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Ten Thousand Islands, Florida
The Ten Thousand Islands is the coastal area in the Everglades National Park where mangrove islands and shallow creeks make a wilderness maze. The 'islands' are a labyrinth of water and mangroves. Some of the islands are landmasses called keys but many are clumps of mangrove trees rising out of coral reefs, oyster beds, and sandy shoals. The area lies southeast of Naples and northwest of the Everglades National Park. The many islands form a transition from the freshwater marsh of the "river of grass" to the open salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. These islands are an import filtration area for the fragile eco system in the area.
Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida.

The post office at Ochopee, Florida, our nation's smallest, is a regular stop on the south Florida tourist circuit.

The Ten Thousand Islands Refuge
The Ten Thousand Islands Refuge, established in December 1996, is located 20 miles southeast of Naples near Goodland, Florida. It emcompasses 35,000 acres in the lower end of the Fakahatchee and Picayune Strands of Big Cypress Swamp. Approximately two thirds of the refuge is mangrove forest - It has over eight thousand acres of mangrove making it one of the largest North American estuaries. The remainder of the acerage is divided between 16,000 acres marine water, 11,000 acres freshwater marshland and other habitat. The refuge is used year round by manatees and sea turtles and has large concentrations of endangered wading birds including wood storks, water birds, shorebirds. Roughly 200 species of fish have been documented in the area and much of the sea grass beds and mangrove bottoms serve as vital nursery areas for marine fish


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The Everglades Wilderness Waterway extends 99 miles between Everglades City to the West and Flamingo to the East where the vast saw grass marsh of the Everglades meets the sea . An unspoiled realm of mangroves, hidden coves, and isles with sandy beaches abounds with wildlife. This remote wilderness waterway is yours to explore. Back Country Marina provides day trips or overnight trips utilizing the camp sites along the Everglades Wilderness Waterway.

 



Some of the species located here are threatened and endangered species including West Indian manatee, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, wood stork, and the Atlantic loggerhead, green, and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles .

Public Use Opportunities:

Fishing.
Hunting.
Wildlife Observation.
Photography.
Wildlife Viewing Trail.
Camping.


The refuge is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Naples, Florida, on the south side of Highway 41. The wester boundary lies along county road 92. The Gulf of Mexico borders the southern boundary, and the eastern boundary lies just west of Everglades National Park, and FAKA Union Canal in the northern portion of that boundary.

The refuge is largely wetlands, a boat is the best means to get around the refuge. Boating is a must for fantastic sportfishing in the backwaters. Boat ramps are located in Goodland, Florida and Port of the Islands Resort on the Faka Union Canal. Commercial boat operators (tour guides) are available in these areas too.


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EVERGLADES FISHING CHARTERS & GUIDES

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Florida Back
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Light tackle or flyfishing for tarpon, redfish, snook and more. Fishing the flats & backcountry near Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples and Pine Island.
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Guided Fishing in the Upper Florida Keys, Everglades National Park or the Biscayne Bay. Use light tackle or fly fish for bonefish, redfish, snook, tarpon and more.

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Take a virtual tour of famous Florida landmarks and popular destinations throughout the Sunshine State!
We invite you to enjoy our exclusive virtual slideshows and stunning color photography of Florida's beautiful scenery. If you're visiting us from the colder northern climates, sit back and enjoy the sun & surf !

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is a wonderful place to explore wilderness, waterways, and more. Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
Established in 1947, the Everglades National Park covers 4,000 sq mi in southern Florida extending from Lake Okeechobee southward to Florida Bay. Federal Land comprises 1,398,617.13 acres, Non-Federal Land - 461.13 with the gross total area acres of 1,399,078.26. The Everglades is a unique ecosystem and is completely dependant upon water flow, making it one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world.
The Everglades is a massive ecosystem with over 600 species of birds and animals and thousands of plant varieties and home to several of the world's endangered species.
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FLY FISHING GUIDE
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Flats Fishing Guide - Specializing in flats and fly saltwater fishing. Catch Redfish, Cobia, Snook, Trout, and more using flies, live bait, and tackle.
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Everglades City Everglades City is a mile long mangrove island with crab houses, shops, restaurants, motels, marinas, museums, an airport, canoe & kayak guided adventures, aerotours, boat tours, airboat rides, canoe/kayak/bicycle rentals and nice walking paths. It is known as 'the fishing and stone crab capital of Southwest Florida' and is one end of the Wilderness Waterway, the Everglades backcountry route linking Everglades City to Flamingo.

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COMMON EVERGLADES GAME FISH


Snook

Tarpon

Redfish
Description: distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping forehead; large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than other snooks; pelvic fin yellow. Where found: from central Florida and South Texas south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings nearshore.
Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds. *Florida Record: 44 lbs., 3 ozs.
Description: last ray of dorsal fin extended into long filament; one dorsal fin; back dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the sides; may be brownish gold in estuarien waters; huge scales; mouth large and points upward.
Where found: primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found. Size: most angler catchs 40 to 50 pounds. *Florida Record: 243 lbs.
Description: chin without barbels; copper bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters; one to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots); mouth horizontal and openng downward; scales large. Where found: juveniles are an INSHORE fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population OFFSHORE.
Size: one of 27 inches weighs about 8 pounds. *Florida Record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
Permit
Sea Trout

Bonefish
Description: color gray, dark or iridescent blue above, shading to silvery sides, in dark waters showing golden tints around breast; small permit have teeth on tongue (none on pompano); no scutes; dorsal fin insertion directly above that of the anal fin; 17 to 21 soft anal rays.
Where found: OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris, INSHORE on grass flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south Florida, with smaller specimens from every coastal county.
Size:
common to 25 pounds. *Florida Record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
Description: dark gray or green above, with sky blue tinges shading to silvery and white below; numerous distinct round black spots on back, extending to the dorsal fins and tail; black margin on posterior of tail; no barbels; no scales on the soft dorsal fin; one or two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw.
Where found: INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms; move into slow-moving or still, deep waters in cold weather. Size: common to 4 pounds on west coast, larger on east coast. *Florida Record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs.
Description: silvery color with bluish or greenish back; slender, round body; snout long, conical, aiming downward and overhanging lower jaw; dark streaks between scales on upper half of body and faint crossbands extending down to lateral line; extremities of dorsal and caudal fins shaded with black. Similar Fish: ladyfish, Elops saurus
Where found: primarily INSHORE fish inhabiting shallows of the Florida Keys; found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep, usually over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand. Size: 3 to 5 pounds. *Florida Record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs.
Jack
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Black Drum
Grouper
Description: color bluish-green to greenish-gold back and silvery or yellowish belly; soft dorsal and anal fins almost identical in size; prominent black spot on operculum (gill cover); black spot at the base of each pectoral fin; no scales on throat.
Where found: common in both INSHORE waters and the open sea.
Size: usually 3 to 5 pounds. *Florida Record: 51 lbs
Description: high arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored body in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestone-like teeth capable of crushing oysters; scales large.
Where found: INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE.
Size
: common to 30 pounds. *Florida Record: 93 lbs.
Description: olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy spots; gently rounded preopercle. Similar Fish: gag M. microlepis; yellowfin grouper, M. venenosa.
Where found: OFFSHORE species; adults associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young may occur INSHORE in shallow water.
Size: common to 40 pounds, may attain weights exceeding 100 pounds.


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