A Father-Son Fishing Adventure In The Everglades Backcountry (near Everglades City, FL)

March 2022

What a treat this past week to be able to celebrate my son Matthew’s 33rd birthday with a fishing trip into the Everglades backcountry! He was in from Denver for a few days of R&R. Early one morning we pushed off from Chokoloskee in my Gheenoe and were met with eerie fog-enshrouded water that conjured up visions of ghosts who had called this land home hundreds of years before our presence. The fog slipped away quietly, stealthily as the sun rose up, giving way to a beautiful sunny day. We probed deep into the wilds, and the fish cooperated on que. My young lad exhibited some excellent casting skills and caught a smorgasbord of fish including a poor man’s slam–snook, sea trout, jack, and ladyfish. Even Pops fooled a few. Did I mention the sail cats?!? What fun! Nothing like a father-son fishing trip to boost the spirits of an old codger! And to top it off my little sweetheart granddaughter Aly washed off the boat for us!

2 thoughts on “A Father-Son Fishing Adventure In The Everglades Backcountry (near Everglades City, FL)

  1. Chris, have you ever been to Vero Beach in Florida to fish? Going in October to fish for Tarpon with my guide from the Henry’s Fork. He goes there for the winter.
    As for books have you read Lords of the Fly by Monte Burke? Got me interested in fishing the area.
    Best regards, JimWise


    1. Hi Jim—I haven’t fished up there for years. Fished a bunch north of there in the Indian River. Didn’t know that area had many tarpon. Have fun! Haven’t read Lords of the Fly. Reminds me of Tom McGuane’s tarpon obsession in his The Longest Silence which is my favorite fishing book.


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