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 Post subject: Summer Gators
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 5:58 pm 
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I just saw an 8ft gator swimming fast west in the NW 6th canal toward Burnt Store Rd., Cape Coral.

Also saw two bigger ones, say 11ft on Pine Island on Monday this week. With all of the recent rain they will appear in brackish water.

Best to keep checking for them when wading.


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 Post subject: Re: Summer Gators
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 7:43 am 
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Gator mating season is right around the corner....

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 Post subject: Re: Summer Gators
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:05 pm 
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My plan was to fish the lake in Galt Preserve on Pine Island for an hour this morning. Catch an occasional baby tarpon in there.

The water level is low in that lake so you can wade along the sandy shore.

There is one 6ft gator who normally stays a good distance off shore. But not this morning. It chased my top water plug and kept following me and coming too close for comfort. I gave up in 10 minutes and moved on.

You can wallk dogs in the park but only on leash, a good thing. That gator seems to be hungry and a small dog would make a nice meal.


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 Post subject: Re: Summer Gators
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 6:25 am 
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I launched my kayak there a couple of years ago, not knowing that that body of water doesn't go anywhere. Didn't see any fish or any gators that particular day.


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 Post subject: Re: Summer Gators
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 10:57 pm 
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johnk - I also launched a kayak there when they first opened several years ago - I was disappointed as there was a line of barrels blocking 3/4 of that mile long lake - the line is gone but the property to the north of the barrel line is still in private ownership- I understand that there is a pipe or culvert at the north end where the salty fish got in on a super high tide - the main attraction is baby tarpon in the 20 to 30" range and a lesser number of snook - they are slow growing as I never see larger baitfish there - the lake is salty according to the park ranger but it is not tidal - I have caught a couple of ladyfish there but that was a very rare occurrance


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