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  night canoe
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-27-07 12:32 AM (EST)

We sometime fish from a canoe at night in the Everglades National Park, I always launch near sunset. Some nights we can not see any channels through the mangroves, channels we know, even with the bright S. Florida starlight or even bright moonlight we can not find that narrow channels through the mangroves to the next lake, so now I use a lighted GPS. It works like a dream come true in Long Lake and Bear Lake which both have very small narrow channels. We also installed a Humming bird fish finder and depth finder, it has helped us keep from running aground on the sharp oyster bars at Chokoloskee, we also carry forehead headlights for de-hooking the fish (we have two hands free), pen lights in the pockets of the floatation devices we wear all the time for emergency, and at least two bright lights for any boats and BIG alligators (10 to 14 footers), we avoid the boats and the gators alike. We also have a battery powered white anchor light that is on a four foot pole. We were warned about 20 snakes but have not seen those yet, hopefully never will either. In the spring, summer and fall we have to plan for the worse situations with mosquitoes, we have to wear bug suits and at best a mosquito net on the head. But the fishing makes it worth it.

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