Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Originally, kayaks were made to be sailed or to be used on until, calm lake water. However, with passing year use of kayaks in ocean, kayaking is increased and now this ocean kayak is also very popular. Original design of kayak was suitable for calm water but for using it for sailing on sea their design is somewhat modified. To cope up with changing weather of ocean these kayaks are built more wide and their cargo carrying capacity is better than whitewater kayaks.
The best part of this ocean kayak is that they can glide when needed, so ocean kayak can move around without making any kind of noise; this is perfect for who loves to watch nature or love to photography with complete concentration or best thing fishing. Unlike the motor boats these ocean kayak will be quite, an ideal condition for fishing.
Ocean kayaking is not the same as kayaking in lake. You must learn basics of ocean kayaking before kayaking trip. If you are beginner then, it advisable for you take some experienced person with you on ocean kayaking trip. Always check whether your ocean kayak and other gears are in excellent condition before starting kayak trip. Do not forget to carry container that floats with you.
If you are planning to buy one ocean kayak for you, they decide if you are planning to use ocean kayak with your family, as ocean kayak needs to be perfectly balanced float on ocean water perfectly. It is very important to check sea worthiness of an ocean kayak.
Getting a perfect ocean kayak is not a problem. There are many websites and online store are there on internet that will give you quite good ocean kayak and gears. Never attempt to use your whitewater or lake kayak in ocean it could be dangerous.
Basic structure of ocean kayak is completely different. Ocean kayaks are huge; means have longer length than normal kayaks. These ocean kayaks are about fifteen plus feet longer and about 26 inches wider. Cockpit of ocean kayaks can be built as per your specification if you want it large choose larger. Most common size of ocean kayaks is in between 12 to 15 feet and usually kayaks long lengths are built for two paddlers. Ocean kayak usually 18″ to 28″ wide but some special type of kayak like surf skies, which is specially designed for wave surfing are not wide. Longer length of ocean kayaks increases their stability while sailing and keep them in straight line.
Weekend trip with night camping is popular amongst recreational kayakers and you can combine ocean kayaking tour with watching wild life. Contemporary ocean kayak are designed to carry more equipments and things for trip for two weeks. Even expedition kayaks are there, which can be loaded with very heavy load.
With few training sessions of ocean kayaking and you are ready to go for kayak trip that too with your family. These coaching sessions are available on all major beaches and sports clubs. This will defiantly help you to have fun kayak trip.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Angling Florida waters is a blend of open oceans and seas to bays, beaches, brackish water rivers, creeks and streams, which make up inshore Florida. A demarcation between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean noticed only by a thinly spread of islands, known as the Keys and its exceptional styles and varieties of fish caught either on land or onboard. If you need it, Inshore Florida at The Reel Deal will get it; outboard/inboard motor parts to any angling gear you cannot find; also carrying a small but select inventory of products to aid you in catching fish within and beyond Inshore Florida. Looking for an adventure to remember and cherish for a lifetime, kayaks to backpacks, a journey in Florida green, providing you with a free no fee charter guide referral service from offshore big game to inshore whatever and backcountry drifting trips too. Kayaking the inner secrets of Florida’s estuaries and mangrove-lined creeks to canals, where you, like the Indians of yesteryear once paddled quietly across the skinnies in search of his quest. Exotic birds to alligators on the waters; a photographic moment waiting to be caught in time with Inshore Florida-Offshore Wherever, helping you find what you want while visiting us here in the Sunshine State and becoming a better Angling Florida waters is a blend of open oceans and seas to bays, beaches, brackish water rivers, creeks and streams, which make up inshore Florida. A demarcation between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean noticed only by a thinly spread of islands, known as the Keys and its exceptional styles and varieties of fish caught either on land or onboard. If you need it, Inshore Florida at The Reel Deal will get it; outboard/inboard motor parts to any angling gear you cannot find; also carrying a small but select inventory of products to aid you in catching fish within and beyond Inshore Florida. Looking for an adventure to remember and cherish for a lifetime, kayaks to backpacks, a journey in Florida green, providing you with a free no fee charter guide referral service from offshore big game to inshore whatever and backcountry drifting trips too. Kayaking the inner secrets of Florida’s estuaries and mangrove-lined creeks to canals, where you, like the Indians of yesteryear once paddled quietly across the skinnies in search of his quest. Exotic birds to alligators on the waters; a photographic moment waiting to be caught in time with Inshore Florida-Offshore Wherever, helping you find what you want while visiting us here in the Sunshine State and becoming a better steward to your marine surroundings and practicing CPR when ever possible (Catch, Photograph and Release).
Ward to your marine surroundings and practicing CPR when ever possible (Catch, Photograph and Release).
Monday, October 13, 2008
River tours run Wednesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., $10-$12 person.
Don’t let the dirt road fool you, just keep on trekking and you will dead end into the river or parking lot, and they both are at the end, next to Snook Haven.
At Snook Haven, little has but changed but the faces and styles; all that remain of a day from our past. If you sit back, you can still hear Johnny Weissmuller ordering a cold can of brew from over the bar back. Old style pictures still hang at crooked angles and if you listen carefully, ignoring the hustle and bustle of the modern world down the road, you will hear a raptor’s cry as Marlene orders the same, waiting from a break in the rain, before filming again begins with Revenge of the Killer Turtles (1947). As an old Florida, bayou-style restaurant and pleasantly primitive entertainment venue, Snook Haven Restaurant & Fish Camp has been a fixture in Venice for more than 50 years. Even before that, anglers traversing the fish-filled waters of the Myakka River in the early 1900s camped in the area. Used as everything from fish camp to fish house, this journey back into time is well worth the time to visit. Back when I first moved to Venice, Florida, Snook Haven is where I set up my head quarters and rendezvous for ReelnFish Charters. Running clients up the river for a chance to mingle with our Florida wildlife and catch Bass to freshwater Channel Catfish. Big cats in the twenty-pound plus range on light tackle to cane poles. Camping on the banks or overnight pack-ins. Moving down stream, we would catch everything from Snook to Reds and if the tides are right, you can catch Bull sharks on one side of the river and Bass on the other, along with an occasional Blue crab too. Now retired to angling and writing about it instead, I enjoy my visits back where “Tarzan” slept lazily along an out stretched branch of a giant oak draped with Spanish moss beyond the restaurant's waterfront, back deck. There one can find a canoe tucked between a fleet canoes to kayaks loosely tied to the aging dock. Here you can elect to explore the slow-moving waters by powerboat or as Snook Haven's slogan states - "You and a Canoe" – paradise to me! In the canoe the river is yours, at eye level with the crocks, the beauty is bountiful. One and a half hours at fifteen dollars is a steal of a deal for either a canoe or kayak, with all safety equipment provided. If you own a boat of 17 feet or small, you may use their boat ramp at a reasonable charge of five dollars plus tax. The boat launch is closed because of the crowds and live bands on Saturdays & Sunday’s between 11-6 and on Thursday between 8-3and the rest of the time restricted to dawn to dusk exclusively!
Once the haunts of the “King”, Elvis and Senator Kennedy before he was President and twice visited by President Regan and Bush Sr., Snook Haven is a rendezvous with the past on the sun-dappled shores of the winding Myakka River in Venice. Think giant oaks draped with Spanish moss, graceful cabbage palms, and tea-colored waters flowing by. Two movies have been filmed there, the most famous a Tarzan flick called Revenge of the Killer Turtles. On Thursdays, the public is invited to hear the Gulf Coast Banjo Society practice from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and every Sunday the place overflows with weekend bikers and other regulars who gather round the shaded outdoor picnic tables to listen to live music. For overnight stays, you can bring your own RV or rent one of the fully furnished cabins. Call first, though, as many are undergoing renovation. Snook Haven also offers guided pontoon boat charters up and down the Myakka River. Bring a camera; one November afternoon, one of the largest alligators the boat captain said he has ever seen charged the charter and dove straight under. Even grown men shrieked. But the boat also meanders down some spectacularly scenic stretches of pristine county-owned lands that will never be developed. River tours are available Wednesday through Sunday. You can eat indoors or dine outside at a wooden table overlooking the river. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinner runs from 4-9 p.m. seven days a week. Specialties include gator bites (of course!) and grouper, fried, grilled or blackened. Try it stuffed with crab or with the shrimp and clam platter. December, when the early mornings and evening are cool, is a splendid time of year for this experience. Bring bug spray, as the mosquitoes can be vicious.
Monday, July 21, 2008
By Gary Andersons Inshore Florida-Offshore anywhere, an Angling Entrepreneur’s Adventure, whether you are looking on the skinnies of kayaking the flats to extreme shark angling off the local pier or just a dipping of the sand scoops in search of Megalodon Shark Teeth, the beaches of Venice Florida are known as the World's Shark Tooth Capital. What could be more fun than getting up early...?
Imagine an adventure in combing the beaches, looking for shark's teeth and sea shells and not just any sharks tooth but that of the most feared of all sea creatures of the time, Megalodon (believed to be over 60 feet in length) with an open jaw largest enough for a six foot person to stand in. Chances are good on excavating one of these teeth and more along the shoreline of our
Prehistoric relics of miniature horses to giant wooly mastodons are strewn everywhere and mixed along among the seashells, which you find here are beyond description! Stunning! If you are looking for a weekend day-trip, remember the beaches of
Great restaurants to places to stay, motels to quaint Bed and Breakfast’s;
If you are in need of air to fins, check out our two area shops:
If you are in need of air to fins, check out our two area shops:
Florida West Scuba School
- Scuba Quest
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Collecting prehistoric shark’s teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the
Sharks of all species continually shed their teeth and grow new ones. They have 40 or more teeth in each jaw. Behind the functional rows or teeth are seven other rows of teeth developing into mature dentures to replace teeth as they are shed or lost. In ten years, an average Tiger shark can produce as many as 24,000 teeth.
For millions of years, sharks have lived, as seen by the catches from the city-fishing pier and died in the Gulf of Mexico of our
Historical Finds On the
The furthest north is the Jetties to the
South of the public beach, is the Alhambra Bone Site. It is immediately to the North of the northern most condominiums, where
South of Alhambra street is the Venice Fishing Pier, and there is diving to the north and south of it. You can either park in the parking lot for Sharky's or in another parking lot just to the North next to a Coast Guard substation. Just head West out past the second sandbar. Stay clear of the pier unless you are into being hooked up. It is also a state law which is seldom enforced but when it is, the fines are stiff with your gear all confiscated and the end to a could have been great day.
There are a couple of showers here, restrooms and shaded pavilion with water and, of course, Sharky’s is itself a great place to eat; Sharky’s on the Pier.
Just south of the pier is another place to dive. There are a couple places to park, one parking lot at the dog park. This is where Mastodon leg bone to tusks has been found fossilized onto old coral beds just off the beach in an area called “The Springs.” This is where I found my saber tooth, out not more than twenty feet from the waters edge.
The Bone Yard of Golden Beach is another site, but is out just far enough, like the Venice Beach Reef to its right, that it is best not as a shore dive but with a scooter or off your boat. I do not have any coordinates, but you will want to anchor due west of a pair of large, white drainage pipes. There are two sets, actually, one on each side of the northern most condominiums south of the Venice Inlet. You want to anchor off the Southern pipes in around 25' of water, lining up in a triangular position to the pine trees, water tank and pipes.
The beds start in around 13’ of water, and continue out as far as you can go on a shore dive. I spend most of my time between 13’ and 18’. After the sandbar, drop and head west. The bottom will either be sand or small rubble, and at the southern spots, small ledges and rock outcroppings along with the Gulf’s version of a reef. Because of the City of
At the northern sites, there is not much structure at all; again buried under our new beach construction. When you do come across rocks or other features, pay attention to the seaward side, otherwise, look for little gullies that run north and south. The bottom of these hold a lot of teeth, mainly Sand Tiger, Bull, and Lemons, with the occasional Tiger, Snaggletooth, Great White and Melodeon. Megs are also more common at the bone yard, and they have found at least 6 1/2”out there.
You can either dig to find the teeth or just scan the bottom, looking for black patches After you find a couple, you will tend to see more as you more aware of what you are looking for. Digging can be done by fanning my hand over the sand, blowing the sand in the direction of the current.
For strolling the beach in search of history, at the waters edge, there is usually a ledge (around 1’ deep, sloping to the sandy bottom of backwash). In spots, this has large shell deposits, other times it is made of sand. If you scoop into the shells and look, you will find sharks teeth here. You can find a dozen or so if you look for an hour. This to be the best spot in the whole of
A fine mesh bag and a Dive Flag. You may want to bring something to dig with (a beach scoop if not diving), but I would not bother if diving for a waving of your hand is enough.
You need to have a flag to dive here, there have been tickets issued to people who were not carrying one. Otherwise, the boaters would not have any navigational buoys. Seriously, be aware on your ascents. Pops to a prop can be a deadly experience, not to mention the bump to the head!
How do you know the conditions are good? You do not. Not even if you were there last week. Visibility is hit or miss, mostly hit in the summer, mostly miss in the winter. There needs to be a couple of nice days with either no wind or wind out of the east for a clean clear dive. Water temperature varies from the mid 40’s to the mid 90’s.
Seahorses and pipefish, schools of sheepshead, pinfish, Blue and stone crabs, flounder, starfish, ornamentals to bait fishes, mackerels, reds, blues and to many to mention swimming above the sand dollars below. If the sand dollar is any color other than white, it is alive, so leave it be, removing only the whitish ones. Sharks are abundant off
Exercising in Green
Lunging or exercising in green is achieved through our Inshore
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Pristine white sand beaches on their gulf sides and dense mangrove forests to the east display surprisingly diverse ecosystems along with
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Inviting You to Experience
“A Journey in Discover.”
Whether you like to take it easy or test the limits of your endurance, from
dipping your paddle to treks through our past, Eco-Florida is one of the best ways to discover your innersole.
The tranquility of being at one with nature in exploring the thousands of passages one stroke at a time. There is no better way to explore the natural beauty of Eco-Florida than walking to hiking along the trails or kayaking through the majestic bays of our
Experience nature in its purest form; yakking. Drink in the spectacular scenery of pristine forests and untrammeled wilderness as you embark as our ancestors did one hundred years ago as you glide through the mangroves,
in search of elusive Snook and apprehensive Reds as our countries symbol of liberty sails overhead; the eagle. Alligators to
migratory birds--pelicans, ospreys, herons, egrets,
and even bald eagles-are abundant, along with a
myriad of other wildlife. Over three-hundred species of plants including
wild lilies and orchids enhancing the beauty of ECo-Florida’s
bayous and wetlands. Pristine outflows of red, white and black mangroves,
guppies to minnows a haven to hide from ambushing predators as you slip past with but the sound of a cast
and the splash of the set, “FISH ON!” in a battle to never forget. Tarpon, Snook, juvenile Cobia, Redfish to trout, spinning or on the fly, ECo-Florida hooks you up!
Pier Expeditions in angling for shark and pelagic also available upon request.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
On a walk through a typical American neighborhood this summer, one might be hard pressed to find a bare-foot kid chasing down a toad, building a tree fort in the woods, or flying a kite in the park. Organized play at the local sports complex has replaced unstructured play in the backyard to time spent in the woods or on the beach. As American childhood has moved indoors, research shows that many of today’s children are actually gaining weight during the summer break. And as electronic entertainment replaces both structured and unstructured outdoor experiences, many children are being raised so cut off from their natural world that they are not developing a connection with nature. Not only is this connection an important quality-of-life issue by contributing to emotional and physical well being, it also forms the cornerstone to environmental stewardship ethics.
When watching animal shows on TV becomes the closest many of today’s kids get to the great outdoors, we risk the health of our children and endanger the prospect of developing future stewards of the natural environments. That is why The Island Anglers, the National Wildlife Foundation, Inshore Florida, Reel Addiction Sportfishing and Eco-Green Florida Kayak to Backpack Tours will use its resources to
“encourage parents and caregivers to get kids to go outside and play and to ask policy makers to take action.”
The average child today spends more than 6 hours a day watching TV, playing video games or on a computer. Conversely, the amount of time
children now spend outdoors has declined by 50 percent in the past 20 years. U.S.
Author Richard Louv described this American trend in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, and even gave it a name, “nature deficit”.
“The phrase ‘go outside and play’ sums up the summer experiences that I remember growing up as a youth, as do many an American fondly remembers. But today’s kids rarely hear these four little words. The sad reality is that American childhood has moved indoors and in front of a TV, x-box and all. Meanwhile, our kid’s face an epidemic of childhood obesity and a troubling disconnect with nature.”
Connecting our children to nature through outdoor experiences pays clear dividends: children who play outside are more active and more physically fit; time in nature improves children’s academic performance, concentration, balance, coordination, and self-esteem; and playing outside even reduces the severity of symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affects millions of American children.
Environmental education increases student engagement in science, improves student achievement in core subject areas, and increases student awareness about individual actions they can take to restore the health of the natural environment; and
Children who spend time in nature are more likely to have pro-environmental attitudes as adults. Time spent in nature with an important adult often shapes a child’s long-term environmental ethic. If this nature deficit continues unabated, we may face a dearth of environmental leaders, professionals, and advocates as we try to conquer future environmental challenges like climate change. Mentoring is but our highest goal and must continue through volunteers and all who are of interest to our future and that of our children’s, children’s future!
Solutions for reversing nature deficit and connecting our children to nature, and ourselves at the same time are available through organizations like The Island Anglers, the National Wildlife Foundation, Inshore Florida, Reel Addiction Sportfishing and Eco-Green Florida Kayak to Backpack Tours. The National Wildlife Foundation has compiled a list of solutions that offer ways for parents to take action within our communities, at the state level, and at the national level. Some of these include connecting kids to nature through environmental education, promoting outdoor play through our public health systems, and encouraging parents to build in regular time for outdoor play through the National Wildlife Foundation online parent resource, Green Hour, to which Florida’s Mentoring Initiate and The Island Anglers, Inshore Florida, Reel Addiction Sportfishing and Eco-Green Florida Kayak to Backpack Tours support and encourage all to get involved.
For summer outdoor activity ideas and other online resources, please visit www.greenhour.org.
Or with those who also would support such an endeavor:
Support us in supporting your outdoor and our children’s future.
Monday, May 26, 2008
With our convenience in location to our logistical movements through use of trailers or power boating, our kayaks can be transported to almost anywhere you wish to go so that you can go where the fish are. Offering trips to throughout the
We have spots in
Spring to summer, targeting or sight fishing trout’s, redfish, snook through moving columns of greenbacks on the flats and in the shallows. Fall through winter, snook to tarpon can be targeted up creeks, rivers and canals.
Brackish water Exotics
An Expedition On the Boards;
Pier Angling from Pelagic to Sharks,
Depending on the time of day to the season of the year, this is an opportunity to fish the boards from the Venice City Pier. Located at Sharky’s on the Pier an infamous beachside restaurant with nightly live music and dancing, On the Boards at the T-head you can have a chance of catching almost anything that swims in the
“The romantic notion of a moon-light swim is not such a good idea, for sharks turn on from dusk till dawn!”
Why not let one of use direct you to your catch of a prize to always remember.
El Jobean Pier:
Located at the mouth of the
Rates Depend upon time and species, contact us for On the Boards pricing.
Nokomis beach, the Jetties, Venice, Casperson’s and Manasota beaches
Offering a unique beachscape expedition or safaris in catching a wide variety of fish while you and your family challenge the shorelines of our majestic
Wither you wiggle your toes in the sand at beaches edge or do some shelling to the pounding of the surf and salt smells lingering from across the sea oats of the dune, between the bites, a beachscape fishing adventure is fun for all.
A blend of beach to sky to pounding waves as you trek across the sands of time in finding some of the most beautiful shells of this world from the treasures of the
AT Green Florida Eco Tours, we practice CPR as much as possible!
(CATCH, PHOTOGRAPH, RELEASE)
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
Kayaks and safety equipment are provided. In addition, we supply all rods, reels, lures and leaders. We also carry a cooler, ice, water and snacks.
You should bring sunscreen, cap, polarized sunglasses, jacket, wading shoes, camera and a valid
You may purchase a fishing license online at
or by calling 1-888-FISH
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