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    #8140 - 01/08/13 08:19 PM January fishing in Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the Everglades National Park  
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    Captain Rapps Offline
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    Chokoloskee/Everglades City, F...
    January – Chokoloskee, Everglades City, & the Everglades National Park

    January is typically our coolest month of the year. The days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70’s, can make for some awesome fishing!

    January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the Full and New moons. If you get caught in a -.5 low tide that you did not anticipate, it could ruin your day! Be extra careful with the morning low tides January 8th-14th, and the 25th -28th. I use to view local tides in the areas that I fish.

    Speckled Sea Trout are a primary target all winter. Local rules for our area allow 4 per person, between 15” and 20”, and allow you to keep just one over the 20” mark. These rules do vary so be sure to confirm them with current regulations by the FWC at

    The shallow grass flats are alive with Trout, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Jacks, Spanish Macks, and some Pompano. One my favorites are DOA jerkbaits and shrimp, both in rootbeer and white color. You can also use 3/8 oz bucktail type jigs tipped with a very small piece of shrimp. A favorite “go to” bait has been 3” Berkley Gulp Shrimp. Use them on a Ό oz Cotee Live Eye jig head.

    The oyster bars hold Sheepshead & Redfish. If presenting natural bait, they both like to eat crustaceans like shrimp, sand fleas, and fiddler crabs. Fish for these guys on the oyster bars on the incoming tide.

    Snook are being caught but please remember that they are catch and release only, and still in a recovery state since the 10 day freeze of 2010. Take a quick photo and quickly set them free. We have been catching Snook over oyster bars on good moving outgoing tides. They have been hitting a variety of baits including jigs, soft plastics, and live bait like some nice 3” long live Pilchards.

    We now have a new bait and tackle shop in Everglades City. It is called Everglades Bait and Tackle and is located in the same building as the grocery store, across from City Hall. One thing I really like is that they are open at 6:00am so us early birds can get our live shrimp early and head right out on the water.

    Captain Pete Rapps

    Captain Pete Rapps
    Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the 10000 Islands of the Everglades National Park
    #8141 - 01/09/13 09:25 AM Re: January fishing in Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the Everglades National Park [Re: Captain Rapps]  
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    Thanks for the great report Captin Rapps

    Molon Labe

    #8155 - 01/10/13 03:01 PM Re: January fishing in Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the Everglades National Park [Re: Murrydog]  
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    great report thanks for sharing!

    #8782 - 07/11/13 05:18 AM Re: January fishing in Chokoloskee, Everglades City, and the Everglades National Park [Re: puertovallartafish]  
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    Thanks for the Rift Platinum great report Captin Rapps

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