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Orlando Fishing

Best time for Fishing and Airboat Tours in Florida

17 Nov 2018 19:15

Your ready to plan that special vacation and you tired of the big parks.  I know when I go on vacation, I want to do something different, unique, something no one else at home has done.  So, what else is there to do in Florida…go fishing and take an Everglades Airboat Tour.  The big question, when is the best time to go do all of this, well, anytime!  There are some times of the year that fish are more active or bigger, and time when alligators and wildlife is out and soaking up the sun.  But the animals and fish do not take vacations, they are here and out year around. Lets start with fishing.   Spring time is the best time for bass fishing!  That is when fish move into shallow water to spawn.  Spawning may occur as early as January in extreme south Florida and as late as May in the panhandle, but March and April are peak months.  Spawning is when a bass goes into the shallows to lay eggs.  She uses her tail and fins to wash sand away into a circle.  The male bass will “guard” the female and her bed.  Contrary to some beliefs, a bedding bass is not easy to catch, particularly the big females. It is true that the small males are often aggressive in their guardian duties, but the trophy fish is very difficult to catch.   There are some people against fishing for bass during the spawn, they say that it disrupts the breeding cycle, resulting in fewer fish in the future.  However, studies indicate that fishing during the spawn does not appear to harm the bass populations.  Obviously, taking a spawn-ready female from the bed will, if she dies, reduce the numbers of young bass produced. But bass produce thousands of spawn...

What to expect on an Airboat tour..FAQ

14 Nov 2018 21:23

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about our tours and I think we can help many people with this question and answer blog.  If I forget to cover any questions you have, feel free to comment and I will get right back to you. One of the most common questions is, “do we need bug spray?”  Short answer, no.  We haven’t had any issues with bugs and because we are off the water before dark, no mosquitoes.  So, you are welcome to spray on the bug spray, but its really not needed. Sunscreen, YES!  Most of our airboats are not covered right now, it’s so pretty out and we would like our guests to see everything that is in the water and in the air.  Since it seems like Central Florida sits 3000 miles closer to the sun than the rest of the world, sunscreen is your best friend here!  Us Floridians, when we shower in the mornings, it’s not water coming out, its sunscreen! Can you eat on the boats?  Well, as long as you want to share everything your “trying” to eat with the people sitting behind you and the captain, it’s not a good idea.  Our boats can get up to 35 mph on the water. Can we take an umbrella on the boat so we can be covered?  Unfortunately, the only thing taking an umbrella will do is turn inside out.  Imagine driving in a car, roll down the window and hold the open umbrella out.  Yep, that’s exactly how it is on an airboat. Rain gear?  We offer rain gear in our office ant check in, or you can bring your own.  We do go out in the light rain, but no lightning.  When it rains, we get to see some wildlife become very...

Rods, reels, line and baits

3 Nov 2018 18:59

When your heading out the door in the morning, you want to make sure you are prepared for what you are going fishing for. For instance,  your not going to take a big 8 foot rod with 100 pound test line to go out bream or speck fishing, that’s overkill and you would never feel the fish bite the bait.   So, we’re going to talk about some of the basic tackle you will need to head out for a fun day of fishing. Rods, there are so many different types of rods.  We are talking about casting, spinning, fly, trolling, telescopic….OH MY!!    Each rod is for a different purpose.  We will only talk about two of these for now.  Casting rods and spinning rods.   These rods are designed to allow the fisherman to accurately place a bait or lure wherever they want to.  Casting rods have the eyes are on the top of the rod.   Spinning rods are very similar to casting rods, but are usually slightly smaller and lighter and the eyes are on the bottom or the rod.  Spinning rods have one larger eye closest to the reel to reduce the friction on the line when casting. Reels,  just like rods, there are so many different types.  There’s the push button (Zebco 404), spinning reel and baitcaster.   The Zebco is great for all ages, normally the beginning reel for the little ones, and its used on a smaller rod.  Now your graduate to the spinning reel, it sits on the rod underneath.   You flip the “bale” over, hold the line with your finger and let go as you cast your line…easy peesy..  Now on to the best type of reel to make the biggest “birds nest”.   There is a lot to learn to cast one of these reels...

Cotton Mouth……aka….. The Water Moccasin

26 Oct 2018 20:53

The Water moccasin is a very venomous snake, in other words, they are poisonous.   Sadly, harmless snakes are often killed out of fear for the safety of family and pets.  But, all snakes bite, so even if they are not venomous it can still hurt.    So, how can you tell if its a Moccasin?  Lets look at some of their features. Water Moccasins have bodies that are very thick and heavy for the length and short thick tails.  Their heads are blocky with a thinner neck.  Adults are very dark, almost black.   A young water moccasin appears brightly colored with red-brown bands that extend across its back and down its sides without crossing the belly, set against a brown body color.   If you look at the snake’s head when it’s flat on the ground or from above it, you can’t see its eyes.  Large, plate like scales cover the top of the head, and pits (holes)  right between the nostril and the eye helps scene heat from other animals for food. Water moccasins are present as three species.  Living across Florida, the Florida Moccasin has a native range that includes the upper Florida Keys and parts of extreme southeastern Georgia.  The eastern moccasin ranges from the Carolinas and Georgia to southeastern Virginia.  The western moccasin has the largest range in that it lives in eastern Texas, Oklahoma, eastern Cherokee County in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, southern Missouri, western Tennessee and even the extreme southern regions of Indiana and Illinois, as well as Mississippi, western Kentucky and Alabama. So, no matter where you are at, always be aware of what is around you.  

Sunset Airboat Tours

23 Oct 2018 20:04

There is something to say about watching the sun rise or set over water.  People flock to the beaches just to see the sun break the horizon or watch as the last rays of light sets down into darkness.  Well, imagine sitting on an airboat with friends or loved ones, listening to the birds chirp, feeling the light cool breeze of the wind, while watching the sun set down behind the trees.  This is our sunset tour!   You have a small airboat (6-8 ppl)  gliding across the water and swampy areas of the lake, seeing alligators, birds, snakes, otters and so much more, just to finish off with the most amazing view of the sunset. We offer a 1 hr, 90 min and 2 hr sunset tour only during November – April, so come out and see for yourself what a breathtaking view this truly is.

The American Bald Eagle

13 Oct 2018 18:24

The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States of America since 1782!  Their not really bald, but their white head and brown bodies make it seem like they are.   Bald Eagles are one of the largest birds in the world.  Their wingspan is an amazing 7 foot wide, they weigh between 7-15 pounds and stand around 28-38 inches tall! Living near water, bald eagles eat fish, ducks, snakes, turtles, rabbits and, yes, dead animals.  They use their great sense of sight and strong claws, also known as talons, to grab and kill their prey.   Bald eagles attack their prey by diving down on them at an angle and can reach speeds of up to 100 mph when diving. At around 4-5 years of age, the Eagle begins to choose a mate.   Once they have found a mate, its for life.  If one dies, they will choose another mate.  They make their homes in large trees near water (both fresh and salt), bald eagles build huge nests, called eyries, out of sticks, moss and leaves.  Generally, their nests are at least 2 ft deep and 5 ft across but can be bigger.  These nests have been known to weigh up to 2000 lbs.  So don’t think you can just find one and take it home. A mating pair has up to three eggs a year, though it is not likely that all three will survive.  Both parents take turns keeping the eggs warm.  Yes, dad does his part also.  While one is warming the eggs, the other searches for food or more nesting materials. It only takes a little over a month and the eggs hatch.   Bald eagles are not born with their beautiful brown and white look. When baby eaglets hatch, their entire bodies are covered with...

Florida Everglades

12 Oct 2018 15:52

Only a century ago the southern third of Florida was all wet wilderness.   Believe it or not, Lake Okeechobee was nearly twice the size it is today, with nothing but endless swamp and sawgrass.  The Everglades is more than 1,508,538 acres in size! So, lets start at the beginning…The Headwaters of the Florida Everglades.   It starts way up in the Orlando area, right there with Mickey Mouse.  There is over 80,000 acres of water flowing through more than 20 lakes called the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.   Lake Kissimmee, Lake Tohopekaliga (known also as “Lake Toho”), East Lake Tohopekaliga (“East Lake”-yes, we have 2), Lake Marion, Lake Cypress, Lake Gentry, and Lake Jackson (my personal favorite) just to name a few.  Lake Kissimmee offers almost 35,000 acres, while the comparatively tiny Lake Jackson is 1,500 acres surrounded by a conservation reserve park.   But in the end, all this water flows into Lake Okeechobee to round out the Everglades. Now that we have discussed how massive the Everglades is, what is it good for?  The Ecosystem!  The area’s lakes, marshes and swamps are all critical parts of a delicate ecosystem sustaining a host of wildlife, Flora and Fauna.   Airboat Tours are one of the best ways to see everything out in the Everglades, they can get into locations that you can’t walk or take a regular boat to. There is so much you can do out exploring the Everglades…fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and yes…swimming!  Just be mindful of your surroundings and remember,  respect the wildlife.

Did you know…strange animal facts

6 Oct 2018 16:01

Lets dive into something a little bit different.   I’m always looking for something to learn about that’s out of the ordinary, and I think I found some interesting information about the wonderful world of wildlife. **  The bumps on alligators are called Scutes, they are hard bone that protect them.  They are covered with them,  from head to tail.                  **  Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump, the bones in elephant legs are all pointed downwards, which means they don’t have the “spring” required to push off the ground.                                                                                                                                                                                        **  A sloth takes 2 weeks to digest their food.                                                                                                                                                                                **  Octopuses have 3 hearts, Two of the hearts work exclusively to move blood to the...

Sandhill Cranes

2 Oct 2018 18:24

Some people do not know what a Sandhill Crane is.  Well, they are very large, tall birds with a long neck, long legs, and very broad wings.  They weigh between 6-14 pounds and stand between 3-5 feet tall.   Their bodies are grey, the forehead and top of the heads are covered with reddish skin and face, chin, upper throat, and nape are white to pale gray, and their legs and toes are black.  The male and female look a lot alike, except males are bigger. They mate for life, but if one show die, they do find another mate.  They female chooses their partners based on dancing displays. The male birds stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air.   They then build their nests from the dominant vegetation, such as cattails, bulrushes, or grasse, using dried plant materials early in the season and adding green materials later on.  The female lays 1-3 eggs, it takes around 30 day to hatch, but sadly, most of the time only 1 baby makes it to fledging.  I personally think they look like baby chickens with long legs when the are born.  They eat a variety of animals, including frogs, small animals, insects and snakes, along with grains. Adults will often feed the little ones earthworms and grubs.   Mated pairs and their babies stay together all through the winter, until the 9 to 10 month old babies finally separate from their parents the following spring.  They spend their winter in Florida, Texas, Utah, Mexico and California.  The Florida sandhill crane is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and can not be hunted. So, the next time your in Florida, look for these amazing birds.

Alligators and Crocodiles….is there really a difference?

28 Sep 2018 17:35

       Is there a difference between alligators and crocodiles…..YES, but if your out swimming, they will both look the same!    Let look at some of the main differences between the two. Alligators have a rounded snout, almost a U shape, while crocodiles have a V shape.  So when their mouths are closed,  you can see upper and lower teeth from a crocodile, but only the upper teeth of an alligator.  Both the alligator and crocodile have a hinged jaw, but crocodiles have a second joint to help distribute the pressure throughout the entire jaw, so it doesn’t twist or lose grip during their powerful bite.   Rather than chewing, both the alligator and crocodile clamp down onto their prey with their powerful jaws, they then roll their bodies while clamped on to tear of bite-sized lumps of flesh.  While the muscles generating the downward force are very strong,  you can actually hold their mouth shut with your hand.  Which we do not advise trying. Some of the more interesting differences are,  Alligators are smaller, darker in color, faster on land and in the water and, believe it, less aggressive.  So, crocodiles seem to be bigger, slower, lighter and meaner…. Now alligators prefer fresh water, and crocodiles prefer salty water, so it doesn’t look likely to run into both of them at the same location, but stranger things have happened.  Alligators are only found in parts of the US and China, while crocodiles can be found across the world.  

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