The late writer and conservationist Marjorie Stoneman Douglas called it “The River of Grass,” as the swamp that is the Everglades flows south from Lake Okeechobee into Florida Bay. The coastal estuary, known as the 10,000 Islands, is part of the Everglades National Park, accessed out of Flamingo, Chokoloskee and Everglades City. From those launch points, Capt. Mark can guide you through the labyrinth of mangrove islands and tidal bays in search of snook, redfish, resident juvenile tarpon and migratory adult tarpon.
In the fall and winter months, the snook move back into the mangroves and can be found along ambush points looking for shrimp and small baitfish to float past. In the summer months the snook move outside and cruise along the untouched sand beaches where Capt. Mark can guide you to sight fishing opportunities. The resident “baby” tarpon can be found in the mangroves year-round and offer all the thrilling jumps of big tarpon without the punishing fight on a 12-weight. But if you want that, the big poons move through the area from March until June.
Capt. Mark is willing to tow his flats skiff to meet you at different launch points for a trip into the backcountry or to pole around the bay flats for shots at tailing redfish.