Yak Angling in the Florida Keys with Rod Irons
Recently the PBAST headed on a three day yak-angling and remote camping trip in the Florida Keys.
The trip was guided by Bill Burnham of Burham Guides (www.BurnhamGuides.com) and everyone had an amazing time. Bill made the trip extremely easy for us by providing expert knowledge of the area, food, gear and plenty of fresh water.
Day 1 started with Bill meeting us at the Parmer’s Resort (if anyone is looking for a taste of the “Old Keys” we recommend checking out Parmers) where we loaded his VW Van and headed to the “put-in” for approximately an 8 mile paddle.
Now normally an 8 mile paddle would not be a big deal to the PBAST, but the wind proofed to be a formidable opponent (with gust well over 20 mph.) The one amazing thing was that it never slowed down the Skunk Baby and to make it more amazing it was his first time ever in a kayak.
After 8 miles we found ourselves on Content Key for an afternoon of fishing, relaxing and good eating. A hot fire then carried us well into night as we consumed 3 liters of the cheapest wine money could buy.
Day 2 started and finish the same way, Great! After a morning of wade fishing we set paddle (down wind I might add) to Tarpon Belly. This leisurely paddle produced the only 3 fish we caught all weekend.
After another night, a great Sunset on top of Poop Mountain (email me if you want an explanation), more good food and more cheap wine we loaded the boats for our final paddle and drive back to Miami International.
And throughout it all we learned 3 things:
1.) Tropical Fish HATE Cold Water!
2.) Rednecks will party anywhere and left alone will probably burn down an island.
3.) And yes . . . bears do shit in the woods.