauderdale car rental for the 8 days was about $500 as we needed a SUV with a roof rack for the yaks)



Fly into Miami and go to Flamingo from there.. get a fishing guide! Stay in Homestead, drive to Flamingo one day, try Biscayne National Park (bone fish), or drive down the Keys.. or do all three.

https://goo.gl/maps/p8EJnam7FuZVFjDa9


No place like it.


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Re: Flamingo, Everglades National Park [Re: lconn4] #13975185 04/27/21 01:54 AM
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Finally made it...1400 miles from Durant, 28 hours drive time with one half hour nap, and 5 stops for gas. I'm beat.. checked in to Super 8, unloaded, and drove the ten miles to park entrance and then 38 more miles to Flamingo to see what the wind and water looked like. They haven't received much rain this spring as the holes where alligators usually hang out were all but dried up.

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Caught a couple of snook off the seawall just messing around before the rains came. Never unloaded kayak as it was late, windy, and I was beat. Will be at it early tomorrow.

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Can't wait

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